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How to Connect Samsung Galaxy phone to Computer

-- Sunday, May 14, 2017
As Android is becoming more and more popular in the phone market, Samsung smartphone is one of the leading Android phones with a large amount of users. Surely, connecting your Android phone to computer for syncing and back up, is an important thing to prevent from losing your information on the phone. But what if you fail to connect Android to PC?

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  • Here we will take Samsung Galaxy smartphone as example, and provide some tips for you to connect Samsung Galaxy to PC.

    Method 1: Connect Device to PC in Normal Way

    If you are using Samsung Galaxy device such as Samsung Galaxy S8/S7/S7 Edge running Android 4.0 or above, please follow the guide on the interface to connect the Samsung Galaxy device to PC.

    Device Model Information:
    Device Name: Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
    Model Number: SM-G9350
    Android Version: 6.0.1

    Firstly, please navigate to "Settings > Developer options" app on your device and then turn on the development settings by tapping on the button on the top pane (it would display "Off" if you haven't turned it on). After that, scroll down on the device and enable the USB debugging option.

    Enable the USB Debugging

    Then, connect your device to the computer with the USB cable which is matched so that you can check your Android phone on computer and it will be read as a disk.

    Connect Device to PC in Normal Way

    For more details about how to enable USB debugging on your Android device, please refer this post!

    Method 2: Connect Samsung and Transfer Data via Wi-Fi with Android Transfer(Extremely Powerful)

    Apart from the methods mentioned above, you can fix the connection fail problem with the help of Android Transfer, which allows you to connect your Android to computer via Wi-Fi. As when you get into the dilemma in failure to connect device to computer normally, I think get rid of the USB cable would be a great choice.

    Step 1 Download Android Transfer
    First of all, please download and install the program on your computer by clicking the download button below.

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    Step 2 Launch the Program
    Now, please launch the program on your computer and then click on the "Connect Now" button in blue.

    Launch the Program

    Step 3 Connect Android to PC via Wi-Fi
    On the pop-up window, you can see there are two options: Connect via USB and Connect via WiFi. Please choose the "Connect via WiFi" option and then scan the QR code with your device.

    Connect Android to PC via Wi-Fi

    Something you should pay attention to when using the Android Transfer program

    1. To connect your Android to computer, you need to make sure that your phone and computer are within the same network.

    2. You need to use an app on your device that can have a QR code scanning function in it. If you don't have one, please download QR Code on Google Play.

    3. If it is your first time to use the Android Transfer program, a MobileGo app would be downloaded when you scan the QR code on the interface of the program. After the MobileGo app is installed, launch it and use the build-in QR code scanner to scan the code on the interface from your computer again.

    Connect Android to PC

    When Samsung Galaxy/Note is successfully connected to the computer, you can easily transfer data in between Android and PC with one-click. Contacts, messages, photos, videos, audios and more can be easily exported to PC or added in Android.

    Transfer Data from Samsung to PC

    Method 3: Fix Samsung Failed Connection to PC

    However, sometimes you may fail to connect Android to computer successfully. The USB cable, USB driver, USB port and more can be the factors for the failure. If your device is successfully connected, you can see there is an item displayed as your device model on Device Manager of your computer. If you can not find this item, it means that your computer can not detect your device. Now let's check it out how to fix the problem.

    Check If  Device is Connected to PC

    Solution 1 Firstly, please check the USB cable can work normally or not. As some of the USB cables are only for device charging, you can't use it to read the data on computer. Now, you are able to try to use the USB cable that comes together with your Android or connect Samsung to computer via another USB cable that is surely can work. If it can be successfully detected, then you can use this USB cable normally.

    Solution 2 Check if the USB Driver is correctly installed. Generally speaking, your computer would install the USB driver automatically when you plug your device into computer for the first time. However, sometimes it may fail to install and thus the computer could not detect your device successfully. For this case, you are recommended to install the Samsung USB Driver on your own.

    Solution 3 Use Device Manager to scan for hardware changes. If it can recognize the USB cable that is plugged into the USB port after your computer scans for hardware changes, then the job is done and you can use the device normally. If it is not, pleases continue to try the next solution.

    Scan for Hardware Changes

    Solution 4 Restart your computer. Sometimes restarting the computer can solve the problem more or less. Please try to restart your PC and check if the USB cable can work or not.

    Hopefully these tips can be helpful for you when connecting your Samsung Galaxy Phone (also including other Android phones) to computer. If you have question about this article, please drop us a comment below!

    Ivy Bruce

    Ivy Bruce is the Founder and Editorial Director at Recovery-Android Studio. You can also find her on Google+ and Twitter.