A feature that the Sony design team chose not to include in their early 2012 flagships was mass storage mode. While MTP has its advantages over USB mass storage, this exclusion left many users scratching their heads. Not only is USB mass storage faster, it also wouldn’t really hurt to have the choice. But all things aside, there’s now an app called SD Mounter by XDA Senior Member Soheil_rf that enables mass storage developed on the Xperia S, P and U running Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.
Based on XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD‘s SD Card Mounter for the same devices with Gingerbread and XDA Senior Member Arakmar‘s scripts, SD Mounter allows users to easily activate either mass storage mode or media transfer mode. A rooted device with busybox is required for it to operate properly, so don’t be surprised when SuperUser prompts for root permission. As with any mass storage device, it is also recommended to eject your device from your PC once you’re done your business before you switch back to media transfer mode to prevent any unwanted storage errors.
So if this interests you, be sure to check out the original thread for more information.
Not many feature omissions have drawn as much ire in recent memory as the lack of USB Mass Storage. While Media Transfer Protocol has numerous advantages such as safer removal and simultaneous access from both your computer and mobile device, it’s just not quite the same as directly mounting your device as standard USB storage. This is on top of the hoops that non-Windows users have to go through to access the storage in the first place.
Thankfully, there’s no shortage of tweaks and mods to get the beloved USB Mass Storage functionality back. The newest solution comes from XDA Senior Member MohammadAG, and it is for quite a few Samsung devices including the Galaxy S III, Galaxy S 4, and the Galaxy Note 2. And even if you have a Samsung device that isn’t one of the above, it’s quite possible that it may still work for you.
As described by the developer:
- Allows you to use your microSD card as a USB Mass Storage device.
- Shortcuts on your homescreen to easily enable/disable USB Mass Storage mode.
- Warns the user if they try to disable Mass Storage mode without unmounting/ejecting on the PC side.
Tested working on:
Samsung Galaxy Note II (GT-N7100)
Samsung Galaxy SIII (GT-I9300)
Samsung Grand Duos (GT-I9082) – Thanks to wan Mohd in Play Store reviews.
Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500) – Thanks to taiseer999 in the replies below.
Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505) – Thanks to Solomon Chow in Play Store reviews.
Samsung Galaxy S4 (SGH-I337) – Thanks to Delyan Georgiev in Play Store reviews.
Eager to get USB Mass Storage on your device? If so, head over to the original thread to get started.
[Thanks to The Waswas for the tip!]