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My Android phone is not recognizing the Picture Keeper

Having trouble getting started on your Android device?  Are you getting a “Drive not detected” message in the app?  In this guide, we will help you troubleshoot.  Please follow the steps below.

Update the Picture Keeper Connect app

Before we go any further, it is highly recommended that you update to the latest version of the Picture Keeper Connect app.

 

First Steps

Step 1: Phone Cases – Do you have a phone case or cover that might affect the connectivity between your phone and the Picture Keeper?  Any case may interfere with the connection if the cable or adapter cannot plug in all the way.  Additionally, any case that includes an additional battery, like a Mophie case, will not work.  Please remove any case or cover and try again.

Step 2: Android Cable – Please make sure that the Android cable is properly connected to the Picture Keeper, and that the smaller micro-USB end of the cable is plugged all the way into your phone or tablet.

Once the cable is connected, there will be a small gap between the actual connector and the Picture Keeper drive.  This is OK, and the Picture Keeper is now ready to use.

Step 3: Adapters – Nowadays, high-end Android smartphones and even some budget models are using a Type-C connector instead of regular micro-USB. If you need an adapter, check out our Keeper Converter. The Keeper Converter allows you to use our products with your Type-C smartphone or computer.

Are you using a Type-C adapter other than our Keeper Converter? If so, unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that it will work with all such adapters. Some phones may come with their own adapters.  We have conducted multiple tests and found that Picture Keeper will not work with with a micro-USB to Type-C adapter added onto the Android cable, but may work with a “standard” USB-C adapter. Here’s an example of these types of adapters.

Step 4: Power – Be aware of the battery level on your phone or tablet, make sure the device is fully charged and is not running in low power consumption or saving mode.  Some mobile devices will not power an external storage device if the battery is too low, or “Power Saver” mode is turned on.

Step 5: Permissions – Finally, let’s check some other settings on your Android phone. Please take a look at the following steps.

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Open Settings application on your Android phone.

Move to the Applications menu.

Select Application manager.

Choose ‘Picture Keeper Connect’ application from the list of your apps.

Open Permissions settings..

Grant the application permissions to access your Contacts and Storage.

Step 6: Check on another device Still not being recognized? Try your Picture Keeper with any computer or laptop running either Windows or Mac operating system, a different compatible smartphone or tablet (be sure to install the Picture Keeper Connect app first).  If it works on another device, we can rule out a problem with the Picture Keeper itself.

 

 

The LED lights up, but it won’t connect

If the LED lights up, that’s a good sign!  However, this probably means it is an issue with the settings of your phone or tablet, or the settings in the Picture Keeper Connect app.  Below, we’ll walk you through some settings troubleshooting.

Step 1. Let’s check whether your phone recognizes the Picture Keeper drive. Do you get any message from the Android device when connecting the drive? After plugging in the drive, swipe down to see messages. Do you see anything similar to this? Does the Android file viewer open when the Picture Keeper is connected?  If so, close the file viewer and open the Picture Keeper Connect app.

Step 2. No luck yet? Please try your Picture Keeper with any computer or laptop running either Windows or Mac operating system,  or a different compatible smartphone or tablet (be sure to install the Picture Keeper Connect app first). If it works on another device, we can rule out a problem with the Picture Keeper itself.

Step 3. Be aware of the battery level on your phone or tablet, make sure the device is fully charged and is not running in low power consumption or saving mode.  Some mobile devices may not provide enough power an external storage device if the battery is too low, or “Power Saver” mode is turned on.

Step 4. If this doesn’t help, we might need to disable SAF backup option from the settings of the Picture Keeper Connect application. Please follow these steps.

Open the Picture Keeper Connect app.

Tap the menu icon (three lines) in the upper left corner

Tap ‘Help’

Make sure 'Backup using SAF' is turned off

Now, attempt to Start Backup again.

 

Step 5. Finally, let’s check some other settings on your Android phone. Please take a look at the following steps.

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Open Settings application on your Android phone.

Move to the Applications menu.

Select Application manager.

Pick ‘Picture Keeper Connect’ application from the list of your apps.

Pick ‘Picture Keeper Connect’ application from the list of your apps.

Grant the application permissions to access your Contacts and Storage.

 

 

It worked in the past, but now it doesn’t

If your Picture Keeper has worked with your phone in the past, but seems to have stopped working, please try the following steps to troubleshoot the issue.

Step 1. Please try your Picture Keeper with any computer or laptop running either Windows or Mac operating system,  or a different compatible smartphone or tablet (be sure to install the Picture Keeper Connect app first).  Does the Picture Keeper light up and work?  If so, continue to step 2.  If it doesn’t work on a computer or a different Android device, please contact us.

Step 2. Plug your Picture Keeper into a dedicated USB port on your computer or laptop.

Step 3. Open the PKBACKUP drive icon (from either the Files Explorer application if you are a Windows user or Finder application in case you have a Mac), and open the LOST.DIR folder.  If there are a lot of numbered files in this folder, there may be an issue with the backup.  Please contact us.

Step 4. Need help from our support team? Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any difficulties. We can setup a remote access session and investigate this issue together with you in real-time.

 

The LED light is slowly fading on and off

If your Picture Keeper is equipped with an LED light, and is slowly fading on and off when connected to your Android device, try connecting it to a Windows or Mac computer.  If it behaves the same when plugged into a computer, there is likely a problem with your Picture Keeper.  Please contact us.

 

Antivirus software

If you happen to have an antivirus software like Dfndr app or any other similar app installed, it may be interfering with the Picture Keeper Connect app.  Please contact us and we will help you to resolve the issue.

Updated on November 6, 2017

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