New Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) owners can read this guide to not only download but also install proper USB drivers for their smartphone on Windows and Mac computer systems. Samsung’s latest A series release comes with a number of surprising changes. For one, there are three camera sensors on the back — one more than any 2018 Samsung premium flagship. Further, Galaxy A7 also has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner which doubles as a click-able power button, another first for Samsung smartphones. We did a detailed hands-on and first impressions video which you can watch on our YouTube channel. If you are planning to purchase this phone or you already have it, read the ahead mentioned steps to install proper USB drivers on your computer so that you can transfer data reliably.
Whenever we get a new Android smartphone, our first thing is always to get our computers configured correctly to properly suit it. This way, there is a reliable connection and we can easily transfer data to and from it. Further, when using tools like Odin to flash official firmwares or any other system file, they also require you to have correct USB drivers installed before hand. Hence, it actually is quite necessary for each Android smartphone user to install proper USB drivers on their computer systems for their specific device. For a complete USB drivers installation how-to targeted specifically for Galaxy A7, read right ahead. These drivers will also let you use ADB utility.
Download Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) Drivers and Transfer Files
With the steps ahead, we will show you how to configure Samsung Galaxy A7 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 Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018), 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 Samsung Galaxy A7.
How to Allow Access to Files on Samsung Galaxy A7
If you are new to Android, you may find it slightly difficult to transfer files between the Samsung Galaxy A7 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 on 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 Samsung Galaxy A7 to the computer with a Type C cable.
Step 2 – Once connected, there will be a pop-up saying “Allow access to your data“, tap on Allow.
Step 3 – This will reconnect the smartphone to your computer but with this time, you would be able to see all your data.
Step 4 – If you missed the pop up, you can just scroll down your notification bar, tap on the Connection Mode and set it to Transfer Files / Media Device.
That’s it. You should now be able to access the Samsung Galaxy A7’s phone storage from your computer and easily transfer files between them.
Samsung Galaxy A7 Drivers for Windows
Once you install proper USB drivers, your Samsung Galaxy A7 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 Samsung Galaxy A7 with Windows PC:
- Step 1 – Download USB Drivers for Samsung Galaxy A7 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 Samsung Galaxy A7 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 Samsung Galaxy A7 on the Windows PC.
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Samsung Galaxy A7 USB Drivers for Mac
Connecting Samsung Galaxy A7’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 Samsung Galaxy A7 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 Samsung Galaxy A7 and a Type-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 – Connect your Samsung Galaxy A7 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 Samsung Galaxy A7 connected to your MacBook so you can transfer media content or other files to and from your phone.
Transfer Samsung Galaxy A7 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 Samsung Galaxy A7. This app lets you work with your Samsung Galaxy A7 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 Samsung Galaxy A7 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 Samsung Galaxy A7 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.
Samsung Galaxy A7 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 Samsung Galaxy A7, 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 Samsung Galaxy A7 section for official firmware updates, custom ROMs, tips and other tutorials.