How to Connect Your Samsung Galaxy Tab S to a PC or Mac

By Dan Gookin

The USB connection on your Samsung Galaxy tab allows you to connect to a PC or a Mac. You may need this connection to sync data of any kind with your less mobile computer at home.

Dealing with the USB connection in Windows

Upon making the USB connection between the Galaxy Tab and a PC, a number of things happen. Don’t let any of these things cause you undue alarm.

First, you may see some activity on the PC: drivers being installed and such. That’s normal behavior any time you first connect a new USB gizmo to a Windows computer.

Second, you may see one of two AutoPlay dialog boxes, depending on how the tablet’s USB connection is configured. Both dialog boxes are similar.

Windows AutoPlay dialog boxes.
Windows AutoPlay dialog boxes.

Finally, choose an option from the AutoPlay dialog box or just close the dialog box. From that point on, you’ll use Windows or a program on your computer to work with the files on your tablet.

  • In Windows 8, things work differently: Look for a prompt on the screen that says Tap to Choose What Happens with This Device. Click or touch the prompt to view suggestions similar to those found in the AutoPlay dialog boxes.

  • Even if the AutoPlay dialog box doesn’t appear, you can still access media and files stored on the tablet from your computer.

Connecting your tablet to a Mac

Curiously enough, the Macintosh refuses to recognize the USB-Galaxy Tab connection.

To do the file transfer thing between your Mac and Galaxy tablet, you need to obtain the Android File Transfer app. Download that software from the Android website.

Install the software. Run it. From that point on, when you connect your Galactic tablet to the Macintosh, you see a special window. It lists the tablet’s folders and files. Use that window for file management.

The Android File Transfer program.
The Android File Transfer program.