How to Use USB Devices on Android

Have you ever wanted to for example plugging a USB on your Android smartphone to easily and quickly access or transfer files? Stopped by the incompatibility between different formats of catch, the idea was short but it was before the USB On-The-Go.

USB has become the standard plug for all our computing devices in the 2000s. Thus, an evolution of almost 20 years of existence, USB saw lead the evolution of the format through variations as the micro-USB, the USB nano and Newest USB Type-C, a multitude of formats causing in hinders original universality of decision-making.

The USB On-The-Go, it is an extension of the standard USB 2.0 that allows an improvement in the management of your USB connections. Thanks to the On-The-Go, two devices can exchange data without the need to go through a computer. By becoming a host, the OTG provides a feature that is not permitted by the terminals. If the latter takes charge, a great freedom in the use of devices to share your smartphone or Android Tablet opens to you.

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This standard is not exclusive to the Android system, however, it is on this platform that he is the most commonly used. Microsoft is expected to include within its Windows Phone 10 on Apple, it seems not valid. Certainly a wrong that will add a point in favor to Android.

Check compatibility

First and foremost, it is advisable to check in advance if your smartphone and tablet are compatible with the USB hubs. The easiest way is to check if the acronym is located on the box of your device. It is also possible to visit the official site of the manufacturer of your device. Here’s the logo you need to identify, also check the list of technical features.

One of the alternatives allowing you to access the full sheets of your terminals is calledgsmarena.com. Check the USB section and see if it is registered “USB Host”, if yes, everything is good for you, the USB OTG will work. From there, to level the problem caused by the differences between formats of catch. To do this, it’s simple, it will take to get an adapter micro-USB male to female USB.

If this male/female differentiation will just end with the development of Type-C, the classic format remains for the moment largely majority. One of the best known is the UGreen OTG Adapter. In having combined these two parameters, you now have the ability to use USB on our smartphones and tablet devices.

5 uses

Once your installation is made on your smartphone or Android tablet, many uses are open to you. If you have some difficulties to realize the extent of the possibilities, look on the Internet that will blow away you ideas very practice. Here we give you an overview of the extent of the capacity of the USB OTG introducing you 5 very simple and practical jobs highlighting the USB OTG.

External hard drives and USB keys

Maybe it’s the most interesting and the most convenient alternative to USB keys to tips USB/Micro USB… You only have to connect your device to the adapter connected to your smartphone in order to proceed with the transfer of content you want.

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Hard drives external, some tend to pump on the battery of the device will not work every time on the other hand, those on sector will work without problem. These disks must be formatted FAT32, NTFS may cause some malfunctions…

Playing with a console controller

The enjoyment side of this On-The-Go function will delight the addicted to the paddle. We had a tutorial on this subject, the use of a console on an Android terminal controller to control your favorite games is a possibility, as long as you choose the games that can be. Here again, you just plug the gamepad to adapter.

Games like Modern Combat 5, Asphalt 8 are titles that are compatible. The most famous stick at this level is that of Xbox 360 and here is a tutorial explaining how to install it, however, some clever advise the Dual Shock 2 for PlayStation 2, just to give a little more retro-gaming.

You can also connect a Dual Shock 3 and even 4 if you have a rooted Android terminal. The Wiimote is also a possibility.

Control your Android with keyboard and mouse

With the opening of the Android platform, almost without end of hacking freedom is feasible. It is thus possible touse your tablet as a laptop, a computer hybrid cheaply by connecting a keyboard and a wireless mouse. For this, it will be better to be in the possession of devices by a single hole and same infrared sensor because you have only a single USB socket.

Connect a Hub, this power strips for USB is a solution, it could also represent an overload for the connection. If you try it, make sure you connect all the same brand hardware and does not require the installation of a software dedicated as SetPoint for some Logitech devices.

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Attention, if the keyboard is qwerty you can modififier it with the External Keyboard Helper Pro application costs €2.49.

Print from your smartphone

Here again, we presented some techniques to help youprint easily from your smartphone. Finally, the easiest would be it. Just like keyboards, printers with USB Plug-And-Play work worry-free with your tablets and smartphones. No Internet connection needed and even less pass via a PC.

Mass storage is not functioning at all times, should this differ depending on the devices. If you want to print your photos and documents, you will need to switch mode PTP (Photo to Photo) at the level of your USB connection.

Control your DSLR

A good point for photographers amateur or professional. Your smartphone/tablet can be connected to your DSLR camera to use the touchscreen of your Android as window preview and settings in real-time. Capture, focus, speed of the shutter and many other settings are easily accessed. A truly inventive use.

In order to take advantage of this opportunity you will need to download the app DSLR Controller and preferably have a Canon brand camera because some Nikon and Sony are compatible but none are officially supported. The application represents a cost (€7.13) so be sure to learn more about her official website.

Conclusion

Did you know start using USB devices on your smartphone through USB On-The-Go? What are the applications of the standard that you used to do and what you would like to share?

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