Jan 20, 2013

Transferring files between Android 4+ and Xubuntu 12.10

Apparently Google has removed USB mass storage capabilities from their latest releases of the Android operating system. It used to be easy to transfer files from Android to Linux, simply plug in the USB cable and start copying files back and forth.

For now, until I can find a way to plug my LG Optimus G into my laptop and mount it, here is my work around. Install AndFTP on my Android, and install vsftp on my laptop and transfer using FTP.

Installing vsftp.

  • open terminal
  • sudo apt-get install vsftpd
  • edit /etc/vsftpd.conf and make the following config changes
    • anonymous_enable=YES
    • write_enable=YES
    • ftpd_banner=Welcome to my FTP Server
  • /etc/init.d/vsftpd service restart
  • place files to transfer on /srv/ftp/
  • type lfconfig and make note of inet addr:


  • open Google Play
  • search for and install AndFTP
  • start AndFTP and add an FTP Server. 
    • Enter the ip address from above in the Hostname field
    • Enter an existing Linux user name in the Username field

Once connected you will see all the files that you placed in /srv/ftp on your android device.
Simply select the ones you want to download and click the download button!

To upload files from Android to your Xubuntu, simply click the "Device File Browser" button
and you can browse the files on your Android and select the files you want to upload and click the Upload button.

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