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How to Connect USB Storage Devices to Your Android Phone

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Connect USB to Android Smartphone
Your Android phone uses its microUSB port for charging and transferring files back and forth with your PC, but what if the files you need to email your boss are sitting on a Flash drive or a full-size SD card? Fortunately, with some free software and an inexpensive adapter cable, you can attach a USB key or card reader directly to your handset. Here’s how to connect your Android phone to a USB storage device.

What You Need to Connect USB Storage to Android Phones

  • A USB OTG (“On the Go”) cable with a male microUSB connector on one end and a female full size USB port on the other. You can find an OTG cable for under $3 at Amazon.com or NewEgg.
    USB OTG cable
  • A rooted Android phone: If your phone is not already rooted, you’ll need to find specific instructions for your make, model and carrier. for more information visit here Android Rooting.

    How to Connect

    1. Install StickMount from the Google Play market.
    stickmount
    2. Connect OTG cable to your phone
    Attach OTG Cable
    3. Attach a USB Flash drive (or SD card reader) to the OTG cable.
    Attach USB drive
    4. Check “use by default” and tap OK  when Android pops up a prompt that says “Open StickMount when this USB device is connected.”
    stickmount default
    5. Grant StickMount superuser access when prompted. Set it to always have superuser access.
    stickmount superuser
    After your device successfully mounts, you’ll see a notification from StickMount that says something like “Active mounts: /sda/usbStorage/sda1″ to let you know that your USB storage drive is ready for reading/writing.
    stickmount alert
    6.  Open your file manager. If your phone didn’t come with a file manager preloaded or you’re looking for a better one, install Astro File Manager.
    7. Navigate to the USB storage drive. In Astro File Manager, you can get to the USB key by tapping on “usbdisk” from the main menu.
    astro file manager usbdisk
    In other file managers, you may need to look under the usbStorage folder in the root directory.
    file manager usbStorage
    8. Copy, delete, move or open files as needed. Just as with your PC, you can perform any file operation on an external USB drive from your Android phone. We were even able to play video off of a USB Flash drive, but it was a little jerky because the connection isn’t that fast. We’d recommend copying the files to your phone’s internal storage or microSD before opening them.

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