1. Pro Vickers's Avatar
    OK, so when browsing eBay I see listings that say "Male to Female" or vise versa, but I'm quite the USB OTG n00b... What does this all mean and how can I be sure which USB OTG cables support the Nexus 5? Thanks in advance.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
    02-04-2014 11:55 AM
  2. FutureKix's Avatar
    New to USB OTG? There's so much I have to say! I'll keep it brief, though.

    Firstly, you need a Micro USB OTG adapter. Don't get a Mini accidentally. Also, 99.9% of them, particularly on eBay, will be Micro MALE to USB A FEMALE. Should you find a different gender arrangement then don't buy it, but really you shouldn't even worry because odds are it's correct.

    Second, DO NOT BUY A CABLE!!! Get a solid piece. Seriously, most of them will have a short 3" cable, and those cables will kink in a matter of days! These are cheap Chinese parts, the cable version will not last, especially if you use it on the go, storing it in your pocket! The solid piece version should be the same price, give or take a few cents, they're just not as common, so take an extra two minutes and hunt down a solid piece!

    Third, just an eBay tip, you shouldn't pay more than $2, shipping included. I got 10 solid pieces for $5, shipping included. I HIGHLY recommend you buy a two pack, or more, since these things are very easy to loose and once your friends, family, coworkers, etc see yours they will likely want one for themselves. In many cases you can get 4 or more for the same price as a single adapter from a different seller if you just look around a bit. Oh, by the way, I got mine as a buy it now item, so you could get even cheaper than 50 cents each if you are willing to bid on them.

    Maybe you could even buy 10 like I did, and sell a few. Make your money back and even turn a small profit!

    Anyways, try to get one like this:

    Click image for larger version. 

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    Not like this:

    Click image for larger version. 

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    And defiantly not this:

    Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	103403

    Notice the smaller tips... even this one is WRONG:

    Click image for larger version. 

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Views:	239 
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ID:	103404

    So, make sure it's a solid piece, the smaller end is MICRO, not mini, you pay $2 or LESS, and have lots of fun! There are limitless possibilities!
    02-04-2014 02:57 PM
  3. JConn_Lefty's Avatar
    very nice futurekix. very informative.
    02-04-2014 08:59 PM
  4. FutureKix's Avatar
    Yeah, I tried to keep it brief but there's so much to say! I hope you got what you needed!
    02-05-2014 02:25 PM
  5. nmadhava's Avatar
    Could you provide the ebay link/amazon link for the one you bought?
    Planning to get one for me and some for my friends.

    --
    Maddy

    New to USB OTG? There's so much I have to say! I'll keep it brief, though.

    Firstly, you need a Micro USB OTG adapter. Don't get a Mini accidentally. Also, 99.9% of them, particularly on eBay, will be Micro MALE to USB A FEMALE. Should you find a different gender arrangement then don't buy it, but really you shouldn't even worry because odds are it's correct.

    Second, DO NOT BUY A CABLE!!! Get a solid piece. Seriously, most of them will have a short 3" cable, and those cables will kink in a matter of days! These are cheap Chinese parts, the cable version will not last, especially if you use it on the go, storing it in your pocket! The solid piece version should be the same price, give or take a few cents, they're just not as common, so take an extra two minutes and hunt down a solid piece!

    Third, just an eBay tip, you shouldn't pay more than $2, shipping included. I got 10 solid pieces for $5, shipping included. I HIGHLY recommend you buy a two pack, or more, since these things are very easy to loose and once your friends, family, coworkers, etc see yours they will likely want one for themselves. In many cases you can get 4 or more for the same price as a single adapter from a different seller if you just look around a bit. Oh, by the way, I got mine as a buy it now item, so you could get even cheaper than 50 cents each if you are willing to bid on them.

    Maybe you could even buy 10 like I did, and sell a few. Make your money back and even turn a small profit!

