The reasons why you may need to connect your Android device can vary. Maybe you need to transfer some files, but it can be very frustrating when for some reason your Windows 10 computer doesn’t recognize your Android device.
The good news is that there are various possible solutions to this problem. The bad news is that it’s more of a trial and error process until you come across the method that finally works. Don’t worry if you’re not very tech-savvy since the following techniques are easy to understand and perfect for beginners.
Turn on USB Debugging
Maybe the only thing you need to do is to enable USB debugging so your computer can detect your Android device. To make sure it’s enabled you’ll need to go to “Settings” > “About phone” > “Developer options“.
Can’t see the developer options? In that case, you’ll need to go to “Settings” > “About device” > “Software info” and tap on the “Build number” about seven times. Hit the back button and you should now see the developer options right about About Device.
Once you have developer options enabled, go into that option and tap on the USB debugging box. Now, see if your computer will recognize your Android device.
Try a Different USB Cable
Even if the cable you have isn’t that old, it’s still a good idea to try a different USB cable. The cable you have could be for charging only when you need one for file transferring.
The cable could be damaged and could have come that way from the factory. It’s also a good idea to avoid the cheap imitation cables and go for original cables from the same brand as your phone.
Check USB Connection Settings
If you don’t have your Android device set as a media device (MTP) your computer is not going to recognize it. You can change this setting on many Android devices by going to your device’s “Settings” > “Developer options” > scroll down to “USB configuration” and tap on it.
A new window will appear with various options. If you want to transfer files, then your best bet would to choose the MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) option. Close the phone’s settings and see if your computer will recognize your phone now.
Do You Have the Media Feature Pack Installed?
Since the MTP protocol is related to WMP (Windows Media Player), you’ll need this last one for things to work. Some versions such as the KN and N versions don’t have it and that could explain why your computer doesn’t recognize your Android device.
If you have these versions download the Media Feature Pack for both these versions for Windows 10. You may already have a site in mind to download them but if not, you can always go to Microsoft’s official site.
Have you tried connecting your Android device to another computer? You could be dealing with a faulty USB port, and if that’s the case, no method will work since you’re dealing with a hardware issue. But, before you try another computer, see if another USB port works. Maybe it’s just that one USB port and not all of them.
Also be sure that there is nothing jamming the USB port on the phone. Sometimes lint or something sticky can get jammed into the port and cause it not to connect properly. You can try cleaning the port out with a light brush or wooden toothpick.
Also check for any references to the Android in Device Manager by going to “Control Panel” > “Hardware and Sound” > “Device Manager“. It may be detected as an “MTP or “Unknown Device” under “Other Devices” or “Portable Devices“. Try right-clicking then selecting “Uninstall“. Once the device is removed, try restarting Windows by going to “Start” > “Restart“.
Another simple fix could be rebooting your computer. I know this is an obvious tip, but you’d be surprised that sometimes this is all it takes.
It’s always best to start with the basic possible fixes and then move onto the more complicated solutions. Hopefully, one of the above methods fixed your issue and now you can do whatever it is you needed to do. Did I miss a solution that always works for you? If so, leave a comment and let us know which one it is.