How to Transfer Photos from Tablet to USB Flash Drive

How to Transfer Files from Tablet to USB Flash Drive

Computer tablet nowadays has a slim design to reduce space consumption and weight.

Yet, this also eliminates conventional USB port and replace it with micro USB or USB type C. Meanwhile, the most USB flash drive still using the large USB port.

This gap makes the user can’t transfer any files from the tablet to USB flash drive. But actually, you can.

This guide works with a modern version of Windows and Android tablet. Meanwhile, an older tablet may require more tools and complicated step to do.

Transfer Photos from Tablet to USB Flash Drive

How to Transfer Photos from Tablet to USB Flash Drive

To connect micro USB port on a tablet with USB flash drive, you need a tool called USB OTG cable or OTG adapter. The price is pretty cheap. It just less than $5 bucks or you can ask your friend to borrow, they probably owned it.

1. Now, connect the OTG cable or OTG adapter to your tablet and on the other side, plug in your USB flash drive as well.

2. On the tablet, locate the photos via File Manager, copy it, and paste to the specific location on USB flash drive.


3. For Android tablet, make sure you never change USB flash drive system to NTFS because of the OS only able to read a file, but can’t write a new file.

I’ve mentioned the difference between NTFS, FAT32, and exFAT in one article here.

4. After the photos transferred to a USB flash drive, you can eject the USB drive and view it later in case you want to see the photos in the USB flash drive through a tablet.

Older Android tablet

OTG features did not utilize an older Android tablet. Furthermore, Google officially says OTG already set up on Android 3.1, but not all brands featured it.

You can check either the tablet support USB OTG or not by using this free app: USB OTG Checker.

If your tablet doesn’t support it, this means bad news for you. In order to activate OTG capability on the older tablet, you need to root the device and then installing app USB OTG Helper.

Rooting Android device will dismiss its warranty, and the chance USB OTG will be activated is very slim.


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