Xperia S USB OTG demonstrated [Video]

by XB on 09/03/2012

in Accessories, Featured Content, Tips & Tricks, Videos, Xperia S


Xperia S USB OTGOne of the less trumpeted features of the new Sony Xperia S is its USB OTG (On-The-Go) functionality. USB OTG allows you to connect devices together without the need of a PC, the Xperia S in this case acts as a host to connect a USB stick. For those that worry that the 32 GB internal storage of the Xperia S is not enough for your needs, then USB-OTG is a great way to access extra media content.

To demonstrate this feature we published a quick video below that shows how it works. Sony doesn’t have its own file manager, but the free version of Astro is included on the Xperia S when you buy the handset. Once you connect the USB cable adaptor you can connect either a USB stick or a microSD card to USB adaptor. Then you need to browse to the ‘usbdisk’ folder through the Astro file manager to access your USB files. It’s all very simple in practice and it’s great to know that USB OTG is natively supported, unlike the 2011 Xperia range that needed root access for this to work.

If you want to know exactly what accessories you need to get USB OTG working, check out this previous post, which includes a few Amazon product links.

Xperia S USB OTG

Xperia S USB OTG

Xperia S USB OTG

Xperia S USB OTG

  • Tedytea

    wow…very good feature.i like it

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1099552230 Soheil Farahani

    Great . i need 

  • spatch

    I like it, and I wish the Xperia Arc did the same, but doesn’t this seem like a bit of an afterthought solution to the lack of a micro SD card? Wouldn’t regular external storage be a simpler option? Don’t get me wrong: as a geek I love stuff like this, but I still want this phone to have a micro SD card slot.

  • Anonymous

    Good job SONY, you are listening and doing better in pleasing your customers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gokulan.rajendran Gokulan Rajendran

    @xperiablog  can we connect a 2TB external hard drive to the xperia s…?….its cool support

  • Asad Mulla

     no. Handset cant provide the current to run the hard drive unless it has external power then maybe.

  • Rene Pedroso

    Off topic – Can you guys tell me where or how you accessed PS Store / Suite on your S. I do not see it on mine?

  • Gagigi

    I tried it with my rooted Xperia Neo but i doesn’t work!

  • Geuben

    What bitrate were the videos that were played? Interested to know if I could use this method to play videos straight off a ContourHD camera, the bitrate for the 1080p videos tops out at ~15.5Mbps.

  • Anonymous

    Not sure tbh, the 1080p samples were downloaded straight from the Apple Trailers website. You could download one and check to see.

  • jake

    Ok i must admit this cover the whole thing of no micro sd slot . 
    Nice !

  • Guest

    Going to be a bit greedy here, can it mount 2 USB sticks through a hub?  Thinking about the file copying scenario.

  • Vandenbornejeffrey

    Combined with my 32GB Corsair Survivor I carry with with me all the time, I got a total of 64GB flash storage, that should work for me! Glad I didn’t buy an IPhone, saved me 400 bucks

  • Anonymous

    Is there NTFS support? Am i able to plug my portable NTFS formatted HDD into it?

  • Eggrafi

    What about usb mouse and keyboard?

  • XperiaX10lover

    can connect my 1tb  drive  with external power supply  full of film????

    please answer

    dont worry 
    i can do it since i got one myself

  • Geuben

    The highest bitrate trailer I’ve found is ~9.8Mbps. Considering the video from my D3100 is even higher than the ContourHD (@ ~18Mbps) I’m less sure about if this phone will be able to handle what I’m after.

  • Rene Pedroso

    Can you guys verify or confirm the following…

    1. When you played the two videos from the USB can you press Menu to see if ”Play on” is an option
    2. Can you tell me what the settings are for the trailers i.e. Video Codec, Frame Size (I would think 1280×720), Video Bitrate, Audio Codec and Sample Rate. I had my conversion software set up for my arc but now I have to get the correct settings for the S 
    3. Is copying possible

  • Mustafa Farooq

    Just keeps getting better and better…….

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  • Mika

    Does Xperia P support OTG?

  • Thewabel

    Hi
    I just cannot get this to work with my Xperia S. When I insert the Micro USB to USB converter and connect my USB Micro SD card reader it brings up a red triangle in the notification screen warning me “usb consumption error”. it then brings up a dialog box saying that the “connected device have been disabled”I have changed the type of usb memory connected to see if this makes a differnce – Used a Micro Sd Card Reader and a Sandisk Flashdrive and got the same results. I hope that its the Micro Usb to Female Usb cable that’s at fault and not the phone. Can’t try the cable on any other phone to test it as the only other Android I have access to is the HTC Desire which is not compatible. Someone, please help me!!

  • x_Dio

    yes, it does. it has fully OTG support. e.g- It has mouse, keyboard, or any kind of gamepad support. :) Enjoy with Xperia…

  • x_Dio

    Ans-1: 
    Ans-2: Usually it detects automatically. if you wanna select by manually, then go to video, press menu button then u will be able to set settings or any properties…
    Ans-3: Where do you wanna copy?

