How to connect External Hard Disk to Mobile using OTG
How to connect External Hard Disk to Mobile using OTG – Most of us will likely need to link our Android smartphones to external peripherals like hard drives, USB sticks, or even a keyboard and mouse at some point, whether we’re using it as a game console, a multimedia server, or a camera. Your smartphone must be able to use the USB OTG standard in order for the majority of these features to function.
Does your smartphone support USB OTG?
A hard drive or USB stick must be USB OTG (On The Go) compatible in order to be connected to an Android tablet or other device. However, how can you tell if it’s compatible? Check the device’s box or the manufacturer’s website; it’s that easy.
You can use a USB OTG Checker program for the same if your smartphone is really old, you no longer have the box, or you are unsure of the model number. Nevertheless, as Android has supported USB OTG natively since Honeycomb (version 3.1), it is more likely than not that your device is already compatible.
The external hard drive is powered by your computer when it is connected to a laptop or desktop. When you link your storage to your Android phone, the same holds true. However, the majority of smartphones are not able to output as much power as a computer, which can cause issues.
The average smartphone can only supply 0.5A of power. Your external drive won’t function if it needs more than this. When starting up, hard drives require a little bit more energy. The motor inside is to blame for this. This is most likely the problem if your 1TB drive keeps disconnecting.
What are the merits and demerits of USB OTG?
Without knowing its name, you might already be familiar with USB OTG. OTG technology is used whenever you connect a keyboard or mouse to an Android smartphone, and connecting a hard drive to your phone is no more difficult than connecting a mouse. However, there are a few prerequisites that must be met in order for your external drive to be recognized.
Any USB-compatible gadget that doesn’t need an external power source can be used. Also required is the FAT32 format on your storage device (hard drive or USB stick). NTFS media won’t be accepted. You can format your disk or key and convert it to FAT32 if it isn’t already in this format, but you will lose any data that was previously stored there, so backup your files first.