Posted on Monday January 20, 2020Android devices are known for their versatility, a quality that's made possible not just by the sheer variety of applications they support, but also by the many accessories you can use with them. Knowing what these accessories are and how you can connect them will help you get more out of your Android device.
Android phones and tablets don't usually have standard, full-size USB ports, so you can't plug a USB accessory directly into it. To connect such an accessory to the device, you'll need a USB on-the-go (OTG) cable. This is a micro-USB adapter that you can purchase from any computer store for a couple of dollars.
From there, your accessories should work without needing any further configuration. In fact, USB OTG allows you to use other USB devices, such as a flash drive, with your Android device.
Keep in mind that not every Android device has the port that's required to support USB OTG. This is the case with some smartphones. To avoid wasting money, be familiar with your device's specs and ports before you purchase a USB OTG cable.
USB OTG cables sure are handy, but they can make your supposedly portable device not so portable anymore. Bluetooth technology effectively remedies the problem. Most Android devices allow you to connect wireless mice, keyboards, and gamepads directly by pairing them through the Bluetooth settings.
All accessories should work in a plug-and-play manner. Here's what you can do with some of them: