How to Use USB OTG Checker on Android Phone

USB OTG checker is a tool that reveals whether your Android phone can use OTG (on-the-go) USB or not. Some phones are compatible with OTG without using an OTG app. This set of phones doesn’t need an OTG checker as the features automatically access an OTG flash drive when connected.

In my previous post, I shared tips and tricks on how to safely remove OTG USB from Android phones so as to last longer. The code of conduct to remove a drive connected to a PC or mobile is to first disconnect the device before removing it in other not to end up having corrupt files or damaged the device.

Although there is a way to fix a damaged flash drive and MicroSD, that is only when your device can still recognize it. Else, once damaged, it cannot be fixed.

OTG Checker Preview

What do you need to know about the OTG checker app on your Android and iOS? Is it that all smartphones are compatible with an OTG flash or not?

Firstly, you need to know that it’s not all phones that are compatible with an OTG. Some phones are not compatible and there is no way you can make them compatible. Even when you upgrade your phone OS from older version to the latest release.

OTG function is to serve as an external storage device for either a Smartphone and a Windows or Mac computer. An OTG has two ends. The first end is meant to be connected to either a Windows computer or Mac or Laptop as a flash drive.

While the second end has a USB that can work with a mobile phone to access all the copied files or documents from either a device that supports an OTG or a computer to the other device.

How to Remove OTG

If you have ever used a flash drive this shouldn’t be a problem. However, an OTG is a mobile flash drive and at the same time, it can be used with a PC or laptop to copy documents, films, movies, files, and lot more from it to other devices that has a port for a USB or an OTB function.

However, you must safely remove your OTG if you don’t want to lose all files. And in order not to put your Android phone in danger of using OTG with the phone USB port, you must always disconnect the OTG before removing it from the device.

However, another question pop-up while writing the article whether there is a USB OTG checker or not. Without wasting much of your time, here in this post I’ll share with you how to check your Android phone whether it’s compatible with OTB USB cable or not.

Meanwhile, OTG is supposed to work with almost all devices running Android 4.4.2, Android Lollipop 5.0/5.1, Android Marshmallow 6.0/6.1, Android Nougat 7.0 and Android Oreo 8.0. But in order not waste money buying OTG when it will not be compatible with your Android phone it’s better to install USB OTG checker for Android first to checker whether your phone is OTG USB compatible.

USB OTG Checker

Is This Phone Compatible with OTG USB?

It’s a belated story that your phone is compatible with OTG USB external storage so you can use it as an additional storage device to support your phone internet and memory card storage. But you can never tell whether your phone is compatible with OTG USB or not.

Its expected that all phone should support OTG USB but due to change in everyday technology, Android devices running OS less that Android KitKat 4.4.2 may not be compatible with OTG USB.

There, before you dip your hand into your pocket to buy OTG flash for your Android phone make sure you read this post to the end and act according to the post’s instruction.

Is This Device OTG Compatible?

Morden day devices are compatible with OTG but ancient devices may find it difficult to work with OTG USB. If you have a device whose OS is from Android KitKat 4.4.2 to Android Oreo 80, you should be able to check if the device is OTB compatible.

One of the advantages of reading devices specs before buying them is to know whether they’d be able to work as expected. While you need to install USB OTG checker to check whether the device is OTG supports you can also check that with the device online specs.

How to Use USB OTG Checker on Android Phone

This article revealed whether your Android phone has a Google standard feature to manage a USB OTG on your device. If your phone does not have the Google manage feature to use OTG it means that your phone cannot use OTG.

USB OTG Checker

1. Download and install Android phone USB OTG checker from play store or download it here.

2. Run the OTG app checker on your phone to reveal the status of your phone whether it supports OTG or Not.

How to Connect an OTG USB to a Phone

Here is how to connect your smartphone and an OTG flash drive together to access files on the drive. Firstly, you may refer to the above instruction to check whether your phone has an OTG feature using the OTG USB checker guide above.

1. Connect your OTG flash to your phone either directly to the USB port or using a card reader.

2. Swipe down the notification tray and tap on “USB Drive”  under the Android system. You can also access this in the file manager.

3. To view all files on your phone tap on “Internal Storage”

4. Now, search for the files you want to share with your friends. You can select multiple files and copy them.

5. Navigate back to the file manager and click on “USB drive” or external storage if you are using OTG as your external storage and click on paste to paste the copied files.

6. The entire files will be copied to your OTG.

Once this is done, you can give the OTG to your friends and follow the same procedures to copy the files from the OTG to their device.

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