Samsung Galaxy S6: Connect to PC

You may want to connect your Samsung Galaxy S6 to your PC if you want to transfer videos or music between the devices. Use these steps to get started.

  1. Windows users should download and install the USB drivers for the Galaxy S6. Mac and Linux users do not need to install any software. Optionally, Windows and Mac users can  download and install the Smart Switch software from the Samsung website.
  2. Connect the device to an available USB port using the included USB cable.
  3. A prompt will appear on the screen of the phone. Drag the notification area down, then make a selection based on what you wish to do with the device.
    • Connected as media Device > Media device (MTP) – Use this selection if you wish to use Windows Explorer or the Mac Finder to manually transfer files between the PC and the phone or to utilize Windows Media Player.
    • Connected as a media device > Camera (PTP) – To use your phone as a camera.
  4. The Galaxy S6 should show under “Computer” or “This PC” for Windows users, and should show on the Desktop/Finder for Mac OSX users.

You should now know everything you need to know about connecting your Samsung Galaxy S6 to your PC.


Does Samsung Kies work with the Galaxy S6?


Why is my computer not detecting the Galaxy S6?

If you are using Windows, ensure you have installed the proper drivers. Otherwise, I recommend using the cable that was included with your device, but some users have discovered that another cable works better. You may also want to try a different USB port. Also, ensure the S6 is connected directly to a port on your computer and there are no hubs or other equipment being used.


  1. cheryl says

    I wanted to download pics from my Samsung S6 directly to my PC, and this explained it perfectly. thanks so much!

  2. victor says

    Connected using the Samsung cable and it wasn’t recognized. However, trying using HTC cable worked magic. Try with a different cable before downloading stuff.

  3. Walter says


    Hello everyone I bought a 32gb Samsung Galaxy S6 and I’ve been experiencing the usb charging but not recognized by pc, issue.
    After trying resetting usb modules and uninstalling and reinstalling galasy S6 drivers, and putting a tooth pick to lift the tongue in the phones charging port i found out that the problem was actually the cable!

    I connected my Galaxy S6 with a diferent cable i had around from my old nexus 4 and voila, worked like a charm for me!

    Try connecting your phone with different cables before messing around with anything else :)
    Hope you solve your issues with your phones.

  4. confused in missouri says

    Ok . I have connected it to my computer…. Downloaded all software from phone. I recently connected phone to get my music back but doesn’t recognize phone . I seen the phone on my devices when downloaded software but doesn’t day later. I uninstalled redone it. Seen phone but can not for the life of me get music back in the music player. Please help… I love my music

  5. cass says

    My galaxy connects to my laptop (HP/windows7) But it wont detect that there are videos on my phone. any idea on how i can take them off my phone?

  6. Shrayan says

    My galaxy s6 doesn’t mount to my desktop (I use a mac) despite using the samsung cable in the box and enabling USb debugging. If i use android file transfer, it works, but it does not mount as a drive to my desktop (I need that to sync with itunes using Doubletwist)

  7. George Johnson says

    How do you get it to connect via Bluetooth? On both my HTC One M8 and the Galaxy S5, it simply showed up in Explorer via Bluetooth as a location, much like a hard drive does. This one pairs via Buletooth, but simply will NOT “connect” no matter what I do. You can look at both devices and it says ‘Paired’. But nothing will make it say “connected”.

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