My Android devices - Xioami Mi 5s, Google Nexus 4 running Android 6.0.1 and Google Nexus 7 LTE running Android 4.4.2 - are not accessible from Nautilus 3.20 in Ubuntu 16.10. At least two of them worked in 15.10 before I upgraded to Yakkety Yak.

Adb can access the devices.

libmtp9, libmtp-common, libmtp-runtime are installed and I recently installed:

  • mtp-tools
  • go-mtpfs
  • mtpfs

/lib/udev/rules.d/69-libmtp.rules contains entries for the devices

mtp-connect lists

libmtp version: 1.1.12

Device 0 (VID=18d1 and PID=4ee2) is a Google Inc (for LG Electronics/Samsung) Nexus 4/5/7/10 (MTP+ADB). Device 1 (VID=2717 and PID=ff48) is a Xiaomi Mi-2s (MTP). Android device detected, assigning default bug flags

mtp-detect shows the devices are detected but reports the error:

Error 1: Get Storage information failed.

lsusb doesn't list the Xiaomi, but it lists the Google devices:

Bus 001 Device 017: ID 18d1:d002 Google Inc. Bus 001 Device 014: ID 18d1:4ee2 Google Inc. Nexus 4 (debug)

/run/user/1000/gvfs which should contain the mount points for mtp devices is empty.

None of them are listed in Nautilus. Can anyone suggest how to get this working again?

  • Do you remember to change the phone(s) from "Charge" to "Transfer files" or some other sensible option on the phone ?
    – Soren A
    Dec 21, 2016 at 10:22
  • Yes - the Android 6 ones are on: Transfer Files (MTP) mode
    – user173283
    Dec 21, 2016 at 10:56

1 Answer 1


Check your device connectivity by running mtp-detect.

If you've got the following error:

error returned by libusb_claim_interface() = -6LIBMTP PANIC: Unable to initialize device

You need to activate MTP file transfer on your Android device. For example:

  1. Activate Developer Settings by tapping 7 times Build number in About phone.
  2. Enable File transfer in USB configuration found in Developer options.

See: How can I access media on my OnePlus 5 with a Ubuntu OS?

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