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 pendrive, the phone doesn't detect it.

I have an USB pendrive with dual plug: standard USB + microUSB. I tried connecting it both through built-in microUSB and through standard USB via USB OTG cable. No effect on any attempt.

What am I missing? Is the pendrive broken or doesn't the Samsung Galaxy Nexus support external pendrives and has only keyboard/mouse OTG support?

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Yes, it works. You need to root and install the StickMount app. Source.

  • I forgot to add (to my question) that, I'm asking for an answer without need of root, but you were faster! :] Thank you... – trejder Jun 20 '14 at 11:12
  • One side question: Is there any way to determine, approximately how many devices with Android will require root to use USB OTG pendrive? I only need general answer. Is this something normal (70-90% devices requires this) or something unique (10-30% devices requires this or even Galaxy Nexus is a lonely exception). – trejder Jun 23 '14 at 8:53

Alternatively you can mount it in terminal:

mkdir /data/local/usbstick && mount - t ext4 /dev/block/sda1 /data/local/usbstick

Then you can execute.

  • Again, I was rather looking for an everyday newbie user solution. Not the one, that requires rooting or playing with terminal. So, while I'm grateful for your answers, the real answer to my question is (at least for me): "You can't". – trejder Jun 20 '14 at 17:08

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