How to connect an external hard drive to a tablet. Can I connect my flash drive to my iPad??

How to connect a USB stick to the Android phone (tablet) via Micro USB port


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I always wondered why tablets don’t have a full-fledged USB port? Clearly, you can’t put it on a “small” phone, but you can’t put it on a tablet.

In fact, I think you have more than once been in such a situation, when it was necessary to connect a USB flash drive to your phone or tablet to quickly copy (read) the data.

But it is not so easy to do and have to resort to the help of various “adapters” and adapters (which means that there will be “dark” and unclear things, unnecessary problems with compatibility, errors, etc.).). About this will be today’s article.

In general, I want to say right away that not every tablet (phone) can be connected to the USB-flash drive: it must not be very old, with an Android OS version below 3.1. Just older systems (than 3.1) do not support USB host mode (the original name is USB Host, or more commonly referred to as USB OTG), which means they will not see your flash drive!

To the subject!

How to download photos and files from the phone to the computer. see “How to connect a USB-flash drive to a computer” on page 54. instructions with different ways.

Instructions for usage

If the connection was successful, the drive will appear as a new external drive. You can see it in the explorer on your phone/tablet.

Now you can start to use. If you were attentive and followed the instructions, you should be fine.

Can I insert a memory card into my iPad??

Last fall the latter introduced the Lightning Card Reader. a special adapter for iPhone and iPad to work with SD and microSD memory cards on top of the card reader has a slot for microSD cards, and on the bottom. for SD cards, with support for drives up to 256GB.

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How to connect SSD to smartphone?

Despite the power and voltage required, the SSD does not need an external power supply when connected to the mobile and does not tie the user to additional equipment. Need: OTG adapter from Mirco-USB to USB 2.0 or 3.0; USB to SATA or mSATA adapter.

  • Take your smartphone, connect the OTG cable to it with one side, and connect the device to the other side of the cable
  • OTG is supported by the device. you will immediately see this message on the screen:
  • Open any file manager, you can see the memory card.

Variant 2. Cord

OTG-USB cord is a cord with an adapter. Thanks to the latter, the gadget can work with a variety of external devices. keyboard and mouse, printer, and, of course, with the HDD. Buy it if you have the first option did not pass, or you just know for sure that no OTG support on the tablet is not.

The adapter itself is soldered into the lanyard. Nowadays adapters without cords are getting more and more popular. They represent a kind of flash drive, only at the end there is a USB input for a normal cable.

It is not necessary to buy an external hard drive for the tablet with a high number of revolutions. For you, the main factor is volume. True, we must not forget about the power efficiency. If you take a hard drive to places where it is difficult to recharge the device, the choice should fall on the SSD-drive, but there will bite the price. It’s up to you.

By the way, you can make an external drive yourself. Simply buy a 2.5″ or 3.5″ (depending on the type of HDD) and insert the hard drive. Pay attention to the power supply. It should not be external, otherwise it will tie you to the outlet.

Needed Software

Buying OTG is not always the only way to connect an external hard drive to your mobile device. If your device does not see the external hard disk drive, the StickMount or Nexus Media Importer applications will help to remedy the situation. Both utilities have their own nuances.

StickMount is free, but it is difficult to use, because you will need to activate Root rights on your device. Different brands have their own way to set up this feature, so it is recommended to look for the right option not only for the manufacturer, but also for the specific model. After installing StickMount, users will need to download any file manager separately, or use a built-in one if the manufacturer has one. Modern gadgets from Lenovo, Acer most often equipped with similar software. A good third party file manager is ES Commander.

The second option is Nexus Media Importer. The point of the program is that it acts as a kind of file manager and streaming service, which allows access to the contents of the connected memory without enabling ROOT rights. The application is paid, its price is about 3.

Important! The subtlety is that it was originally created for Nexus devices, so there is no one hundred percent guarantee of work with gadgets of other brands. It is recommended to check the correctness of work on the free version, and if everything is OK, then buy the full version.

Other possible problems

The problem may also be caused by different file systems. Almost all tablets have a FAT32 file system type, while hard drives come in both FAT32 and NTFS.

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Well and if there is a choice, it is better to buy an SSD drive. SSD uses significantly less power and performs much faster than an HDD. Once you buy it you can forget about the problem of how to connect an external hard drive to the tablet.

About the author of this site

Hi. My name is Piotr. I am the author of this site. In it I tell you about what I find very interesting. Specifically about tablets. In the blog I try to explain in simple language about the firmware, settings and innovations of all modern tablets. Also most of the articles are about the Android OS which I like very much