USB OTG Android Not Working on Xiaomi/Mi/ Redmi Smartphones

USB OTG Android Not Working on XiaomiMi Redmi Smartphones

USB OTG (On-the-go) stands for On-the-Go and refers to the ability of certain devices to be connected through USB (Universal Serial Bus).

It enables two USB devices, such as flash drives, cameras, mice, and keyboards, to communicate with each other directly.

If your Xiaomi/Mi/Redmi smartphone doesn’t support it correctly then you can follow these instructions to activate it manually.

This article will help you solve this issue and make the USB OTG work again on your phone. We will also provide some additional details in the article. Which will help you to understand things better.

What is USB On The Go?

USB On The Go (OTG) is an Android-specific feature that makes it possible for you to use USB devices, such as hard drives and keyboards, with your phone or tablet.

If you connect these types of devices to an Android device using a standard micro-USB cable, they will usually function just fine.

But if you are using one of several popular (and cheap) Chinese smartphones and tablets, you might encounter some problems. This is because many of these manufacturers disable support for OTG by default.

Reasons behind USB Pendrive not recognizing

USB On-The-Go (OTG) is a specification that allows USB devices such as USB flash drives, digital cameras, and printers to be connected to Android devices.

This allows you to move data between devices. If you want to transfer pictures from your smartphone or tablet computer to another device such as your laptop, for example, USB OTG makes it possible.

You can also copy files to and from an external hard drive using an OTG cable. It’s easy to set up once you know how, so let’s take a look at how to use USB OTG with any Android phone or tablet.

There are written many tutorials regarding Smartphones and tablets. Most of these methods are applicable to other android devices as well. So if you own a Xiaomi or Redmi phone or tab, do try these methods to connect your USB drive to your mobile device easily without rooting them first.

A. Hardware support

To connect your phone with OTG USB, it’s a prerequisite that your phone supports the OTG standard. You can corroborate it by checking the phone tackle specs. Simply Google your phone model, and you can find colorful review spots giving full details of your phone’s specifications. Or communicate with your sanctioned service center and confirm if your phone’s tackle and software are suitable to get it connected with a USB OTG.

Another option is to try some thirst corridor apps which can descry your device’s comity with OTG standards. One similar popular app is USB OTG Checker. It can overlook and test your device tackle and software performances to let you know if they’re suitable and able enough to connect an OTG.

B. USB debugging Settings

How to enable USB OTG in your Xiaomi/ Mi / Redmi Smartphone: The first step is to check whether you have enabled USB OTG in your device settings. For that go to Settings> Additional settings> Developer options > USB debugging > Turn on.

USB debugging

Once done, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Connect a micro-USB cable from your PC or Laptop to your Phone or Tab via Micro-USB port.
  • Step 2: Now connect your USB pen drive to one end of the OTG cable.
  • Step 3: Then connect another end of the OTG cable to the USB port present on your phone or tab.
  • Step 4: In some cases, you may need to format your pen drive before using it on your phone. To do so plug your Pen Drive into your Laptop or PC and right-click on it then select the Format option. After formatting now again disconnects Pen Drive from the PC and then connects it back to the OTG cable.
  • Step 5: Finally you will see a notification message saying Allow USB debugging. Select the OK button to continue.

C. Suitable OS version

Only having suitable hardware is not sufficient you should have Operating system support to connect OTG Pendrive and access it. Remember, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 can be connected to a device supported by Android 3.1 and above. And a USB Driver works only on Android 9.0 and higher.

Fix: USB OTG Android Not Working on Xiaomi/Mi/ Redmi Smartphones

The first step in solving any problem is admitting there is a problem in need of fixing. Once you understand why your phone isn’t recognizing external storage devices when connected via a USB OTG cable, we can move on to finding solutions.

1. Update your Device OS

Go to settings > About device and check for the latest version available and then after updating your device check if the OTG works or not.

2. Wipe data/factory reset

This is really frustrating, but fortunately, there is an easy solution to USB OTG not working on your Xiaomi device. Follow these simple steps and it will start working again. Hopefully, You can follow our step-by-step guide below:

  • Step 1: Turn off your phone completely by holding down the power button for 5 seconds or more until you see a shutdown animation.
  • Step 2: Now press the power button once quickly and then hold it down again. Keep holding until you see a boot menu with 3 options (Recovery, Fastboot & Normal). Select Recovery using the volume buttons and press the power button to confirm the selection.
  • Step 4: Wait for a few minutes while the system wipes the data cache.
  • Step 3: Once in recovery mode select the ‘Wipe data/factory reset’ option using the volume buttons and press the power button to confirm the selection.
  • Step 4: Wait for a few minutes while the system wipes the data cache.
  • Once done select the ‘Reboot system now option using the volume buttons and press the power button to confirm the selection. That’s all.

Your phone should reboot normally now.

Final Words

If you’re having trouble with USB On-The-Go, we suggest that you try installing Google’s USB drivers and disabling any antivirus program you may have running in order to see if it fixes things. If nothing works, please reach out for additional assistance. We hope customer support will do their best to assist you as soon as possible. You can also post comments below if you need further help. We will be happy to assist in any way that we can.

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