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    Default Cannot connect smartphone to Leap 15.1 via USB

    It's an old Motorola Moto G3 with Android 5.1

    I need to connect it via USB to PC in order to transfer files.
    Since I don't know about any other native way on Linux, my only option was adb.

    But problem is, when connecting phone to PC, adb sees no devices at all. I thought "maybe the udev rules", but then I realized device does not even appear in lsusb.
    I tried with more than one USB cable with same results.

    Could it be due to the old Android version?
    Is there any other way to transfer files from or to smartphone in Gnome, aside just adb?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Cannot connect smartphone to Leap 15.1 via USB

    Assuming that you have a WLAN environment, you could use GSConnect perhaps...
    https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/1319/gsconnect/
    GSConnect is a complete implementation of KDE Connect especially for GNOME Shell with Nautilus, Chrome and Firefox integration. It does not rely on the KDE Connect desktop application and will not work with it installed.
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    Default Re: Cannot connect smartphone to Leap 15.1 via USB

    This openSUSE KDE Connect wiki page has more info about using GSConnect...
    https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:KDE_Connect
    ...including firewall and pairing advice.
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    Default Re: Cannot connect smartphone to Leap 15.1 via USB

    Quote Originally Posted by F_style View Post
    It's an old Motorola Moto G3 with Android 5.1

    I need to connect it via USB to PC in order to transfer files.
    Since I don't know about any other native way on Linux, my only option was adb.

    But problem is, when connecting phone to PC, adb sees no devices at all. I thought "maybe the udev rules", but then I realized device does not even appear in lsusb.
    I tried with more than one USB cable with same results.

    Could it be due to the old Android version?
    Is there any other way to transfer files from or to smartphone in Gnome, aside just adb?

    Thanks.
    You might look into AirDroid.
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    Default Re: Cannot connect smartphone to Leap 15.1 via USB

    Yes, but the main question is, why isn't phone even shown in lsusb when plugged?
    I do enable USB debugging in the phone, but still no dice
    Can someone help please?

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    Default Re: Cannot connect smartphone to Leap 15.1 via USB

    Quote Originally Posted by F_style View Post
    Yes, but the main question is, why isn't phone even shown in lsusb when plugged?
    I do enable USB debugging in the phone, but still no dice
    Can someone help please?
    Well typically that could signify a possible issue with the USB controller on the device itself or the cable. With the phone plugged in, power off and then on again. Is it then enumerated in the lsusb output?
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    Default Re: Cannot connect smartphone to Leap 15.1 via USB

    I'm ashamed of myself:
    turned that it was a trivial matter: the used USB cable *no longer* works. I tried with a new one...

    Further, just connecting the phone, Leap detects it immediately out of the box as multimedia storage, and I can transfer files. No even need for USB debug mode nor udev rules!

    So, nowadays udev rules on Leap 15.1 are no longer needed?

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    Default Re: Cannot connect smartphone to Leap 15.1 via USB

    Quote Originally Posted by F_style View Post
    turned that it was a trivial matter: the used USB cable *no longer* works. I tried with a new one...
    Not surprised by this finding. It would be one of the first things to check. Anyway, good to read of your progress.

    Further, just connecting the phone, Leap detects it immediately out of the box as multimedia storage, and I can transfer files. No even need for USB debug mode nor udev rules!

    So, nowadays udev rules on Leap 15.1 are no longer needed?
    The necessary rules are already included.
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    Default Re: Cannot connect smartphone to Leap 15.1 via USB

    Quote Originally Posted by deano_ferrari View Post
    The necessary rules are already included.
    Where? Couldn't find them...

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    Default Re: Cannot connect smartphone to Leap 15.1 via USB

    Quote Originally Posted by F_style View Post
    Where? Couldn't find them...
    /usr/lib/udev/rules.d/69-libmtp.rules (part of libmtp-udev)
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