Huawei USB File Transfer Not Working? How to Fix it!

This article describes how to fix Huawei USB file transfer not working issue. After reading, you can learn 4 solutions and other two easy ways to send Android files.

Clara by Clara Updated December 12, 2023
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Huawei USB file transfer not working issue

Before updating the device last week, I could transfer files from my Huawei to my Windows 10 via USB connection. But after the update, my phone can only charge and has no option to transfer files. The device doesn't appear on my computer either. Can anyone help resolve this issue?

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Why USB File Transfer Is Not Working on Huawei?

Sometimes you want to share files from your Huawei to different devices, such as Windows, another Android phone, or iOS device. You can choose to connect your device via USB or try wireless file transfer. When you desperately want to transfer data from Huawei to Windows PC, but you find that Huawei MTP not working, it’s a troublesome thing.

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Why does this problem occur? There could be several reasons:

  • USB cable and port bug
  • USB connection mode setting
  • USB Debugging issues 
  • Hardware or compatibility problems

If you want to fix this issue, read on and try out various possible solutions.

How to Fix Huawei USB File Transfer Issues - 4 Ways

There are many reasons for this problem. Below we have listed 4 methods to help you solve the problem of Huawei USB file transfer not working.

Way 1. Check the USB Cable and Port

First, you can check the USB data cable or port that connects your Huawei and computer. Perhaps the USB cable you are using may be damaged, defective, or incompatible with your Huawei device. Try using a different USB cable to see if the problem persists.

Also, this issue can also occur if the USB port on your Huawei device or computer is faulty. You can try connecting your device to a different USB port on your computer.

Way 2. Set the USB Connection Mode

Normally, when you successfully connect your Huawei to your PC via USB cable, the phone will pop up an option box for USB mode. The default USB connection mode is "Charging Only", and you cannot transfer files in this mode. Therefore, you need to select the USB connection mode.

If the "Use USB To" pop-up message does not appear, you can to swipe down the notification center > Tap on Touch for more options > Select the Transfer files option. This way, you can view all your phone files on your computer and switch them.

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Way 3. Turn on USB Debugging

Another way to solve the problem when the Android phone cannot display "Use USB to" is to turn on USB debugging. Android phones come pre-installed with USB debugging mode, and by activating this mode, you can fix this problem. Below are the steps to be detailed.

Below are the steps to fix Android USB file transfer not working:

Step 1. Go to Settings app > Locate and tap on About Phone.

Step 2. Click Build Number option 7 times consecutively > Then you will view a pop-up message that says "You are now a developer!".

Step 3. Back to Settings > Select System & Updates > tap on Developer options.

Step 4. Turn on USB Debugging and Always prompt when connecting to USB options.

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After you finish the above steps, link your phone to the computer again with USB cable. Then you can see Use USB To option on the screen and fix the USB file transfer not working on Android.

Way 4. Restart the Huawei and the Computer

Restarting your Huawei device and computer is a basic troubleshooting step that can help resolve temporary glitches or USB file transfer issues. You can re-establish the connection between the Huawei device and the computer after restarting, and try to transfer files to see if the transfer can be successful.

On your Huawei phone: Press and hold the Power button > When there are options on the screen, tap on Restart option > then tap on Touch to Restart to confirmation.

On your computer: Go to Start menu > Select on Restart option.

Avoid USB Issues: How to Transfer Android Data Wirelessly

After solving the problem of USB for file transfer not working, you can also try more transmission methods, such as connecting your different devices PC/Android/iPhone wirelessly.

Way 1. Send Huawei Files to PC via Huawei Share

Huawei Share is a unique built-in function of Huawei phones. To avoid the USB issues, you can use it to transfer files between two Huawei devices or a Huawei and a Windows PC. Make sure that both your Huawei phone and PC should be connected to the same internet connection. Next are the steps to the method:

Step 1. On the Windows:

  • Go to Control Panel > Find Programs and Feature >Tap Windows features on or off > Enable SMB 1.0/CIFs File Sharing Support is enabled.
  • Open Network Discovery and File Sharing.

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Step 2. On your Huawei:

  • Turn on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
  • Open Settings > Locate Device connectivity > Tap Huawei Share > Turn on Huawei Share and Computer Share.

Step 3. Make sure your Huawei and PC are connected to the same Wi-Fi connection.

Step 4. On your computer, go to My PC > Look for Network to select your Huawei device to access Huawei files on computer.

Step 5. After that, you are able to copy and paste data from your Huawei to your computer.

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Way 2. Share Android Data to Android/iPhone with FoneTool

In addition, if you want to wirelessly send your Android data to another Android or iOS device, like sending files between Huwei phones, transferring data from Samsung to iPhone, or sharing iPhone to iPhone. You can choose to use a reliable third app - FoneTool.

FoneTool is a powerful data transfer tool, it uses WLAN technology, and you just open the Wi-Fi button on your devices without the need to connect a specific network. Without USB, you can easily and quickly send photos, videos, music, contacts, and other data.

Unlike Huawei share, which is only suitable for Huawei devices, FoneTool is compatible with most Android phone. Download FoneTool and follow the steps to share data between different Android phones:

Step 1. Open FoneTool app on both your Android phones > Turn on the Wi-Fi option, allow the tool to use WLAN.

Step 2. On the Connect Device page, tap Connect to Android (Tap Connect to iOS to share files from Android to iPhone) > Select the device name on either device > Wait for the two devices to establish a connection.

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Step 3. On one Android, tap File Transfer > Choose the data you’d like to send > Then Click Send to start the transmission.

huawei usb file transfer not working

Step 4. On another Android phone, tap Confirm to receive the files when you see the prompt.


This article provides some possible reasons and solutions for Huawei USB file transfer not working. You can choose the ways you prefer or try these effective methods one by one. If you want to avoid the USB file transfer issues, you can choose to use other wireless file transfer ways, like Huawei Share or FoneTool.

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