How to Transfer Files to Your Google Nexus 10/Nexus 7 from PC

Have on idea about Google Nexus 10/Nexus 7 file transfer? Check out this tutorial to learn how to easily add videos, music, pictures and more files to your Nexus 10 or Nexus 7 tablet.

Both the Google’s Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 feature a stunning display which places us right inside the action with perfect experience when reading, browsing, and playing. By this time, you might have received your Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 tablet from Google. One of the common think we will do is transfer music, video files, pictures from the PC computer to Google tablet. Here are the steps for transferring files from the PC to your Nexus 7 or Nexus 10.

You can use a USB cable to transfer videos, music, pictures, and other files from your tablet to a computer and vice versa. This connection uses the MTP protocol, which is supported by most recent versions of Windows but not by Mac OS X. For file transfer to Mac OS X, you use the free Android File Transfer application.

Method 1: Transfer files through USB

Windows transfer

  1. Using USB cable connect the Nexus 7 phone to your PC computer.
  2. As soon as you connect both of them, you will see the PC computer start installing the required drivers.
  3. Once the driver installations are over, the Nexus 7 tablet is mounted as a storage device.
  4. Now you can copy the music, video and pictures files from PC to Nexus 7.

Note that the supported music and video formats on Nexus 7 are listed below.

Supported Music file formats: AAC, FLAC, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE, Vorbis, AMR-WB, AMR-NB

Supported Video file formats: H.263, H.264 AVC, MPEG-4, VP8

Supported image formats: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, WEBP

Related settings: To change your tablet’s USB connection options, touch Settings > Device > Storage > Menu > USB computer connection.

Mac OS transfer

  1. Install Android File Transfer from, and follow the instructions there. (If you are using Android File Transfer for the first time, double-click it to open it. After the first connection, it opens automatically whenever you connect.)
  2. Connect your tablet to your computer with a USB cable. Android File Transfer starts, if it’s not already running, and opens a window that displays the contents of your tablet, along with storage space details at the bottom of the window.
  3. Work with this window much as you do in the Finder window: open and close folders, create new folders, and drag files to or from it and other Finder windows.
  4. Disconnect the USB cable when you finish.

Method 2: DoubleTwist—USB Wired Transfer (PC and Mac)

DoubleTwist is a popular and lightweight software for you to manage and sync your iTunes music, photos and videos. It’s easy to use and completely free. Also supports wireless sync with the Air Sync client ($4.99 on Google Play). Visit for additional details.

  1. Download doubleTwist from Google Play on your Google tablet.
  2. On your computer (PC or Mac), use your browser to go to, and use the link to download DoubleTwist. Follow the installation instructions.
  3. Follow the instructions on the app on your device and the computer to set up synchronization between DoubleTwist on your computer and Google Nexus 10 or Nexus 7.
  4. NOTE: If DoubleTwist has trouble recognizing your Google tablet when it is attached to your computer’s USB port, follow the instructions below to connect your Nexus 10 or Nexus 7 as a storage drive. Once complete, try the synchronization process again.

a. Attach your Google tablet to your computer (PC or Mac) using the USB cable. If this is the first time you’ve connected your device to your computer it will install the necessary drivers on your computer.

b. On your Nexus 10 or Nexus 7, touch Applications Settings > Wireless and network > USB utilities.

c. Remove the USB cable from your Google tablet.

d. On your Google tablet touch “Connect storage to PC”. You will see a warning: “USB utilities / Connect USB cable to use mass storage.” Insert the USB cable into your Nexus 10 or N7 while the message is still on the screen. Do not touch “Cancel”.

e. The screen will change to “USB mass storage” with a picture of a green Android and a message that says “USB connected.” Touch “Connect USB storage” at the bottom.

Tips to Get Your Files Fit for Google Nexus 10/Nexus 7 Playback

  1. Better Put Google Nexus 10 or Nexus 7 friendly videos to the device.
  2. With a powerful third-party media player you can play more videos. For your reference about the best Android Video player of 2012, you can check out a guide here.
  3. Don’t put copy-protected contents onto the Google tablet. Movies purchased from online video stores (e.g. iTunes, Amazon) or Digital Copies from Blu-ray/DVD discs are restricted with DRM. To have the Google Nexus 10 or Nexus 7 to play these files, get yourself a DRM removal tool first.
  4. Compress/convert your HD videos when necessary.
  5. The best settings for converting videos to Nexus 10 / Nexus 7 depends.
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8 Responses to How to Transfer Files to Your Google Nexus 10/Nexus 7 from PC

  1. Patrick Neilson says:

    is there a problem with Jellybean 4.2? I have anew Nexus 7 tablet 32Gb, and when I try to transfer files from my Pc to the tablet, the Nexus asks for confirmation (i.e., OK to accept file). It only displays the message for a couple of seconds, then it disappears. What do I have to do to get files to download? I’ve heard there are issues with Jellybean 4.2

    • admin says:

      You can try one of the following solutions:

      1. Fix MTP: The Nexus uses the MTP mode to connect to your computer. This mode works best on a recent Windows operating systems with Windows Media Player 13 or better. The Nexus will appear as a Device – usually Nexus7.

      See how to fix MTS issues on Nexus 7:

      2. AirDroid App: If you’re looking to transfer stuff like music, video and ect. You can do that over wifi by using an app on the Google play store called airdroid. I use the very same app to transfer files, but it’s very slow for me..

      3. Instead of MTP, just choose PTP and Windows detected it as a portable device, tranferred files from my PC to the Nexus 7′s DCIM folder. Unplug the USB then just move them anywhere on the device’s storage using a file manager.. It’s that simple..

  2. Mike Oakes says:

    I have downloaded the android app for Adobe Reader and I have then placed a file on the Nexus hard drive which is in Adobe format but I cannot find the file in the nexus menu only in the storage usage screen. what do I need to do to be able to view files I have put on my Nexus?

    Mike Oakes

  3. Fred Zimmer says:

    I am trying to get information (information files) from my desktop to my Nexus 10 tablet. I’ve been trying to use a USB adapter that I just purchased and connecting a jump drive to it to download the info into the tablet—- nothing happens. I can’t even find anywhere on the tablet if it recognizes the memory stick…… Is it possible to do information transfer in this manner?

  4. Annette says:

    All I did was connect USB to PC and used windows media player to copy my media files

  5. Jo Ann says:

    once I have transferred my music files from my pc to my nexus 7 I cannot find them on my nexus tablet. They do not show up in the google play library. I can see the files from my pc but I do not know how to access the files to play my music from my nexus tablet

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