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I have a small AKAI smartphone with Android 4.2.2.

I want to download some of the photos from the smartphone to my Ubuntu computer.

I connect the smartphone with a USB cable to the computer, but, nothing happens. I don't see the smartphone in my computer and cannot download the photos.

What can I do?

EDIT: Here is the output of LSUSB when the phone, and my USB mouse, are both connected:

erelsgl@erelsgl-H61MLC:~$ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 2188:0ae1  
Bus 002 Device 009: ID 0bb4:0c03 High Tech Computer Corp. 

When I disconnect the mouse, the line "Device 003" disappears.

When I disconnect the smartphone, the line "Device 009" disappears.

  • Please connect your phone, run lsusb and post output to your question. PLEASE DO NOT POST IT TO COMMENTS. – Pilot6 Aug 16 '15 at 12:27
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    Most new Android devices do not have this option. @Sridhar – Pilot6 Aug 16 '15 at 12:56
  • But it looks like it is an HTC device, not AKAI. – Pilot6 Aug 16 '15 at 13:03
  • @Pilot6 I see the letters "AKAI" printed at the back of the device... I don't know much more than this – Erel Segal-Halevi Aug 16 '15 at 13:04
  • These codes may be wrong. This does not matter. Or it maybe like it is made by HTC, but branded as AKAI, etc. – Pilot6 Aug 16 '15 at 13:05
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First you need to install some mtp packages.

sudo apt-get install mtp-tools mtpfs

Then you need to add your device. Run

sudo -H gedit /lib/udev/rules.d/69-libmtp.rules

and add there a line

ATTR{idVendor}=="0bb4", ATTR{idProduct}=="0c03", SYMLINK+="libmtp-%k", MODE="660", GROUP="audio", ENV{ID_MTP_DEVICE}="1", ENV{ID_MEDIA_PLAYER}="1"

Save the file and run

sudo service udev restart

After that when you connect the phone you should see it in the launcher.

Some devices are detected as a CD with some USB drivers. In this case just eject the disk.

  • I did this. The final message was "udev stop/waiting... udev start/running, process 10339". Then I plugged the device out and in again, and... nothing happened. lsusb still shows the same output (only the device number changes - it is now "Device 016". The number grows by 1 whenever I disconnect and connect the USB). – Erel Segal-Halevi Aug 16 '15 at 13:08
  • Maybe you should enable MTP in the phone. Or reboot Ubuntu. – Pilot6 Aug 16 '15 at 13:10
  • I clicked some buttons on the smartphone, and finally something happened: I saw a new wired connection. Now, I see two wired connections: Wired connection 1 "Ethernet (eth0)" - my default internet connection, and Wired connection 2 "Etnernet (usb0)". Is there a way to access the photos on my smartphone through this new connection? – Erel Segal-Halevi Aug 16 '15 at 13:39
  • You switched your phone to modem mode. You need to switch it to MTP mode. At the same place. – Pilot6 Aug 16 '15 at 13:40
  • I don't find this option in my smartphone. But this is probably a question for another forum... Thanks. – Erel Segal-Halevi Aug 16 '15 at 15:04

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