Tuesday, 30 December 2014

How to Connect Standard USB Devices to your Android Device

Many of the Android devices on the market
today support USB OTG (On-The-Go). This allows
users to connect standard USB devices such as
keyboards, mice, or even extend storage using a
regular USB flash drive.
However, you can’t plug the peripheral device
directly into it as Android device does not have a
standard USB port. In order for your Android
phone or tablet to connect to the device, you’ll
need a USB OTG cable.
A USB OTG cable is a small cable with a male
micro-USB connector on one end and a female
full size USB port on the other, so that you can
plug it into the Micro-USB port on your device
and allows you to connect standard USB 2.0
devices. These kinds of cables can be purchased
for a dollar or two at Amazon .
SANOXY Micro USB OTG to USB 2.0 Adapter
Note : Not all Android devices support USB OTG
and no single USB OTG cable out there which is
compatible with every phone so be sure to read
the product description before purchasing one.
Once you have a USB OTG cable, just plug it into
your device and connect the USB device directly
to it, and your peripherals should work without
any additional configuration.
I have paired the USB OTG cable with my
Samsung Galaxy S3 and have found that the
adapter works with most standard USB devices.
USB Flash Drive
When you plug a flash drive into the USB
adapter, the device immediately displays the
contents. You are then free to view or
playback any media you have on the drive.
You can also move data from the USB drive to
your phone SD card by simply tapping and
holding the file you want to move.
USB Mouse
When you plug a mouse into your phone or
tablet, a pointer will show up on the phone
screen. You can then use your mouse to
swipe through pages, select apps and more.
USB Keyboard
If you find yourself doing a lot of typing on the
go, you can connect a USB keyboard to your
device. Once you plug it in using the OTG
cable, simply open up a notepad app and you
can start typing on the keyboard as usual. It’s
also possible to use shortcuts such as Ctrl+C
and Ctrl+Z.
USB Gamepad Controller
Its also possible to connect a gaming
controller to your Android device and play a
video game just like on the console. Just plug
the controller into the USB adapter and launch
a game such as GTA. Not every game works
with this, so you’ll have to do some testing to
find out if your favorite games will work.
These are just a few USB devices that have been
found to work with OTG cable on Android device.
My advice is to try other devices too, and see
how the OTG cable can add a lot of new
functions to your Android phone or tablet.

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