How to Connect Android to PC/Mac for Recovering Lost Files
For recovering deleted, lost files (photos, videos, contacts, messages, etc.) from your Android phones with Data Recovery software, you need connect your devices to the computer via USB. Sometimes the computer/software won’t recognize the phone. To be able to connect Android to PC/Mac, you may need to change the settings on your phone, install the correct drivers on your computer or install special software. Don’t know how to do this. Here are some tips for you.
1.Enable USB Debugging on Your Android Devices
Whenever you want to recover data from Android, you need to enable USB debugging mode in order to connect and communicate with the device. Below is how to enable USB debugging on different versions of Android:
For Android 2.0 - 2.3
Navigate to “Settings” > “Applications” > “Development” and check “USB debugging”.
For Android 3.0 - 4.1
Navigate to “Settings” and enable “Developer options”, then check “USB debugging” and click “OK”.
For Android 4.2 and higher
1)Go to “Settings”, scroll down to the bottom and tap “About phone” or “About tablet”.
2)Locate to the “Build number” field and tap it seven times to enable Developer options. When you are done, you’ll see the message “You are now a developer!”
3)Back to “Settings” and access the “Developer options” menu. Check “USB debugging” and click “OK” on the prompt.
2.Download & Install USB Driver for Specific Android
In order for the Android device accessed right from the computer system over USB, it is necessary to install the correct USB driver downloaded from your manufacturer web site. Usually, if you have installed a tool provided by the manufacturer, like Samsung Kies, HTC Sync Manager, Sony PC Companion, the USB driver is very likely installed on your computer.
3.Check USB Connection
Apart from software issues, your Android phone may not appear on your computer due to USB connection problems. Mostly, a faulty USB cable or a damaged USB port on either the phone or computer will prevent the phone from showing up. So, make sure the cable is fully plugged into your Android device and computer. If possible, try using a different USB cable or connecting the phone to another computer.