13 best Uses of OTG cable – USB OTG, which is also known as USB On-The-Go is one of the most valuable feature available on mostly all smartphones, and it is really useful to extend the Android smartphone‘s functionality, which can be taken in use through a USB OTG Cable.
Normally we use USB cable to transfer the data from pen drive to our smartphone’s storage and vice versa, but Do you know the real power of this small and delicate device? Let’s analyse the power of this small packet, “The USB OTG cable” and see To what extent this cable can extend the overall functionality of your android device
13 best Uses of OTG cable That You Probably didn’t know
So, my friend, let’s start with out list of 13 best Uses of OTG cable That You Probably didn’t aware about, i hope you like my list. So, let’s head on.
1- Connect DSLR camera to your Device
Do you know, you can connect your smartphone to DSLR camera through an OTG Cable. Yes, you read it right. If you want to connect your camera with the Android smartphone, then you can connect it using the OTG cable. Also, you don’t have to connect a camera with the computer if you want to click and clear few pictures. This can be easily done through your Android device.
2- Share contact and messages from one phone to Another
You can easily transfer the contacts, messages and call logs between two Android phones through a simple USB OTG Cable. Simply download the SmartSwitch App from Playstore, and share any data from from Samsung and OTG cable to another android device. This method of transferring is easy and useful. Also, it consumes less battery.
How to use Smartswitch app:-
Step 1: Install Smart Switch app from playstore
Step 2: Open the Smart Switch app
Step 3: Connect devices you want data to transfer
Step 4: Transfer the data and you’re done 🙂
3- Print documents from your smartphone
You can also print anything from your Android by simply connecting to your printer through USB OTG Cable. But it’s not that easy, you have to follow some steps for doing this, and here’re the steps:-
- First check your printer company and model no.
- Then simply head on to play store and download driver from playstore [for e.g. if you have a samsung printer, then you have to download Samsung Mobile Print.
- Then simply configure your app
- then connect your USB OTG to your smartphone and USB side of cable to printer
- After this, your device autmatically catch-up the printer
- Simply select the file you want to print, And print!
- Done 🙂 🙂 🙂
If you don’t able to find your printer’s manufacturer app, then you can install the app called PrintShare which will download the USB drivers on your Android phone. and all steps will remain the same as above.
4- Connect LAN Cable / Ethernet directly to Smartphone
You can also browse the internet by manually connecting the LAN Cable to your smartphone rather than Wi-Fi. I know that sounds weird because who want to browse the internet from wire when we can easily do anything wireless. But it’s very useful in some cases, specially in that condition when you don’t know the Wi-Fi password. If you don’t have access to the Wi-Fi or the mobile data then connecting your Android phone with the Ethernet is useful through a simple OTG cable. You can easily connect wired Internet or the Ethernet on your Android devices using the OTG cable.
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5- Record Audio from external Mic – [ 13 Best Uses of OTG cable ]
You can simply connect the external microphone with your android phone via an OTG cable to record audio on your Android phone. How? Let’s know about this step by step:-
- Connect Micro USB to Mic
- Head on to play store and find is there any app related to your mic [for calibration and reduce noise].
- and you are done
This feature is most useful for the YouTubers, Vloggers and travellers.
6- Mirror screen to TV
You can increase the dispaly size of your smartphone by connecting your smartphone to your TV through a simple cable.
Simply you can mirror your Android smartphone’s screen to your TV from 3 ways:-
1: Connect android device to TV through Cable
- Standard Micro-USB to HDMI Adapter
- Samsung Micro-USB to HDMI Adapter
- Passive MHL Cable
2: Mirroring Android Devices to TV using Wi-Fi
Fore more information, you can head on to our detailed article:- Best ways to Connect Android Smartphone to TV . You can mirror your Android screen with the TV and can watch any movies or play audios.
7- Connect a portable hard drive to Android Device
You can connect the external hard drive to your smartphone with the help of OTG cable. Normally this feature varies from device to device as many devices has limit of transferring data at a time to external sources, but normally you can connect your portable hard drive to your smartphone, and extend the storage to a highest possible extent. Simply plug in the external hard drive to USB pin and Once the external hard drive is connected, you can easily access all the files on your smartphone and transfer data from smartphone to External hard drive.
8- Connect a card reader to your Smartphone
Do you want to access the memory card without inserting in your Smartphone or there’s no support of micro SD Card in your device? Then you are on a right track. So, If your Android phone doesn’t support MicroSD card, then you can connect the card reader with your phone through an OTG cable. Simply lug-in USB OTG Cable to your smartphone, then connect Memory Card reader to your OTG cable [USB side], and plug in your memory card to your Card Reader. And you are good to go. Now you have the access to your memory card externally.
9- Use Android Smartphone as a powerbank and charge another phone
Yes, you read it right. Now You can charge your Android phone with the help of another Android phone and vice versa through an OTG cable where the USB host will help you to charge the phone. If your smartphone’s battery is running out and there’s no way to plug in your smartphone to a charger, then this feature is best for you. This is one of the most helpful technique if you want to charge your phone in the emergency.
10- Connect your smartphone to a game controller
I think you already know that there are Many Android games support external gamepad, like Asphalt 8, GTA San Andreas, etc. So, for giving your Android game experience a professional touch, you can simply connect an external game controller through the OTG cable. Once you will play a android game though a external gamepad, you will be fond of it.
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11- Connect USB light to Android Device – [ 13 Best Uses of OTG cable ]
You can connect the USB based LED light with your Android phone to light up the Room. This can be helpful to increase the power of flashlight. This can also be very helpful in the case when you have to capture images at night if your phone doesn’t have front flash.
12- Connect Mouse and Keyboard to your device
You can connect the keyboard and mouse with your android smartphone with the help of OTG cable.It is very useful when you want to type from the official keyboard and exchange the messages through mouse as well as want to feel the Desktop.
13- Connect USB fan – [ 13 Best Uses of OTG cable ]
Though USB fans work with the electric charge, but you might have seen Laptop uses most of the external cooling pads which are connected through a USB slot. So similarly, you can connect the USB fan with the Android device through an USB OTG cable. Here I want to share an advise with you:- Normally, if you use USB fan from your Android smartphone, it eats up lots of battery because it needs a specific voltage to power the USB fan.
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So, my friend, above are the ” 13 Best Uses of OTG cable “. Some of them are very common that everyone know, and some of them are mostly don’t aware about. So we list the uses for every kind of person . If you experienced any kind of problem regarding connecting your smartphone to any of the device listed above, simply drop a comment down below and we will try to solve your problem. Till Then, Build Best, Stay Cool!