November 14th, 2013, 03:43 PM
Join Date: Jul 2012
Device(s): Google Nexus 5
Rom: Cataclysm 4.4
Recovery: TWRP 2.6
Retired: HTC Evo 4G, HTC Evo 3D
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Originally Posted by mrsmumbles
On the linked product page, it says if you're not rooted you'll need to use the card reader with a "3rd party software". I'm not sure what they mean by that. Thanks.
Ah, I see what you are talking about now. I had missed that.
Does it or will it work with Nexus 5?
Yes. We have tested and verified that: (1) on a non-rooted Nexus 5, "Nexus Media Importer" can be used to read/view/write files using our reader; (2) on a rooted Nexus 5, StickMount can be used to mount an SD card using our reader for read/write access.
Note: one customer reported that "Nexus Media Importer" only works for him if he sets language to US English, but the latest version works for us even if we set the language our Nexus 5 to some other language.
What Nexus devices are supported?
Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2012 original and 2013 new), Nexus 10, Galaxy Nexus.
Out-of-the-box Nexus Devices (not rooted)
You need a third-party App. We recommend "Nexus Media Importer", search Play Store for it, and see the following website for more information:
Nexus Media Importer
Please follow the instruction of the App; except you don't need a USB-OTG cable -- you just plug-in this reader.
What you can do. You can use the App to, (1) view photo, play music and video files (need apps installed to play certain type of video files); (2) read/open many types of files with necessary apps installed that can handle the specific file type (e.g., pdf document); (3) copy/move files between internal storage and external MicroSD card.
Limitations. You have to access the contents of the MicroSD card through "Nexus Media Importer" App -- e.g., you can't open or play any files on the card through a media player or file manager App directly.
Rooted Nexus Devices
Warning. Rooting your device may void the warranty of your phone or tablet and may cause irreparable damages to it. We don't encourage you to do that just to use this reader and can't and will not be held responsible for any damages if you choose to do so. Please see Disclaimer.
You will need a third-party App such as "StickMount" or "USB OTG Helper", and likely a "File Manager" App (plenty of free ones).
To support file systems such as exFat, ntfs, you need some extra software; please refer to the App for how to install that.
Note that Nexus Media Importer is not free but doing a search on Google Play for "usb otg" returned non rooted free results as well. Here's one for example: OTG Disk Explorer Lite