(Update: Was able to connect via Wireless, still can't charge via the faceplate USB-C though ;( )
I guess the title really says it all. I was getting frustrated thinking I was doing something wrong, downloaded a whole bunch of Android SDKs via Android Studio and https://adb.clockworkmod.com/
But then I was like... Okay, it was definitely working without the faceplate, so I took it off and sure enough, I could connect just fine.
Also noticed that I couldn't charge it via faceplate on. It's strange because I see the right side light blink each time I connect the faceplate.