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How To Manage Files on the Nexus 7 on your Computer

The Google Nexus 7 is a great tablet, but what do you do when you want to add or remove files on it directly? There’s two modes the tablet has for this; here’s what they do.

First, use the USB cable to connect the tablet to the computer. Then on your Nexus 7 screen, you change modes, swipe your finger over the top left side of your tablet’s screen. The menu will show the connection mode your tablet is currently using.

Nexus 7 PC connection

Tap it, and you’ll be taken to the screen in which you can easily select the mode to use.

Nexus 7 PC connect modes

Media device (MTP) should be fine in most cases, and you shouldn’t have a problem transferring whatever files you want. You’ll see the Nexus 7 in Windows Explorer and will be able to transfer files to it just like you would on any other removable drive.

Nexus 7 PC connect MTP

Should there be files that the tablet does not support by default, you’ll get the following warning. You can easily skip past it, and I’m just as sure that you’ll find a suitable player for that file in the Play Store. It just means that the tablet can’t read the file by default.

Nexus 7 computer mtp

This mode will show you most folders on the tablet and will be able to access the one you need.

Nexus 7 computer mpt files

If you choose to the Camera (PTP) mode, you’ll just have access to those folders. The Nexus 7 will be connected to your computer as a camera. Remember that you can use the Nexus 7 camera independently.

Nexus 7 camera mode

If you’re a Mac user, you can always use Android File Transfer, which you can get here. You’ll need to set the tablet in Media Device (MTP) mode for that.

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3 Responses to How To Manage Files on the Nexus 7 on your Computer

  1. ab March 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    Great info. Now if only there were a way to get to the internet the same way (sans wi-fi) !

    • Bogdan Bele March 9, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

      Thanks! If I find that one, I promise to write about it 🙂

  2. Andrew September 27, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    Hi Bogdan, I am now able to see the videos on the computer (the tablet is now acting like an external drive) But once I try to open the video (mpv4 files) the system tells me tells me that it is an invalid value for registry (explorer.exe is in the upper left hand corner of the pop up with a red x below it)

    Thank you

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