Samsung Galaxy S3: How to Connect to Windows or Mac Computer

There are several reasons that might make you have to connect your Galaxy SIII with computers, one of them when you want to load music onto your phone via Samsung's Kies software.

See also: How to load music from Kies with Samsung Galaxy S3

For beginners to connect the two devices it may be a little bit tricky, but by following the guidelines below you can do it all with ease.

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How to connect to a PC?
As written on technipages.com, in order to make your phone connect with your computer, you need to follow the simple steps below:
  1. First of all, if you are Windows user you should download the USB driver for the Galaxy SIII and install it to your computer. While if you are a Mac user you do not need to install any drivers or software.
  2. Connect these two devices using a micro USB cable.
  3. On your phone's screen the prompt will appear informing you that you have connected to the computer.
  4. Drag down the notification area and select the option you want to use for your device. The options include:
    • Connected as a media device -> Media device (MTP) -> Use this option if you want Windows Explorer or Mac Finder manually transfer files between PC and your phone or if you want to utilize Windows Media Player.
    • Connected as a media device -> Camera (PTP) -> Use this option if you want to use your phone as a camera.
  5. Done.

In addition, you can also use Samsung's Kies software to help you when the phone is connected to your computer. You can get Samsung's Kies software free through Samsung website. Once you have installed it on your computer, then it will run automatically whenever your phone is connected to the computer. And the good news is that this software is compatible with both Windows and Mac computer. So, try this useful methods and share your experience here through the comment below :)

20 comments:

  1. Nice post. I really appreciate your info. Thanks for sharing. samsung

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    1. Hi Sweet Fairy,
      I'm so glad you find this article is useful for you.
      Enjoy reading and have a nice day :)

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  2. @rehan thanks for the info, as i am new to Samsung it's really help to me.:)

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    1. Hi Shaik Abdul Riyaz,
      Thanks for the visit and comment.
      I'm so happy if you was helped with this articles :)

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  3. Bro just need some help
    The problem is that I've downloaded the KIES on my laptop and have installed too as it has two versions which are LITE and NORMAL but my problem is that when I choose LITE version and try connecting my S3 it just saying CONNECTING nothing happens more! I've installed the the USB drivers too but can't connect my phone to Lappy! And when I load the NORMAL version of Pc suit it shows an error after loading some time and then SAYS some error and it crashes :(
    Please help me with this.


    Regards:
    M.Farooq Abbasi

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    1. Hi M.Farooq Abbasi,
      Thanks for coming and leave your comment here.
      Try to connect your phone with USB cable to your computer without using KIES? Did they successfully connected?

      1. If so, then there is no problem with your USB connection. Try to uninstall KIES, download and install it again on your laptop. Once it finished, try to connect your phone using KIES.

      2. If not, maybe the problem is your usb connection. So, try these steps:
      - On your laptop, right click My Computer.
      - Click Manage.
      - Click Manage Devices.
      - Scroll down and find the MTP device then right-click on it.
      - Select Update (or it may say update hardware or update device or something like that), click it.
      - Wait until the process is completed.
      - Go to your Windows Explorer, if it works you should see your phone will turn up there.
      - Now try to use your phone with KIES.

      Finally, let me know if it works for you.
      Hope this helps :)

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    2. Hi i have the same problem my PC connect i can access my phone but the software doesn't connect please help

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    3. Hi Christopher Chris,
      Thanks for coming.
      Try to check your current CSC on your phone by dialing *#1234#
      If Samsung Kies doesn't connect with your phone, may it means you don't have a CSC on your phone. I've found about it on SAMmobile forums. If you want to do further investigate about it, here's the link:http://www.sammobile.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9468
      Hope this helps :)

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  4. hye..i had a problem with my phone s3. i can connect my phone to the pc but the problem is at my device manager i did not shown the com port of the phone. anyone can help me?

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    1. Hi Zainurman zulkeflee,
      Thanks for coming.
      What do you use to connect your phone with the PC? USB cable or else? If you use the USB cable, then the phone should be displayed under Universal serial bus controllers. However, I'm so wondering, did the com port which is not shown--as you said-- brings you a problem? such as not allow you to transfer file or else?

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  5. Dear rehan,
    I would appreciate it very much if you could help me how to use my pc.using my android wi fi. Iam not really good at computer and smart phone illiterate. Following the manual is like reading a foreign language.So please if you could easy things up for me.
    Thanks in advance

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    1. Hi Miles Away,
      Thanks for coming.
      Well, may I know what would you like to do with your PC and your Samsung Galaxy SIII when they're connected? Do you want to transfer files or wants to share internet connection or else?

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  6. I am wondering if I can link 2 songs together, so that when shuffling they still play together?

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    1. Hi Laurie Gonyea,
      Thanks for coming.
      I'm so glad to see you again in this blog.
      CMIIW, did you mean to merge two songs into a single one? If so, try the app named Mp3 Cutter & Merger. This app has the ability to merge the songs. Here's the link:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=igost.music.mp3cutter
      Oh, FYI next time whenever you want to submit your comment please drop them in the related post (eg. if you ask about songs then drop the comment in the music-related post). If not, feel free to reach me through the Contact us page, I'll be more than happy to answer the question.
      Hope this helps :)

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  7. Thanks for the info- I don't see either of the contact methods you mention...I'd be happy to contact that way if you direct me to those links. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Laurie Gonyea,
      Thanks for coming back here.
      You can reach me through the Contact us page below this Blog's title (next to Disclaimer or Sitemap).

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  8. I've not been able to get my S3 to connect my new pc (Windows 8) since I bought it (the pc that is... I was previously able to connect my S3 to my old pc (Windows XP) with no problem. Unfortunately, my old pc's motherboard went south.) I was hoping that upgrading to 4.3 might help, but it did not as I still cannot get a connection. Oddly enough, my pc does see it via Device Manager. I've tried everything. There's even a fairly large thread dedicated to it somewhere around here. One member really went above and beyond to try and help, but his efforts and suggestions never worked out.

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    1. Hi Ahmed Zahir,
      Thanks for coming.
      Given to your information, seems the problem is in the PC-side. I've found some of S3 users with Win 8 as their PC also has the difficulties to connect their S3. I'm also so sorry to say that I don't know much about Win 8, but you can try to disable and then enable the device in the Device manager on your PC. Another way, try to reinstall the driver of your phone in the PC. At the first time I try to connect my old Samsung phone(it was Tab 2.7.0) to the PC, it wouldn't connect till I manually installing the driver for the phone in my PC.
      Hope this helps :)

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  9. Hi please help me connect my phone to my laptop so I can use internet on my laptop

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    1. Hi Alfreide Jenny,
      Thanks for coming.
      You can share your S3 connection with your PC by using Wi-Fi tether(see the complete steps here:http://inside-galaxy.blogspot.com/2013/04/samsung-galaxy-s3-how-to-use-it-as.html)
      or by using USB tether(see the complete steps here:http://inside-galaxy.blogspot.com/2013/05/samsung-galaxy-s3-how-to-share-internet.html)
      Hope it helps :)

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