    Anyways, try to get one like this:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	USB-OTG-Adapter-3.jpg 
Views:	99 
Size:	67.3 KB 
ID:	103401

    Not like this:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	micro-b-usb-host-otg-cable-for-samsung-galaxy-sii-i9100-p13246118560.jpg 
Views:	240 
Size:	31.2 KB 
ID:	103402

    And defiantly not this:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	MINI_OTGG.jpg 
Views:	238 
Size:	16.1 KB 
ID:	103403

    Notice the smaller tips... even this one is WRONG:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	mini-USB-OTG-adapter.jpg 
Views:	239 
Size:	47.9 KB 
ID:	103404

    So, make sure it's a solid piece, the smaller end is MICRO, not mini, you pay $2 or LESS, and have lots of fun! There are limitless possibilities!
    Rutvij Kulkarni likes this.
    02-06-2014 04:49 AM
  6. FutureKix's Avatar
    By default it will show you 10 for $5. There are options to buy less then ten if you only need one or two.
    Wholesale Micro B USB Host OTG Cable for Samsung and Micro USB Phone | eBay

    Could you provide the ebay link/amazon link for the one you bought?
    Planning to get one for me and some for my friends.

    --
    Maddy
    JConn_Lefty and pajamas95 like this.
    02-10-2014 02:39 PM
  7. The Hustleman's Avatar
    I need one of these
    02-10-2014 03:42 PM
  8. Pro Vickers's Avatar
    You sir, deserve a medal

    Best explanation I've heard ever.

    I've been off android central for so long because I forgot my password, but it's a bummer I did, cause I didn't see this post before I bought one... 99p with free shipping of eBay, the one with the cable unfortunately... Seems to be holding up fine and I've had it for a couple of weeks, storing it in my bag with a flash drive. I use my flash drive for all my coursework, and it's so handy for when I wanna complete some work on the go... Anyway, I didn't wanna pay so much just in case it didn't work and I've wasted my money... Now im gonna start looking into getting a higher quality one for keeps.

    Another question, what's the deal with OTG hubs? I purchased one foolishly a while back, but it just plain didn't work... It would mount my SD Card (I'm taking photography) and flash drive, but I couldn't write to them from my phone, it would just crash, unmount itself and remount...





    New to USB OTG? There's so much I have to say! I'll keep it brief, though.

    Firstly, you need a Micro USB OTG adapter. Don't get a Mini accidentally. Also, 99.9% of them, particularly on eBay, will be Micro MALE to USB A FEMALE. Should you find a different gender arrangement then don't buy it, but really you shouldn't even worry because odds are it's correct.

    Second, DO NOT BUY A CABLE!!! Get a solid piece. Seriously, most of them will have a short 3" cable, and those cables will kink in a matter of days! These are cheap Chinese parts, the cable version will not last, especially if you use it on the go, storing it in your pocket! The solid piece version should be the same price, give or take a few cents, they're just not as common, so take an extra two minutes and hunt down a solid piece!

    Third, just an eBay tip, you shouldn't pay more than $2, shipping included. I got 10 solid pieces for $5, shipping included. I HIGHLY recommend you buy a two pack, or more, since these things are very easy to loose and once your friends, family, coworkers, etc see yours they will likely want one for themselves. In many cases you can get 4 or more for the same price as a single adapter from a different seller if you just look around a bit. Oh, by the way, I got mine as a buy it now item, so you could get even cheaper than 50 cents each if you are willing to bid on them.

    Maybe you could even buy 10 like I did, and sell a few. Make your money back and even turn a small profit!

    Anyways, try to get one like this:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	USB-OTG-Adapter-3.jpg 
Views:	99 
Size:	67.3 KB 
ID:	103401

    Not like this:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	micro-b-usb-host-otg-cable-for-samsung-galaxy-sii-i9100-p13246118560.jpg 
Views:	240 
Size:	31.2 KB 
ID:	103402

    And defiantly not this:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	MINI_OTGG.jpg 
Views:	238 
Size:	16.1 KB 
ID:	103403

    Notice the smaller tips... even this one is WRONG:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	mini-USB-OTG-adapter.jpg 
Views:	239 
Size:	47.9 KB 
ID:	103404

    So, make sure it's a solid piece, the smaller end is MICRO, not mini, you pay $2 or LESS, and have lots of fun! There are limitless possibilities!


