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How To Connect USB Storage Devices To Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 is the latest flagship smartphone in the Galaxy Series. It features a 2.5 GHz quad core krait processor, 2GB RAM, Adreno 330 GPU and 5.1 inch full HD screen. It has also got a micro USB 3.0 connector for high speed data transfer via external usb storage devices like pen drives, flash drives, external HDD etc. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has USB OTG support which means you can connect external storage devices to it with a OTG cable. Connecting flash drives or external HDD to your Galaxy S5 makes it portable to transfer data to and from the usb storage and can be carried anywhere. The Galaxy S5 has 2800mAH battery that can provide enough power to connect pendrives, flash drives, card reader, PS3 or PS4 gamepads or even external hard drives.

Also you can connect a keyboard. Using a keyboard will help you do the typing work very fast as you do it on a computer or a laptop. So there is no need to use the phone's on-screen keyboard, because typing with it is very slow. You can also play emulator games on your phone that support gamepad with keyboard used as a gamepad. Also browsing the internet with keyboard will make typing websites' names and dropping comments very fast. The keyboard, mouse and the usb flash drive require only 0.2 Ampere of current, so make sure your Galaxy S5 is charged above 60%. Enable power saving mode then use it to save more power when keyboard or other usb devices are connected.


  • Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone.
  • A USB OTG cable for Galaxy S5.
  • A storage device like flash drive, pen drive, external hard drive of WD or Seagate brand. Don't use unreliable brands as they can damage the battery of your phone.

Connect Pen Drives/Flash Drives/External HDD/Keyboard/Mouse/Card Reader To Galaxy S5

  • Buy a separate USB OTG cable specially designed for your Galaxy S5. A USB OTG cable has two connecting ends. One end fits in the phone and other end has a female USB connector in which you can connect keyboard/mouse/external HDD or flash drives. See the image below.

Galaxy S5 USB OTG cable 

  • First connect the one end of the OTG cable to your phone then connect either usb pen drive, external HDD, keyboard or a mouse.
  • On connecting any of the above mentioned usb devices you will get a notification on your smartphone.
  • When keyboard is connected then you can use your smartphone as a computer to edit and create Microsoft office documents much faster as compared to using the on-screen/software touch keyboard.
  • Connect a USB flash drive/pen drive/zip drive/external HDD to directly view the files stored in it and copy data from the flash drive or copy files in it. You can directly watch movies on your Galaxy S5 by connecting a usb drive by using OTG cable. No matter what the format of the movie. The Galaxy S5 supports all the major formats like MP4, MKV, AVI, MPEG.
  • Before removing the flash drive from the OTG cable go to 'Settings>Storage>Unmount USB OTG'. Then remove the flash drive after unmounting.


  • Directly connecting a flash drive/external HDD to your Galaxy S5 will save much time and you can directly copy data from it to your phone.
  • The Galaxy S5 can support microSD cards upto 128 GB which are very costly. So if you don't want to buy sdcards then use the OTG feature to save time and money
  • Also you can listen to music and watch movies directly from the flash drive or external hard drive.
Now you have successfully learnt to connect the usb keyboard, flash drive, external HDD, card reader and a pen drive to your Galaxy S5. Read connect USB storage to Galalxy S7 and use it as a Power bank.

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  1. I've successfully connected a USB 2.0 flash drive to my Note 3 using a OTG cable but when I try connecting a USB 3.0 flash drive the Note gives an error message "damaged drive". The OTG cable is 9pin with a USB 3.0 connector and the flash drive is formatted as FAT32. My coworker just got a Galaxy S5 and I tried it on his phone with the same results. I did an online chat with a Samsung representative who told me the device is not compatible at this time. Just to be clear, the USB 3.0 drive is unpowered so it is relying on the phone for power. I'm just wondering is anyone else is encountering this problem. It's hard to find any information on the web at this time. From the article is sounds like this should be doable but my findings are the opposite.

    1. USB 3.0 flash drives may not be supported. Try only USB 2.0 enabled flash drives, there may be some power requirement issues.

    2. i have also s5 could read usb 3 otg when it had kit kat.with the update to lollipop usb 3 otg stop working.i had a usb 3 otg like the image to the top of the article which is fake so i bought a blue one usb 3 otg adapter but it didnt work again .so it must be the lollipop update.hopefully with the new android 6 Marshmallow update the s5 will work again with otg usb 3 .now you can use otg usb 2 adapter which will may damage your phone female charge port.

