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How to Fix Galaxy S22 Ultra Won’t Connect to PC via USB (Windows 10/11)

Is your Galaxy S22 Ultra won't recognized by your computer? Want to connect it without running into problems? Read this guide!
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It can be quite annoying to see when you try to connect your Samsung S22 Ultra (or another S22 model) to a PC using a USB cable, but it doesn’t get connected or is even not recognized by the PC. 

You may have already done a couple of fixes to fix this issue too. However, it all ended up here because nothing you did has worked. 

But you don’t have to worry about this anymore because in this guide, we will show you solutions that actually work to fix if your Samsung S22 ultra won’t connect to your PC.

Whether the PC runs on Windows 10 or 11, your Galaxy S22 Ultra will be able to successfully transfer files, connect to a PC suite like Samsung PC Studio, and even use features like USB debugging.

Let’s get started.

Note: Solutions in this guide will work on any Samsung Galaxy S22 model (S22, S22 Plus, S22 Fe, and S22 Ultra models.)

Editor’s note: We created these instructions using a Samsung Galaxy S22 running Android 13. Depending on your device’s software version, some steps and menu positions may look slightly different.

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Why the Samsung S22 Ultra won’t connect to PC?

Actually, there can be several reasons why your Samsung S22 Ultra won’t connect to your PC.

When we first saw this issue on Samsung Community, users reported that they had used a couple of cables to connect their Samsung S22 Ultra devices.

But the issue is some cables can only be used to charge a device. They do not contain wires to transfer data. So if you use such a cable, your PC won’t even recognize there is a device connected to it. Instead, you will see “charging” on your Galaxy S22 Ultra because it only gets the electricity to charge the battery.

Another misconception about this issue is that some users believe the USB debugging feature should be enabled to successfully connect the Galaxy S22 to a PC, which is actually not true. However, if you want to extend the possibilities of the USB connection, you need to enable this feature. 

There are similar reasons why your Samsung S22 ultra does not connect to your PC, like having no USB drivers, glitches with both Windows and Android OS, temporary issues, etc. 

It is all about the PC you are trying to connect to and your device. When connecting these two, both devices should recognize each other. And that is what we are going to do in this guide. So let’s get into it.

Fix 01: Download and Install Samsung Galaxy S22 USB Drivers

USB drivers are programs that tell the PC how a device should be recognized. Usually, the latest Windows operating systems like Windows 10 and 11 natively support a lot of Samsung devices. However, there is a special USB driver available for Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, and installing it should fix the problem.

Here is what you need to do;

  1. Click here to download the USB driver for Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (If you are using another model of Galaxy S22, use this link instead).
  2. Once downloaded, remove any Samsung devices connected to the PC, and then install the driver.
Samsung usb driver is installing
  1. After you install the driver, connect the device.

If you want a more detailed guide on how to install the USB driver for your Galaxy S22/S22 Ultra, check our guide here.

Fix 02: Restart Both Devices

If your PC still doesn’t recognize the Galaxy S22 Ultra, you can restart both the PC & your Samsung S22. By restarting, you will be able to fix if there are any temporary glitches on the devices.

Here is how you can restart your phone and the PC;

  1. Click on the Start button > Power button.
  2. Then click on the Restart button.
Restart-windows-pc

To restart your Samsung S22 Ultra;

  1. Press and hold the power + volume buttons simultaneously and release the keys once your device starts to switch off.
Force restart samsung

Fix 03: Use a Working Data Cable

As we said earlier in this guide, you need a data-transferring cable to connect your Samsung S22 Ultra to the PC. 

If you are using the original OEM cable that came with your device (USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable), you should make sure your PC’s USB Type-C port is compatible with transferring data.

Alternatively, you can use an adapter to convert one end of the Type-C cable to USB Type-A. That way, you can use the traditional USB Type-A port of your PC to connect your Galaxy S22 Ultra and transfer data without any issues. 

When choosing an adapter, always ensure to buy a standard one (avoid cheap adapters), or you won’t be able to establish a good connection between the PC and mobile device.

Fix 04: Set the Default Connection to MTP

By default, the PC connection of the Galaxy S22 devices is set to “charging.” Although you can change it once the device is recognized by the PC, you can change this behavior to an MTP (Media transfer protocol) connection and establish a successful connection once you plug the cable into the device.

To change the connection to MTP, follow these steps;

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to Developer options (If you cannot see the Developer options, you have to enable it first, check this guide to know how to do that).
  3. Go to the Networking section and tap on “Select USB configurations”.
  4. Select “Media Transfer Protocol (MTP)”.
  5. Now, connect the device to the PC.

Fix 05: Update Your Galaxy S22

It is very rare that Android system issues prevent the Samsung S22 Ultra from connecting to PC. That said, installing software updates can fix if there are any bugs in the Android system.

To update your Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, do this;

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap on Software update.
  3. Then, tap on “Download and Install” to check and install if there is any software update available for your device.
Download and install

We hope this guide helped you to fix the connection issue between your PC and your Galaxy S22 smartphone.

If you have any questions or need help regarding this guide, leave a comment below.

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Danu

The founder of Backtodefault.com and the tech nerd of the team. He is specialized in Android/iOS development and web development.

4 Comments

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    I’ve done all the steps and have the correct cable. When I connect my s22 ultra to my pc it just beeps and my phone will show up in file explorer for just a sec then vanish. it will do this for a few min then it just stops trying to see my phone. What would cause this? I’m using a new data cable and it works as I’ve checked it on other devices.

    • Danu
      Danu Reply

      Have you tried to plug the cable into a different USB port? If not, try it. Also, you can boot your PC into safe mode and try to connect your device.

      If the Windows on your PC is outdated, update it to the latest build. This might help to fix the issue.

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        I had same problem. Nothing that is writing here, did not help me. In my case decision was to change USB cable on real USB 3 cable. All ports on my computer are also USB 3.

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