Many of the best Android phones use USB-C ports for charging and transferring files back and forth with your PC, but what if the files you need to email your boss are sitting on a Flash drive or a full-size SD card?
Fortunately, with an inexpensive adapter cable, you can attach a USB key or card reader directly to your handset. You can even get a USB-C flash drive for an even easier process.
Either way, you will need one of these things to get started if you can't upload the files from the storage medium to a cloud storage provider. So here's how to connect your Android phone to a USB storage device.
What you need
- A USB Type-C male to USB Type-A female adapter OR
- A USB Type-C flash drive
How to Connect with a USB OTG cable
1. Connect a flash drive (or SD reader with card) to the full-size USB female end of the adapter.
2. Connect USB-C end to your phone
3. Swipe down from the top to show the notification shade. No need to do this if your file manager automatically appears.
4. Tap USB Drive.
You can now browse the files on the flash drive and copy them to the phone storage. If you want to copy from the phone storage to the flash drive, follow steps 5 to 9.
5. Tap Internal Storage to view the files on your phone.
6. Find the file you'd like to share. Hold down on it to select it.
7. Tap the three dots button.
8. Select Copy.
9. Navigate to your USB drive and tap Done to copy the file.
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