When I connect my Android phone to my Ubuntu 14.10 computer (Gnome Flashback), it connects without errors, and a Nautilus window opens:

Phone in Nautilus

I went into Phone/Music directory, and I wanted to create a new folder named Playlists, because I'm trying to get Banshee to sync music, and I read that having a folder called Playlists might help. Nautilus let me create a folder called Untitled Folder, but then when I tried to rename it to Playlists, I got this error:

libmtp error

The item could not be renamed. Sorry, could not rename "Untitled Folder" to "Playlists": libmtp error: could not set object property list.

How do I get flawless MTP connectivity to my phone from Ubuntu?

  • Maybe you need to add yourself to the group of users that can rename the playlist? Perhaps your current user has different permissions than the ones needed. Nov 15, 2016 at 19:00
  • I think my answer should fix the problem.
    – user595510
    Nov 21, 2016 at 17:04
  • @MarkYisri I wish it had...
    – Elder Geek
    Nov 22, 2016 at 16:56

2 Answers 2


You are using v1.1.6 of libmtp which is not the very latest; in Vivid version 1.1.8 is available.

You could try a new version of libmtp to see if this resolves your issue (it could be a bug in that particular versioin) - one such source is my PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/libmtp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

If this doesnt work for you, rollback using ppa-purge

sudo ppa-purge ppa:fossfreedom/libmtp
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    I realize this post is over a year old, but renaming via mtp is still a pain (doesn't work for me on 14.04 nor 16.04) I tried your PPA but that didn't work for me. I ended up using a USB sdcard reader to rename files. If there's a better way I'd love to hear about it.
    – Elder Geek
    Nov 15, 2016 at 18:52
  • @ElderGeek I'm not too familiar with Media Transport Protocol (MTP) but I did a quick test with my Android 6 phone and double clicked on SD RAM storage. Then using Nautilus I created a folder called ElderGeek then renamed it to ElderGeek2 with no problems. I haven't installed any special software in Ubuntu and don't recall doing anything special to the phone's software... I just plug it in and it's visible to Nautilus. Nov 20, 2016 at 2:53
  • @ElderGeek my answer should work
    – user595510
    Nov 20, 2016 at 15:14

This answer should help you:

sudo apt-get install mtpfs

Once that's installed, plug in the phone to your computer. If nothing happens, on the phone go to Settings > Storage > Upper Right Corner () > USB Computer Connection > Media Device.


Settings > Search (type in "usb") > USB configuration ... If non existent make sure developer options have been enabled.

Open Settings> About> Software Information> More.
Then tap “Build number” seven times to enable Developer options. ...
Go back to Settings menu and now you'll be able to see “Developer options” there.
Tap it and turn on USB Debugging from the menu on the next screen.

Once they have been enable and the above package installed, also be sure to have the phone plugged in and then go back into developer options and update the USB configuration as shown in the picture below.

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  • I've been attempting to change a contact file extension from .vcard to .vcf so that I can import it into my contacts easily. I still get the libmtp error could not set object property list. I'm not having a problem connecting via mtp as libmtp is installed properly. I get the same error whether mtpfs is installed or not. normal user or super user access or not. No change.
    – Elder Geek
    Nov 21, 2016 at 13:47
  • @ElderGeek what Android version is this?
    – user595510
    Nov 21, 2016 at 16:20
  • Android version is 4.2.2
    – Elder Geek
    Nov 21, 2016 at 17:29
  • I'm awarding you the bounty for the attempt.
    – Elder Geek
    Nov 23, 2016 at 14:16
  • @ElderGeek thanks so much! If I have any other information, I'll be sure to put it up here.
    – user595510
    Nov 23, 2016 at 14:34

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