I've got an old Android phone with broken display and I'd like to get the data (in particular photos) out of it.
I connected it to my computer but it did not mount automatically and mount says that "no medium found". With dmesg and lsusb I see that it is connected. Could anyone help me to mount it and get access the data? Thanks a lot!

Here is dmesg output:

usb 1-1.2: new high-speed USB device number 12 using ehci-pci
usb-storage 1-1.2:1.0: USB Mass Storage device detected
scsi host6: usb-storage 1-1.2:1.0
scsi 6:0:0:0: Direct-Access Android UMS Composite 0001 PQ: 0 ANSI: 2
scsi 6:0:0:1: Direct-Access Android UMS Composite 0001 PQ: 0 ANSI: 2
sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI removable disk
sd 6:0:0:1: [sdc] Attached SCSI removable disk

Here is lsusb output:

Bus 001 Device 012: ID 04e8:681d Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd Galaxy Portal/Spica Android Phone

Here is sudo mount /dev/sdb /mnt/pphone/ output:

mount: /mnt/pphone: no medium found on /dev/sdb.

And here output for sudo lsblk -alp:

/dev/sda 8:0 0 465,8G 0 disk
/dev/sda1 8:1 0 3,7G 0 part [SWAP]
/dev/sda2 8:2 0 275,8G 0 part
/dev/sda3 8:3 0 200M 0 part /boot/efi
/dev/sda4 8:4 0 186,1G 0 part /
/dev/sdb 8:16 1 0 disk
/dev/sdc 8:32 1 0 disk

Thank you for any help!

  • Please post the output of sudo lsblk. You need to mount a filesystem not an entire block device. – datUser Mar 26 at 12:05
  • Thanks for your comment, @datUser. I've added the output of lsblk – dpelisek Mar 27 at 6:39

Looks like Android devices are not mountable like a mass storage device anymore, they have moved to the media transfer protocol (mtp) [Insert obligatory XKCD Commentary].

Take heart, there's a package mtp-tools that should help access the device over mtp. You can find it for Debian and I assume most other distros.

Here is a list of devices that should work with the protocol as implemented in the mpt-tools package.

Here is a nice set of instructions for how to fly it. If you run into problems, feel free to ask another question or edit the current one. Best of luck.

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