I have a Samsung Galaxy GT-S7562 with Android 4.0.4 and Ubuntu 12.04 on a Dell Vostro 1510.

I have just found out I cannot transfer files from Android to Ubuntu with a USB connection because the former uses MTP. gMTP didn't help.

I also found out Ubuntu can't get my Bluetooth working either. So I can't transfer files this way either.

Can I use make a transfer via a wireless network? What other options are left?

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You might be able to use AirDroid to transfer files over home WiFi. I sometimes use it and it works well for me.

  • So let me get it, I install Airdroid on my phone, what do I install on my laptop? Anything? Does using Airdroid takes data from my SIM? Commented Apr 6, 2013 at 16:26
  • Install the app and run it on your phone. It will connect to your home WiFi router and tell you what IP address to type into your laptop browser to log in (eg You can predefine the IP and port if you like. Once logged in, it is guite simple. The app only works on WiFi so will not use your data plan and only works at home (or on the same WiFi network as your laptop).
    – Andrew
    Commented Apr 6, 2013 at 16:44
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    If you do not have access to a WiFi router, check out this for Windows or this for Ubuntu Linux to turn your laptop WiFi radio into a hotspot.
    – Andrew
    Commented Apr 6, 2013 at 16:50
  • I have Kubuntu 12.04 and cannot follow the second link you gave me. This seems to be the answer. Commented Apr 7, 2013 at 2:57
  • Okay, I created a shared connection, activated it and it shows connected on my laptop. However, it is not picked up by AirDroid which scans other regular WiFi Connections. Did I miss something? (should I post another specific question?) Commented Apr 7, 2013 at 3:08

If you use Dropbox it has an Android app which you could use to sync files between your computer and your phone.

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    This option would require using data credit from both my phone SIM and laptop SIM, it would make transfers expensive, unless I get some free WiFi somewhere. But good one, thanks. Commented Apr 6, 2013 at 16:27

perhaps I missed something here... I have a Samsung galaxy as well and I can xfer files to and from Ubuntu without issue via USB. Ubuntu sees my phone as a mass storage device. worse case, you could get a card reader for your laptop and just xfer files between the SD card in your phone and your computer.

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