What Happens When You Connect Your Android Device to a PC - dummies

What Happens When You Connect Your Android Device to a PC

By Dan Gookin

Upon making the USB connection between an Android and a PC, a number of things happen. Don’t let the flurry of activity frighten you. You may see drivers install. That’s normal Windows behavior when a new USB gizmo is connected.

You may also see a notification, such as the Windows 10 notification, shown here. Click or tap that notification to see how to deal with the new connection.

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Windows 10 connection choice.

For example, choose Open Devices to View Files (not shown here, but it’s on the scrolling list of options). This choice opens a File Explorer window listing files and folders on the Android. Or you can choose Import Photos and Videos to quickly copy over pictures and videos.

  • The choice you make from the list of items is retained by Windows 10. The next time you connect your Android, that option is chosen automatically.
  • Other versions of Windows also display a list of actions, though they appear in an AutoPlay dialog box. As with Windows 10, if you select a specific item, that choice is always selected for you when the Android is connected.