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Android 4.1.1 doesn't include USB Mass Storage mode


Is anyone affected by this yet, or do you have workarounds? I find it extremely useful and would hate to lose it. MTP is too restricted in functionality; for my Galaxy S2 it only sees pictures on mine. I like to put a few FLAC and ogg files there, which play fine but only can be transferred with USB mass storage.

I currently have Android 4.0.4 and don't want to update if I lose this.

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I personally just use mtpfs which works sort of like the USB mass storage did:

Mtpfs is FUSE filesystem that supports reading and writing from any MTP device. Basically it allows you to mount your device as an external drive.

It's available in the community repository; you can install it by running pacman -S mtpfs.

  • First edit your /etc/fuse.conf and uncomment the following line:


  • To mount your device

# mtpfs -o allow_other /media/YOURMOUNTPOINT

  • To unmount your device with fuse as regular user

# fusermount -u /media/YOURMOUNTPOINT

  • To unmount your device as root

$ umount /media/YOURMOUNTPOINT


Also, you can put them into your ~/.bashrc:

alias android-connect="mtpfs -o allow_other /media/YOURMOUNTPOINT"

alias android-disconnect="fusermount -u /media/YOURMOUNTPOINT"


Or, with sudo

alias android-disconnect="sudo umount -u /media/YOURMOUNTPOINT"



As far as having the option to use USB storage, this has been disabled on version 4.1

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