The value of external hard drives and flash drives is well known when used in conjunction with a computer. We can create files on one computer and then transfer them to another computer with the aid of these devices. Also, in the case of external hard drives, we can extend the storage capabilities of our computers with these devices. With the increasing quality of media such as videos these days, large storage capacity is becoming more and more important.
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So what if you could also make use of these storage solutions on your Android device? Most of these devices, especially hard drives use the NTFS file system. Your Android device therefore needs to be able to support this file system in order to make use of these devices. With the method we will be going through in this article you can enable NTFS support on your Android device.
Many smartphones these days have fixed storage without the option for increasing storage by using an SD card. Many users will therefore be thrilled that there is a way to use their external NTFS devices.
How To Enable NTFS Support On Your Android Device
The great thing about this method is that it doesn’t require root access. You will however need a USB OTG(On The Go) as pictured below. A USB OTG cable has a micro USB-B male end and a USB Standard-A end, allowing for the connecting devices such as USB drives to an Android device.
In this article we will be focusing on connecting storage devices but input devices such as keyboards and mouses can be connected. I even connected a USB LED to my device once.
In order to enable NTFS access on your Android device without root access, you will first need to download Total Commander as well as USB plugin for Total Commander(Paragon_UMS). You should then connect your USB OTG cable to your phone. Now connect your USB storage device to the USB OTG cable.
After plugging in your storage device, the USB plugin will display a pop-up asking if you wish to open Paragon_UMS when this USB device is connected. You also have the option of using this option by default when the particular USB device is connected.
It’s up to you if you open Paragon_UMS by default but after this message pops up select OK. You should then select Open Total Commander in order to start browsing your files.
You will now be able to browse the files on your storage device.
When you are finished, re-open Paragon_UMS and select unmount in order to safely remove your storage device.
This is quite a handy trick since increasingly persons are working directly from their mobile devices. Instead of having to rely on your computer to access a USB drive, you can do this from your Android device with the Paragon_UMS, Total Commander combination.
Overall this is quite a handy trick to have in your toolbox and this method is quite effective. It doesn’t take much to set it up and after the required apps are installed, it’s pretty straightforward to use.