USB Flash Drive

How To Use USB Flash Drive with Your Android Phone or Tablet

USB Flash Drive has been known and widely use this day in place of floppy disc. It is easy to use and light in weight. USB Flash Drive require little or no effort to carry along, you can just put it in your pocket and walk along with it. Unlike floppy disc, Flash Drive has higher storage facility compare to that of floppy disc thereby store more of your data on this with ease.

As we all know that data transfer from one device is very much important. In the olden days data transfer from one computer to other is done by transferring data from one computer to floppy disc and carrying data in it and then transferring to other computer.

After sometimes CDs where invented, which carries large amount of data than floppy. Further increase in the modern technology, use of floppy disc and CDs is minimized to large extend by invention of the USB Flash Drive in market. Use of the floppy is almost closed in present days. Flash Drive are the device which can carry data without power supply.

USB Flash Drive such as pen drive and memory card are use to carry and transfer data such as music, videos, documents, and many things. In android smartphones, android USB port is provided for both charging and data transferring purposes. So android phone with USB port makes possible android USB connection. One can connect USB to android phone by connecting android pendrive to OTG cable or using USB Flash Drive and inserting it to USB port of android phone.

Requirements to Connect USB Flash Storage to Your Android Phone

USB OTG cable


USB Flash Drive storage device

USB OTG cable:

USB Flash DriveThis cable is what allows you to hook up your phone to your flash storage device. Without it you are not eligible to use it. Some Android phones, like the Galaxy S7, come with a USB OTG cable in the box, but most don’t. If your Android phone didn’t come with an OTG cable, you can pick them up off from smartphone accessory shops.


USB Flash DriveThis could be your Android or tablet. This is where you want to move your data to and from using the USB Drive via the OGT cable. I will say, this is the mother of the data you want to transfer. Your smartphone depend largely on you economic status. But I know any good Android device or tablet will do the work as your wish.

USB Flash Drive storage device:

USB Flash DriveAny storage with a USB connector will work as long as it’s formatted as FAT32. If you want a ton of storage you will probably want a solid state drive with a USB connector (but beware of the power draw not all drives will work!). If you’re OK with less storage, a thumb drive will do the trick.

How to Connect A USB Flash Storage Device to Your Android Phone or Tablet

Step 1 ====> Plug your USB flash storage device into the female connector of your OTG cable

Step 2 ====> Then plug your USB OTG cable into your Android phone via the charging port.  The file explorer on your phone should automatically pop up. That’s it! As long as your USB Flash storage device is connected, you will be able to play media from it. Be careful you don’t remove the storage device while using or transferring files.

How to Use USB Flash Drive Device On Your Android Phone or Tablet

Upon the completion of the above process to connect Flash drive to phone, then it is right time to transfer between the devices. Here are the steps:

Step 1 ====> Swipe down from the top to show the notification drawer. You don’t need to perform this action if your file manager automatically display or appears.

Step 2 ====> Tap USB Drive. By doing this, you can now browse the files on the USB Flash Drive and copy them to the phone storage or from phone storage to the Flash Drive through steps 3 to 6.

Step 3 ====> Now tap Internal Storage to view the files on your phone.

Step 4 ====> Then find the file you want to transfer, hold down on it to select.

Step 5 ====> Now tap the three dots button and select Copy.

Step 6 ====> From navigate to your USB drive and tap Done to copy the file.

Once the transfer process completes, unplug the flash drive and connect it to your PC.

How to Safely Disconnect USB Flash Storage Device From Your Android Phone

Step 1 ====> Swipe down from the top of your phone’s screen.

Step 2 ====> Tap USB mass storage connected.

That is all. You can now safely unplug your USB Flash Drive device without risking corruption of any files.

Finally on USB Flash Drive

From all above things we have come to know that we can also connect USB Flash Drive for data transfer operations like computer. Moreover, by using this method, use of computer can be eliminated by using OTG cable.

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We can also use different types of flash drive such as thumb drive and OTG (On-The-Go ) Flash Drive. Do you use a different method? Let us know in the comments section below!


Adeola (Jasper) is someone who loves everything about technology. He devoted to everything that is tech-related and tries his best to produce useful and quality articles about mobiles, computers and other related products.

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