Enable the USB Mass Storage for Samsung Galaxy S4

How to enable USB Mass Storage for Samsung Galaxy S4

All Samsung Galaxy S4 devices support MTP and Media transfer modes for files between the smartphone and computers. In this post you will find info on how to successfully enable the USB Mass Storage for the Samsung Galaxy S4 devices.

The USB Mass Storage is a much faster method that you can use to move files between your Galaxy S4 and your computer. As you know the MTP feature is slow and not always working as you would expect it to. There is an app that is capable of enabling UMS transfer function for your devices but, for it to work, you will need a rooted device.

The application that you will use is the SG USB Mass Storage Enabler from Google Play Store. For it to work, the Galaxy S4 device needs to have BusyBox installed on it as otherwise the computer won’t be allowed to read the contents of your smartphone.

SG USB Mass Storage Enabler tool works with various models of the Samsung Galaxy S4 like the GT I9500 Exynos 5 Octa, GT I9505 Snapdragon 600, AT&T SGH I337, T-Mobile US SGH M919, SGH I337M Canada model. Besides the Galaxy S4 models, the app is supported on Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 I9300, too.

NOTE: The internal SDcard won’t be supported by this application as it cannot be mounted. It has support for exFAT, FAT32 and microSD external storage drivers. In order to work, your device has to be rooted.

Make sure that your computer has the Samsung USB Drivers installed on it. If it doesn’t, then you should use the guide here to download and install them for your PC.

Here’s how to enable the USB Mass Storage for your Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone:

  1. Go to Google Play Store web page of SG USB Mass Storage Enabler here.
  2. Install the application.
  3. When the install is complete, launch SG USB Mass Storage Enabler.
  4. Connect your Galaxy S4 with your PC via USB data cable.
  5. Tap on the ‘Mass Storage Mode’ button that’s shown on the main app menu.
  6. Grant root access for this app when asked for it.
  7. That’s it, now you can easily transfer files between your Galaxy S4 external SDcard and your computer.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to successfully enable the USB Mass Storage for your Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone. If you’re having problems completing the tutorial or the application doesn’t work, then you should ask for extra help in comments.

Make sure that your Samsung Galaxy S4 is rooted and supported by the SG USB Mass Storage Enabler before trying to move any data files.

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  • Graeme

    I am unable to lauch the app as it says i need to have my device rooted (Samsung Galaxy S4), please advise on how to do that?

    • Ano

      this article FORGOT to mention that you need to ROOT the phone in order to do this, doh!

      • John

        If you READ the last SENTENCE it says it, doh!

        • Ano

          Yes i know its a message to who wrote the article.

          Not like you needed to add to it as well DOH

      • syed M.Ali

        they have mention it but in the last of the post

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  • pissed off at this BS

    This app is shit does not work with internal storage wtf the point

  • Guest

    This method doesn’t work. The app is for the S3 and Note 2. It won’t even let you install it from the play store anymore if you have an S4.

  • sam

    Its working on my s4 9505,mine is rooted..we can only view only external sd card

  • Humpster

    With a SGH-970 model S4, the SG USB mass storage enabler app tells me right up front that it is not compatable with my phone model. So… wtf do I do now?

  • guest

    This doesn’t work. The app that is listed isn’t compatible with my S4

  • Leo

    work’s on i9505 rooted just fine…only external SD

  • Carlos Urrego

    No problem with the installation of the app in SGS4 i9500 rooted and with Android 4.3, but it doesn’t work. The App says that the phone is already in Mass storage mode but i connect the phone to the PC and it doesn’t recognice it. What else do i have to do?

  • jimmersd

    This does work after a fashion. You have to open the usb mass storage app, access the menu and force SD Mount. Then you can access the extSdCard.

  • Anonymous

    I want the geeky way to do it.. not an app.. thanks and geeky means I dont need help doing it just what to do thanks.

    I am looking around in the ramdisk right now… If I need to rebuild the zImage no prob.. maybe I should be searching git…

  • jaydeepee

    i have a GT-19506 s4 and there arent any options for rooting is there another way