FIX: Windows 10 laptop doesn’t recognize Lumia smartphone

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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Laptop Doesn’t Recognize Lumia Smartphone

We transfer files from our laptops and computers to smartphones all the time, but some users are unable to transfer files because Windows 10 laptops can’t recognize their Lumia smartphone.

Their smartphone isn’t recognized when they connect it to a different computer, so it seems that this issue is related to the Lumia smartphone and not their laptop.

So what can we do to fix that?

What can I do if the Lumia smartphone is not recognized?

Sometimes your laptop doesn’t recognize Lumia devices, and that can be an annoying problem. Speaking of issues, here are some similar problems that users reported:

  • Windows phone 10 not connecting to PC – Can occur due to various reasons, and in order to fix it, it’s advised to temporarily disable your antivirus and check if that helps.
  • Windows phone not detected in Windows 10 – Can appear due to your drivers so you just have to reinstall the phone’s drivers.
  • Windows phone charging but not connecting to PC – Your phone might not be connecting properly to your PC. Be sure to perform a soft reset and see if that fixes the problem.
  • PC doesn’t recognize Nokia Lumia – Sometimes your PC won’t be able to recognize Nokia Lumia at all. Update both Windows and the system on your phone to the latest version to fix the issue.

1. Reinstall the Lumia USB driver

  1. Make sure that your phone isn’t connected to your computer.
  2. Press Windows Key + X and choose Device Manager from the menu.
    Windows phone charging but not connecting to PC
  3. Go to View and click on Show hidden devices.
    PC doesn't recognize Nokia Lumia
  4. Expand Universal Serial Bus Devices.
  5. Locate Lumia USB driver and right-click it.
  6. Choose Uninstall device.
    Windows phone not detected in Windows 10
  7. Click Uninstall.
    Windows phone charging but not connecting to PC
  8. Restart your computer.
  9. Connect your Lumia device, wait for the driver to install, and check to see if the issue is resolved.

The manual solution is perfectly fine but the system will install a default driver, not necessarily the latest one.

There is an easier way of updating your drivers by using specialized software like DriverFix.

This way, you can be sure that you always have the newest drivers and you don’t risk anything by downloading and installing an old or wrong driver.

It’s extremely simple to use but first you need to download and install DriverFix. You don’t need to worry about finding its icon on the Desktop because it will start automatically.

The tool will scan your system for new, updated, or malfunctioning drivers and after a few seconds, it will display a list of drivers to install.

DriverFix automatically update driversThe only thing left to do is to click on the Install All button from the top or to check the boxes from the corresponding drivers if you want to install them one by one.

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2. Check your antivirus

If your laptop doesn’t recognize the Lumia smartphone, the issue might be your antivirus.

Many antivirus applications are designed to scan any USB devices that you attach to your PC, and in some instances, an antivirus can block your USB device.

To fix this problem, open your antivirus and make sure that USB devices aren’t scanned or blocked. In addition, you might want to try disabling other features or even disable your antivirus altogether.

If that doesn’t solve the problem, you might have to uninstall your antivirus. Certain antivirus tools can interfere with your system, and the only way to fix the problem is to remove that antivirus.

Once you remove your antivirus, check if the problem is still there. If not, it’s advised that you switch to a different antivirus solution.

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3. Turn Xbox Music Cloud Collection off

  1. Go to Music +Video app on your phone.
  2. Choose Settings.
  3. Turn off Xbox Music Cloud Collection.
  4. Reconnect your Lumia smartphone to your computer.

4. Change the General settings of your USB device

  1. Make sure that your Lumia smartphone is connected.
  2. Click on the USB icon from the Taskbar.
  3. Choose Open devices and printers.
  4. Double click the Lumia device icon.
  5. Click on Change General settings.
  6. Click on the drop-down box and select When this device connects open Windows Explorer to view files.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Disconnect your phone and restart your computer.
  9. Connect your phone to see if it works.

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5. Perform a soft reset

To perform a soft reset on Lumia, you just need to press and hold the Volume Down button and the Power button for 3-5 seconds.

After doing that, your phone will perform a soft reset and it should be recognized by your laptop.

Some users are suggesting that you can perform a soft reset simply by holding the Power button for about 10 seconds, so you can try that as well.

The process might be slightly different for different Lumia models, so we suggest that you check your instruction manual for detailed information.


