Ubuntu – Are there any plans to improve mtp support on future Ubuntu releases


Even when I did manage to connect my Google Nexus to Ubuntu, I think it would be great to have mtp support right from the start.

Best Answer

Yep, here's the fix you're looking for:

This is fixed in 13.04.

As of Jan 28th

Upgrade Gvfs in Ubuntu 12.10 and 12.04 to get Android 4.0 support for devices which don't support USB Mass Storage interface

  1. Add the PPA to your system

    sudo ppa-purge ppa:webupd8team/gvfs-libmtp
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:langdalepl/gvfs-mtp
    sudo apt-get update
  2. Then, launch Software Updater (previously known as Update Manager) and install the available updates.

  3. Once everything has been updated successfully, restart your computer, unlock your Android device, connect it via USB and it should show up in your file manager.

Please refer to What are PPAs and how do I use them? if you have questions about anything related to a Personal Package Archives (PPA) and refer to the source on OMG Ubuntu (it has some comments worth reading).