What is OTG?
USB OTG (USB On The Go) is a standard that
enables mobile devices to act as host, that is to
be the boss of other devices that you connect to
it – you can use additional hardware such as
storage( eg USB sticks) , keyboards or even
musical instruments together with your device.
How do I know if my Android device supports
USB OTG has its own logo,
which will be on your device’s packaging if it’s
supported. If you don’t have the original
packaging to hand, you can use your old friend
Google. However, if your smartphone was
released within the last two years, you can
almost guarantee it will support it.
NB: budget android devices such as Galaxy
pocket, S3mini, S4mini, Grand, Duos, Tab 3, tab
4, Sony experia Go and most obviously low
budget Chinese phones and Comparable devices
DO NOT SUPPORT OTG.
Most midrange and high end flagship phones
support OTG, examples are Samsung Galaxy
S2(running at least Android 4.0 icecream
sandwich), S3,S4,S5,S6,S7, Note2-5, 10inch
tablets, Sony Experia Z series, LG G2-G5, latest
high end GTeL Zimbabwe phones, and most
Chinese 7inch tablets.
How can you use OTG on your smartphone or
If your device is OTG compatible, you’ll also
need a suitable OTG cable for your device or a
peripheral that is made specifically for that like
our Sandisk ULTRA DUAL USB.
Step 1: Connect your Sandisk Ultra Dual flash to
your supporting device. NB the connector does
not necessarily have to go in all length since it is
deliberately made longer to give clearance for
Step 2: A supporting devices immediately shows
a status bar notification alerting you that an
external storage device has been connected.
Most devices will immediately launch the file
manager. If your device doesn’t launch
automatically you may need to manually open
the file manager or My files app. Your OTG USB
Drive should be right at the bottom of storage
options your device has. Some Chinese phones
label it U Disk. From here you should be able to
access files(and play back) such as music, movies
and documents stored on the flash. Moving files
to and fro is as easy as moving files between you
phone storage and memory card!
Step 3: Once you are done pull the drop down
menu and click the external storage notification
to safely remove your USB stick.