Use Your Honeycomb Tablet as a Mass Storage Device!

July 5, 2011, By Christian Cawley

With a Honeycomb tablet you will probably find that you have upwards of 2 GB of storage available, usually thanks to a microSD card that can be removed if necessary. With some tablets offering many more gigabytes of capacity than this, you will no doubt be looking for a way to use your tablet as some sort of mass storage device, or at the very least find some way of synchronizing it with your Windows PC.

Thanks to the slick user interface on Honeycomb, achieving this is pretty simple, and if you’re new to Honeycomb or Android this method will not be one that you will forget in a hurry!

Note that using a tablet as a storage device has considerable advantages, but there are other ways of transferring data to your slate, such as via the Dropbox app. USB is a great alternative, however, and allows you to enjoy media copies from your computer just as easily as you might use the device to store a vital, massive piece of data.

Honeycomb USB mass storage

Setup USB Storage on Your Android Honeycomb Tablet

In order to change your tablet into a USB mass storage device, you will need to begin by connecting it to your computer using the correct cable that shipped with the device, or a suitable replacement. Next, boot up the tablet and the computer, as both devices will need to be powered up, and wait for the notification area to display the USB logo.

Once this has been done, tap the icon, which will read “USB Connected. Select to copy files to/from your computer”.

Tap the notification popup and you will be taken to the USB Mass Storage screen. All you need to do next is tap the Turn on USB storage button and the microSD card will then become readable and writable from your computer. From here, you can read data or copy it to your computer, as well as use the device for mass storage as described earlier.

Removing USB Storage

As with a standard USB storage device, however, you will need to be careful how you remove y our tablet from your computer. The best way of doing this is to disable USB storage, which can be done by following the same instructions as displayed above. This will enable you to then safely remove your USB cable, although note that for the best results you should correctly remove the item from your desktop computer (such as right-clicking and choosing Eject in the system tray in Windows, or dragging the drive to trash in Mac OS X).

Further storage options can be found via Settings > Storage – here you will find data about the storage capacity and options for erasing your microSD card if you are thinking of resetting your device.

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