Posted on Tuesday November 28, 2017Did you know that you can connect a mouse to your Android tablet, or even an Xbox 360 controller to play a game console-style? The truth is many Android devices support a wide range of accessories. Hereâ€™s everything you need to know.
USB keyboards, mice, and gamepads
Android phones and tablets donâ€™t come with standard, full-size USB ports so you canâ€™t plug a USB accessory directly into it. To connect, youâ€™ll need a USB on-the-go (OTG) cable, which is simply a micro-USB adapter that can be purchased from any computer store for a couple dollars.
From there, your accessories should work without any further configuration. In fact, USB OTG even allows you to use other USB devices with your Android, like a flash drive.
Keep in mind that not every Android device has the port thatâ€™s required to support USB OTG. Such is the case with a Nexus 4 smartphone. Make sure to Google your deviceâ€™s specs before purchasing a USB OTG cable.
Bluetooth keyboards, mice, and gamepads
While USB OTG works well, wires do add clutter to what is supposed to be a portable device. This is where Bluetooth technology comes in. Most Android devices will allow you to connect wireless mice, keyboards, and gamepads directly by pairing them with your Android Bluetooth settings.
Using each accessory
All your accessories should work in a plug-and-play manner, and hereâ€™s what you can expect from each of them.