6. Turn off and turn on your phone while it’s connected to your computer

If your laptop doesn’t recognize Lumia, you might be able to fix this issue simply by turning the phone on and off while it’s connected to your PC.

After your phone starts, it should be detected by the PC automatically.


7. Install Media Feature Pack for N and KN versions of Windows 10

Windows phone 10 not connecting to PC

In case your Laptop doesn’t recognize the Lumia smartphone, the issue might be the lack of Media Feature Pack.

In case you don’t know, European and Korean versions of Windows 10 lack certain media features, and if you’re using one of these versions, you most likely don’t have these features installed.

Due to the lack of Media Feature Pack, your PC might not be able to recognize your phone.

Although this can be a big problem, you can easily fix it simply by downloading Media Feature Pack for N and KN versions of Windows 10.


8. Replace your charging cable

According to users, one possible cause for this problem can be your charging cable. USB cables can break after a while, so if your laptop doesn’t recognize Lumia smartphone, it’s possible that your cable is broken.

To fix this issue, the simplest solution is to get just a different USB cable.

It’s also worth mentioning that there are two types of USB cables, and sometimes you might get a USB cable that is designed just for charging.

To ensure that your Lumia works with your laptop, be sure to get a USB cable designed for both charging and data transfer.


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9. Install the latest updates

  1. Open the Settings app using the Windows Key + I shortcut.
  2. Go to the Update & Security section.
    Windows phone not detected in Windows 10
  3. Click Check for updates button.
    PC doesn't recognize Nokia Lumia

Windows will now check for available updates and download them automatically in the background. Once the updates are downloaded, restart your PC to install them.

After your system is up to date, the problem with Lumia should be resolved.

In addition to updating Windows 10, it’s also important to update the system on your phone. Once you update the system to the latest version, check if the issue is still there.

If your laptop doesn’t recognize the Lumia smartphone, that can be a big problem, but you should be able to fix this annoying issue by using one of our solutions.

If you have any other suggestions, leave us a line in the comments section below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in January 2016 and was revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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  • No usb connection on win 10 after a hard reset of lumia 650… Just kept it connected and cycled power…
    Worked! Many thanks

  • Hi, How do I get to C:WindowsINF? I have been having the same problem with my phone for about a week and I really want to get it sorted. I even updated the phone to Windows 10, but it still doesn’t work.

  • Brilliant!! Spent 1/2 a day trying to get this sorted. 2 minutes and its working fine now.
    I think the last set of updates for Windows 10 on PC & Phone, must have changed things.

  • Thanks man, the INF thing worked when every other suggestion I found on the internet (even the official MS help) didn’t.

  • Thank you Byron Gavras for that fix, Although it didn’t work for me the way you described it. So I tried it again with my phone connected, And now its fixed.

  • Dude you are indeed a genius!! Two days – TWO DAYS I’ve spent trawling the internet to find a solution to this and finally gave in a called a local expert. Thought I would have one last go at saving myself the £40 an hour he charges and found this! Thank you so much 😀

  • Right-click on “wpdmtp.inf” the file and hit “Install” instant of double clicking the file.
    This should work, I think you missed this step.

  • I had same problem. I did the following to solve that and it worked.

    (1) Go to C:WindowsINF
    (2) Type “wpdmtp.inf” in search bar provided to the right of the address bar in Windows 10.
    (3) Once you found it, just right click on it and select install. It will take a very few seconds.
    (4) Connect your device to the pc.
    Thank you very much for this solution. You helped me. Have a great day!

    • I have tried all this
      It just happened in the last day or so.
      The Nokia drivers are not there until I connect the Phone (930), then 3 copies appear.
      I tried running your instructions it runs but doesn’t fix.
      Then I tried troubleshoot in the devices and printers on it.
      It is saying there is a problem with the driver, but they do not say how to reinstall it (just it is the 1045 driver).

    • Oh Dear
      I then looked at some other site and decided to update the driver by doing it under device manager = portable devices.
      i got a message saying it had found the driver software but encountered a problem whilst installing it.
      MTP device
      A service installation section in this INF file is invalid.

  • I had same problem. I did the following to solve that and it worked.

    (1) Go to C:WindowsINF
    (2) Type “wpdmtp.inf” in search bar provided to the right of the address bar in Windows 10.
    (3) Once you found it, just right click on it and select install. It will take a very few seconds.
    (4) Connect your device to the pc.