Can you connect a Samsung Note to a USB flash drive for photo backup on trips?

Lari Power August 17, 2012

I’m looking to buy a Samsung Note and want to vacation with it. It needs to interface with a flash drive and iPad2. Possible? Easy?

  1. Alex Perkins
    September 13, 2012 at 7:04 pm
  2. Kannon Y
    August 18, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    It's extremely easy to do. It's also ridiculously cheap. As Dalsan mentioned, getting USB devices working on your Note will require an "On the Go" adapter, which can be found over at for about a dollar (US).

    On the downside, using an OTG adapter will have quite the impact on your battery life, so it's important to remove the device after transferring or writing data to/from it. In case you were wondering, an OTG adapter is required because of some design shortcomings of Android devices. Namely, they are designed so that USB devices cannot send data request to the USB host (the computer). Instead, they are "slaved" to the host and can only receive data requests.

    I've heard that the iPad2 also supports USB host mode, so you should be able to interact with flash drives with an OTG adapter.

    According to this forum post, the iPad2 loads the flash drive in this file directory:


  3. Dalsan
    August 17, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Just for extra info, the Galaxy Note 2 will make its debut the end of this month and should be available in the U.S. by the end of the year, earlier elsewhere in the world. Not sure if you would like to wait for it because the original Note is a year old now and the Note 2 will have an upgraded processor, memory, and updated software similar to the SIII.

  4. Anay Chaubal
    August 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Using the USB OTG cable, you can connect it to a flash drive for sure. with your ipad2, i m not so sure, since it uses different drivers for its flash memory controller.

  5. Timothy Liem
    August 17, 2012 at 7:19 am

    I think you can since it's come with USB OTG

  6. Achraf52
    August 17, 2012 at 6:58 am

    You can use OTG which is a cable to plug into your Samsung galaxy note to provide an USB entry and use Bluetooth to transfer with iPad which would work with Samsung galaxy note with problem .

  7. LivingOn
    August 17, 2012 at 5:54 am

    Look at the following video on youtube:

  8. Dalsan
    August 17, 2012 at 3:30 am

    You would need an OTG adapter to connect a flash drive and other peripherals. I am not sure if it would connect to the iPad, though. Make sure the OTG cable is from reputable brand with good reviews. They make similar products for iPads.

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