Connecting a USB flash drive to a smartphone was unimaginable once, but now each and every smartphone has this functionality (not available on Windows phone). You can attach a flash drive to your smartphone to extend the storage capacity of your Android smartphone, backup your data like pictures or videos on it, or carry some extra data (movies) with you on your smartphone and access it anywhere.
Method 1: Using USB OTG cable
Connecting a flash drive to your smartphone is an easy task. You just need a flash drive, USB OTG cable, and your smartphone:
- Connect the USB OTG to your smartphone.
- Now connect the flash drive to the other end of the USB OTG cable.
- The USB flash drive will start blinking.
- On your smartphone, you’ll get a notification that a USB storage has been mounted.
- Open any file manager app and access the data on the flash drive.
To remove the flash drive, open notification drawer and tap the “External USB Storage safe to remove” notification. You will get a toast message that USB storage ejected, now you can disconnect your flash drive from the smartphone.
Method 2: USB OTG flash drives
As the USB OTG functionality is spreading in latest smartphones, flash drive makers started to make dedicated USB OTG flash drives with both connectors on the same drive; USB Type A and mini USB connector. You can easily connect this drive to PC as well as your smartphone to transfer data. Many flash drive manufacturers are producing OTG flash drives, so if you want to get the best one from them, you can read about the best USB OTG flash drive here (link to the best USB OTG flash drive article).