How to Connect USB Flash Drive to Android Phone and Tablet


Modern day smartphone comes with plenty of internal storage along with microSD card slot for memory expansion. However, if you have a smartphone without microSD card slot or if you don’t want to transfer  your data to your smartphone memory just for the sake of watching a movie or viewing a file just for once then you can make use of your OTG enabled Android smartphone to access data by connecting USB flash drive to your Android phone. Follow this article to know how to connect USB flash drive to Android phone.


Things you need to connect your USB Flash Drive to Android Phone

OTG Enabled Smartphone:  To be able to connect your USB flash drive your phone should support USB OTG (On-The-Go). Do note that not every Android smartphone supports USB OTG, even after the latest version Android has inbuilt support for it.

To check whether your Android phone supports USB OTG support, you can make use of an app called USB OTG Checker.

Step 1: Download and Install USB OTG Checker on your Android phone

Step 2: Launch the USB OTG checker app.

Step 3: Check whether your device supports USB OTG or not.


OTG Cable: If you have a USB OTG compatible device then the second thing you need is a UTG cable. OTG cable allows you connect your device and smartphone and helps you in transfer of files. If you are in India, you can get an OTG cable for as low as Rs 50 ($1) from online retailer like Flipkart and Amazon.

USB Flash Drive: The last thing you need is an USB flash drive, which obviously you might be having with you already. Once you have all the required items with you, follow these steps to connect your USB flash drive to your Android phone.

Step 1: Connect your OTG cable to your Android phone.

Step 2: Plug in your USB flash drive to USB port of OTG cable.

Step 3: That’s it. You can access all the files in your USB flash drive using Android file manager. If you want to transfer any file then you can do it as well.



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