Here are instructions on how to properly download and install OnePlus 6 USB drivers for your Windows or Mac computer. As with any Android smartphone, there are proprietary drivers that you first need to download and configure in order to have your PC properly recognize the device. Fortunately, the guide ahead takes you through the whole process, step by step and with proper download links, of installing official OnePlus 6 drivers. Android phones are designed to work without these drivers but unfortunately, in such scenarios, there is a risk of data corruption or a common error popping up such as Device Malfunction on your computer. Nonetheless, with the following guide, you can install official OnePlus 6 USB drivers — Mac and Windows both supported — to avoid such issues.
After seeing multiple Notch style smartphones, OnePlus has officially jumped on the same bandwagon with its OnePlus 6. Regardless of that, the phone features an amazing design, high-end hardware and that same affordable price. All in all, its a great package and when you receive yours, you should first install proper USB drivers for it on your computer before actually connecting it to transfer data.
Download OnePlus 6 Drivers and Transfer Files
With the steps ahead, we will show you how to configure OnePlus 6 drivers on your computer. These drivers would help your computer in properly recognizing the device and would also help in setting up a stable connection between the two. For users who have just bought the OnePlus 6, this is the first thing you should do before you proceed to transfer all your data. Further, it also applies when you are trying to backup your files from the OnePlus 6.
How to Enable Transfer Files Mode on OnePlus 6
If you are new to Android, you may find it slightly difficult to transfer files between the OnePlus 6 and the computer. It is not as easy as plug-and-play after you connect your phone with a cable to a PC. There is one small option in your phone that you need to change to enable transferring of files. This is done as a security feature in Android to protect files on a locked phone.
Step 1 – Connect your OnePlus 6 to the computer with a USB-C cable.
Step 2 – Once connected, by default you will be on “Charge only” mode.
Step 3 – To enable transfer files, scroll down the notifications panel on your phone and tap on “Charging via USB”.
Step 4 – Now select “Transfer files” from the options on your screen.
That’s it. You should now be able to access the OnePlus 6’s phone storage from your computer and easily transfer files between them.
OnePlus 6 Drivers for Windows
Unlike other smartphone manufacturers, OnePlus doesn’t have its own suite for managing data and configuring USB drivers. Rather, you need to download them manually and install them on your computer.
Once installed, your OnePlus 6 will be properly recognized by your computer hence allowing other utilities such as ADB / Fastboot to work correctly as well. Further, these drivers would ensure that all data is properly transferred to your smartphone without any corruption.
We have listed down these simple steps to connect the OnePlus 6 with Windows PC:
- Step 1 – Download USB Drivers for OnePlus 6 and install it on your computer too. As these are just drivers and not a program, you wont be required to run anything after you have these installed.
- Step 2 – Connect your OnePlus 6 with the computer using a USB-C cable.
- Step 3 – Now wait for the computer to recognize the device and install / setup necessary files and drivers.
- Step 4 – You will notice several files being installed. Once completed, open My Computer or This PC to find your phone.
- Step 5 – Double-click on your phone and now you are ready to browse through your OnePlus 6 on the Windows PC.
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OnePlus 6 USB Drivers for Mac
Connecting OnePlus 6’s internal storage is relatively easier on macOS / Mac OS X. If you have been a Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy or Nexus user on a Mac previously, then setting up the OnePlus 6 should be no different for you. Android File Transfer is a free utility by Google to connect your Android phones (and tablets) to transfer 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.
There are known problems with Android File Transfer and the newly launched phones with Android Oreo. Google has yet to announce a major new update to Android File Transfer, but hasn’t done anything to improve this app in the last 5-6 years. To get around this, we discovered a fantastic new free alternative called as HandShaker. It works with macOS and Windows PC. We will talk about that in a bit below.
Make sure you have a OnePlus 6 and a microUSB 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 – Connect your OnePlus 6 with the computer using a USB-C cable.
- Step 3 – 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 4 – Tap ‘Allow‘ on your phone screen to allow the phone to communicate with the computer.
- Step 5 – Android File Transfer window will automatically open up with your internal phone memory directories.
This is it! You will have a working OnePlus 6 connected to your MacBook so you can transfer media content or other files to and from your phone.
Transfer OnePlus 6 Files to Mac / Windows with HandShaker
HandShaker is the beautiful alternative we mentioned earlier that you can use on Mac (and even Windows) to transfer files from the OnePlus 6. This app lets you work with your OnePlus 6 phone files on your Mac computer just like how you would do on a Windows PC. It has a beautiful UI with large icons that makes it very easy to browse through your photos, videos, downloads and all the other files in your Android phone. HandShaker also allows you to connect your phone wirelessly and transfer files.
Transfer OnePlus 6 Files Wirelessly on Windows & Mac
Even though every other gadget and chargers are moving to USB Type-C, there may be times when you do not have a cable around you. Most probably when you are out of office, home or are traveling. You should also set up your computer to work with wireless transfers. Transferring files wirelessly may be slow, but at times when you really need to connect your phone to a Mac or Windows PC for media content, it should be sufficient enough and get the job done.
We have a couple of tips and guides on how to transfer files between OnePlus 6 and your computer wirelessly. For starters, you can look into the following apps and install them on your computer or phone:
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.
OnePlus 6 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 OnePlus 6, 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
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:
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 OnePlus 6 section for official firmware updates, custom ROMs, tips and other tutorials.