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USB OTG Memory Stick/USB Flash Drive

Plug normal memory sticks into Android devices

OTG adapter and USB

OTG adapter and USB

OTG adapter

OTG adapter

OTG adapter

OTG adapter with USB

OTG USB flash drives or OTG memory sticks

On The Go

OTG USB flash drives or OTG memory sticks

OTG stands for On The Go. It’s a USB OTG standard that allows normal memory sticks to plug into Android devices. While this is a simplified explanation it covers what most consumers are looking for.

We would like to introduce our OTG adapters. These clever devices plug into any standard memory sticks and turns them into an OTG memory sticks.  The only limitation is that the memory stick must have a metal housing around it.   For example this card USB memory stick would not work. We supply these adapters free of charge with all our flash drives.

We can supply standard OTG memory sticks but these are available on import only.   The minimum to import is 200 units.

What can I do with USB OTG?

Using a file manager on your device, you can directly access data on an external storage device (USB memory stick) and play movies or music without having to store them on your device. Alternatively, you can use it as a non-cloud based back-up storage for storing your photos, music, and other files from your smart phone.

Which mobile devices support USB OTG?

Android has supported USB OTG since version 3.1. This does not mean all devices support it because not all manufacturers incorporated it into their Android devices.

Now USB OTG support is widespread, if your phone is a more recent model, then it’ll almost certainly support USB OTG.

What is OTG?

OTG is short for On The Go and USB OTG is a standard that enables devices to talk to one another. For example, instead of connecting to a PC to transfer files, USB OTG enables devices to connect directly and swap stuff; instead of sending your photos to your printer via your PC, you can connect directly do it, and so on.

That’s not all USB OTG can do, though. By enabling your device to act as a USB host – that is, to be the boss of other devices that you connect to it – you can add additional hardware, such as storage, keyboards or even musical instruments.

USB OTG has its own logo, shown below, which will be on your device’s packaging if it’s supported. If you don’t have the original packaging to hand, it’s easy to find out if your phone supports the standard: just Google the device name plus ‘OTG’ or ‘USB host’, or download the free USB Host Diagnostic app from Google Play.

OTG Definition from Wikipedia

USB On-The-Go, often abbreviated to USB OTG or just OTG, is a specification first used in late 2001 that allows USB devices such as digital audio players or mobile phones to act as a host, allowing other USB devices such as USB flash drives, digital cameras, mice or keyboards to be attached to them. Use of USB On-The-Go allows those devices to switch back and forth between the roles of host and client devices. For instance, a mobile phone may read from removable media as the host device, but present itself as a USB Mass Storage Device when connected to a host computer.

In other words, USB On-The-Go introduces the concept of a device performing both master and slave roles – whenever two USB devices are connected and one of them is a USB On-The-Go device, they establish a communication link. The device controlling the link is called the master or host, while the other is called the slave or peripheral.


Can my device support OTG?

The simplest way to determine whether your device has OTG is to read the user manual or check on the packaging it came with. There will be an OTG logo if it is supported.  Alternately you can research this on google as well.    Most android devices released since 2015 will have OTG functionality built in.

What can I connect with OTG?

Connect mice or keyboards

Connecting a keyboard or mouse to an android table is the most common use of USB OTG.   You may find that not all the functions of these devices are supported.   For example on a gaming mouse there are a lot of  additional buttons, these may not work but all the basic functions will work perfectly well.  On an OTG device all you have to do is plug in your mouse then you will notice the function is automatically available.   A cursor will pop up on the screen and start blinking.

We have all experienced a bit of frustration when using a tablet and having to type in using the on screen keyboard.  By plugging into OTG you can turn that tablet into something a device  far closer to a laptop.

Connect a MIDI device

Any serious musician knows the value of being able to connect a MIDI keyboard to your tablet or phone.   USB OTG also allows you to connect other devices such as audio inputs for vocal and instruments.  Your tablet will be turned into a serious piece of music making equipment.

Connect your PS4 or Xbox controller

Simply plug your controller into a USB adapter and you will be good to go.  In most cases no further configurations is needed, you can not have far more control of your tablet or phone games that ever before. configuration required.

Connect a USB flash drive

The ability to connect a USB flash drive directly to your phone is extremely useful.  Use file manager software to allow you direct access to music files, video files or documents stored on the flash drive.  These can then be copied directly onto your phone.  Offline backup of your device is now simple and easy.   This comes in handy when easy access to wifi is not possible.