Want to use a flash drive with Android phones? Well, you’re in luck because you certainly can! Read on to find out how.
How To Use A Flash Drive For Android | What You Need and How to Do It
What You’ll Need
- USB Flash Drive — The first thing you’ll need is, of course, your USB Flash Drive. Ideally, the file system of your Flash Drive should be FAT32.
- Android Phone — Your Android phone is another essential component. The crucial part of using your flash drive for Android phones is the USB port of your phone.
- USB OTG Cable — Some Android phones come with a USB OTG cable when you buy them. However, if you don’t have one, then you can purchase one online or at an electronic goods store.
Step 1: Determine If Your Phone Has the Right Specs for USB OTG
Not all Android phones have the USB OTG capability to connect to other USB devices. Hence, the first step you need to take is to identify whether your phone has the right specs for USB OTG.
There are many ways to determine whether or not your phone supports USB OTG.
- Use an App — You can try using an app that will quickly scan your device to identify its specifications. One of the most recommended apps on Google Play Store for this purpose is OTG?.
- Web Search — Another way you can determine if your phone has USB OTG is by simply searching the Internet. Type the model and brand of your phone and look for whether or not they support USB OTG. You can also go straight to the manufacturer of your phone and check their website or any digital manuals they have for your device.
USB On-The-Go (USB OTG) Definition: USB On-The-Go, or USB OTG for short, is a feature in USB devices that gives it the ability to connect with other USB devices once physically attached to it.
Step 2: Identify the USB Port of Your Phone
Once you’ve determined whether or not your phone is OTG-compatible, it’s time to identify its USB port. For this part, you’ll have to determine whether your phone has a USB-C, Micro-USB, or USB-A port. This will determine the next steps you’ll have to take as well.
If your phone has a USB-C port…
A USB-C port is more straightforward. You only need to have a flash drive compatible with USB-C — no adapter needed.
Just plug it into your phone directly. After that, you can skip to Step 4.
If your phone comes with a Micro-USB or USB-A port …
However, if you have a Micro-USB or USB-A port, then you have to get yourself an adapter first.
This is where the USB OTG cable comes in. It should have a USB-A jack and a Micro-USB plug on the other.
Step 3: Plug In the USB OTG Cable Into the Phone
This step is only for phones with USB-A port types or if your flash drive is a Micro-USB. Otherwise, you can move on to Step 4.
All you have to do now is plug in your flash drive into the female USB plug. Then, you plug the male connector into your phone.
Now, your flash drive is connected to your phone, but that’s just half the battle. There are still other things you need to do to transfer files to and from your USB devices safely.
Step 4: Check If the Drive is Formatted Right
Once you’ve connected your flash drive to your Android phone, you have to check if your USB drive is formatted correctly first.
How will you know? You’ll receive a notification on your phone if your drive is connected correctly.
It’ll also notify you if your flash drive if the format of the flash drive isn’t right. To resolve this, tap on the notification. From there, you’ll be asked if you want to reformat your drive.
Do note, however, that when you reformat your drive, it will delete all files in the USB drive. Thus, it’s a good idea to copy any critical data on the drive to another device first before reformatting it.
Step 5: Transfer Files From Android to USB Flash Drive or Vice Versa
After ensuring the format of the USB drive works on the phone, you can just press the notification that says your phone has a connection to your USB mass storage device.
This will open the “File Explorer.” You can now modify or transfer the files to and from your phone and your drive.
Make sure that nothing gets physically disconnected while you’re transferring your files to avoid file corruption. The transfer process will also be cut off in this case, so your data might not get transferred at all.
Step 6: Disconnect the Flash Drive From the Phone Safely
Once you’re done with the file transfer, you can begin disconnecting the drive from your phone. Note, though, that there’s one crucial step you need to do before unplugging the flash drive to safely disconnect it.
Just tap on the notification that says you have a USB storage device connected to your phone. Only then can you unplug the flash drive from the phone.
Safely disconnecting your USB flash drive is one of the most basic ways of extending its life. Thus, you must take the proper precautions every time you connect the device to something.
We hope this guide on how to connect a USB to Android phones has helped you access the files on your storage device on your phone. You should also be able to transfer files from the flash drive to the phone and vice versa in no time.
Remember to protect both your phone and your flash drive when you transfer files between them by connecting and disconnecting them properly.
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