How to connect your Fairphone 2 to a computer (Windows, Mac and Linux)

In order to connect your phone to a computer, you need a USB cable. You usually don't need extra software to connect your Fairphone 2 to your computer - it will immediately recognise your phone. Once your computer recognizes your phone as a USB storage device, you can then transfer files to it (such as music, pictures, contact lists, videos).

How to connect your Fairphone to your Windows PC:

Connect your Fairphone with a USB cable to your PC, and it should automatically connect properly and show up under “My Computer”. If it doesn’t connect automatically, open the notification panel on your phone, select USB connection and in there select “MTP” mode.

Some Android devices are not recognised by Windows 7 because of missing drivers. There is a solution for this: you can install universal drivers which will work thanks for example to the ADB Driver.

How to connect your Fairphone to your Apple Mac:

Before you are able connect your Fairphone to a Mac, you have to install the Android File Transfer driver first. Click here to download the software. Android File Transfer is an application for Macintosh computers (running Mac OS X 10.5 or later) you can use to view and transfer files between your Mac and an Android device.

After the installation is done, you can connect your Fairphone and it will show up under Finder and you are able to transfer files. If it doesn’t show up, make sure you connected your phone with MTP mode. To check this, open the notification panel on your phone, select USB connection and then “MTP” mode.

Please be aware that applications and services like iCal, iTunes and iCloud will not work on the Fairphone because they are made specifically for Apple iOS.

How to connect your Fairphone to your Linux computer:
Connecting your Fairphone to a Linux computer is slightly more difficult, but it's possible and should work without any problems. Read the articles here and here, on how to use your Fairphone with a Linux computer. Also, an easy solution is to install the package mtpfs. Read more here about mtpfs.


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