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Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro USB Drivers for Windows and Mac

If you have bought your new Huawei Mate 20 or Mate 20 Pro flagship, you should definitely give this guide a read to implement correct drivers for it on your computer. The new Mate refresh has brought some of the best hardware we have seen in a 2018 smartphone. This new series carries the similar P20 Pro 3-camera setup but in a new matrix arrangement. Now, to transfer all the amazing high-res photos that you take with the Mate 20 to your computer or even transfer your complete music library to the Mate 20, be sure to first install proper USB drivers. Each Android manufacturer has its own set of propietrary drivers that are required to be installed to make for proper recognition by the computer system.

Apart from transferring files to and from the device, these drivers also allow for utilities such as ADB and Fastboot to work properly. For unfamiliar users, ADB and Fastboot are command-line utilities which enable system modification such as flashing mods and firmwares. Further, as Mate 20 series comes with USB Type-C, these drivers will also ensure that your computer utilizes the full file transfer speed that the phone is capable of. On top of the standard drivers, we have included additional methods which you can use to wirelessly communicate with your phone and transfer files without any physical cable.

Download Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro USB Drivers for Windows, Mac

Download Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro Drivers and Transfer Files

Here we will take you through the whole process of installing proper USB drivers for Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro on your PC. 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 Y7 Prime, 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 Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro.

How to Enable Transfer Files Mode on Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro

If you are new to Android, you may find it slightly difficult to transfer files between the Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro 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 Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro to the computer with a microUSB 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”.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro - Charging via USB

Step 4 – Now select “Transfer files” from the options on your screen.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro - Transfer Files

That’s it. You should now be able to access the Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro’s phone storage from your computer and easily transfer files between them.

Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro Drivers for Windows

To connect Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro properly on a Windows PC, you should download Huawei HiSuite. This tool allows you to connect your Huawei phones to the computer, transfer files and even update the phone software. You can read all about this tool on its download page. USB drivers for Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro will be bundled with this app and will be installed along with it.

You can also connect the Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro directly to a Windows PC and wait till it is recognized by the PC and MTP drivers are automatically installed by Windows. However, the official drivers with HiSuite allows you to enjoy high-speed data transfer rates and the tool offers a lot more features than the native Windows method. If your phone is not easily recognized by the computer and nothing happens after connecting your phone, that is when you need to download Huawei HiSuite or install Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro drivers manually. When connecting your Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro phone with the computer, it is highly recommended to only use the microUSB cable that you got with the phone in the box.

We have listed down these simple steps to connect the Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro with Windows PC:

  • Step 1 – Download Huawei HiSuite and install it on your computer too. This app also includes the latest modem and MTP drivers needed for your Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro to connect with the PC.
  • Step 2 – Connect your Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro with the computer using a microUSB 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 Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro on the Windows PC.

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Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro USB Drivers for Mac

Connecting Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro’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 Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro 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.

Android File Transfer - Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro USB Drivers

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 Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro 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 Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro with the computer using a microUSB 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 Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro connected to your MacBook so you can transfer media content or other files to and from your phone.

Transfer Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro Files to Mac / Windows with HandShaker

HandShaker for Android and Mac

HandShaker is the beautiful alternative we mentioned earlier that you can use on Mac (and even Windows) to transfer files from the Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro. This app lets you work with your Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro 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.

If you need a complete step-by-step guide, follow our tutorials here on how to setup HandShaker for Windows and Mac OS X.

Transfer Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro 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 Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro 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.

Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro 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 Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro, 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

Download Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro ADB, Fastboot Drivers - Android SDK Platform-Tools

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 Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro section for official firmware updates, custom ROMs, tips and other tutorials.