    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
    02-12-2014 01:49 PM
  9. FutureKix's Avatar
    I'm glad that I was able to help.

    OTG Hubs? Something like this?
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Micro-USB-Host-OTG-3-ports-Hub-with-Power-for-Samsung-Galaxy-s2-i9100-s3-i9300.jpg 
Views:	41 
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ID:	104458

    I'd never seen such a thing before you mentioned it. I would assume it didn't work because it was cheap and poor quality. I have used regular USB hubs with an OTG adapter before without any issues, so it's not like the phone can't handle it.

    A quick search on Google and I found this... maybe you would find better luck with it.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Micro-USB-Smart-Card-Reader-Host-OTG-HUB-for-Samsung-Galaxy-S-III-i9300-Galaxy-Note.jpg_350x350.jpg 
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    If not, you can always try a regular USB hub. My Galaxy S4 can handle three USB sticks on a non powered hub without problems, but 4 is pushing it. Hope you find what you're looking for.

    You sir, deserve a medal

    Best explanation I've heard ever.

    I've been off android central for so long because I forgot my password, but it's a bummer I did, cause I didn't see this post before I bought one... 99p with free shipping of eBay, the one with the cable unfortunately... Seems to be holding up fine and I've had it for a couple of weeks, storing it in my bag with a flash drive. I use my flash drive for all my coursework, and it's so handy for when I wanna complete some work on the go... Anyway, I didn't wanna pay so much just in case it didn't work and I've wasted my money... Now im gonna start looking into getting a higher quality one for keeps.

    Another question, what's the deal with OTG hubs? I purchased one foolishly a while back, but it just plain didn't work... It would mount my SD Card (I'm taking photography) and flash drive, but I couldn't write to them from my phone, it would just crash, unmount itself and remount...









    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
    02-12-2014 02:31 PM
  10. Pro Vickers's Avatar
    I'm glad that I was able to help.

    OTG Hubs? Something like this?
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Micro-USB-Host-OTG-3-ports-Hub-with-Power-for-Samsung-Galaxy-s2-i9100-s3-i9300.jpg 
Views:	41 
Size:	38.1 KB 
ID:	104458

    I'd never seen such a thing before you mentioned it. I would assume it didn't work because it was cheap and poor quality. I have used regular USB hubs with an OTG adapter before without any issues, so it's not like the phone can't handle it.

    A quick search on Google and I found this... maybe you would find better luck with it.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Micro-USB-Smart-Card-Reader-Host-OTG-HUB-for-Samsung-Galaxy-S-III-i9300-Galaxy-Note.jpg_350x350.jpg 
Views:	170 
Size:	20.9 KB 
ID:	104459

    If not, you can always try a regular USB hub. My Galaxy S4 can handle three USB sticks on a non powered hub without problems, but 4 is pushing it. Hope you find what you're looking for.
    That's it! The first one is my exact one! I bought it because I thought it was better at 10 then a normal usb otg 99p one, but it doesn't work.. Thanks for your help anyway!

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
    02-12-2014 02:34 PM
  11. Tictyler's Avatar
    I am totally agreed with your saying. I prefer to the choice of a solid piece too. The much interesting thing is that I choose this one :Amazon.com : Unitek Mini Micro SD card reader adapter with OTG USB 2.0 A male Micro USB B male Connector for smartphone and tablets PC with OTG function, Notebook : Digital To Analog Converter Modules : Computers & Accessories. because it also bring with the performance of a card reader. Of course the price is higher. But I will see how it will make a difference from an otg adapter I used before behaved alone ~~~

    New to USB OTG? There's so much I have to say! I'll keep it brief, though.

    Firstly, you need a Micro USB OTG adapter. Don't get a Mini accidentally. Also, 99.9% of them, particularly on eBay, will be Micro MALE to USB A FEMALE. Should you find a different gender arrangement then don't buy it, but really you shouldn't even worry because odds are it's correct.

