How to Change USB Settings on Android 6.0

How to Change USB Settings on Android 6.0

Android 6.0 is a platform that is compatible with most modern devices. Even though some companies have started rolling out Android Marshmallow, many phones are not updated to this version of Android. If your Android smartphone has been upgraded to Android 6.0 and you must have noticed that its default USB configuration sets it to charging mode whenever you connect it to PC. If you want to change this new USB setting, you are at the right place. We bring to you a perfect guide that will help you understand how to change USB settings on Android.

How to Change USB Settings on Android 6.0

How to Change USB Settings on Android 6.0

When you connect Android device to your computer, you may have noticed these default USB configuration choices which do not appear in Android 6.0.

  • Only charging: Using this mode will only charge your phone and your PC will act as a power source.
  • Media Transfer Protocol (MTP): This is mode is used when you want to transfer media files from Phone to PC or vice versa
  • Remote Network Driver Interface Specification (RNDIS): It is a USB Ethernet adapter that allows you to access your mobile Internet on PC.
  • Picture Transfer Protocol: It is used to transfer photos from camera or similar devices to PC. When you connect your Android device to PC using this mode, it is detected as a camera by PC.

Note: Smartphones don’t have the same Settings options. They vary from manufacturer to manufacturer so check the correct settings before changing any. For this example, we are using Redmi Note 8.

Step I: Enable Developer Options

It is quite easy to understand how to change USB settings on Android and you can do that without using any third-party applications. It requires you to enable Developer options first. To do that follow the steps below.

1. Go to Settings.

Settings option. How to Change USB Settings on Android 

2. Tap on About phone.

About phone option

3. Locate and Tap on MIUI Version option 5-7 times.

tap on MIUI Version to enable developer option for changing default USB configuration. How to Change USB Settings on Android 

4. After a few seconds you will see a confirmation popup saying You are now a developer! or something similar.

Now you will be able to see developer options.

Also Read: Fix USB OTG Not Working On Android Devices

Step II: Change Default USB Configuration

After enabling developer options, you can simply go to default USB configuration and change the default mode you want to see when connecting your Android 6.0 device to PC. Here is how to change USB settings on Android.

1. Launch the Settings app.

Settings option

2. Tap on Additional Settings.

Additional Settings option to go to default USB configuration

3. Tap Developer Options.

Developer Options option to select default USB configuration. How to Change USB Settings on Android 

4. Under Networking section. Tap on Default USB Configuration option.

Default USB Configuration option

5. Select default USB mode of your choice.

USB mode choices in default USB configuration. How to Change USB Settings on Android 

6. Now connect your phone to PC.

7. If you are unable to see your device in File Explorer, check if Windows is looking for drivers. If it is, then allow Windows to install any required drivers without disconnecting the device.

8. Once driver installation is finished, disconnect your phone from the PC.

9. Now the next time you connect your phone to PC it will show the USB mode that you selected in Step 5.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. How can I automatically enable USB tethering?

Ans: Your phone must have Android 4.2 and above. Unlock Developer options by tapping the Build Number option seven times. Depending on your Android version, you’ll find this choice in different locations. For Android 9 and above (API level 28): Build Number can be found under Settings > About Phone > Build Number.

Q2. On Android, how do I activate USB?

Ans: To pick a USB connection protocol, open the Settings app, go to Storage, push the menu button, then choose USB PC connection. When your device is connected to a PC through USB, you’ll also see the protocol it is using on the screen.

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We hope that this guide was helpful and you were able to understand how to change USB settings on Android. If you have any queries or suggestions then feel free to drop them in the comments section.

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Elon Decker

Elon is a tech writer at TechCult. He's been writing how-to guides for about 6 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to cover topics related to Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

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