I have tried several alternate and extension USB cables and none of them provide a data connection. They were all new cables that worked just fine with standard external USB drives. Only the originally provided Samsung OEM white cable provides a data connection.
I have no interest in charging.
It would appear that there is something Samsung-specific in the physical design of this cable that allows the device to sense this and refuse to start a data connection.
Is there any way to obtain a longer cable with this same characteristic. Either an entirely separate cable or an extension cable. Obviously this is for the purpose of connecting my phone via a longer USB cable and being able to transfer files.
Please do not respond with any speculation. I am only interested in answers that propose solutions that specifically handle this Samsung-specific "feature".
I don't consider Amazon(or similar) shop listings that just happen to list the model name in the description as being even slightly trustworthy (based on experience buying a few!). Lots of sellers just spam the listing with every common model name.
My phone's specs are
- model = GT-I9505
- OS = 5.0.1
Also please note that I am not using a separate charger. The phone is always plugged into the same USB port of a Win10 desktop PC. It seems to charge fine but i honestly don't pay it much attention to exactly how fast it charges.
Based on clues provided by @beeshyams. the S4 cables are modified to provide higher charge to maximize efficient charging. Lack of support for this feature in a cable may cause the S4 to refuse a data connection. note that the S4 still charges with the "inferior" cable it just charges more slowly.