How to enable USB OTG in Nexus 5 – Guide {Without Rooting}

USB OTG (On the Go) is one of the most desired feature for android phones as with this feature one can use their mobile device as the host or external media just like the USB pend drive or mouse or for say any other game controller. So off the shelf, Nexus 5 doesn’t support the USB OTG support, but all thanks to the work around with an app which allows users of Nexus 5 to enjoy the USB OTG support. So starting with the Nexus 5 Android let’s check out on how you can enable USB OTG without you needing to root the device.

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  • Make sure that you have a compatible USB OTG cable with Type A USB Port and Micro B port which can be bought from any of the online or offline retailers.
  • Now, download the Nexus USB OTG file Manager app from the Google PLAY Store. Connect the flash drive with the Type-A USB side which is the broader side and insert the Micro B connector into the USB port of Nexus 5.
  • Once you have connected the device and the flash drive, open the Nexus USB OTG file manager app and tap on “Connect” to navigate to the contents which are there in the USB device / Flash drive. Meanwhile, you need to follow all the on screen instructions.
  • This app will mount the external / flash drive which you have connected with the device and will allow you to copy, paste, delete, edit and play any multimedia content. In short it’s just like plugging a USB drive to your computer which allows seamless connection.
  • This app generally supports the USB OTG for almost all the USB devices, but this one works on Nexus 5 and Nexus 4. Once we get the Nexus 6 device, we will also let you know on how to enable the USB OTG.

Do let us know in the comments section just in case if you face any issues in the process of enabling the USB OTG option as we will be more than happy to assist you.

4 Comments
  1. Reply harnish March 8, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Hi friends am using nexus 5 and I have sandisk dual pen drive which does not connecting to my phone pls reply how should I go for this

  2. Reply Yusuf Osmani December 24, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I have Nexus 4 with Lollopop 5.0.1 and I tried above app, it did not connected the usb pen drive.
    Any Idea weather Nexus 4 with Android 5 supports OTG?

    • Reply Pradeep Neela January 31, 2015 at 11:12 am

      Nexus 5 supports USB OTG, have tried on Nexus 4 its not working.

  3. Reply Abhishek Pandey November 25, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Can USB OTG be enabled on Huawei Ascend G700 phone anyhow running on stock 4.2.1 rooted firmware? Pls help!

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