How to Fix Nokia 8 Not Recognized by Windows PC

The smartphones are loaded with all the functionalities of a computer, yet we cannot ignore the importance of PCs and Laptops. Whether it’s about managing the data or adding the files onto the smartphones, you need the PCs. However, at times, while connecting your smartphones with the PCs, you end up with an error message that PC cannot detect or recognize the phone. Lately, a number of Nokia 8 users have reported this issue. Although Nokia has made a comeback and has recently made a record when it sold Nokia X6‘s entire stock within 10 seconds, it’s devices aren’t free from such issues. In this guide, we have come up with some fixes to help you solve Nokia 8 not recognized by windows PC issue.

There could be anything leading to Nokia 8 not recognized by windows PC error. It could be due to a faulty USB port or the cable. In most cases, however, the software errors have been identified as the source of Nokia 8 not recognized by windows PC error. Therefore, in the fixes provided below, we have focused the software-related workarounds. There are two devices being connected to each other, a Windows PC or Laptop and your Nokia 8 smartphones. In order to find the root cause and identify the culprit device, we will be covering the PC as well as the smartphone end.

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Fix Nokia 8 Not Recognized by Windows PC

The first thing is to check if it is your Nokia 8 behind the error, and for that, following workarounds might come in handy.

Soft Reset your Nokia 8 Device

When it comes to issues related to software, the best thing to do is to perform a soft reset on your device. It is basically restarting your device for a sole purpose of fixing the minor glitching which are keeping you from establishing a reliable connection. To soft reset;

  1. Press down on the Power button and hold it down for few seconds.
  2. When the menu option appears, select Restart from the given options.

Boot into Safe Mode

It is most likely that the third-party apps installed on your Nokia 8 are causing the error. You can check if the error is due to third-party apps by booting your Nokia 8 device into safe mode. In safe mode, all the third-party apps are disabled, giving you the chance to ensure their role in the issue. To boot you Nokia 8 into safe mode;

  1. Turn it Off.
  2. Press and hold the Power key.
  3. When the Samsung logo appears, let go of Power key but at the same time press and hold Volume Down key.
  4. When the phone restarts and displays Safe Mode message, release the Volume Down key.

Wipe Cache Partitions of your Nokia 8 Device

Sometimes the corrupt file in the caches of your Nokia 8 devices causes the issue and hinders you from connecting it to PC. In that case, the best option is to wipe the cache partitions. It doesn’t delete the stored data on your device, so you can go ahead.

  1. Turn Off your Nokia 8 device.
  2. Next, Press and Hold Power + Volume Down key for few seconds.
  3. This will put your device in bootloader mode, here press Volume down button twice to highlight recovery mode.
  4. Then press Power key to select the recovery mode.
  5. This will put your device in recovery mode.
  6. Use Volume Up and Down keys to navigate to “Wipe Cache Partition” option.
  7. Press the Power key to select the option and clear the cache partition.

Enable Developer Options

When it comes to Android devices, there are some features hidden under the developer options. One of these options is USB Debugging, which helps you establish a reliable connection between your Android device and PC. Since enabling developer options doesn’t cost anything nor will they affect, let’s give them a try. To enable;

  1. Open Settings on your Nokia 8 device.
  2. Navigate to System > About Phone.
  3. Now look for the Build Number and
  4. Tap the number 7 times. It will enable developer options.
  5. Head back to Settings > Developer Options.
  6. Tap on OEM Unlocking and USB Debugging to enable.

Now restart your device and try to connect it to the PC and see if it works. In case the issue persists, it is time we turn towards the PC and see if there is something wrong.

Fix your PC that doesn’t Recognize your Nokia 8

It is also possible that due to software glitches on Windows end that you are getting Nokia 8 not recognized by windows PC error. Let’s see what we

Reboot your Windows PC/Laptop

If you haven’t restarted your PC/Laptop in a long time, the first thing you should do is to restart it. Like your smartphones, software glitches occur on PC/Laptops and the best way to deal with them is to restart the device. It will clear the system errors from the internal memory and most likely solve the problem.

Disable Firewall and Antivirus Software

One of the most common and often neglected things is the firewall. It has been observed that a significant number of users have firewalls and antivirus software enabled on their PCs/laptops. Firewall or the antivirus software basically blocks the phone from accessing the system. Navigate to Windows Defender and disable the firewall. Similarly, disable the antivirus software and try to connect the Nokia 8.

Install Nokia 8 Drivers on your PC

It is also possible that your PC/Laptop is missing the necessary drivers required to establish the connection between your Nokia 8 device and your PC. You can inspect the drivers in the Device Manager section in your Windows.

Some Other Things to Consider

If you have applied all the aforementioned fixes and still are getting the error, try these few things;

  1. Use another PC/Laptop
  2. Switch between USB ports
  3. Try another USB cable

These were the possible things you could have done to fix the software related issues. If you have questions regarding the methods listed above, let us know via comments.

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