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Google Pixel and Pixel XL USB Drivers – Download Now

Google have announced their first ever Pixel smartphones, Pixel and Pixel XL. The first shipments have already started arriving and you can download the latest USB drivers for them right below. What’s special about these smartphones is the fact that the hardware as well as the software both are designed by Google. These phones ship with the latest Android version, 7.1 Nougat. As for USB drivers, you need them to make sure your computer correctly recognize the phone you have connected with it. The difference between the Pixel and Pixel XL is the screen size, rest of the hardware¬†is exactly the same. Read further on how you can install USB drivers correctly on your computer for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL.

Previous iterations of Android have removed the Mass Storage capability which made the phone act as an USB. Instead of that, we have MTP (Media Transfer Protocol). These standard MTP drivers come bundled with the phone and no need for separate installation. ADB drivers and Fastboot drivers will need to be downloaded from the Android SDK. 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.

NOTE: Screenshots are only used below for illustration purposes and may be taken using a different phone.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL USB Drivers

Google Pixel / Pixel XL USB Drivers for Windows

Like we said, the USB drivers for Pixel / Pixel XL are bundled in the device itself. For transferring media content, photos and other files from your phone, you need to have a micro USB cable (preferably the one you got with the phone) for the phone.

  • Connect your Google Pixel / Pixel XL with the computer using that USB cable.
  • Now wait for the computer to recognize the device.
  • Several drivers including the modem, MTP service etc. will be installed automatically.

By default, your phone is set to “Charging only” when you connect it to the computer with your USB cable. To be able to transfer files between your PC and phone, do the following steps to enable the storage option:

Step 1 – After connecting your phone and installing drivers, pull down your notification area.

Step 2 – Tap the “USB charging this device” option.

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Step 3 – Now select “Transfer files” from the various options show on your screen.

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Once finished, you will see a new media device in My Computer. You can now transfer photos, music, videos or any other files from and to your Pixel / Pixel XL USB memory.

Alternative: Use HandShaker to Transfer Google Pixel / Pixel XL Files to Windows

Android Files Manager - HandShaker

There are plenty of alternatives on Windows for transferring files from Google Pixel / Pixel XL, 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.

Google Pixel / Pixel XL USB Drivers for Mac

Connecting your Pixel / Pixel XL USB memory on a Mac is also easy. If you have been a Nexus device user on a Mac previously, then this Pixel / Pixel XL should be no different for you. Make sure you have a Pixel / Pixel XL and a micro-USB data cable (preferably, the one that came with the phone).

Android File Transfer

Follow these quick steps:

  • Download Android File Transfer and install it on Mac OS X.
  • Connect your Google Pixel / Pixel XL with the USB cable.
  • Wait for the phone to get connected and drivers to be installed.
  • Android File Transfer window will automatically open up with your internal phone memory directories.

If Android File Transfer fails to start, that is because you might have to enable the “Mass storage” option in your phone:

Step 1 – After connecting your phone and installing drivers, pull down your notification area.

Step 2 – Tap the “USB charging this device” option.

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Step 3 – Now select “Transfer files” from the various options show on your screen.

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That’s it! Let me know if you run into any problems and we’ll try our best to sort it out.

Transfer Google Pixel Files to Mac with HandShaker

HandShaker for Android and Mac

There have been reports of Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL having issues with the default Android File Transfer app that we know for Mac and Linux. If this is the case, we have an Android File Transfer alternative and it works beautifully with this phone.

HandShaker lets you work with your Google Pixel / Pixel XL 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.

Google Pixel / Pixel XL ADB / Fastboot Drivers

Now for those of you who plan on developing Android apps or any custom ROMs on the Pixel / Pixel XL, you will need to have ADB and Fastboot drivers installed and working in your computer.

We have done an entire tutorial on how to set up ADB and Fastboot using Android SDK for any Android device. You can follow this tutorial and set up ADB and Fastboot and also download drivers from Google for the Pixel / Pixel XL.

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 TeamAndroid will be happy to help you out.

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