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Old 05-15-2015, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Cape Coma Florida
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My tablet his a micro USB port. I was just wondering if I can use that to connect it to an external drive, ya know, plug in a cable to it, then plug a flash drive into the other end, or connect it to an external USB drive. It would be pretty neat if I could.... just wondering....
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Old 05-15-2015, 10:22 PM
 
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I connect my external hard drive to my tablet.
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Old 05-16-2015, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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My tablet his a micro USB port. I was just wondering if I can use that to connect it to an external drive, ya know, plug in a cable to it, then plug a flash drive into the other end, or connect it to an external USB drive. It would be pretty neat if I could.... just wondering....
I'm pretty sure that just having a microUSB port isn't a sure sign of it being able to recognize an external memory stick or HDD. I remember reading about a specialty cable that was needed to allow this to happen for one tablet.

It would help us provide an accurate answer if you mentioned your specific make & model of tablet.
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Old 05-16-2015, 10:34 AM
 
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This should work on most modern tablets- the tablet just has to support USB OTG. There are plenty of $2 generic cables that should work as long as the tab supports OTG.
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Old 05-16-2015, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Cape Coma Florida
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I'm pretty sure that just having a microUSB port isn't a sure sign of it being able to recognize an external memory stick or HDD. I remember reading about a specialty cable that was needed to allow this to happen for one tablet.

It would help us provide an accurate answer if you mentioned your specific make & model of tablet.
Very well: It's an Acer Iconia Tab 8 A1-850 running Kitkat 4.4.4.
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Old 05-16-2015, 03:50 PM
 
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I use this

http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00D...ilpage_o00_s00
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Old 05-16-2015, 04:03 PM
 
Location: (six-cent-dix-sept)
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i think any tablet that can support a usb mouse or keyboard would also support usb hard drives ?
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Old 05-16-2015, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Cape Coma Florida
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i think any tablet that can support a usb mouse or keyboard would also support usb hard drives ?
As far as I know my tablet does not support a USB mouse or keyboard, those have to be bluetooth. The micro-USB port might not be useful for anything but charging and connecting it to my home network, but I had to ask.
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Old 05-28-2015, 09:48 AM
 
Location: NW Penna.
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Your tablet needs to support USB OTG, and you also need a USB OTG cable
usb on the go - How can I determine if my device has USB Host Mode (OTG) support? - Android Enthusiasts Stack Exchange

As I recall, there are a few apps you can download from Google playstore that test whether or not your tablet supports it. The cheap HKC tablets that we received as gifts do support it, but for some reason I think that one of the Insignia tablets I bought later does not. It depends whether the manufacturer has built the support into the ROM or not.
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Old 05-28-2015, 10:53 AM
 
Location: (six-cent-dix-sept)
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^ is it in the hardware or software (or maybe both) ? if thats the case would installing something like cyanogenmod make every fone/tablet usb-otg compatible ?

edit: i read this from your link:
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There are some apps that can help you test whether you have all of the necessary hardware and software to do this, such as USB Host Diagnostics.
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