I have an Android smartphone connected to my Kubuntu box with a USB cable. I've figured out how to transfer files, but I need something more: making the Android device visible as a USB device. For instance, if I use VirtualBox and look at its list of USB devices, I want to see the Android,and I don't. I need this in order to use PC Suite for syncing the contacts and calendar. Is it possible to do this? (I have adb installed and MTP file transfer working.)

  • Having your device (smartphone) appear as MTP or USB-storage is an Android setting. Which setting have you used? – david6 Oct 8 '14 at 7:10
  • There are four settings on the Android: charge only, Media Sync (MTP), USB tethering, and PC Software. I've tried all of them and none make the USB visible. I usually leave the setting at Media Sync. – Paul A. Oct 8 '14 at 15:00

When you plug in your phone, it is listed with other USB devices. You can use lsusb command to see the list. If VirtualBox does not see it, it is the fault of VirtualBox only. Try adding device manually, by copying vendor ID and Device ID from lsusb list to VirtualBox settings.

  • I can't specify the device in VirtualBox because it says there are no USB devices available, so I never get to the point where I can specify the IDs. I've tried running LG PC Suite under Wine, but it can't find any USB devices either. I've been running lsb all along,but the device code keeps changing – Paul A. Oct 8 '14 at 15:05
  • There is a button "Create empty device" in VirtualBox. With it you can even add device that is not present at the moment. – Barafu Albino Oct 8 '14 at 18:34

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