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Windows 7: How do I get my android phone recognized by my laptop?

04 Dec 2018   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
How do I get my android phone recognized by my laptop?

When I connect my Samsung phone to usb port of my pc and go to device manager it is not recognized.
It's not visible in Other Devices.
Any idea what I should do?

I want to connect to pc for exchanging data and also for developing android apps with Android Studio.

My phone is Samsung Galaxy A3, with 6.0.1 Android version.


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04 Dec 2018   #2

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring


try this

Check your USB settings in the A3 notification panel. Your A3 needs to be connected as a "media device," which you can set in the notification panel:
  • Swipe down from the top of the screen while your S3 is connected to your computer.
  • Tap "Connected as" and select "Media device (MTP)." Your device should get recognized in Windows.
you also need to be using Windows media player 10>
and as W7 only naturally supports USB2 if your phone is USB3 you may need to install USB3 drivers

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04 Dec 2018   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

@ Roy:
I have connected my phone to my laptop and swap down from the top of the screen.
No indication of "Connected as" appears.

Also how do I check if my w7 has usb2 drivers?
How do I check if my phone is usb3?

My windows media player says it is version 12.0.76....
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04 Dec 2018   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)

Can't speak firsthand about a Galaxy A3 with Android 6.0.1, because I have a Galaxy S7 that is running Android 8.0.0.

But in the dropdown resulting from swiping down at the top of the screen down toward the bottom there is an item in small font with an upward-pointing USB-looking icon to its left, named "Android system file transfer".

If I tap on that line it expands to a 2-line presentation that shows "File Transfer" on the first line and "Tap here for more options" on the second line.

If I then tap on the second line, a new large window appears titled "Use USB to" with five radio button options available: charge this phone, file transfer, photo transfer, system update, and MIDI.

The second one is checked by default, "file transfer". This is the new titling I suppose for the USB connection option that in older Android/Samsung implementations used to be shown as "MTP". And this is the setting which is required in order to make the phone visible to the PC and Windows Explorer (note that it will appear as a device in Explorer, with no drive letter assigned).

I believe the standard drivers required to "see" the Android phone from Win7 and Windows Explorer should be automatically installed once the device is connected properly via USB cable. In my Win7 the Samsung S7 phone shows up in Device Manager as follows:

with the driver titled "Samsung Android ADB Interface".

Although it's been a long time that I've been accessing first my S4 phone and now my S7 phone from my Win7 PC, I also have the Samsung USB Driver in my library. It says it's only needed if you are developing on Windows and want the Samsung Android device to be available in your development environment. I don't recall if I actually ever installed this driver. But I do know that for some time now other new Win7/Win10 installations have automatically installed the required drivers to access my S7 making them available to Explorer.

I do remember that with older versions of Android when I connected the phone I'd have to swipe down from the top of the screen to get a USB connection window to appear, and then I would have to manually tap on the "MTP" radio button option in order to make the phone visible because it wasn't checked by default. I think this has been changed and improved in newer Android versions, such as my current 8.0.0.
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04 Dec 2018   #5
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Windows 7 Ultimate x64

You might need to investigate the USB settings in your phone settings.
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