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Install Android File Transfer for Linux on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS - Step by Step Process ?



Android File Transfer is an MTP client. MTP stands for "Media Transfer Protocol".

Newer Android devices use MTP which makes them appear as media devices in computer systems and you can browse and transfer files.
To transfer files between your android device and Linux desktop, you will require an Android phone, Linux system, and a USB cable to connect both devices.
Transferring files from android to a Linux OS is no more a difficult task now.

There are a number of third-party utilities available for transferring files from android phones to Linux.
Here at LinuxAPT, as part of our Server Management Services, we regularly help our Customers to perform Ubuntu related file configurations.
In this context, we shall look into "Android File Transfer" through which you can easily transfer files between your android phone and Linux OS.

How to install Android File Transfer on Ubuntu?

To begin, ensure you have sudo privileges in order to install Android File Transfer on your Linux system.
There are two methods to install Android File Transfer on Ubuntu: the PPA repository and the snap package.

We will show here both installation methods. You can choose any method based on your preferences.

1. Installing Android File Transfer via PPA repository

This method describes installing Android File Transfer on a Linux system using the PPA repository.
i. First, add the Android File Transfer PPA repository to your system’s software sources:

$ sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/samoilov-lex/aftl-stable/ubuntu artful main"

Enter the sudo password, after which it will add the PPA repository to your system’s software sources.
ii. Now, you will need to update the list of packages:

$ sudo apt update

iii. Now, you can install Android File Transfer using this command:

$ sudo apt install android-file-transfer

If the system prompts with the y/n option, hit y.
Android File Transfer should now be installed.

2. Installing Android File Transfer via Snap Package

This method describes installing Android File Transfer on a Linux system using the snap package.
i. First, make sure you have snapd installed on your system. Use the below command to do so:

$ snap version

If it is not installed, you can install it as follows:

$ sudo snap install android-file-transfer-linux

Enter the sudo password.

ii. To install Android File Transfer using the snap package, the command is as follows:

$ sudo snap install android-file-transfer


How to Connect Android Device to Linux ?

i. Connect your android device to the Linux system using the USB cable.
ii. From your android device, allow access to phone data.
iii. Then from the Linux system, launch the Android File Transfer application.
iv. You can launch it by hitting the super key and searching it through the search bar.
v. From the search result, click the Android File Transfer icon to launch the application.
Once launched, you can easily transfer files from Linux to android phones and vice versa.
Before launching the application, make sure your device is not already mounted by the File Manager.
If it is already mounted, the application will show a "No MTP device found" message.
If you see this message, first unmount your device and then again launch Android File Transfer.

How to Uninstall Android File Transfer from Linux Mint ?

In case, you no longer need the MTP client "Android File Transfer" on your system, you can remove it as follows:

$ sudo apt remove android-file-transfer

If you have installed Android File Transfer via its snap package, you can remove it as follows:

$ sudo snap remove android-file-transfer-linux


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Conclusion

This article covers how to install Android File Transfer for Linux on your Ubuntu distribution.

Now you can conveniently transfer files between your android phones and Linux system.
Android File Transfer is an MTP client tool that is used to transfer files from android devices to Linux OS and from Linux OS to Android devices.
It is similar to Android File Transfer that is available for Mac OS and has a very minimalistic and easy to use interface.

To Android file transfer for Linux:
1. Connect your Android device with your computer using a USB cable.

When prompted on Android device for allowing access to the device data, tap on Allow to allow access.
2. Launch Terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T key shortcut.
Then you will need to update our system by adding the PPA to your list of software sources. For this, run the following command in Terminal:

$ sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/samoilov-lex/aftl-stable/ubuntu artful main"

3. Once completed, run the following command in Terminal to update the repository.

$ sudo apt-get update

4. After your local repository is updated, run the following command in Terminal to install Android file transfer:

$ sudo apt install android-file-transfer

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