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How to Fix USB OTG Related Issues on Android

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With the great pace in which technology is advancing, it has brought in a great innovation into the smartphone industry, allowing it to analyze and connect to other accessories.

Back in the days when mobile devices are connected to computers just to send and retrieve data but introducing USB OTG has allowed devices to switch the roles of host and device (slave and master).

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This allows a mobile phone to read from a removable media as the host device but it also presents itself as a USB Mass Storage Device when it is connected to a host computer.

While it is important to know how to fix issues relating to USB OTG on Android, it is also necessary that you know the reasons behind the problem, this way you can fix it faster.

What is USB OTG?

USB OTG (on the go) is a standard specification that allows a device to read and write data from a USB device. Once connected, the OTG becomes a host and it can be connected to devices like flash drives, mouse, camera, keyboard, etc.

So that these devices can be connected to the Android device. Not all Android devices support this technology. Although some devices support this technology, it causes problems for users.

Does your device supports OTG or not?

How frustrating it is when your device does not support the USB OTG drive. When that happens, there’s nothing you can do to fix that.

However, when getting an OTG drive, first you need to verify it your device supports it. This is done by checking the specifications of your device on the manufacturers’ official page.

Most smartphone owners do not know if their device supports OTG before making a purchase. Carry out extensive researches before falling off the track.

Check If the Hardware Is Incompatible or Not


If you are an owner of a device behind in the technology that is used for the OTG, then your device is not suitable.

The former OTG technology consumes power but the new technology ensures that the device consumes less power as possible. While some old devices can support the latest OTG technology but it might consume a lot of power.

The most common solution for this is to use third-party peripherals or accessories that are manufactured by trusted brands.

Using ES File Explorer


It’s advisable to work with a good file manager because a time will come when the software on your device might not recognize the file format on the USB OTG being attached to it.

This is where ES File Explorer comes in. ES File Explorer is a file manager that uses sophisticated algorithms to read data in OTG drives and the connection between the hardware and the software is flawless.

It will also help you discover the difficult functions on the OTG peripherals.

How to Set FAT 32 USB Format

FAT 32 format

When Android devices do not recognize the OTG drive, you will notice some files format are incorrect. To resolve such an issue if they arise, set the format to FAT 32. To do this, follow the steps below:

  • Open My Computer folder
  • Next, right-click on the USB drive on the File Explorer
  • Then go to the right-click menu and select Format
  • Select Quick Format and set it to FAT 32, then click on Start

By following the steps above will automatically set your USB format to FAT 32.


I hope with this article we’ve been able to clear some issues you might come across by providing various advice and solutions for them.

Do well to leave feedback and your thoughts on the comments section below.

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