USB OTG Cable – 7 Important Things You Can Use it For On Android Devices

OTG is short for On The Go.
USB OTG is a standard that enables devices to talk to one another. USB
OTG Cable is an important tool to creates a link between your mobile
phone and other computer
peripherals such as USB flash drive, Mouse, Keyboard, Digital Camera,
Game Pad, Card
reader, External hard-drive etc.






OTG Cable can do some really clever things and many people have never heard of
it. If you don’t know your OTG from your OMG, let’s discover what it is
and why it’s so great.

Below are the 7 important things which you can do with USB OTG Cable on your Android Devices


1. Share Battery Charge Between Two Android Devices




For sharing the battery charge, all you need is a regular
data/charger cable that you use to connect your smartphone to your PC
and a standard USB OTG Host cable. If you do not have an OTG host cable,
then you can buy them very cheap from any mobile store or from online
shopping sites.



When you have everything ready, connect the USB data cable to one of
the phones. Connect the USB OTG host cable to the other phone. And
finally attach the two cables together. You will notice that the phone
with smaller charge level has started to charge. The charging will
continue until the batteries of both the phones has almost the same
level of charge.


2. Super-fast Files Transfer Between Two Device




When it comes to Android files transfer, lots will choose the commonly used way, Bluetooth, NFC, USB cable and
PC for example. Nonetheless, when using these methods, connection issues
always occur. And transmission is quite slow. So, in today’s guide, a
new solution – USB OTG will be introduced.

USB OTG, empowers USB devices like
Android phones to act as a host and then allows other USB device to be
attached to them. You can make direct connection between two Android
phones/tablets and transfer files between Android via USB OTG. By using USB OTG, Android phones plugged-in can communicate with each other without the need to be connected to a computer.



When
it’s come to transferring heavy files like game data and HD movies, using an OTG
cable is the best way to get it done with a fastest way.




3. Connection of 3G Modem with Android Devices

People
who have WiFi only tablets or without 3G support might find the need to
use 3G Modem with their device to get something downloaded quickly when
the broadband is too slow or down. This can be done using an Android
app called PPP
Widget. As the name suggests, it is a widget, not an app. It is
available in the Play Store and it is free. Download it to your device
from here.


4. Using an External GamePad




Playing games on a touchscreen is not the same
as holding a real Gamepad or a portable console like PSP. Many game developers have finally realized that in order for their
games to be successful, they have to support Android. To really win
Android users over, they should also accommodate us hardcore gamers who
have OTG cables with the ability to hook up controllers to our devices.

Games
like Dead Trigger and Asphalt already support Gamepads, but many others
are still touch only. Some will only work well with touchscreen input,
like Blek, but action games like FIFA 15, Modern Combat 4 and Shadow Gun can definitely benefit from an external Gamepad.If
you have a tablet, you can try connecting your Gamepad with your
device using your OTG cable.


5. Connect USB Flash Drive to Your Android Device




Flash
drives spent a good amount of time as the number one way to take
your files with you wherever you needed to go. As some of that has
changed with Android devices and cloud storage, many of us still have
those USB flash drives kicking around looking for a good use. USB Flash
drive is not meant for your computer alone, you can use it with
your Android device as long as you have your OTG cable with you. It’s
plug and play with no settings needed. Think about the possibilities:
watching movies from your flash drive, moving files around, reading
documents stored on USB Flash etc.

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6. Connection of a Mouse to Your Android Device




When a USB mouse is connected to your Android Device using a USB OTG cable, a
mouse pointer appears on the screen. Click to select and open items on
the screen.

The following applies when using a USB mouse on your Android Device:

  • The touch screen continues to function when a mouse is connected.
  • Right-clicking performs the same action as left-clicking.
  • To scroll up, down, left or right in a menu, use the
    mouse scroll wheel, or click and drag the screen in the direction you
    want to scroll.
  • To change the mouse pointer speed, go to the Settings menu, touch Language & input, and then touch Pointer speed. Move the slider left or right to achieve your desired pointer speed.


7. Connection of a USB Keyboard to Your Android Device

When a USB keyboard is connected to your Android Device using a USB OTG cable,
touch inside a text input area to begin using the keyboard.

The following applies when using a USB keyboard on your Android Device:

  • The on-screen keyboard is hidden when a physical keyboard is connected.
  • Some of the key combinations that perform actions on
    Windows computers also work on a tablet, in most apps. For example, you
    can Cut (Ctrl + X), Copy (Ctrl + C), and Paste (Ctrl + V) using your keyboard.
  • To find settings options for the physical keyboard, go to the Settings menu, touch Language & input, and look in the Physical keyboard section.

USB OTG (On-The-Go) supported devices are Sony, Xperia Z, ZL, Z Ultra, Z1 Samsung Galaxy S2, S3, S4, Note 1,  Note 2, Note 3
Tecno F7/H7/R7/Phantom A+/Tablets – Motorola: Moto G Phone | Xoom
Tablet – LG Optimus G, G2, G3 G Pad 8.3 7.0 8.0 10.1 – HTC X, One, One
mini, One max, M7, M8 – Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet | Nokia 603 | Asha 300 | C6-01 | C7 E6 E7 | N8 – Google Nexus 5 / 6 / 7 / 9 / 10, all Q Mobiles and many more.

To Buy an OTG Cable

 OTG (On-The-Go) cable is available in the Mobile market. To use this
cable with the phone, firstly you need to check whether there is
support in the OTG or not. You can check this capability with ” USB OTG Checker” from Google Play Store.



It can be as cheap as $3
and if you’re in Nigeria, you can get it for as low as N600 on Jumia and Konga.

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