It doesn’t matter if you have forked out most of your savings and decided to buy the premier smartphone in the Motorola range or if you decided to keep that money instead on your next holiday and invest in a much cheaper device, the same conundrum presents itself when you try to connect that device to the computer which is it isn’t going to transfer any data unless you have installed the Motorola USB Drivers on that same computer first.

There is a paradox with Windows operating system if you are the owner of a mobile device and wanting to connect to the computer with the USB cable and that is that Windows is known as an operating system that is very friendly for the end user. You don’t need to learn any commands to get things done like you would if you were a Linux wizard. Microsoft has intentionally taken that away and sacrificed some performance for it too so that you can have fancy buttons that are clear and concise and leave a very little chance for you to misunderstand something. However, when it comes to connecting a device to a computer things can get a bit tricky in the sense that they always need to have the right USB Drivers installed before the transferring of data can occur, and that’s not a feature that other operating systems like Linux possess which in turn actually makes Windows the more challenging operating system to use for the time being.

The good news is that as time goes on manufacturers are realizing the burden involved in having to get the correct drivers installed on a computer that allows the transfer of data to occur, and they are now bringing out files that are more compatible with more devices. For example, any Motorola smartphone owner can install the Motorola Device Manager, and it installs the Motorola USB Drivers on the computer. Just that one package is all you need for any of the devices. Back in the day things weren’t that simple and often require a unique driver package for each device.

If there’s a negative to do with the Motorola Device Manager, it is that it isn’t just for installing USB Drivers on a computer. It’s also designed to offer a way in which device owners can install official software updates and thus the program itself is quite large and much more important than somebody would want on a computer just for the sake of installing drivers. That isn’t usually a problem of you are using a modern-day desktop with lots of space, but if you are using something like a Microsoft Surface tablet as a laptop, it could be. For all those times we recommend checking out the Universal ADB Driver which has been developed by Koushik Data. The Universal ADB Driver gets it’s named because Koush packaged the USB Drivers from most of the main manufacturers and put it all in the one file, hence the “universal” part of the name. It works for Motorola and will work for your Motorola device. The only exception is if you are using an old version of Windows which can sometimes have compatibility problems and that is why we don’t recommend installing it before the Motorola Device Manager.

Installing the Motorola Moto Z Play USB Drivers on a computer that runs the Windows operating systems

Click on the Motorola custom help page and then look for the Download for Windows button in red from the bottom lefthand side of the page to get the Motorola Device Manager file that contains the USB Drivers to the computer.

Wait for the download to finish—you can see it available from directly above the taskbar along with the time remaining and the file size that is left to go before the download is complete.

Click on the Motorola Device Manager executable file that is available once the download completes and then the setup wizard opens.

Have a read through the welcoming message along with the introduction that describes what the Motorola Device Manager contains and then click on the Next button when it is done.

Click on the acceptance button that agrees to the terms and conditions or else the download will not go ahead and then click on the Install button when done.

Wait for the green bar on the display to make its way all the way across to the other side of the screen and then the setup wizard screen changes.

Once you get to the congratulations message, click on the Close button to close the setup wizard and begin using the Motorola Device manager that you just installed.

Windows 10 users can find the Device Manager app available from the recently added menu.

Those of you not using Windows 10 can always find the new Motorola Device Manager app available from the Downloads folder since that is the default downloads location for all versions of Windows unless you have manually gone out of your way to change it at some point in which case you then need to open what you selected as your default downloads location.

You can now connect the Motorola Moto Z Play smartphone to the computer with the USB cable and then once you click to open the Motorola Device Manager app it automatically begins installing the new device software which includes the USB Drivers you were after for your device.

In conclusion, that is how to install the Motorola USB Drivers for the Motorola Moto Z Play smartphone on a Windows PC by installing the Motorola Device Manager first that packages the drivers in with it.