    3. i have also s5.when my phone had kit kat the fake one usb 3 otg was working fine with my usb but with lollipop update my phone stops working with that otg(the fake one otg 3 boughted from sumsung servise greece).so i bought a real one blue usb 3 otg with no results too .Now it can read only usb 2 otg connector .with some luck android 6 Marshmallow will fix the problem.

    4. Galaxy S5 has micro USB 3.0 port so you should use the OTG adapter and everything will work fine.

  2. I used a flashdrive to move my pictures from my phone. I had over 4000 pictures. Now after I charge my phone, I get a black screen that says No Photos Saved. How can I get rid of this message?? My photos are in my Gallery and also in my Google Photos.

    1. You might have moved the photos from the phone that's why it is showing a black screen. Check whether the photos exist on phone's storage.

  3. My non cabled adapter has no teen able to connect and usb 2.0 or wireless keyboards yet any suggestions?

  4. It may not be supported or may be faulty.

    1. Big question here!

      Below is the information I got from the Sony and Pioneer website on USB. On my car stereo receiver I get the error mssg "Over current caution on USB". I confirmed my TMobile Samsung Galaxy S5 phone is an MTP device running android version 4.46. Using the approved OTG USB Cable. I tried both USB input cables on the back of my Sony XAV-701HD car stereo, rebooted everytime both devices, updated the system software to Sony's latest firmware.

      Another question? Both the below car recevers state they can only play back AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA, and PCM. I only play hi-res FLAC files on my phone. Doesnt "USB Audio Player Pro" app play these 24bit x 196khz FLAC files then sends the music signal thru the OTG USB cable to the car stereo to be played? Or does it send the digitial signal using my car stereo's DAC to play?

      Sony XAV-701HD

      "Dual USB Ports: The receiver is equipped with dual rear-panel USB (type-A) ports that can be used for plugging in (MSC) Mass Storage Class or MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) type USB devices. The rear-panel USB ports are attached to the rear-chassis via a 58" cable. The head unit can play video, photo, and audio files stored on a compatible USB device. The files must be formatted in FAT 12/16/32. The head unit can recognize up to 10,000 files from a single USB memory device. "

      Pioneer AVH-X3700BHS

      "USB Port (Android Compliant): The unit's rear-panel USB (type-A) port and 58" USB extension cable allows you to connect a USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) or USB Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) compliant device; such as your Android smartphone or USB thumbdrive. The USB port enables playback & control of music, video, and photo files stored on your portable USB MSC device and music only on your USB MTP device through the Pioneer AVH-X3700BHS. USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (1A) and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
      •MSC Playback: The PioneeAVH-X3700BHS's USB port enables playback & control of music, video, and photo files stored on your portable USB MSC device, like your older Android smartphone (w/ OS 2.2+ [Froyo/Gingerbread]) or USB thumbdrive device (up to 32GB) through the head unit.
      •MTP Playback: The AVH-X3700BHS's USB port also enables playback & control of stored music files on your portable USB MTP device, like your newer Android smartphone (w/ OS 4.0+ [Ice Cream Sandwich/Jelly Bean/KitKat]) through the Pioneer head unit. "

    2. Use the Aux input of your car stereo to play music from your phone. Just buy a 3.5mm to Aux cable and you can output your Galaxy S5 music directly on the car stereo.

  5. When i remove the flash card from galaxy s5 g900h it says USB card unexpectedly removed how we can expectedly remove it

    1. First go to 'Settings>Storage' here unmount the storage device first. After unmounting the memory card you won't see any error.

  6. Would it be possible to connect a USB Dvd burner to an S5 with the OTG cable? I would like to put my personal videos on a disc and was hoping this may work

    1. It may not be possible because the drive may require more than 1 Amp of current to operate. The galaxy s5 battery is not that powerful. However if somehow you manage to connect the usb dvd burner, then you may not be able to copy files on to the dvd.

    2. you can do that .i have samsung se-506cb .there is an app mlusbmounter but you have to pay 3 euros and you can only see the images'you cant burn on disk its like an only readable memory.