Before you connect your phone to your computer, follow this guide to download Nokia 8.1 USB drivers and install them on Windows, Mac or Linux PCs. It’s easy to forget, with Android phones, that different brands have their own set of proprietary USB drivers which ensure that a user’s PC correctly recognizes the specific smartphone. Further, these drivers also allow for proper data transfer speeds along with protection against errors during file transfer. To install official Nokia 8.1 USB drivers on your computer, follow our easy tutorial below.
For enthusiasts who are looking to flash firmware files manually via Fastboot or want to use ADB, these drivers are all the more essential. As for how to install, the process is quite straight forward and as we have broken it down into simple steps, implementing it shouldn’t be any issue. Furthermore, as most users connect their smartphone to their computer for data transfer we have also gathered few utilities which can be utilized to wirelessly transfer files. The only drawback with wireless is, it takes more time. Follow ahead for installing Nokia 8.1 USB Drivers.
After you install these drivers, your computer would be able to recognize the device properly. The Nokia 8.1 smartphone will show up in file browser once you connect it. If it doesn’t, make sure the device itself is set to share files with the computer.
Our guide is compliant with Windows as well as Mac Operating Systems. As the Nokia 8.1 has an expandable storage slot, you would see the SD card be mounted to as well and it would show up parallel to the phone’s inbuilt storage. 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.
Download Nokia 8.1 Drivers for Windows
The official Nokia 8.1 USB drivers are always bundled with the device itself. Once you connect your phone, an auto-run will start or the phone will mount a CD-ROM slot to give you access to these drivers. Android MTP drivers are also included with every phone running Android 7.0 Nougat software and are recognizable by all versions of Windows. However, at times the installation fails and you need to install the drivers manually or using another app.
If you phone is not easily recognized by the computer and nothing happens after connecting your phone, that is when you need to install Nokia 8.1 USB drivers manually. For transferring media content, photos and other files from your phone, you need to have a Type-C cable (preferably the one you got in the box) for the phone.
Follow these simple steps to connect your phone with Windows PC:
Step 1 – Download Nokia USB drivers for the Nokia 8.1 and install them on your computer by running the “Setup.exe”
Step 3 – Connect your Nokia 8.1 with the computer using a USB Type-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 Nokia 8.1 on the Windows PC.
You can now transfer photos, music, videos or any other files from and to your Nokia 8.1 internal storage and the SD card (if you have inserted any) in your phone.
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Download Nokia 8.1 USB Drivers for Mac
Connecting Nokia 8.1’s internal memory and SD card storage is relatively easier on Mac OS X. The entire process on Mac is as easy as plug and play for almost all Android devices. If you have been a Google Pixel or Nexus user on a Mac previously, then setting up the Nokia 8.1 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.
A few users did report some issues with Android File Transfer and some of the newly launched Android phones (i.e. Google Pixel). That has been taken care of with another free alternative on Mac called as HandShaker. We will talk about that in a bit below.
Make sure you have a Nokia 8.1 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 Nokia 8.1 with the computer using a USB Type-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.
Alternative: Transfer Nokia 8.1 Files to Mac with HandShaker
This is the beautiful alternative we mentioned earlier that you can use on Mac to transfer files from the Nokia 8.1. HandShaker lets you work with your Nokia 8.1 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:
- Download HandShaker Mac app and install it.
- Download HandShaker Android app and install it on your phone.
- You can read and follow the on-screen instructions.
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.
Nokia 8.1 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 Nokia 8.1, 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 Nokia 8.1 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:
- Windows: Download platform-tools-windows-latest.zip
- MacOS: Download platform-tools-darwin-latest.zip
- Linux: Download platform-tools-linux-latest.zip
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 Nokia 8.1 section for official firmware updates, custom ROMs, tips and other tutorials.