  • x_Dio

    You will be able to connect any supported USB storage. since S has a support of External Storage connectivity…

  • x_Dio

    supported…….. go & have fun

  • x_Dio

    sorry, it does not support NTFS at this moment…

  • x_Dio

    yes, it does support any External Storage via a HUB

  • LV to World

    Every single applehead makes me feel Better with my sony.. Freedom. 

    With a iPhone i feel like in a prison of glass. 

  • Fatman

    anny kind of gamepad except the playstation controller XD.

  • http://twitter.com/steelicon Tic Sy

    For almost ANY USB device support, just use a POWERED hub. It should be supported since the power requirement is met. Your mileage may vary.

  • Toddler

    I will be buying this when ICS is released. I want Touch to foucs In video mode!  And Stereo sound when recording.

    Sharper video just like HTC one S sharpnes is good.

    ICS, if itl fix some of those thing i will buy onne because it is affordable 450-550 euros.

  • Igen-mikle

    Has it USB storage size and maximum file size limitations? 
    What file systems does it support besides FAT32 ?Can a Music Player see contents of USB drive (in library view, i.e. albums, songs, etc.) ? Is there any ability to set USB drive as a destination for video recorded from camera?

  • Jack_Sparow

    Thank you very much, i was struggling with mine. It kept saying to much power consumption so i tried a different device and this worked perfectly.

  • twinkle

    can i use pendrive in xperia U..??????????

  • iqlogic

    You have to flash DooMKerneL … it natively support NTFS ;)

  • iqlogic

    Please, could you test active USB hub? F.e. -> keyboard, mouse and USB memory connected at once :)

  • Mono

    Now Galaxy S3 can :)

  • combatantDrip19

    Can anyone please answer this??
    1.if i have a music file in a pen drive and connect it to a xperia u via usb adapter,will i be able to play the song through the phone even if its not there in it?
    2.can i substitute a battery of >1320 mah to the xperia u instead of the supplied one?

  • sandy

    Hi
    I just cannot get this to work with my Xperia S. When I insert the
    Micro USB to USB converter and connect my USB Micro SD card reader it
    brings up a red triangle in the notification screen warning me “usb
    consumption error”. it then brings up a dialog box saying that the
    “connected device have been disabled”I have changed the type of usb
    memory connected to see if this makes a differnce – Used a Micro Sd Card
    Reader and a Sandisk Flashdrive and got the same results. I hope that
    its the Micro Usb to Female Usb cable that’s at fault and not the phone.
    Can’t try the cable on any other phone to test it as the only other
    Android I have access to is the HTC Desire which is not compatible.
    Someone, please help me!!

  • sandy

    Hi
    I just cannot get this to work with my Xperia u. When I insert the
    Micro USB to USB converter and connect my USB Micro SD card reader it
    brings up a red triangle in the notification screen warning me “usb
    consumption error”. it then brings up a dialog box saying that the
    “connected device have been disabled”I have changed the type of usb
    memory connected to see if this makes a differnce – Used a Micro Sd Card
    Reader and a Sandisk Flashdrive and got the same results. I hope that
    its the Micro Usb to Female Usb cable that’s at fault and not the phone.
    Can’t try the cable on any other phone to test it as the only other
    Android I have access to is the HTC Desire which is not compatible.
    Someone, please help me!!

  • sandy

    Hi
    I just cannot get this to work with my Xperia u. When I connect my 8gb pen drive it
    brings up a red triangle in the notification screen warning me “usb
    consumption error”. it then brings up a dialog box saying that the
    “connected device have been disabled”I have changed the type of usb
    memory connected to see if this makes a differnce – Used a Micro Sd Card
    Reader and a Sandisk Flashdrive and got the same results. I hope that
    its the Micro Usb to Female Usb cable that’s at fault and not the phone.
    Can’t try the cable on any other phone to test it as the only other
    Android I have access to is the HTC Desire which is not compatible.
    Someone, please help me!!

  • sandy

    Hi
    I just cannot get this to work with my Xperia u. When I connect my 8gb pen drive it
    brings up a red triangle in the notification screen warning me “usb
    consumption error”. it then brings up a dialog box saying that the
    “connected device have been disabled”. But when i connect a usb mouse through otg cable it works great.
    Someone, please help me!!

  • Guest

    The issue here is of power consumption. The OTG is designed to coonect devices such as mouse keyboard etc. Some pen-drives an also be connected but not all. This is why they don’t use this feature as a USP for this phone.

  • cyril

    all video format will accept in xperia s like(avi,mkv,mp4,wmn & hd blue ray video)

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  • Suresh

    Hi …
    I have tried in my Handset Xperia P. But is warning me as “USB device Consumes too much power and please remove the USB”. Any one help me what i have to do

  • Hilal Post

    And what about Android 5 ? Any update of this article ? Thanks
    (For those who can speak french and don’t know what OTG means : http://hilalpost.com/usb-otg/)

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