USB OTG or USB ‘On The Go’ is a feature fast gaining popularity as its usability has increased with more and more people using their mobile phones as portable computer. If you have OTG Host support on your device, then you can connect an OTG cable to your phone which has USB female port and can connect your phone with USB devices like flash drive, keyboard and mouse.

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For OTG cable to work your phone must have an operating system that supports OTG. Any Android version above Android 3.1 Honeycomb will work. More important than software support is Hardware support, because lack of software support can be compensated with the help of custom ROMs. Finally if you have both software and hardware support your device needs to have drivers for whatever USB device you are connecting to it, which most devices with hardware support will have for popular devices. If your device is approved of the above three, then you can go ahead and prep up for loads of fun. How to detect if your device has OTG support? Well, that’s the tricky part.

You can buy an OTG cable from various online retailers like Flipkart. These cables is designed for you device to act as host. Once you have the cable follow the following steps.

1) Connect the cable in the Micro USB slot and attach a flash drive or USB keyboard at the other end.

2) Now if a pop up appears on your display, you are good to go. But if not it could mean either your device lacks software support or hardware support or it is missing necessary drivers.

3) Now download USB Host Diagnostic App from Play Store (Free)

4) Run the app. tap on “start diagnostic” It will ask you to remove USB devices and reconnected them when prompted

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5) In the summary screen you will see if your device has necessary Hardware and Software to support USB host mode.

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If your device has hardware support and apt O.S, then it will most likely have drivers for devices like flashdrive, USB keyboard, mouse and even joysticks for gaming. You can also download necessary drivers from various apps on Playstore.

How to use  your smartphone like a PC using OTG cable [Video]

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92 COMMENTS

  1. “The Author is a tech savvy electronics engineer and a gizmo freak” OMG you says so. I will believe. Dude, life it not like hinda movies.

  2. I have a samsung galaxy pro GT-S7262. How do I know whether my device is capable of OTG even before wasting my money on a OTG cable?

    • My son using micromax doodle 111 smart phone. but OTG has not detected. so, how to connect and work OTG on his phone?

  3. I have LAVA 458 Q. I have installed usb diagnostics but getting OS support No
    3rd party- No
    And Claims Support-Yes
    What should I do.
    It is not supporting in my mobile

  4. I have Micromax A111. I have installed usb diagnostics but getting
    OS support :- No
    3rd party :- No
    Claims Support: -No
    What should I do.
    It is not supporting in my mobile ?

    • you are out of luck in this if its not supported, try nexus media importer – but its a paid app – check for reviews from users before buying it.

  5. Does anyone know if Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 has OTG support and if I can run an OS like Ubuntu (Kubuntu) or Windows on it – and, if so, will it support touch abilities?

  6. My son using micromax doodle 111 smart phone. but OTG has not detected. please how to connect and work OTG on his phone?

  7. how itz possible to use OTG in Karbonn titanium s5???

    3rd party- No
    Claims Support- No
    OS support- No
    Device detected – N/A

  8. I’m using sam sdous 2 mobile….i knw tht it doesnt support otg cable…..so i wanna knw tht is thr any alternate options to use this in my mbl……can u guys plz give me ur valuable suggetions on this….thnk u so much.

    • No its a hardware +software thing. software requirements can be met using different hacks and other stuff but OTG won’t work

  9. Can I use the OTG Cable with my galaxy core? Is it works or not?
    There are any alternative or any other process to connect a pen drive with galaxy core?
    Please suggest me.

  10. i m planning to buy LG L90 Dual Sim..
    in some of reviews on youtube it is said that it doesnt support USB-OTG functionality…
    can it be made USB-OTG usable or should i consider buying any other model..

    • No its a hardware+ software thing, so No, most likely you won’t be able to do that. IF you can then it will require rooting

  11. My xiaomi redmi 1s has otg support. It detects sandisk pendrive and
    other brands except kingston. Any explanation or way to make kingston
    pendrive work on redmi 1s.
    Balwant

  12. I have a note 3 and I tried connecting it to mouse.. work.. even connecting to my old android phone (galaxy y gt-s5360) works

  13. I have a samsung galaxy s3 neo. How do I know whether my device is
    capable of OTG even before wasting my money on a OTG cable?

  14. I have using sony xperia m smart phone. but OTG has not detected. so, how to connect and work OTG on his phone?

  15. Faltugiri hai…..12000 mobile micromax canvas nitro not supported and redmi MI supported OTG Function

    • is it does not then there is very less chance to make it work, try nexus media importer if it works – its a paid app – see the reviews from users before buying.

    • Yes, Micromax Canvas Express 2 does support OTG feature. Check the video in the above article, it will give you better understanding on how to use this feature.

  16. Hi Admin,

    Planning to buy Moto G 3rd generation so I want to know whether device is capable of OTG or not.

    Thanks!!

      • Hi Abhishek,
        What do you mean by partial support. In fact it I connected USB mouse, it works fine. But when I connected Transcend 8GB USB 3 Pen drive, it does not detect at all. the same pen drive with same cable works in moto g2.
        Please can you give a quick comment on this. I a thinking about returning the phone because of this.
        And the phone heats up a lot while doing Internet. Is it true for all or only for me?
        Thanks

        • OTG support is not implemented on the all the phones in same way, the major example is nexus series phones. But sometimes the quality of cable can also be the reason, I suggest you to get a OTG flash drive rather than using chinese OTG cables which may not work all the time with every phone.

  17. sir i have an otg but when i attached to my smartphone with a pendrive but there is no response at the phone what is the problem

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