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    USB Connected Mode

    Those who have recently purchased an Android phone or tablet and have accidentally deleted important files on it will be excited to learn how to properly connect an Android device to a PC in the mass storage mode in order to recover deleted photos, images, videos, and other files. Please note that, in this example, we will use a Samsung Galaxy S2 GT I9100 smartphone and these instructions will work for all devices using Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Bear in mind that the connection process is very simple and does not require you to download any special software or drivers, or to configure your Android device in any special way. All you need to do is to follow the simple and straightforward instructions shown under screenshots that will help you connect your Android device to a computer in the mass storage mode.

    Connecting an Android device in the USB mass storage mode:

    The first thing you should do is to tap the “Applications” icons on the main desktop of you Android device and find the “Settings” section shown in the first screenshot.

    1. Tap “Wireless and Network”

    Once in the “Settings” section, tap the “Wireless and Network” command shown in the screenshot (marked in red).

    2. Tap “USB utilities”

    You are now in the “Wireless and Network” menu. Find the “USB utilities” command (marked in red in the screenshot) and tap it.

    3. Tap “Connect storage to PC”

    Now tap the “Connect Storage to PC” button marked in red in the screenshot above. After that, connect the USB cable to the Android device and the computer.

    4. Tap “Connect USB storage”

    You will see a green robot with a USB symbol and a “Connect USB Storage” option. Tap this button to connect your Android device to the computer.

    Once you have successfully connected an Android smartphone or tablet to a computer in this mode, you will see the device’s SD card in My Computer connected as "Removable Disk". If you have an external micro SD card installed in your device, "My Computer" will show two separate disks – the internal memory of the Android device and the external micro SD card.

    How to enable USB mass storage on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

    If you need to connect a phone or tablet running a previous version of OS Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the mass storage mode, follow these instructions:

    Enter the Settings menu.
    Tap “More...” (under Wireless and network).
    Select “USB utilities”.
    Tap “Connect storage to PC”.
    Connect a USB cable to the device and the computer.
    Tap “Turn on USB storage” on the device.
    That’s it!

    How to enable the mass storage mode on older versions of Android OS

    If you are using an Android device with an old version of Android, for instance 2.1 or 2.3, just follow these simple instructions to connect your device in the mass storage mode:

    Turn on USB debugging here - Menu > Settings > Applications
    Go back to the main screen of your Android device.
    Connect a USB cable.
    On the Android device, use your finger to pull down the top status bar.
    Tap the “Сonnect usb storage” button.