FP4. Connect to a computer via a USB cable

 

To transfer files between your computer & Android device, you can follow the Google support article on the Android website.

For your convenience, we will paste the exact instructions here following.

 

Windows computer

To connect your Fairphone to your Windows PC:

  1. Unlock your phone.
  2. With a USB cable, connect your phone to your computer.
  3. On your phone, swipe down twice, with one finger, from the top of the screen. You will open the pull-down Quick settings menu.
  4. Tap on Android System • Charging this device via USB to open up the menu.
  5. Tap again to see more options.
  6. Select File Transfer. The Fairphone should show up as a connected device under My Computer on your PC.
  7. Without selecting File transfer on the phone, your computer might still recognize the device but will appear empty.
  8. A file transfer window will open on your computer. Use it to drag files.
  9. When you're done, eject your phone from Windows.
  10. Unplug the USB cable.

Some Android devices are not recognized by Windows 7 because of missing drivers, and you can install some universal drivers like Universal ADB Driver.
As Microsoft ended the support to Windows 7 in January 2020, we no longer offer support for this OS, and we strongly recommend migrating to Windows 10.

 

Mac computer (10.7 and higher)

Your computer must be using Mac OS X 10.7 and up.

  1. Download and install Android File Transfer on your computer.
  2. Open Android File Transfer. The next time that you connect your phone, it opens automatically.
  3. Unlock your phone.
  4. With a USB cable, connect your phone to your computer.
  5. On your phone, swipe down twice, with one finger, from the top of the screen. You will open the pull-down Quick settings menu.
  6. Tap on Android System • Charging this device via USB to open up the menu.
  7. Tap again to see more options.
  8. Select File Transfer.
  9. An Android File Transfer window will open on your computer. Use it to drag files.
  10. When you're done, unplug the USB cable.

 

Applications and services like iCal, iTunes, and iCloud will not work on the Fairphone because they are made specifically for Apple iOS.

 

Linux (Ubuntu-based 18.x and newer)

Connecting your Fairphone to a recent release of Linux Ubuntu (18.x and newer) is straightforward.

  1. Connect your Fairphone with a USB-C data cable to your PC.
  2. On your phone, swipe down twice, with one finger, from the top of the screen. You will open the pull-down Quick settings menu.
  3. Tap on Android System • Charging this device via USB to open up the menu.
  4. Tap again to see more options.
  5. Select File Transfer.
  6. Your Fairphone should now appear on your desktop or show up as a connected device.

An easy solution to use your Fairphone with a different (recent) distro of Linux is to install the Media Transfer Protocol package.
For other (and older) distro of Linux, please refer you to the following articles:

 

 

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