Category Archives: Google Nexus 5

Nexus 4 USB doesn’t connect to computer with Android 4.3 – Use Wireless FTP Transfer for Android

After I got my Nexus 5, I had the task of transferring all my pictures and music off of my Nexus 4 to my Nexus 5. I had thought that it would have been backed up and I could simply restore it on my Nexus 5. Well nothing came over. No Apps but my wireless connection settings did. That was a disappointment.

So, I decided to connect it to my computer to copy the data to it and then back down to the Nexus 5. That didn’t work!

My Nexus 4 for some reason couldn’t connect to ANY of my Windows 7 computers. I tried 3 different computers and at least 3 different USB cables. Nothing worked. It would charge when connected to the computer though…

Every once in a while, it would connect and I could copy some pictures and music over but then I would get a device error and the connection would get terminated. After 2 days of troubleshooting this problem I found a simple solution that works well.

I found a app in the Google Play store called “WiFi File Transfer Pro” which was free. This software turns your Android device into a FTP server on port 2121 and allowed me to use my favorite FTP program (FileZilla) to connect to it and copy ALL my pics and music off of my Nexus 4 over to my computer. Then I can connect my Nexus 5 to my computer (which does work by the way) and copy back to my shiny new Nexus 5 all my music and what pictures I want to transfer over.

The file transfer is still going as I have over 6GB of data to move off of the Nexus 4.

I did call Google Nexus Support at 1-855-836-3987 and got a US speaking support person that did help me but he didn’t have a working solution except to try one of these programs.

Once I get everything off my old Nexus 4, I’m going to wipe the phone to factory defaults and see if it works again after the wipe. If not, Back to Google for Warranty repair 🙁

This phone will then be handed down to my wife and her’ Google Galaxy Nexus will go to my mom! EEEK!!!


Nexus 5 – What I like and HATE about the Nexus 5 (First 24 hours)

I received my Nexus 5 yesterday and fired it up. A few notes that I didn’t like about my first 24 hour experience…

Nexus 5 Dislikes come first because they bug me the most:

Icons got larger… Much Larger

The icons in the app list got larger and lost a row. My Nexus 4 had 5×5 grid of application icons. The Nexus 5 has a 4×5 grid and the icons got bigger. This drives me nuts. It took me a few hours to figure out why it was bugging me until I had the phones side by side. They are simply bigger. I think now that the phone has a higher resolution, they should have kept the icons the same size (in pixels) and let them be smaller or let us change the size of the icons back. I feel that I’ve lost some real-estate since there isn’t as many icons even though the screen got larger with higher resolution.

Nexus 5 - 4 icons wide

Nexus 5 – 4 icons wide

Nexus 4 - 5 icons wide

Nexus 4 – 5 icons wide

The Camera sticks out the back

This is a crazy decision. Why would you let a phone teeter totter on the camera lens when it is set down. This keeps the phone from having a good grip (using the rubber back) on anything you set it on. Everyone that stopped by my desk to see the phone immediately noticed this. Just a bad design decision.

They switched/rotated the USB connection port 180 degrees

Why would they do this? now my docking station for my Nexus 4 doesn’t fit the Nexus 5. It would have fit fine if they wouldn’t have done this. Also, now I have to remember to flip my plug around when plugging it in when the light is dim. This sucks. If Google would have thought of keeping the Nexus line similar in versions, they sure missed the boat on this one. Just pisses me off!

The back has a HUGE label on it

Such a pretty phone. Nice and black. No Silver or chrome at all on it. Just what I wanted. Then, they slapped a IMEI sticker across the back. I assume I need this so I had better not remove it but why? Why not put it in the slot where you put the SIM card? Oh, why am I not a designer!

No color in the status window shade

Huh? so before, when you were disconnected from Google, your signal strength would change from blue to white. You would not receive any updates, notifications or anything on Android 4.3. To fix this, I had to open up Google Hangouts and it would re-register and turn blue again. Now, there is no way to tell if you’re disconnected from Google. It’s a shame! The blue looked nice. Now it’s just white. If I had a white background, what would it look like now…

Google Hangouts for SMS/Texting

What? Now I gotta figure this out? I guess it’s a move to get your texts and messages out of the providers SMS/Texting service and on to Google’s? I’ll bet that’s the plan. Then start sending ad’s may come next. Shit, this is hard to figure out. Why?

Swipe left for Google Now…

Where did my left desktop go on my phone. Now I have Google Now there. That sucks! I don’t want it there and can’t figure out how to change it.

And now on to the things I like

The Sound is much better on the Nexus 5

Wow! the sound has gotten much better. I have owned all the Google phones starting with the Google G1, then the Galaxy Nexus (Curved phone) which the volume and ringer SUCKED, the Nexus 4 which got better but not great and now the Nexus 5. I think Google and LG finally got it right. Maybe it takes a TON of customers to complain over and over until they listen. You will be satisfied with this!

An ALL BLACK phone. No silver/chrome accents

Oh, My, this Nexus 5 looks fine! eNuff said!

Full Screen background

Yah, this was a long time coming. The full background and allowing apps to use the full screen makes use of the full screen. Much nicer. Thanks Google!

Ok Google…

This is just awesome so far. I wish I could command my phone while it was locked but that’s ok for now. Saying “Ok Google, Call my wife” works great. LOVE IT. I wish it dialed a default number which I think it can so I don’t have to interact with it while driving doing something else 🙂


Ok. I’m done bitching about the phone. Overall, I’m starting to like it even though there are some things that simply suck. Yup, some changes were just not a good decision.

About ME: Long time Google Android User. Always use Google Chrome. I’m allergic to IE! Makes me sick! 20+ years in IT as a Systems Administrator supporting all aspects of IT. I LOVE Android phones and Google products.