How to Mount an MTP Mobile Device on Linux
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I recently ran into trouble attempting to mount my GrapheneOS phone to my laptop running Fedora Linux via the Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) and discovered a simple and effective solution.
Use a USB 3.0 Port
First, ensure that the device was plugged in to the laptop through a USB 3.0 port, if possible. From a brief glance online, it seems that USB 2.0 ports may cause issues with dropped connections over MTP. This is purely anecdotal since I don't have any evidence to link showing that USB 2.0 causes issues, but I can confirm that switching to a USB 3.0 port seemed to cut out most of my issues.
Switch USB Preferences to MTP
Secondly, you need to ensure that the phone's USB preferences/mode is changed to MTP or File Transfer once the phone is plugged in. Other modes will not allow you to access the phone's file system.
Next, I used the
jmtpfs package to mount my phone to my laptop. There are other packages that exist, but this one worked perfectly for me. On Fedora Linux, you can install it like this:
Create a Mount Point
Once you have the package installed, you just need to create a folder for the device to use as a mount point. In my case, I used
Mount & Access the Phone's File System
Finally, plug-in and mount the device, and you should be able to see all storage (internal and external) inside your new folder!
The output should look something like this:
Now you are mounted and can do anything you'd like with the device's files:
From here, you will be able to see any internal or external storage available on the device: