USB On-The-Go (often referred as USB OTG) support is one of the greatest features of android. It allows us to get the most out of our android phone and tablet. This is also one of the many reasons why android is better than iPhones as iPhones do not support USB OTG.
What is USB OTG?
USB OTG is a specification which allows us to connect our phone with various types of devices. These devices include keyboard, mouse, flash drives and much more. In this process, your phone works as a host and allows other devices to interact with it as a peripheral. This feature is first introduced in 2001 and since then it has improved a lot.
In simple words, USB OTG is the feature which gives us the opportunity to use our android phone or tablet as a mini computer. Where we can connect almost all devices which we connect with our PC using USB hub.
Usage of USB On-The-Go
We can use USB On-The-Go to connect with many valuable devices. Here are some main usages of USB On-The-Go:
1. Connect mouse or keyboard with android
Probably the best use of USB On-the-Go feature is that you can connect your physical keyboard or mouse with your android device. Typing with android’s built-in keyboard, especially on phones, can be a heavy going task. But don’t worry, you can easily connect a keyboard or a mouse to your phone via a USB OTG cable.
I suggest you to use wireless keyboard and mouse combo so that you can be able to connect both of your devices with one wireless adapter. It will allow you to edit documents on your phone or tablet comfortably. Isn’t it an amazing feature to have on your phone?
2. Connect a flash drive or external hard drive with android
There are many times when you need to transfer some data from your phone to free some storage space. In this situation , USB On-The-Go feature becomes handy. You connect any flash drive or external hard drive to your android and access files on it. You can comfortably transfer files to and from any android device.
Moreover, if you are like me who loves to store favorite movies on a separate flash drive, you can always watch them on your android device. You just need to connect your flash drive to your android. After connecting, you can play movies directly from the flash drive without transferring these to your android.
3. Print directly from your android
Why use a mac or PC to print documents when you can print directly from your phone. Though Android allows you to print documents wirelessly from any wireless printers. But not all printers are wireless. That’s where USB On-the-go feature comes is action. With this feature, you can easily print any document or photo from any printer.
However, you need to install an app called PrinterShare to perform this task. Unfortunately, PrinterShare is no more a free app, but what it does makes it worthy even when it is a paid app. Install it from play store and connect your printer via USB OTG cable. Launch the app and start printing your documents.
4. Connect a gaming controller with android
Games on smartphones got better and high quality these days. While the controls of these games are too annoying due to misplacement and small screen sizes. But you don’t have to worry about that as android gives you the opportunity to connect with your new or old gaming controller. Use your USB On the go cable to connect with it comfortably. Play your favorite android games like EA FIFA 16 and Modern Combat 5 with no hassle and beat your opponent with your Xbox controller.
5. Connect various USB Accessories with Android
In addition to above devices, you can connect more useful and interesting devices to your android device. Feeling hot on a summer afternoon, connect a USB fan to your android and enjoy the gentle breeze. Sometimes you want to read a book and at the same time don’t want to disturb someone by turning lights on. Use USB OTG cable to connect a USB LED light with your android and enjoy the literature.
You can also connect USB card readers to access and transfer files on any memory card. There is another interesting use of this feature that you can charge your friend’s device using your phone. For this, all you have to do is connect an OTG charging cable to your phone and connect your friend’s phone with it.
So, these are the usage of USB OTG on android. Try out all these tips and tricks and do inform us that which trick suits your needs most. Also, let us know about more usages which are not included here. If you find the information in this article useful enough, please share it on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Subscribe the newsletters to get top android tips directly in your mailbox.