What is the difference between MTP (Media Transfer protocol) mode and UMS (USB Mass Storage) mode?

Last Update date : 2014.08.28


Media Device (MTP – Media Transfer Protocol)


Allows you to transfer media files to and from a computer running on the Windows® operating system. MTP also allows you to transfer files to and from device that has the Android™ File Transfer application installed. This is the default USB mode on your mobile device.


UMS (USB Mass Storage)

A set of computing communications protocols
Defined by the USB Implementers Forum that run on the Universal Serial Bus. The standard provides an interface to a variety of storage devices.

• Most current mainstream operating systems include support for USB mass storage devices, although support on older systems is available through patches.

Transferring contents using UMS using Windows File explorer
• User can use drag & drop method to send the files to device or receive some files from device.



Both the MTP and UMS mode have similar function to enable the transfer files between device and PC.

But they have different features as shown in the table below.



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