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  1.    09 Apr 2018 #1

    Files on phone

    How do I access the stored files on an Android with Windows Explorer, without Phone Companion?
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       09 Apr 2018 #2

    Mine I can just plug the USB cord into my PC and access the files. If that doesn't work post back with the type of Android and the error or message you see.
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  3.    09 Apr 2018 #3

    Thanks for the response! Samsung Note 4, there is no error. As soon as I connect it via USB, a nag screen for Microsoft's Phone Companion pops up, it shows both the phone and SD card as empty. A second later, "Add your Microsoft Account", pops over it. I X out of that leaving the nag screen showing my Phone by name and level of charge along with "To see more info, unlock your phone." (It's not locked). This nag screen is prompting me to install Phone Companion. The phone is listed in File Explorer with no folders showing.
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       09 Apr 2018 #4

    I have never owned a Samsung phone. I am not familiar with them. I use a Microsoft account as well. I only get a message about Windows setting up a device when I plug in my Android. Then I can open File Explorer and see the files and folders.
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       09 Apr 2018 #5

    kludge said: View Post
    ....The phone is listed in File Explorer with no folders showing.
    While USB is connected, you may go to "Quick Settings Dropdown Menu" (on top of phone screen) and access (tap on) USB settings:
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    Select "File Transfers" and then you'll see your phone folders in Explorer.

    P S: There must be a similar way for different Android versions.
    Last edited by werby; 09 Apr 2018 at 21:27.
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  6.    10 Apr 2018 #6

    Thank you! The setting defaults to USB Charging when disconnected and must be reconfigured for File Transfers when USB is reconnected.
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       10 Apr 2018 #7

    You're welcome!
    Unfortunately, it cannot remember that setting. Perhaps for security reasons...
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       10 Apr 2018 #8

    Officially getting old. I forgot about that little notification since I have had this phone for so long
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