USB On-The-Go (OTG) is a standard specification that allows devices with USB ports to directly interface with each other without the need for a middleman which in most cases is usually a PC.
Thanks to USB OTG, devices like smartphones are able to read data from external media and removable devices like flash drives, game pads and so on.
If you are one of those with pricey high-end smartphones then you don’t have to worry if your device supports USB OTG or not. It definitely does!
For everyone else using a mid-range or entry-level device, you have to go a step further to ascertain that your device actually supports USB OTG.
That can be in several ways. The most common way is that the manufacturer of your device will likely list USB OTG support on the box/package if it exists either as part of the spec sheet or by displaying the “Certified USB On-The-Go” logo.
A good example is two devices we have had in for review recently from Tecno: the DroiPad 8 II and the PhonePad 7 II. Tecno made sure everyone knew that the former had USB OTG support by screaming from the rooftop about it and even including an adapter in the box but was very silent about the same feature’s existence on the cheaper latter model.
Where no mention of such exists, like in the case of the Tecno PhonePad 7 II, then you may have to do something else. For Android device users, this is simple. Install this app, ascertain that your device supports or does not support OTG, uninstall the app and live happily ever after. Something like that.