    Second, DO NOT BUY A CABLE!!! Get a solid piece. Seriously, most of them will have a short 3" cable, and those cables will kink in a matter of days! These are cheap Chinese parts, the cable version will not last, especially if you use it on the go, storing it in your pocket! The solid piece version should be the same price, give or take a few cents, they're just not as common, so take an extra two minutes and hunt down a solid piece!

    Third, just an eBay tip, you shouldn't pay more than $2, shipping included. I got 10 solid pieces for $5, shipping included. I HIGHLY recommend you buy a two pack, or more, since these things are very easy to loose and once your friends, family, coworkers, etc see yours they will likely want one for themselves. In many cases you can get 4 or more for the same price as a single adapter from a different seller if you just look around a bit. Oh, by the way, I got mine as a buy it now item, so you could get even cheaper than 50 cents each if you are willing to bid on them.

    Maybe you could even buy 10 like I did, and sell a few. Make your money back and even turn a small profit!

    Anyways, try to get one like this:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	USB-OTG-Adapter-3.jpg 
Views:	99 
Size:	67.3 KB 
ID:	103401

    Not like this:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	micro-b-usb-host-otg-cable-for-samsung-galaxy-sii-i9100-p13246118560.jpg 
Views:	240 
Size:	31.2 KB 
ID:	103402

    And defiantly not this:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	MINI_OTGG.jpg 
Views:	238 
Size:	16.1 KB 
ID:	103403

    Notice the smaller tips... even this one is WRONG:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	mini-USB-OTG-adapter.jpg 
Views:	239 
Size:	47.9 KB 
ID:	103404

    So, make sure it's a solid piece, the smaller end is MICRO, not mini, you pay $2 or LESS, and have lots of fun! There are limitless possibilities!
    02-27-2014 01:31 AM
  12. Mychaiel's Avatar
    I just came across this last night while on YouTube looking at videos of the Nexus 5, looks good and I'm thinking about getting this!
    http://www.meenova.com
    and here's the YouTube link:


    Posted via Android Central App
    02-27-2014 09:29 AM
  13. FutureKix's Avatar
    That adapter can be a charger or a Mirco SD reader? I don't see generic USB OTG capabilities.

    I am totally agreed with your saying. I prefer to the choice of a solid piece too. The much interesting thing is that I choose this one :Amazon.com : Unitek Mini Micro SD card reader adapter with OTG USB 2.0 A male Micro USB B male Connector for smartphone and tablets PC with OTG function, Notebook : Digital To Analog Converter Modules : Computers & Accessories. because it also bring with the performance of a card reader. Of course the price is higher. But I will see how it will make a difference from an otg adapter I used before behaved alone ~~~
    02-28-2014 02:48 PM
  14. The-Ogre's Avatar
    I just came across this last night while on YouTube looking at videos of the Nexus 5, looks good and I'm thinking about getting this!
    Meenova.com, Welcome
    and here's the YouTube link:
    Nice and only 9 delivered to UK
    03-02-2014 04:06 PM
  15. Rutvij Kulkarni's Avatar
    Are you sure the OTG will work on N5?

    Posted via Android Central App from my N5
    03-04-2014 10:38 AM
  16. FutureKix's Avatar
    Are you sure the OTG will work on N5?

    Posted via Android Central App from my N5
    I don't see why not. It's a relatively new Nexus device, so it should.

    Posted via Android Central App
    03-05-2014 02:53 PM
  17. turbodmac's Avatar
    FYI, I recently hooked my Olympus camera up to my my N5 through USB OTG and was able to transfer photos from the cameras SD card to the phone. I'll be travelling without access to a computer and thought his will come in handy to add some extra storage, edit or upload some pics to your favorite sites. I'm using the third adapter pictured above, I've had it for about a year now and it works fine. The app I'm using is USB-Stick Plugin (Free)

    cheers
    03-18-2014 06:24 AM

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