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OTG Cable question (not on the cable)

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by jlindemann, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. jlindemann

    jlindemann Lurker
    Thread Starter

    I've been reading that the OTG cable will allow me to utilize (let's say) a 16GB memory stick to add more space to my tablet. I insert the OTG cable and a memory stick and away I go.

    But after reading a lot;

    1) Do I have to root my device in order for this to utilize the cable?

    2) Do only certain programs acknowledge the cable\memory? Does it have to be a program that has that code written into it?

    I'm just looking at the extra storage; ie: reading materials, movies, music. But if I start storing pictures or documents do I run into problems?

  2. Teknologic

    Teknologic Android Expert

    There are 2 options here: Not rooting and buying an app called Nexus Media Importer, allowing you to READ from external media only.
    Or rooting and downloading a free app called stickmount, letting you read and write your storage (except for ntfs partitions, which android doesn't support writing to, but there are custom kernels that do).

    Stickmount will mount your storage and your media should be visible to any app that needs it. From what I gather, media importer will only let you view and stream your media through that app alone.
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  3. h4x0rj3ff

    h4x0rj3ff Chemist

    on some custom roms you dont need stickmount (cyanogenmod and probally others - depends on the kernel) all you have to do is plug it in. then use a free app ES File Explorer to view read and write :)
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  4. whs37

    whs37 Android Enthusiast

    I get to my sticks with the Nexus Media Importer. You need not be rooted for that.
  5. MartinS

    MartinS Android Expert

    I'm unrooted and use Nexus Media Importer and MX Player Pro to watch films from my USB stick. Works perfectly.

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