After much looking around I was never able to find a how-to guide (or should I
say the ones that did never worked) on how to connect my android
tablet/phone to Ubuntu for file transfers, sure there’s other means of
doing it wireless via your LAN, but truth be told MTP and Ubuntu don’t
exactly see eye to eye and as such I hope the following guide I put
together saves someone a lot of time and effort. This was performed on
Ubuntu 14.04 LTSSTEP 1
Firstly we’re going to need to install some of the
common MTP apps that will be needed. Open up a terminal and type the
following two lines one after the other.

sudo apt-get install libmtp-common mtp-tools libmtp-dev libmtp-runtime libmtp9
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Then we’re going to amend the fuse.conf file. FUSE is
an application that aims to provide a secure method for non privileged
users to create and mount their own file system implementations. This
option overrides the security measure restricting file access to the
user mounting the file system. So all users (including root) can access
the files. This option is by default only allowed to root, but this
restriction can be removed with a change to the aforementioned fuse.conf
file as follows:

At the terminal type

sudo nano /etc/fuse.conf

We want to remove the # from the below line of code for user_allow_other, like so…

#/etc/fuse.conf - Configuration file for Filesystem in Userspace (FUSE)

#Set the maximum number of FUSE mounts allowed to non-root users.
#The default is 1000.
#mount_max = 1000

# Allow non-root users to specify the allow_other or allow_root mount options.

Now save the file by pressing Ctrl+x, press Y and then Enter.


now need to set up some rules for our device that we plan on
connecting, but before we do that we need to find out both the vendor
and product id

Connect your device via an available usb port and from terminal enter


This should bring up an output similar to the following

Bus 002 Device 003: ID 0fce:01b1 Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB 
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 006: ID 0461:4d65 Primax Electronics, Ltd 
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0846:9020 NetGear, Inc. WNA3100(v1) Wireless-N 300 [Broadcom BCM43231]

You need to look for your device, in this instance my Sony Tablet is at
the top of the list, the vendor id is 0fce and product id is 01b1

We’re then going to amend the mtp udev rules as follows, from a terminal type

sudo nano /lib/udev/rules.d/69-mtp.rules

Then add the below line of code

# Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
ATTR{idVendor}=="0fce", ATTR{idProduct}=="01b1", SYMLINK+="libmtp-%k", ENV{ID_MTP_DEVICE}="1", ENV{ID_MEDIA_PLAYER}="1"

Remember what you’re changing here is the device name next to the #,
this can be whatever you want, the # comments out the code, but for
clarity and reference later I would choose the name of your tablet/phone
and also the vendor id and product id, they should match what was seen
when you issued the lsusb command earlier.

Once done, save the file.

The next step would also be to add a line of code to the 51 android rules file, again from a terminal type

sudo nano /etc/udev/rules.d/51-android.rules

Then add the following line of code

ATTR{idVendor}=="0fce", ATTR{idProduct}=="01b1", MODE=”0666"

Remember what I have highlighted in red needs to be changed to your device product id and vendor id.

Once that is done and the file is saved, remove any usb device currently connected and issue the following commands


sudo service udev restart

Then save any other remaining work you may have open and reboot the system.


sudo reboot

Once rebooted you should now be able to plug your Android device
in(making sure the screen is unlocked) and VIOLA!!(or at least I hope)
You will now be able to transfer data to/from your Android device via
the much quicker and much more reliable MTP

All feedback gladly welcome, would like to know if this has worked for this others too.