How to know that your Samsung cell phone supports OTG on your Android device?

Samsung OTG

OTG or on the go as it is commonly called is the latest technology on cell phones with which you can connect almost all USB devices with your Samsung Galaxy Android Smartphone (or any other Android Smartphone) like USB pen drives, digital cameras, keyboards and even hardisks.

Most of the Galaxy Smartphone should have this feature so that you can enjoy unlimited videos and music from any external storage device or can transfer any files from it to your phone. But if you are wondering whether your Samsung phone supports OTG or not then there is a way to check that out.

There are many apps available in the Google App store all free which will help you check your device for OTG support.  One is USB Host Diagnostic App, OTG App, USB OTG Helper App, USB OTG Checker app and Easy OTG Checker app to name few.

You can use any of the apps mentioned above according to your choice and check whether your phone supports USB OTG or not. Here’s how to do with examples from the above apps:

Check with USB Host Diagnostic App

Install USB Host Diagnostics from the Play Store

Then Run it on your cell phone

Tap the Start Diagnostics link, and following the directions first ensure that you have nothing plugged into USB on your device and then plug a device (such as a USB flash drive) in when prompted.

If everything works you should end up with a summary screen, showing firstly a few details about your device and the running OS, then letting you know whether or not your device says that it supports USB Host Mode, and then the all important final Verdict that lets you know whether testing the Host Mode access worked or not.

USB Host App

If everything is working and the app successfully detected your USB device (showing that your USB Host Mode is working) you should have “Yes”s in all the sections, and some details showing how much access 3rd party (ie non-built-in) apps have to the device. If not, there should be details there to help you track down where the problem is.

Check using OTG Checker App

Download the Easy OTG Checker app on your Samsung phone

Easy OTG Checker will take a few seconds to check your Android phone’s USB OTG compatibility, and then display the result. Apart from that, the app also displays system information such as the device’s make/model, and Android version.

Easy OTG Checker app

If your Android phone’s retail box has the USB OTG logo (see below), it supports USB OTG.

USB on the go

Another simple method to check your Android phone’s USB OTG compatibility is to connect a USB OTG device to it. If the same is detected and you get a notification/confirmation prompt on the device, your Android phone supports USB OTG.

Samsung phones that support  OTG by default

Following Samsung cell phones support OTG so you can check whether your phone is in the listing or not

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005), Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910G), Samsung Galaxy Note Edge (SM-N915G), Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (SM-N920I, Samsung Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850Y), Samsung Galaxy A5 (SM-G520F), Samsung Galaxy A7 (SM-G720F), Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505), Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900I), Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-G920I), Samsung Galaxy S6 edge (SM-G925I), Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ (SM-G928I), Samsung Galaxy S7 (SM-G930F), Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (SM-G935F), Samsung Galaxy S8 (SM-G950F), Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SM-G935F), Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4″ (SM-T700 / SM-T705Y), Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5″ (SM-T800 / SM-T805Y), Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0″ (SM-T710/ SM-T715Y), Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7″ (SM-T810 / SM-T815Y / SM-T819Y)

Now try to find whether your Samsung Android supports OTG or not and if it does then take advantage of all the extra functionality of USB that it offers to make things work more smooth for you.