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Charge through USB

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Hotwir3, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. Hotwir3

    Hotwir3 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    When I am charging my phone through USB, it seems to disable the SD card, is there a way around this to where I can get a charge and still access the SD card?
     

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  2. Frisco

    Frisco =Luceat Lux Vestra=

    Before plugging in to your USB port, enable USB debugging in menu > settings > applications > development > (checkbox).

    You'll then be presented with a choice to "charge only" or allow for file movement, etc, once you plug in.
     
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  3. Outlaw71

    Outlaw71 Android Expert

    Just to let you know, I always found it took a whole lot longer to charge while plugged into the computer. It might just be my DX, it might just be my computer. All I know is that it was like a trickle charge on the computer, compared to plugging into the wall.

    Just figured I'd throw that out there.
     
  4. Riverman

    Riverman Well-Known Member

    A computer's USB port only puts out 500mA compared to 750mA for the stock charger and 1000mA for most other USB chargers, so it will seem a little slow.
     
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  5. Frisco

    Frisco =Luceat Lux Vestra=

    Yes, it's the slow way to go, but very handy with a laptop at an airport or in a hospital cafeteria, etc. ;)
     
  6. OrderFromChaos

    OrderFromChaos Well-Known Member

    That is if the operating system identifies the device. I'm not sure about other OS's but in Windows if the device is unknown then the USB port only outputs 100mA, not the 500mA.
     
  7. TLDspectre

    TLDspectre Well-Known Member

    When connected through USB, you should find a "USB connection" option under the notifications menu. If you tap on the option you should see several choices on how the connection is established:

    - PC Mode
    - Windows Media Sync
    - USB Mass Storage
    - Charge Only

    Of the four, I "PC Mode" and "Charge Only" will let you access your SD card from the phone while connected. USB Mass Storage and Windows Media Sync do not. PC Mode is the option I use most often because I can transfer files back and forth and still access my SD card from the phone itself.
     
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