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USB Flash Drives On Tablets?

Here’s a question I get a lot:  “Can you use USB flash drives on tablets, the same way as a desktop computer or laptop?”

The answer is “It depends.”  If you’re using a Windows tablet with a USB port, you certainly can.

Some Windows tablets have a microUSB port. You’ll need to use either a flash drive with a microUSB end or a memory card for storage on these devices.

Android devices have a microUSB port. You can use a flash drive with a microUSB end on some Android tablets and phones. But not all. The devices have to support transfer to external storage.

For devices that don’t support a USB flash drive, you can transfer to another device via a sync cable or consider getting a wireless external drive that you control with an app.

~ Cynthia