I want to mount my phone on my GNU/Linux machine. Mount Android phone file system on Linux manually mentions the Android file system and that is not exactly what I am looking for (which may be the reason I cannot really use the answers).

I tried jmtpfs but my phone does not show up as an MTP device.

The problem with accessing the Android file system is that as a normal user there are really only a few places that you have access to (e.g. you do not have read access to /).

I can access files on the phone using a filemanager installed on the phone. And it is these same files I want to access through a mount point. I imagine it could happen through FUSE that talks to a filemanager installed on the phone.

So I want to have the same access as any filemanager app running on the phone. No more (i.e. I do not want to root the phone), no less (I do not want to have to guess pathnames because some topdirs do not have -r permission). And I want this presented in a nice UNIX-file dir structure so I can do find . -type f | parallel grep foo or cp -r * /mnt/backup or du.

It would be fine if the dirs that I do not have access to where presented as empty read-only, so maybe /mnt/phone/storage/emulated/0 would contain files, but /mnt/phone/storage/ would be empty (apart from the dir emulated).

It would be OK to have to install an app on the phone. I can find some old projects that (try to?) give webdav support on the phone, and that might work, if there is a compatible FUSE webdav client for GNU/Linux.

So what I am really looking for, is someone who has the described setup running, and how this was done.


1 Answer 1


Based on @ArtemS.Tashkinov's comment:

Install "FTP Server (free)" on the phone. Open it.

sudo apt install curlftpfs
mkdir phone
curlftpfs ftp://ftp:[email protected]:2121 phone

Then you can use the dir phone.

The solution has 2 drawbacks:

  • I cannot see how I can access the SD-card
  • There is no caching (so if you access the file twice, you have to transfer it twice).

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .