Starting with Android 3.1 and higher, the device USB port, if supported by the hardware, can be used in host-mode, which allows applications to manage connected USB peripherals such as audio devices. input devices, communications devices, and more.

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How can I determine if my device has USB Host Mode (OTG) support?

Some Android devices can act as a USB host, so that you can use other USB devices attached to them. For instance, browse or import the photos stored on a camera from your phone, or copy files onto a ...
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Can you connect USB devices to an Android phone?

I have an HTC Desire and would like to connect USB devices to it, for example an external USB thumb drive to transfer files or a USB keyboard. Is this at all possible?
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Can you read a USB flash drive from an Android phone?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S (i9000) with Android 2.1. I am wondering if it can read a USB flash drive. It will be really useful to copy files across USB drives so you don't have to carry laptops ...
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What is the difference between USB On-The-Go (OTG) and USB Host Mode?

What is the difference between USB On-The-Go (OTG) and USB Host Mode? They seem to be more or less the same. Are they?
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Any success with external microphones for Android phones or tablets?

What's the best way to record a video with high quality audio? Specifically, this is for a presentation where a microphone could be placed by the speaker. I know that an app that records with the ...
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Using an OTG cable while charging

Most Android devices have a single port for both connecting to the computer (USB) and charging. I have to use this OTG small cable to transfer data, but also to use a real keyboard. However, when I ...
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Is it possible to connect a USB microphone to an Android phone or tablet?

Blue makes a prosumer mic that you can connect directly to an iPod or iPhone via the dock port. I would love to have the same capability to do something similar for an Android phone or tablet. This ...
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How to stop Android asking for permission before permitting access to USB device

I have an application running on a rooted no-name Android tablet running ICS 4.0.3 that controls a USB device via the USB host mode interface. The android.hardware.usb.host.xml file is present in ...
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Why can't I transfer data from my tablet with OTG support to my phone with USB?

Problem I want to copy music from my tablet to my phone with USB. My tablet can't see the phone when connected which is somewhat strange because the phone sees that it is connected and the tablet ...
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Connecting Nexus 7 to external hard disk?

How can I connect a Nexus 7 (JB 4.2 rooted) to an external hard disk? I know I have to use a USB OTG cable, but what's the exact procedure to achieve this after connecting via OTG?
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What are the limitations of USB On-The-Go on Nexus tablets?

I'm thinking about using USB On-The-Go to extend the rather limited space on the Nexus 10 tablet. I've read about it, but I'm not sure on where exactly the limitations of this approach are. I know ...
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Does Android USB host mode depend on an OTG cable?

In order to take advantage of USB host Mode on the Nexus 7 (Android 4.1.1) is it necessary to have an OTG cable? Can I do it using the standard micro to male cable, then use a female to female ...
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Host not recognizing my USB devices

I bought a Romanian Android tablet, EvoTab3, with Android version 4.0.3 and kernel version 3.0.8+. I want to connect some devices such as a mouse and flash memory to this tablet that will be the host ...
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how to safely remove usb storage?

My android 2.3 tablet supports usb. It mounts all usb drives. However there is no mechanism for unmounting in the settings menu. On direct unplugging usb devices, i get notification " usb mass ...
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How does MHL work?

I've done (quite) some googling, but I still don't get it. You need an MHL converter, or adapter, or something. On one end of the adapter, all resources say, there is a "standard micro-USB" port, and ...
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What exactly is the advantage of 11 pin MHL connector in Samsung Galaxy S3

I have read that samsung galaxy S3 has a 11 pin mhl connector and it can support USB OTG as well. Also I have read that the device can power the cable. I didnt quite get what is meant by USB OTG ...
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Is NTFS file system supported on Huawei u8160?

I have a Huawei u8160 running Cyanogenmod 7.2 . I have a 500GB portable hard drive which is file system is NTFS , I connected the hard drive using OTG the phone didn't recognize it at all. So I was ...
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What are workable/straightforward methods for using external game controllers (bluetooth, USB) with the Android platform?

I own an Archos 43 IT running Android 2.2. It is my understanding that the Archos devices in this product line support USB Host and Bluetooth. What are workable/straightforward methods for using ...
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USB charging in host mode [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using an OTG cable while charging Recent versions of Android allow USB to operate in host mode. But is it possible for them to be powered/charged via that same USB port ...
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How can I mount a USB flash drive on my Acer Iconia?

I have an Acer Iconia A500 tablet with Android 3.1. I cannot mount any USB flash drives. File Manager HD and other similar apps display "Directory is empty" in /mnt/usb_storage/. I have tried use a ...
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Is it possible to boot an Android phone from a USB drive?

Is there any way to boot an Android phone* from a bus-powered USB drive**? If so, what are the steps to achieve this? * E.g. one with USB OTG functionality. ** E.g. a flash drive.
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Communicating with a device via USB port , is it possible?

I am new to Android Platform and I Like to know whether it is possible for an Android device (App) to communicate with Linux/XP system via USB port for 2 way communication. If yes how can it be done? ...
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Can I use OTG USB pendrive with Galaxy Nexus

I have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It is said to fully support OTG devices. However, I'm only able to use a mouse or keyboard through OTG USB cable. When I'm trying to connect my newly bought USB ...
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Transferring files directly between Tablet and Phone

I want to copy files between my tablet (Toshiba AT100 with Android 4.0) and phone (Samsung Nexus S with Android 4.1) using the USB cable. The tablet has a USB host port and once connected, the phone ...
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My Huawei u8160(Vodafone 858) supports usb-host although not working?

I have a Huawei u8160 running Psyke83's Cyanogenmod 7.2 14/8/2012 which had a package with it to apply usb-host mode kernel called usbhost1-cm-7-20120814-MADTEAM-u8160.zip. So I flashed the zip using ...
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Using OTG cable, transfer file from cardreader to external harddisk, is it possible?

I will be going on a holiday and I want to be able to back up my photos to my external harddrive. Usually this means bringing a laptop with me. However I have : Galaxy Nexus, rooted and unlocked ...
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Apply manual update on Xoom without an OTG cable

So the ICS update came out for Xoom and applying it is straight forward enough - pretty much like in any other case. Except, it seems to require the OTG cable. Would anybody know a way to do that ...
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Does Huawei u8160 support USB host?

I have a Huawei u8160(A. K. A Vodafone 858) which is running Cyanogenmod 7.2. I was wondering if it supports USB host so I can connect a keyboard or a Flash drive.
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Does Galaxy Tab 10.1 USB adapter allow an external web camera?

Does the Galaxy Tab 10.1 USB adapter allow you to plug in an external web camera? The Samsung site does not appear to say either way (or to even list what you can use with the USB adapter.) And if ...
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Connect XOOM to internet using a USB UMTS Stick

I have bought a XOOM WiFI, and would like to know if it would be possible to connect it to internet using an external USB UMTS Stick (Huawei E122 HSPA USB Stick). I am aware this is not supported out ...
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usb otg thermal printer interface to android tab with usb device

I have printer with USB OTG capability which I want to use with my Android Tab (as USB device). Is this possible -- and if so, will it work for all Android versions from 2.3 up? Is there any driver ...
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Connecting a HDE keyboard to a Kindle Fire

I brought a HDE keyboard: Connects to your 7" tablet via USB 2.0 A-Type Male Adapter. Please make sure your tablet has a USB Type A Female to accept this plug type. Also, your device must have a ...
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USB host mode with class compliant audio interfaces

I have an HTC EVO, and it is my understanding that the hardware supports USB host mode. I am still working to confirm this, but even if it doesn't, I understand other devices do, and that the Android ...
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does Cyanogenmod 7.2 Madteam release 16/6 on Vodafone 858 support USB host?

I've a Huawei u8160 which is running Cyanogenmod 7.2. I saw in the change log that it has better support for USB mouse and keyboard and it was written beside it COMMON. Quoted from the Cyanogenmod ...
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Host usb application not recognizing my usb devices?

I ran Chainfire's USB host diagnostics in my tablet. After completing the diagnostics, I got the following results: KERNEL claims support yes device detected no VERDICT ...
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Can Android tablet read external hard drive and if so which formats?

Can an Android tablet read external hard drives and if so which formats? I have a Samsung Note and tried accessing a hard drive but failed. I've been told that if I format my 1TB hard drive to FAT32 ...
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NTFS file system supported although portable hard drive doesn't mount?

I have a Huawei u8160 running Cyanogenmod 7.2 . I've recently been testing things on my recently activated OTG I've tried to connect a USB Portable HDD, However when I connect the HDD the LED flashes ...
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Does the Samsung tablet 3 SM-T211 have USB host mode OTG support?

Does the Samsung tablet 3 SM-T211 have USB host mode OTG support? If not, is there a way to enable / support it?
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USB host mode not working on Samsung Galaxy S using CyanogenMod

I am using CyanogenMod 10.1.0-RC3 (Android 4.2.2) on my Samsung Galaxy S Plus (GT-I9001). I have read Android 4 supports USB on the go, so I wanted to give it a try. I bought a USB OTG cable, and ...
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can sony xperia u(st25i) 's otg be connected to external power?

Can Sony Xperia U be connected to a Y-Cable to provide extra power for OTG to avoid phone battery consumption? I'm asking this because the phone is already giving power ,will that make a short ...
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Taking pictures using an external (USB) camera on a Samsung Galaxy S2

Question: How can we take a picture using an external, USB camera, on a Samsung Galaxy S2 (setup in host mode, using an OTG (On The Go) cable), running Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Details: We ...
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Is RFID reader with anti-collision feature for Android available? [closed]

I'm developing RFID-based system where I plan to use Samsung Galaxy S II plus to connect the RFID reader to it, so it can be as a portable reader. What I'm searching for, is RFID reader, supports ...
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How can I revoke an app's permission to access USB after granting it permanently?

I have an app that requested USB access, and when prompted I selected "Yes, allow this app to use USB" and checked the "permanently" checkbox. Now I would like to revoke this permission so that the ...
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How to use an USB-attached wired Ethernet adapter through USB-OtG on an Android smartphone?

Due to my profession I use to have to connect to wired-only LAN-attached devices (like managed switches, routers, set-top-boxes etc) frequently to access their configuration interfaces via ...
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Can I use an USB Ethernet adapter to connect Sony Ericsson Xperia Active to a wired Ethernet LAN?

Due to my profession I have to connect to wired-only LAN-attached devices (like managed switches, routers set-top-boxes, etc.) frequently to access their configuration interfaces via Telnet/SSH/HTTP. ...
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Is it possible to plug a thumbdrive / portable harddisk that have multiple partitions to a tablet

Is it possible to plug a thumbdrive / portable harddisk that have multiple partitions to a tablet (any generic tablet or tablets in general) or there is a need to use a Apps to perform such actions?
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Enabling Android as USB host on Galaxy Nexus or Nexus 10

I'm trying to develop applications that talk to USB devices, but nothing works. I installed a USB Host Diagnostics app, and it tells me that there's no OS support for device detection on the Galaxy ...
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Copy SD Card contents to USB HDD

I'm considering to buy an Android Tablet (e.g. Nexus 7). One of the things I would like to do is, copy some content of my SD Cards (e.g. camera, gopro) to a USB HDD. Can I do this with an android ...
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How can I connect a USB portable printer with a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 without rooting phone?

How can I connect a USB portable printer with a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 without rooting phone?
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How can I configure an OBD ELM327 cable to work with an ICS tablet?

I bought an OBD ELM327 USB cable in order to use it with Torque Pro since Ice Cream Sandwich USB host capabilities and the Torque website claims that it works. The problem is that when I connect the ...