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    Question USB Flash Drive With Unrooted N7 2013

    I realize there are many facets to this question, so I'll try to be specific:

    1. Starting with a USB flash drive formatted with FAT32 ...
    2. I transfer media - video, music and/or photos - from my PC to the USB flash drive.
    3. I attach the USB flash drive to an unrooted Nexus 7 2013 (FHD, Generation 2) with an OTG cable (female USB to male micro-USB).

    Will the unrooted Nexus 7 play the media, as if the media was stored on the Nexus 7 itself?

    If so, what app(s) if any need to be installed to the Nexus 7 to accomplish this?

    Thanks for your help.
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    Default Re: USB Flash Drive With Unrooted N7 2013

    You need Nexus Media Importer to access the files:



    With that, you can then use other format-specific apps (video players, photo viewers, etc) to view/work with the files.
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    Default Re: USB Flash Drive With Unrooted N7 2013

    Thank you.

    And this can be done with an unrooted Nexus 7 2013 (FHD, second generation, etc.)?

    Is this procedure (OTG cable, NMI) supported by Google? Or at the very least: Does Google tolerate it and not actively oppose it?
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    Default Re: USB Flash Drive With Unrooted N7 2013

    Yes and yes. Nexus Media Importer is specifically designed to work with unrooted devices and the app has been on Google Play for ages. Google does not oppose it.

    There were some compatibility problems on Android 4.3, but they were all fixed in KitKat.
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    Default Re: USB Flash Drive With Unrooted N7 2013

    My question if similar to the above. I have OTG working -- but it will only play the music from the USB stick one song at a time. I would like to be able to cue a number of songs, or a whole music file. I do not want to use NMI to import the music and then have to delele it from the Nexus. Anyone know if there is OTG file or music app that will do this?
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    Default Re: USB Flash Drive With Unrooted N7 2013

    One last question: Does the USB flash drive I use with NMI need to be USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 or does it not matter?
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    Default Re: USB Flash Drive With Unrooted N7 2013

    Nexus Media Importer works quite well for me (stock N7 2, Kit Kat 4.4) with USB 2.0 sticks. I do not have any USB 3 devices to test. 32GBytes is largest I have tried.
    As best I can tell, non-rooted systems do not mount external storage where other apps on the Nexus can access it; e.g. a USB with mp3 tunes remains invisible to the playlist and DJ apps I have tried. Total Commander has a USB OTG plugin that works well, but doesn't make files on USB visible to other apps, either. Stickmount should do the trick, but requires root. May try that in a few days, a workaround for tethering is higher priority.
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    Default Re: USB Flash Drive With Unrooted N7 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by Daddyroid View Post
    One last question: Does the USB flash drive I use with NMI need to be USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 or does it not matter?
    I'm not sure, I only use USB 2.0 devices and they all work without problems.

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    Default Re: USB Flash Drive With Unrooted N7 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by Daddyroid View Post
    One last question: Does the USB flash drive I use with NMI need to be USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 or does it not matter?
    Shouldn't be a problem as 3.0 is backward compatible with 2.0 readers.
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    Thanks for the info. Would appreciate if you would let me know if you solve either the tethering issue or the file mounting problem on non rooted tablets.
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    Default Re: USB Flash Drive With Unrooted N7 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by ks1g View Post
    Nexus Media Importer works quite well for me (stock N7 2, Kit Kat 4.4) with USB 2.0 sticks. I do not have any USB 3 devices to test. 32GBytes is largest I have tried.
    As best I can tell, non-rooted systems do not mount external storage where other apps on the Nexus can access it; e.g. a USB with mp3 tunes remains invisible to the playlist and DJ apps I have tried. Total Commander has a USB OTG plugin that works well, but doesn't make files on USB visible to other apps, either. Stickmount should do the trick, but requires root. May try that in a few days, a workaround for tethering is higher priority.
    FWIW, Stick Mount Pro seems pretty buggy on 4.4.2. Sometimes mounts the drive or not. Sometimes when it appears to mount the drive, no data is shown in the file manager. It requires a reboot to work. My search for whether or not I need to invest in Nexus Media Importer brought me to this thread. My USB 3.0 card reader works like the 2.0 flash drive (when it's mounted properly in Stick Mount Pro, files are available).

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