USB OTG – What is it and what are the uses?

USB OTG – What is it and what are the uses?

USB OTG is a standard through which two USB devices communicate with each other and here, the OTG is specifically for the on-the-go devices. Earlier, it was not known much but ever since smartphones have started supporting USB OTG, there has been a lot of demand for these USB OTG adapters and cables so as to connect an external device to your smartphone. There are several uses of the USB OTG connectivity but before we talk about that, let us tell you that not every smartphone will have this OTG support. There is a certain hardware and software combination required for the OTG connectivity to be successful so you need to see if your phone has the OTG support before you think of trying out one of the extra functions on your smartphone with the OTG cable. One of my friends recently got a new phone which was advertised to have OTG functionality, as it is not a very commonly used acronym, he couldn’t figure out what it was right away. Even after understanding the full form of OTG, it was difficult to understand its functionality and its uses. Since there are many who don’t know most of the interesting uses of OTG, here are a few ways you can make the best use of the USB OTG functionality in your device. Have external storage with USB OTG Pen Drive Connect pen drives / hard drives You can make use of USB OTG functionality on your phone to connect external storage devices to the phone using an OTG cable. Most of the devices with USB connectivity such as a pen drive, an external hard disk or just anything else with USB connectivity. You can also use an external CD/DVD drive to connect it to your smartphone or tablet using a USB OTG adapter. Although, while connecting any device, just make sure that your device has enough capacity to power the device that is being connected to it. It is better to check the device and make sure that it doesn’t draw more than 5v at 500mA, drawing more power than this could toast the device that it is connected to. Directly check DSLR photos on your phone with SD card reader You can use your smartphone to see all the photos that were taken on your point & shoot camera or your DSLR, most of these cameras store the images on an SD card and you can take this to your advantage. There are several USB powered SD card readers which support all the various types of SD cards in it. This can be connected to the phone using a USB OTG Adapter and you can access all the data stored on the SD card directly from the phone. Connect the phone to a keyboard This feature might turn out handy if you get to type a lot while on the move. Most of the USB keyboards that are in the market now are compatible with the Android operating […]

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