Why don’t you see the “Charge this device via USB” notification?


If you have ever tried to transfer files between your PC and mobile devices, you should be familiar with the “Charging This Device Via USB” notification that appears on your mobile phones.

It's possible that over time you haven't really continued to see this notification, and that's worrying you because you're not sure if the cord is working well, charging, or even able to transfer the files you want. This article covers why you're probably not seeing the “Charging This Device Via USB” notification and tips for getting it to reappear or use it without these notifications.

Where is the “Charge this device via USB” notification?

Things like enabling or disabling developer options, the USB cord, or simply running a software update on your mobile device can prevent the “Charging device via USB” notification from appearing ” when you connect your mobile phone to a PC. So I recommend you to go through the fixes that we are going to share, as one or more of them might explain why you are unable to see the “Charging This Device Via USB” notification.

Enable or disable developer mode

I recommend you try enabling developer mode or at least disabling it if it's already enabled when you no longer see this notification.

To enable developer mode on your android device, go to the Settings app >> scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap About phone >> find the build number and tap it 7 times. You will usually see a popup on the screen that says “You are a developer now”.

Now you need to go to Settings >> Advanced (or System & Updates for Huawei and Vivo phones >> Developer Options >> Default USB Configurations (or Select USB Configuration.

Here you will see the available options, but since you don't get the “Charging This Device Via USB” notification and your device starts charging when you connect a cord, chances are what you have here is loading. Simply select one of the file transfer options (if your phone has multiple file transfer options) like in the image below.

WhatsApp image 2023 02 07 at 5.38.12 PMIn this image you see both MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) and PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol). Either one should resolve this issue.

After selecting the option you want, you can restart your mobile device and see if that fixes the problem. If this is not the case, here is another solution that I recommend.

Change the cables

In some cases, we have repaired a device and got it working by simply changing the USB cord. In our case, we were using the USB charging cord that came with our Samsung device, and simply getting an Amazon charging cord and using it allowed us to see the notification again.

If you're using the USB Type C to Type C cord (and this is especially true for people using Google Pixel 6 and older devices and anyone using a Samsung device), we recommend obtaining and using a cord USB-C to USB-A, and that should help with file transfers.

Try sending directly from settings

If that doesn't work, there are a few tricks you can try from your settings, depending on your phone's make and model, that can help you send the files you want via USB always. To do this, go to Settings >> PC Connection >> select the Default Connection Type >> select USB or Wired file transfer method, and you should be able to send the files you want.

You can also explore going to Settings >> find and tap Connected Devices >> then select USB.

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Update/Install the correct USB driver

If you don't have the correct drivers on your computer, you may not be able to send files via USB between devices. (But to be sure that this is the case, I will recommend trying another android device with a different cord. If after several changes things don't work, then we might check our drivers).

To do this, go to Start >> Control Panel >> click System and Security >> then select System, click Device Manager in the list on the left of the screen >> look for Other Devices or Portable Devices and expand the >> usually the driver has a yellow exclamation mark if it has problems >> just right click on the driver and then select Update driver >> next step is to select Browse my computer for a driver >> then select Allow to choose a list of device drivers on my computer >> Select MTP USB Device >> then select Next >> and as soon as your driver is updated, restart your PC and reconnect your device.

Charging this device via USB

Use Samsung Kies or other PC USB/file transfer software.

If you are using a Samsung device, we recommend that you use Samsung Kies software on your PC, install it and you should be able to transfer files. As this software is available for Windows and Mac, you should be able to transfer files without all the technical details. I also recommend searching your manufacturers' websites to see if your mobile phone manufacturer has a similar app.

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