The use of an USB OTG allows devices like digital audio players or mobile phones, etc. to switch back and forth between the roles of host and device.
The most common use of an OTG cable that people know is to connect a Pen drive with the cable to a smartphone and access the contents of the Pen drive.
But in this post, we will show you the top things you can possibly do with an OTG cable.
Top uses of an OTG cable
You can connect a keyboard to your Smartphone, with the help of an OTG cable. This requires just the basic connection of the cable between the Phone and the keyboard.
This method comes in handy if you need to type long word documents or working on articles, posts, Emails, etc. that require long typing works.
A mouse can be connected to your Smartphone, with the help of an OTG cable. This requires just the basic connection of the cable between the Phone and the mouse.
USB fans can be connected to Smartphones, with the help of an OTG cable. This thing at times comes in handy.
If your phone or tablet heats up, then this USB fan can be used to cool down the device.
NOTE: 1. These USB fans are available in the market for around ₹70 – ₹120 (USD $1 – $2).
2. Better quality USB fans are also available under the XiaoMi brand for around ₹300 (USD $5).
USB card reader
You can connect a USB card reader to your Smartphone, with the help of an OTG cable and then access the contents of the memory card attached.
USB game controller
You can connect a USB game controller to your Smartphone, with the help of an OTG cable.
This is a very popular technique for users who want to take mobile gaming to an exciting level. The games that support the game controller mode can be played by using this method.
NOTE: Standard game controllers (Such as Quantum brand) are available in the market for about ₹200 (USD $3 – $4).
You can connect a USB based lamp to your Smartphone, with the help of an OTG cable.
This will come in handy when you don’t have electricity or are facing low light circumstances.
USB LAN cable
You can connect a USB LAN cable to your Smartphone, with the help of an OTG cable.
This is a very useful method in case you don’t have Wifi connection at your home.
Connect your broadband cable to a “LAN TO USB” controller, and then connect it to your smartphone via the OTG cable and use the internet.
NOTE: “LAN TO USB” controllers cost around ₹300 – ₹400 (USD $5 – $7).
USB Hard drive
Just similar to a Pen drive, you can connect a USB hard drive to your smart phone via an OTG cable and access/edit it’s contents.
This is applicable to any hard disk having capacities 500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB, etc.
Perhaps the most amazing use of an OTG cable. You can connect your DSLR to a smartphone using the OTG cable and control it.
For this, you need to install an app called “DSLR dashboard” or “DSLR remote control” on your smartphone to control your DSLR.
Both these apps are available on the Google Play store for free.
USB sound card
In case the 3.5 mm jack of your smartphone is not working, then you can connect a USB sound card to your phone via an OTG cable and listen to your favorite music.
NOTE: USB sound cards are available in the market for about ₹100 – ₹200 (USD $2 – $3).
Charge another phone
This also comes as one of the most unique things one can do with an OTG cable.
You can charge one smartphone with the help of another Smartphone just by connecting them via a OTG cable.