USB drives have became the part of our day to day activities and almost all of use uses USB drives daily to carry data, pictures etc. Well, USB drives are actually made to work with PC and laptops having USB port to accept it! But, what if i tell you that we can connect the USB drives to Android smartphone and tablet? Well, yes!
Not just this, in some cases it has been seen that people are connecting big hard drives with their Android tablets and smartphones easily! So, first let me tell you the uses of connecting a USB drive with your smartphone or tablet!
1. You don’t need to fill your device with lots of data and more data!
2. You don’t need to worry about the loss of data if your phone’s memory wipes off mistakenly.
3. You are sure that your data can’t be stolen if your phone is lost!
4. You can carry big amount of data and access it on the go!
5. You can watch unlimited movies while traveling without carrying any extra weight!
These are the top 5 reasons why you should consider connecting a USB drive with your Android tablet and smartphone!
Now, you might think let’s connect the drive with my phone! Hmm..! Not all devices support the USB OTG functionality yet! I mean 80% of devices do while 20% still don’t. So, make sure that your device do support by checking online or by asking the manufacturer!
Note: For some phones (for example, some of the recent Samsung phones) except cable and the file manager you do not need to do anything else – just plug in the drive.
USB OTG cable or USB OTG drives
You can use USB OTG cables or USB drive and OTG drive (2 in 1) for this purpose. These cables are available for around $5-6 on Amazon and the dual drives are also available at the cost of normal USB drives like 4,8,16 and 32 gigs in the market.
For some devices you may require root but this is seen in many rare cases but do consider rooting your device if you need to have this functionality (only if it don’t work the simple way)
Using StickMount to connect the stick to Android
So, if you have root access to the device, then quickly and automatically mount the stick and then access to any file in manager, you can use a free application StickMount (there is a paid Pro version), available on Google Play.
After connecting, check the opening StickMount default for this USB device and provide root access to the application. Done, now you have access to files on a flash drive by using the file manager.
Support for different file systems depends on your device and its firmware. As a rule, fat and fat32, as well as ext2, ext3 and ext4 (file system Linux). Keep this in mind when you connect a USB flash drive NTFS.
Reading files from a USB drive without root
You can also read the files on your USB device with some premium paid app which do not require root but cost you a little bit! For example you can have a look at Nexus USB OTG Manager.
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