Samsung Galaxy S9 Drivers for Windows and Mac

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Here you can download the latest Samsung Galaxy S9 drivers for Windows and Mac platforms. You can transfer media content like photos, music, videos via USB between your phone and the computer. You need to install the correct Galaxy S9 USB drivers in order for your computer to recognize and interface with your Android phone. You also need drivers when debugging apps or during tweaking your phone with root, custom recovery etc. while connecting with ADB and Fastboot tools. We have links to these Android SDK Platform-Tools for Galaxy S9 given below. Please note, the following USB drivers will work with all the Samsung Galaxy S9 variants available.

The all new Samsung flagship, Galaxy S9, is now available for pre-order all over the world. That means, shipments will be starting soon and you need to get your computer ready for connecting the phone with it. In most cases, if you have already had a Samsung galaxy phone previously, you would not need to install these USB drivers all over again. Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with Android Oreo and USB Type-C port. We have seen this combination before, and unfortunately, this is a problem when connecting your phone to a macOS computer. Proper USB drivers are needed for the phone to communicate properly with your PC / Mac. Also, these drivers will help you experiment with different software that flash system partitions or install firmware manually, like ODIN. This post will help you download and install the correct Galaxy S9 drivers on Windows and Mac.


Download Galaxy S9 Drivers

The link below will you take you to the latest Android drivers provided by Samsung for various OS platforms – Windows, Mac and Linux. The phone does come with SD card slot which you can use to expand the storage. These drivers are only for making your computer recognizing the Galaxy S9 (and the SD card) correctly. We have an entire section full of Android USB Drivers, but we have that covered as well for you below on how to download and install the drivers.

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Download Samsung Galaxy S9 Drivers for Windows

The official Galaxy S9 USB drivers are always bundled with Samsung Smart Switch that you can download for Windows PC. You can also directly connect your Galaxy S9 to the computer and wait till it is recognized by the PC and MTP drivers are automatically installed. Android MTP drivers have always been included with every phone running Android 8.0 Oreo software. Please note, Samsung KIES is no longer compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S9. Samsung launched Smart Switch, a brand new utility for transferring content when switching phones or updating Galaxy S9 firmware.

If you phone is not easily recognized by the computer and nothing happens after connecting your phone, that is when you need to download Samsung Smart Switch or install Galaxy S9 drivers manually. For transferring media content, photos and other files from your phone, you need to have a USB-C cable (preferably the one you got with the phone) for the phone.

Follow these simple steps to connect your phone with Windows PC:

Step 1 – Download Samsung USB drivers for the Galaxy S9 and install them on your computer.

Step 2 – Download Samsung Smart Switch and install it on your computer too. This app also includes the latest modem and MTP drivers needed for your Galaxy S9 to connect with the PC. Smart Switch will also help you transfer contacts or files from your previous (or other) phone.

Step 3 – Connect your Galaxy S9 with the computer and a USB-C cable.

Step 4 – Now wait for the computer to recognize the device and install / setup necessary files and drivers.

Step 5 – You will notice several files being installed. Once completed, open My Computer or This PC to find your phone.

Step 6 – Double-click on your phone and now you are ready to browse through your Samsung Galaxy S9 on the Windows PC.

You can now transfer photos, music, videos or any other files from and to your Galaxy S9 internal storage and the SD card (if you have inserted any) in your phone.

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Alternative: Transfer Galaxy S9 Files to Windows with HandShaker

Android Files Manager - HandShaker

There are plenty of third-party alternatives on Windows for transferring files from Samsung Galaxy S9 and other Android phones, but our recent find HandShaker is really easy to use and works just how an Android file manager is supposed to work. It has a beautiful UI that makes it very easy to browse through your photos, videos, downloads and all the other files in your Android phone.

How to use HandShaker? Follow the quick steps below:

If you would like to read our review and installation guide, follow this link: How to Setup and Install HandShaker for Android and Windows.

Samsung Galaxy S9 USB Drivers for Mac

Android File Transfer - Samsung Galaxy S9

It is really easy to connect the Samsung Galaxy S9 internal storage and SD card storage to a Mac. All thanks to a small utility by Google that allows any Android device storage to work with OS X. If you have been a Google Pixel / nexus user in the past, you may know how easy it is — even for the new Galaxy S9.

Google provides a free utility for macOS, called Android File Transfer, that users can use to connect their Android phones (and tablets) to transfer their data between the phone and the computer. Android File Transfer misses out on a number of important features and feels very outdated, but it gets the job done and is compatible with almost every Android device out there. However, as mentioned earlier in this post, AFT has been having lots of issues with Android phones running on Android Oreo. Most notably, even Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL doesn’t connect properly on macOS. That has been taken care of with another free alternative on Mac called as HandShaker. We have talked about it below.

Make sure you have a Galaxy S9 and a USB-C cable (preferably, the one that came with the phone). Then follow these quick steps:

Step 1 – Download Android File Transfer and install it on your Mac computer.

Step 2 – Download Samsung Smart Switch and install that on your Mac as well. This app is the latest tool offered by Samsung to safely and seamlessly transfer your data to virtually any Samsung Galaxy device. Read more here about Smart Switch. Installing this tool is optional, as you can easily transfer content using just Android File Transfer.

Step 3 – Connect your Galaxy S9 with the computer and a USB-C cable.

Step 4 – Now wait for the computer to recognize the device. It may take a few seconds more if this is your first time connecting a new Android device.

Step 5 – Android File Transfer window will automatically open up with your internal phone memory directories.

Alternatively, you can also try to use Samsung KIES for Mac for browsing through your internal storage and transfer file easily. But, this is an old Samsung software and it is not recommended to use it.

Alternative: Transfer Galaxy S9 Files to Mac with HandShaker

HandShaker for Android and Mac

This is the beautiful alternative we mentioned earlier that you can use on Mac to transfer files from the Samsung Galaxy S9. HandShaker lets you work with your Samsung Galaxy S9 phone files on your Mac computer just like how you would do on a Windows PC. It has a beautiful UI that makes it very easy to browse through your photos, videos, downloads and all the other files in your Android phone.

How to use HandShaker? Follow the quick steps below:

If you need a complete step-by-step guide, follow our tutorial here: How to Setup and Install HandShaker App for Android and Mac OS X.

That’s it! Pretty easy solutions, eh? Let us know if you run into any problems and we’ll try our best to sort it out.

Samsung Galaxy S9 ADB / Fastboot Drivers for Windows & Mac

Now for those of you who plan on developing Android apps, testing, debugging or install any custom ROMs on the Galaxy S9, you will need to have ADB and Fastboot drivers installed and working in your computer. We have done tutorials on how to set up ADB and Fastboot using Android SDK / Android Studio on Windows and Mac for any Android device. Read the following guides depending on your OS platform:

The above mentioned tutorials are very detailed and require you to set up Android Studio / Android SDK on your computer. If you want to skip the long tutorial and just want the SDK Platform Tools package with ADB and Fastboot in it, download that from here:

You can download ADB and Fastboot for the Galaxy S9 from the above mentioned link. Separate ZIP packages are available for Windows, Mac and Linux users. At the time of writing, the following packages were the latest available by Google:

Again, for any help you need or if you get stuck with an issue, you can always contact us below in the comments and the team of Team Android will be happy to help you out.

You may also like to check out our Samsung Galaxy S9 section for official firmware updates, custom ROMs, tips and other tutorials.