I have an Android 4.x phone, which when connected to a Windows PC, shows up as a device.

Is there any software solution to expose it as a drive instead?

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    Is your device rooted? – Izzy Apr 10 '15 at 9:30

That can be done through any app that allows you to run an FTP server on the Android phone. Two examples are:

Start a server on any of these apps, note the resulting IP address, then type it with \\ in the map network drive window in Windows Explorer after choosing a drive letter:

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    +1 but do they show the whole Android filesystem, including for example Android's /mnt folder itself? If not, from what level? – Nicolas Raoul Apr 10 '15 at 4:38
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    That very much "depends on". If the app runs with "root privileges" (requiring the device to be "rooted"), the entire file system can be exposed. Otherwise, while it's possible to "start at the base level", not all directories can be shown/accessed. // Btw: for alternatives, be welcome to see my app lists: Server has sub-lists for different types. Various File Servers is the list you're probably most interested in. – Izzy Apr 10 '15 at 9:28
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    @NicolasRaoul In addition to what Izzy mentioned, you are also able to specify the level of "home" directory that'll show up in the drive within the settings in FTPServer. It can be anything accessible to the app starting from / – Tymric Apr 10 '15 at 10:47
  • thanks, I was able to get this working with WebDav after a couple attempts. Is there a way to have it connected via USB? (it's going through WIFI at the moment in my setup). – Joe Apr 12 '15 at 17:17
  • @Joe I don't think you need an app for that. Just change the settings of the USB connection type from "Media device" into "Mass storage" – Tymric Apr 12 '15 at 17:28

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