How to Change Default USB Configuration on Google Pixel 7

This post will walk you through altering the default system settings for USB connections on the newest Google Pixel smartphone. Here’s a quick guide to change the default USB configuration on Google Pixel 7.

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Time Needed : 4 minutes

When you connect your Google Pixel 7 smartphone to a computer via USB cable, you will see that it doesn’t automatically launch the internal storage menu unless you allow the connection. This happens because the default USB preferences setting for USB is set for No data transfer.

If you want your computer to have access to your Pixel 7’s storage and files every time you connect them via USB cable, then you can just change the default USB preferences settings on your phone. In case you’re wondering how to access and manage this setting on your Pixel 7, we’ve outlined the actual steps for your reference. Feel free to use this guide when needed.

Important note:
The following steps are only applicable if you’ve already unlocked the Developer options menu on your Google Pixel 7 smartphone. You can use our separate guide in case you need help unlocking the Developer mode on this device.

  1. To get started, swipe up from the bottom of the Home screen to launch the Apps tray and then tap on the Settings (gear) icon.

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    Doing so will launch the Settings app menu with a list of all system features and services.

  2. Scroll to locate System from the given items and then tap on it to proceed.

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    Another menu opens with the integrated system management features.

  3. Scroll down to the bottom section and then tap Developer Options.

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    Doing so will launch the Developer options menu with a long list of advanced system features, mostly designed for software development purposes.

  4. Scroll to find Default USB configuration from the given options.

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    It’s typically grouped among other relevant options under the Debugging section.

  5. On the succeeding window, you will see different actions that you can set for your phone to execute whenever it’s connected to a computer via USB cable. To change the default selection, simply tap to mark any of the other given options you prefer.

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    Among the available options are File transfer/Android Auto, USB tethering, MIDI, PTP, and No data transfer. The default selection is set to No data transfer so your phone will only charge when plugged into a USB port.

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You may opt to set it to File transfer/Android Auto or USB tethering depending on your needs. If you want your phone to automatically enable file transfer over a USB connection, select File transfer/Android Auto. 

This is by far one of the most common settings used by many Android phone owners who frequently do wired file transfer between their smartphone and computers. You can always change this setting when needed.

Please note that these settings will automatically be applied when another device is connected and your Pixel 7 is unlocked. In order to prevent any unauthorized access to your phone’s internal files and data, only connect to your own and/or other trusted devices. Otherwise, you can just switch back to the default USB configuration or disable the phone’s USB debugging function.

And that’s how you alter the default USB configuration on the newest Google Pixel smartphone.

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