Questions tagged [usb-on-the-go]

USB On-The-Go (USB OTG) is a specification that allows USB devices (audio players, mobile phones, etc.) to act as a host, allowing other USB devices to be attached to them.

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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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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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My adoptable storage is full. How can I move the data to a bigger MicroSD card?

I've got a Moto G 2014 LTE running CM13. When I found out about the whole 'adopt SD card as internal storage' thing, I was quite excited, as the actual internal storage on this phone is tiny. I set up ...
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simultaneous USB-OTG and charging

I'm trying to charge my Nexus 7 2013 while using USB-OTG. I built the widely described Y-cable that does USB passthrough, grounds the sense pin (yellow lead) through a 100 k resistor, and connects ...
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Connect a USB soundcard to an Android phone? And use it for videos?

Is it possible to connect a USB soundcard to an Android phone, with an USB OTG cable? ... and then use this USB soundcards's stereo input as audio when making a video with the phone?
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Can Android devices access an iOS file system via USB-OTG?

Using an OTG cable, Stickmount, and Root Explorer, I can view files on my USB flash drives with my Android device. On Windows, it's possible to view an iOS device's filesystem using programs such as ...
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Where is the mount point/folder for a USB pen drive mounted on Marshmallow?

Prior to Android Marshmallow, I used StickMount to access my USB OTG pen drive. When I tried it first time on my Nexus 5 I saw a native notification and notification from StickMount. Stickmount ...
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Mounting an USB wireless adapter to a Nexus 4

Brief problem In short I am trying to mount an external USB wireless adapter to my Nexus 4 so that I can put the wireless adapter into monitor mode to use a tool called reaver. System I have a ...
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Is possible to charge device and provide data transfer using a single USB port?

I have a tablet that only has one USB port that it used to recharge the battery (so no extra charger port), and I need to connect another device to it (ex: USB drive or printer) that only needs to ...
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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 adapter?...
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SD card readers don't work via USB OTG but USB thumb drives do, any ideas?

I have a Huawei Ascend G6 LTE (G6-L22) and bought a little USB OTG cable so I could read full sized SD cards while out and about. Only, it doesn't work, on either of the SD card readers I've tried - ...
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How to use an external USB keyboard with a Galaxy S II or a Huawei Y201 Pro

The background: I recently learned about OTG USB cables that can be used to connect peripherals to Android devices. I had this idea of using an android device with a usb barcode reader connected (...
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Where does Android ICS store the cursor graphic?

If you plug in a mouse to an Android device, a cursor shows up. I was wondering where that cursor graphic is stored? I'm a root user and want to know in case I wanted to modify it in the future.
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Sync ext SD to USB OTG **without** using a PC

Device Details Moto X Play - Android 6.0.1, Rooted (Systemless root) Samsung 64 GB ext SD San Disk 128 GB USB - came shipped with FAT 32 reformatted to exFAT since I have folders > 4 GB on external ...
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OTG Support on latest Nexus flagships 5X, 6P

The recent flagships featuring USB Type-C connections have no mention of on-the-go USB flash accessory support. Does anybody know whether it's there, has anyone tried it? What are the necessary cables ...
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I am unable to write files to my OTG usb storage

I bought a Sandisk 32GB Ultra OTG pen-drive yesterday and it was working fine, as in would allow me to both read/write through my Moto G(2nd Gen). Last night, I plugged it into my Samsung Galaxy ...
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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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Can I use the adb shell to know that the phone support OTG or not?

Can I use adb shell command to detect the phone support OTG to transmission the files with an USB Flash Drive with OTG function?
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Is it possible to use external hard drives with USB OTG?

On some sources I have read that it is impossible to use external hard drives over USB OTG. Is it really impossible? Isn't there some kind of workaround? Update: Apparently ES file explorer can see ...
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How to use OTG cables for NEXUS4 without rooting

Is it possible to use OTG Cables for Nexus-4 without rooting the device? Can Nexus Media Importer work with OTG cables for Nexus4?
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How to enable power to micro usb port to use otg devices on android?

Android does not provide enough power to usb otg devices.
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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 pendrive,...
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Is it possible to use a keyboard and mouse on android to control a remote pc?

There are apps like TeamViewer where you can control a pc remotely, my question is if it's possible to use mouse and keyboard otg on the android device to actually control the desktop pc?, like if you ...
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Moto G (2nd gen) does not support OTG after Lollipop update

I am experiencing problems in transferring video files from SD card to OTG or OTG to SD card. Its says root directory not found. This started happening after I updated my phone software from KitKat to ...
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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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Enabling USB OTG on Samsung Galaxy Y Duos

I am planning to develop an Android application which uses USB On-The-Go. I am using a Samsung Galaxy Y Duos. Is there any way that I can enable USB OTG in this phone?
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External Hard Drive to Smartphone without additional power supply

I) Goal Use external hard drive without power supply - no hub either - to backup smartphone directly. II) Configuration Huawei Mate 20 Pro, this - I own this. USB C male to USB A (3.0) Adapter (i.e....
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Can you flash directly from another Android (no PC, no SD)?

I have an old Android TV box (the ZaapTV 509N) that is useless. It was advertised as a $300 subscription-free streaming service for Arabic channels from overseas, but every 3 years they would force a $...
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How can I find out how much current/power my phone can supply via USB-OTG?

Is there a way to find out how much current or power a USB-OTG device can draw while connected to my phone? I'd be happy with something like:- an online database like GSMArena with details for lots ...
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How would you use your ext4 formatted thumb drive via OTG on Android?

Is there a workaround to use an ext4 formatted thumb drives on Android phones? Right now when I plug it (thumb drive has micro usb end and phone supports thumb drives) Android says it doesn't ...
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How to mount usb drive in nexus 5 using mount command?

I read in some online sources that lolipop 5 allows mounting usb devices using otg cable without root permissions. Another thing i saw is that the app "ES Explorer" can mount usb devices without root....
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Acquire Android image using flash drive OTG

In Linux, the dd command is used to pull the image from the smartphone to computer. And of course, the smartphone need to be rooted before the dd command launched. Is there any specific command or ...
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Why is my phone ignoring OTG USB?

I have 2 phones. 1. Android 4.4.4 - When OTG USB is connected, it automatically mounts with no problems and I can manage files, watch movies from it, etc. 2. Android 6.0 - when OTG USB is connected, ...
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Using your smartphone as Laptop and Desktop with a DisplayLink-Setup (with S7 for example)

I want to buy an Samsung S7, but I also want to use it as a laptop and desktop replacement. What I have in mind is a workflow like seen in this youtube video. After some researching how this could be ...
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OTG support for Samsung A3

Nothing happens when I plug a USB stick to my Samsung A3 2015 (SM-A300FU) with an OTG cable (on-the-go). How to enable OTG support on this device? PS: I previously had a 5.0.2 original, unrooted. I ...
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How to connect both a monitor and a keyboard to a LG G3?

Using USB-on-the-go I can connect a keyboard to an LG G3 and using a slimport adapter I should be able to connect a monitor. Is there a way to connect both at the same time? Or even better, connect ...
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Upgrading Moto G to KitKat broke USB OTG

After upgrading the Moto G to KitKat, USB OTG no longer works. How can I fix this?
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LG Nexus 4's Internal Storage Dilemma & its Apparent Lack of Support for USB OTG Connectivity?

As my contract on my current android phone is soon ending, I am considering purchasing the LG Nexus 4 (if it ever becomes available again on the Google Play Store) as my next phone, as it supposedly ...
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Samsung s5 mini - delock cable mouse / keyboard not working

I am using a simple delock cable which I ordered on amazon: Delock Kabel Micro USB Typ-B Stecker gewinkelt > USB 2.0-A Buchse OTG 11 cm Question: When connecting Mouse/Keyboard through the cable to ...
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How to access a memory stick using a OTG cable?

I have a OTG cable connected to my phone and a memory stick on the other end. My android phone is rooted and I have no idea how to find/access the files on my memory stick. How do I access files from ...
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Can I use usb OTG for serial connection between nexus 7 and Arduino?

I got myself an OTG cable for Nexus 7, which works just fine. Now, I am wondering if I can connect the Nexus 7 with my Arduino for serial communication between the two.
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How to mask USB OTG as SD card

I have a unique requirement wrt Youtube, MicroSD Card and USB OTG. What I am trying to do: I want to make use of Youtube offline feature where you can store a supported video offline (to view without ...
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How to use OTG (ethernet) and power on Nexus 5X using Type C connector?

I would like to both power and connect a Nexus 5X via Ethernet (using an USB to Ethernet adaptor). Here's what I tried to far: a Type C OTG to USB Female adaptor: Ethernet adaptor works on it's own ...
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Power consumption of audio over OTG cable

I recently found that if I connect a USB pair of speaker/microphone using OTG cable to a phone, it becomes the audio device by default, and I can actually play audio over that. It happens that the USB ...
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Android device with USB HUB and Charge

I have a Chinese android tablet with MTK8392. It has only 1 micro USB port. The OTG function is working well, I can use a special USB keyboard with OTG. Is there ANY way to use this USB keyboard AND ...
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OTG Is it possible to connect two devices

I would like to be able to copy files from SD card (through card reader) to USB flash drive. All is connected through OTG USB Hub, but all the apps I found mount only one OTG device at a time. Is ...
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Mount USB OTG to specific destination folder

I've got a Moto G with 4.4.2 and, as stock OTG functionality is broken in the latest android version, I need a way to mount my mini USB card reader (meenova) to /sdcard folder. From what I've found ...
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How to use OTG Data Cable with a Nexus S to access?

Having an OTG Data Cable, I connected different thumb drives to my Nexus S – running JB 4.1.2 – but my phone doesn't seem to read them. The thumb drives I tried are: a 16GB Kingston G3 Data Traveler ...
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How to use Generic USB Joysticks in Android via OTG?

I have a generic USB game controller (looks like a PS2 controller) and I just got my ordered USB OTG cable. So far keyboard and mouse work, however, when I insert the gamepad, I can't seem to make it ...