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Chrome OS Will Soon Support MTP Write For Copying Files To Android Devices

Chrome OS Will Soon Support MTP Write For Copying Files To Android Devices

For a long time now Chromebook users have been complaining about the fact that they can’t read and write files on their phones through Chrome OS. There are plenty of workarounds, but it would be nice to be able to simply plug the phone into the Chromebook and have it work. Almost a year ago Google added support for reading files from your phone via MTP, but we never got the ability to write files to the phone. Now, it’s finally coming.

According to a recent code commit in Chromium we will soon be able to write files to our Android devices. The commit mentions adding a flag to enable this functionality.

Add a flag for MTP write support

Right now Google is testing out the functionality but so far tests have not been successful as files haven’t been able to copy over to the device.


Version: 38.x
OS: ChromeOS

What steps will reproduce the problem?
1. Plug a new-ish Android phone into a Chromebook, unlock the screen if needed
2. See the phone show up in the ChromeOS file manager
3. Try to copy files to the phone

What is the expected output? What do you see instead?

Actual: Not sure, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't work.
Expected: Should be able to copy files to the phone.


Hopefully Google will be able to sort out the functionality quickly as I know that many Chromebook users, myself included, want this to happen.

Source: Chromium

Via: Chrome Story

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Ben is a tech geek who co-founded YourTechExplained in 2016. Constantly switching between devices that literally surround him, he can be found reviewing the latest smartphones around the web.