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How to Fix USB Connection Not Working on CM11 Custom ROMs

CM11 is out for a huge number of Android phones and tablets, with some devices having having an issue that USB connection doesn’t work with CM11 ROMs. I recently installed the M4 snapshot release of CyanogenMod 11 for one of my Android phones. Everything went well, till I realized I forgot to install the Android 4.4.2 Gapps for CM11.

After connecting the phone with my laptop, the USB connection just didn’t work. I switched my USB cables, that didn’t change anything either. My phone was charging properly as it should with a USB connection to a computer, but nothing else. Happened with you as well? This is a very common issue/bug that comes up in CM11 custom firmwares. How to fix? It is very easy and this is what we will tell later in this post below.

How to Fix USB Connection Not Working on CM11

Here is a very quick workaround if you come across such an issue as mentioned above. I found this while going through various settings and configurations. All you need to make sure of is that the proper USB computer connection mode is selected in your phone. For some reason, none of the modes were selected by default.


This is how you can do it:

  • Go to Settings
  • Scroll down and tap on Storage
  • Press the Options key (or tap the ‘Options’ icon in the top right) and select “USB computer connection”
  • Check “Media device (MTP)”

That’s pretty much it! This should fix why your CM11 custom ROm was not letting you connect your phone/tablet with the computer using a USB cable.

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Haris Nadeem
Haris lives on everything Android; has countless devices, apps and games to play with everyday. Currently serving as the Chief Editor at Team Android.
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  1. Thanks so much !! I’ve been struggling for the last 2 days with wetransfer copies to install things on my phone ! So great !!! For the others, dont forget to enable as well the usb debug mode, taping 7 times on the build number option, then going in the new option developper mode, usb debug mode.

  2. like seriously, ppl with custom roms know the storage and debug mode process. So please Whats a real more realistic solution. Mine works on stock roms but no usb connection on 4.4.2 upwards. HTC one XL

  3. I have CM12.1 on SPH-L900, when I clicked USB computer connection, it says USB is not disconnected, I don’t get the MTP/PTP menu. pleeaseeee help!

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