From my understanding, one can use StickMount to mount USB Sticks / Thumbdrive. However, StickMount require one to root phone.

So, are there ways that I can mount a USB Sticks / Thumbdrive to a Android phone / tablet without rooting the phone?


This depends on your device. Sone Android devices have USB ports that can work in host mode or support USB OTG. These devices can at least have read access to the USB drives, some can even use them as full mounts. One app that allows read access on a lot of devices is Nexus Media Importer. You can use it to browse media and copy files to internal storage.

  • I notice that the Nexus Media Importer require a Android phone with Android version 3.2 or above. Are there any for Android version below 3.2?
    – Jack
    Dec 4 '12 at 6:51
  • "USB host mode is supported in Android 3.1 and higher." (source)
    – onik
    Dec 4 '12 at 7:19
  • Thanks for the information. May I assume that there are no solution for Android version below 3.1? (e.g. those using 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 and below)
    – Jack
    Dec 4 '12 at 8:50
  • There are, but these are (as far as I know) device-dependent, there's no general solution.
    – onik
    Dec 4 '12 at 8:52

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