How to Connect Nexus Device to Windows 10 or 8.1 PCs

Being upgraded on your devices can some of the time be an agony. Being the first to utilize another OS means being the first to experience bugs as well. The same happened when we moved from Windows 8 to 8.1 or 10 [for a few clients Windows 7 to 8]. The Nexus devices we had [Nexus 5, 6 and 7] were not connecting with the PC. The device appeared in the device manager and the Windows 8 rundown of known devices with its relating name yet we couldn’t do anything with it. Document and Image transfer were impractical as it didn’t show up in Windows Explorer.


A Google search demonstrated to us that we were not by any means the only ones and other Nexus models were likewise influenced. Rest guaranteed, we followed the tutorial to Connect Nexus Device to Windows 10 or 8.1 PCs and thought to share the same with our lovely readers.

How to Connect Nexus Device to Windows 10 or 8.1 PCs

Do the following and your Nexus device should connect. If you still face problems, do leave comments below so that we get back to you. Screenshots attached for your reference.

  1. Check whether MTP is ON:
    Go to settings > Storage> Options [top right] > USB Computer Connection. If it is not already ON, use the toggle switch [screenshot below]. This menu might only appear when the USB is plugged in on both the PC and the Nexus device. MTP stands for Media Transfer Protocol.
  2. Device Drivers:
    Open Device Manager on your PC after connecting your Nexus device. This can be done either by going through:

    1. My Computer > My PC > Control Panel [top bar] > Device Manager
      The device should be listed here as its generic name i.e. : Nexus 7. If you see something like Acer ADB Interface / LG ADB Interface; it means that the correct drivers have not been installed.
    2. Resolve this by right-clicking the device and choose: Update Driver Software > Browse My Computer for Driver Software. There should be another compatible driver already available. Pick the ‘MTP USB Driver’ to replace the ADB Driver.
  3. Rightly done and installed, the Device Manager should now list your device in the right manner. More importantly, you should now be able to sync and transfer files between your PC and Nexus device.

Note: If you cannot find the right drivers in your PC, please comment below.