Samsung Galaxy S3 USB connection to PC

My S3 will connect to a Win7 computer so that I can see the internal memory and SD card as another drive on windows explorer. I don't think I have loaded any specific Samsung drivers, it just did it.
I also have a Toshiba laptop running XP SP3. The Galaxy S3 will only connect as a media device. I cannot see the internal memory or the SD card. I cannot find I driver at Samsung. They want me to load Kies. I would prefer to drag and drop rather than sychronise. (I fought with apple and lost)
Any ideas - Thanks in advance
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  1. Upgrade your Windows XP computer to Windows 7 or newer. Also, the kies software is used to update the phone.
  2. Actually I found my own answer. I downloaded Kies and it must download a USB driver at the same time. When I now plug the phone in windows XP recognises the phones and I can see the phone's memory and the SD Card through Windows Explorer without using Kies
  3. I have a GS3 for just about a year. Like most people blogging, I had some success, once, in connecting my S3 to my PC but then it stopped a long time ago.
    I spent over 2+ hours on the phone with a Samsung rep who asked me to try various fixes, including uninstalling and reinstalling Kies and a myriad of other solutions that didn't work. Eventually he told me I'd have to return the phone and they'd wipe the contents when rebooting. Not an options since I had over 1,000 photos and videos on it.

    Finally I decided to search for more fixes online. I tried countless tricks and tips from various blogs, none worked, but finally I got a fix from this website:
    http://android.stackexchange.com/questions/35313/unable-to-connect-galaxy-s3-to-pc-via-usb
    http://

    I tried it and it worked!
    Here's the fix:
    1) go to the keypad of your phone as if you were going to make a call.
    2) Type in: *#7284# to access PhoneUtil
    3) Select "Qualcomm USB Settings" >
    4) Select "MTP + ADB"

    Device is now visible on my Mac, using Kies; and visible on my PC (running Win 7) with both Windows explorer and Kies.
  4. the problem is that my samsung doesn't give me the Qualcomm USB settings. it just gives me the UART and USB options and just to choose between modem and PDA.
    is there any other way to enter this mode?
  5. Calgary_Hans said:
    I have a GS3 for just about a year. Like most people blogging, I had some success, once, in connecting my S3 to my PC but then it stopped a long time ago.
    I spent over 2+ hours on the phone with a Samsung rep who asked me to try various fixes, including uninstalling and reinstalling Kies and a myriad of other solutions that didn't work. Eventually he told me I'd have to return the phone and they'd wipe the contents when rebooting. Not an options since I had over 1,000 photos and videos on it.

    Finally I decided to search for more fixes online. I tried countless tricks and tips from various blogs, none worked, but finally I got a fix from this website:
    http://android.stackexchange.com/questions/35313/unable-to-connect-galaxy-s3-to-pc-via-usb
    http://

    I tried it and it worked!
    Here's the fix:
    1) go to the keypad of your phone as if you were going to make a call.
    2) Type in: *#7284# to access PhoneUtil
    3) Select "Qualcomm USB Settings" >
    4) Select "MTP + ADB"

    Device is now visible on my Mac, using Kies; and visible on my PC (running Win 7) with both Windows explorer and Kies.
  6. thanks a lot it really helped me this answer.. I have tried and it works!.. I'm very very happy now..
    God bless you a lot!!
  7. http://www.samsung.com/us/support/downloads went there selected my phone and they have a new update for computers to connect to your phone through a USB connection
  8. Calgary_Hans said:
    I have a GS3 for just about a year. Like most people blogging, I had some success, once, in connecting my S3 to my PC but then it stopped a long time ago.
    I spent over 2+ hours on the phone with a Samsung rep who asked me to try various fixes, including uninstalling and reinstalling Kies and a myriad of other solutions that didn't work. Eventually he told me I'd have to return the phone and they'd wipe the contents when rebooting. Not an options since I had over 1,000 photos and videos on it.

    Finally I decided to search for more fixes online. I tried countless tricks and tips from various blogs, none worked, but finally I got a fix from this website:
    http://android.stackexchange.com/questions/35313/unable-to-connect-galaxy-s3-to-pc-via-usb
    http://

    I tried it and it worked!
    Here's the fix:
    1) go to the keypad of your phone as if you were going to make a call.
    2) Type in: *#7284# to access PhoneUtil
    3) Select "Qualcomm USB Settings" >
    4) Select "MTP + ADB"

    Device is now visible on my Mac, using Kies; and visible on my PC (running Win 7) with both Windows explorer and Kies.


    I never knew about this option and I've tried just about everything else that I could find online. But I am a bit perplexed when following the 4 steps you listed. After entering the string "*#7284#", nothing happens. There are no "ENTER" buttons per say. Seems like the phone is waiting for me to execute the input string you listed, which is "#*7284#". I also tried to click "send" from within the dialpad as if it were a call but that just leads to a recorded message stating the # is invalid or not in service

    I assume this string must be executed since merely entering *#7284# does not actually trigger any action. Are you supposed to click or hold a button or combination of buttons that acts as an "ENTER" command to execute the input string? I tried holding the power button for a few seconds, and then the volume button. I just couldn't figure it out. SO am I supposed to perform any steps to execute this input string after entering within the dial pad section? Stuck!
  9. kyllien said:
    Upgrade your Windows XP computer to Windows 7 or newer. Also, the kies software is used to update the phone.
    first, he asked for winxp help, not whether to upgrade...but to answer, I have 3 XP laptops and desktops still working and all recognize my S3 as a device named SPH710 and allows me to copy - move - edit etc anything...I can do mp3 tags, image edit rename...just get the usb driver from any number of websites...I'm using this exe file but cannot remember where I got it from, it's 6 months old "SAMSUNG_USB_Driver_for_Mobile_Phones.exe" p.s. kies is no longer supported
  10. I have 3 XP laptops and desktops still working and all recognize my S3 as a device named SPH-L710 and allows me to copy - move - edit etc anything...I can do mp3 tags, image edit rename...just get the usb driver from any number of websites...I'm using this exe file but cannot remember where I got it from, it's 6 months old "SAMSUNG_USB_Driver_for_Mobile_Phones.exe" p.s. kies is no longer supported
  11. I have 3 XP laptops and desktops still working and all recognize my S3 as a device named SPH-L710 and allows me to copy - move - edit etc anything...I can do mp3 tags, image edit rename...just get the usb driver from any number of websites...I'm using this exe file but cannot remember where I got it from, if you google that phrase it brings you to the softpedia site to DL "SAMSUNG_USB_Driver_for_Mobile_Phones.exe" p.s. kies is no longer supported
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