Android Phone/Tablet Won't Connect to PC via USB? Top 2 Solutions to Fix it with Ease!

"I've tried several times to connect my Android phone to computer via USB, but it just couldn't be recognized! Then how can I copy my precious phone photos to PC?

It's a common phenomenon that your Android phone cannot be recognized by PC since it can be caused by broken USB cable, Android phone not being well-connected to PC, computer issues or phone issues. Therefore, you can reboot your phone/computer or try another USB cable first. If it still doesn't work, there must be something wrong with USB debugging and you can check the following top 2 solutions for reference.

Solution 1: How to enable USB debugging mode to connect Android phone/tablet to PC

Failing to enable USB debugging may be the key point why you can't connect Samsung Galaxy S5/S4/Tab S 10.5, HTC One M8, Google Nexus 6/10, LG G3, Sony Xperia Z3, Moto G or other Android phone/tablet to PC as it establishes a direct connection between an Android phone and a computer. So in the following I'm to explain how to enable USB debugging mode in details.

Note that the detailed instructions vary with Android version and if your Android phone gets a broken screen, please skip to Solution 2.

Part 1: How to enable USB debugging for Android 4.2-4.2.2

1. Navigate to Settings >> About phone on your Android phone.

2. Tap on Build Number up to 7 times.

Tips: On the 3rd tap, you'll get a message that says "You are now 4 steps away from being a developer". And after the 7th tap, you'll get a message that says "You are now a developer".

3. Then you'll get a Developer Options right about About Phone.

4. Enable Developer Settings by sliding the switch and place a Check Mark on the box beside USB Debugging/Android Debugging.

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Part 2: How to enable USB debugging for Android 4.0-4.1.2

1. Navigate to Settings >> Developer Options on your Android phone.

2. Slide the Developer Options Switch to turn on Developer Options.

3. Place a Check Mark on the box beside USB Debugging/Android Debugging.

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Part 3: How to enable USB debugging for Android 2.3-2.3.7

1. Navigate to Settings >> Applications >> Development on your Android phone.

2. Place a Check Mark on the box beside USB Debugging/Android Debugging.

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Solution 2: How to connect Android phone/tablet to PC without USB debugging

It doesn't take a genius to figure out why you can't take Solution 1 to enable USB debugging for phones with broken screen or locked tablet. Then in that case, how do you connect Android phone or tablet to PC to transfer files? Thankfully, Wi-Fi File Transfer is at your service! It allows you to transfer contacts, pictures, messages, videos and document files like .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, as well as PDF, PPT, HTML to PC via Wi-Fi with ease, namely, to connect Android devices to PC without USB debugging. What's more, it supports various kinds Android devices, such as the hottest ones (see the table below).

Brand Model
Samsung Galaxy S5/S4, Galaxy Note 4/3, Galaxy Tab S 10.5
HTC HTC One M8/Max/Mini/XL/S, HTC Butterfly S
LG G3, G2, G Pro 2, G Flex, Optimus G, Optimus G Pro
Sony Xperia Z3/Z2/Z1
Motorola Moto G, Moto X, Moto E, Droid Maxx, Droid Ultra, Droid Mini
Nokia Lumia 620/520/1520/525/925/920

Here are the steps:

Step 1: Download the program to PC first and run it afterwards.

Note that Wi-Fi File Transfer supports Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista/XP. If your computer runs on Mac OS X, click here to connect Android devices to Mac without USB debugging.

Step 2: Click on "Wi-Fi Connection" at the top of the program's primary interface and follow the prompts on it to connect your Android phone with PC via Wi-Fi.

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Step 3: Select the file types you want to transfer from your phone to PC and click "Next". Then choose SD Card or System Storage to scan your selected phone files and click "Start Scan" to proceed.

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Step 4: After scanning, choose your desired phone files and click "Recover" to copy them to PC.

Optional: Tips for USB debugging mode

USB debugging mode is to facilitate a connection between an Android device and a computer with Android SDK (software development kit, designed to aid in the development of Android apps). In addition, USB debugging grants you a level of access to your device like snag instant screenshots of your device, run terminal commands to restore a bricked phone, etc.

/ Posted by Jerry Cook to Android Data Follow @Jerry Cook