How To Backup An Android To A USB Flash Drive

In this post we will cover how you can backup an Android to a USB flash drive. And, it is easy! This is an important process when you are away from a carrier signal.

backup an Android to a USB flash drive

That Special Shot Needs To Be Kept Safe

Sometimes you shoot that once in a lifetime shot and you want a backup of it immediately. And maybe, there is no WiFi or data connection where you are. What can you do? OTG! In this post we will cover how you can backup an Android to a USB flash drive.

 

Typical Android Connector Types

If you have a newer Android phone you probably have a USB-C type power connector. If it is slightly older, it will have a Micro USB power connector. Below are samples of each:

backup an Android to a USB flash drive
USB-C Connector
backup an Android to a USB flash drive
Micro-USB Connector

 

What You Need

To connect your flash drive to an Android phone, you need an OTG cable. I have tried a variety, and this is the best yet for me. BTW, I run a Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Of course, you’ll also need a USB flash drive of your choice. I have the SanDisk as well as a Lexar Jumpdrive. The advantage to the Jumpdrive is that it connects to Android, using the OTG cable, as well as to iPhones and iPads using the Lightning connector. Since I do my field editing on an iPad Pro, this makes things very easy.

backup an Android to a USB flash drive
USB-C OTG Cable
backup an Android to a USB flash drive
Sandisk 128Gb USB Drive

 

USB Flash Drive Formats

Depending upon how your flash drive is formatted you may need an add-on utility for your phone. I typically format mine in FAT32 enabling me to go back and forth between MAC and Windows. As such, I use a utility called from the Google Play Store called exFAT/NTFS for USB. There is a free trial and then a small fee if you like it. I think it’s a great utility and use it all the time. If you purchase all the options you can read from NTFS, exFAT, HFS+ and FAT32 drive formats. This utility is a plugin for Total Commander. If you don’t already have it, it will ask you to download it automatically. It’s a great little file manager.

 

Backup An Android To A USB Flash Drive – Putting It All Together

Once you have your OTG cable and a flash drive, you simply plug the flash drive into the female side of the OTG cable, and plug the USB-C, or Micro USB, into your phone. exFAT/NTFS for USB will usually start automatically, if not, start it yourself. It will then show you your device and ask if you would like to mount it. Tap on “MOUNT”, then on “OPEN”. you will now see the contents of your flash drive. Tap the up arrow a couple times and you will be able to see the internal storage and an SD card, if installed. You can now navigate to where your photos are, and then copy and paste them from your phone to the flash drive. It will work either way, of course, but we’re discussing backups here. When you are done, hit the back arrow to go back to where you started when you mounted the drive. ALWAYS, “UNMOUNT” before disconnecting your flash drive from your phone.

We hope you enjoyed this article and if you have any questions, or comments, please leave them below.

 

Software On This Page That I Use

exFAT/NTFS for USB: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.paragon.tcplugins_ntfs_ro

Total Commander: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ghisler.android.TotalCommander

 

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