5 charging and data cables that work with both Android and iOS devices


If you happen to own and use both Android and iOS devices, you surely must have had a fair share of failed attempts at inserting Apple's Lighting cable into the droid's microUSB port. It's a dreaded mistake that becomes all too common when you are a player in both mobile teams, and it gets especially worse when all your charging and data cables happen to be of the same color!

There are a number of solutions to this problem and other inconveniences brought by the port mismatch. One of them is buying a multi-functional cable that handles both Lighting and microUSB-equipped devices. This way, you can simply keep one in the charger, one in your computer, and you'll always be ready to go, no matter which device you want to charge or use at the moment.

We've lined up a selection of five highly rated multi-connector cables you can easily order from Amazon. We reckon you'll be pleased with any one of these clever problem solvers, so check them out and consider your options. Alas, there are no USB Type-C options here, but we promise to do some research on Type C/Lighting cables soon.

Vanten USB 2.0 Male to Reversible Micro USB and Lighting Cable ($12)

Buy from Amazon ($12)


This cable features four-core copper wires which supposedly results in enhanced charging and data transfer speeds. Its current is rated at 5V/2.1A while the USB connector is version 2.0. The connectors are made out of oxidation-resistant aluminum alloy while the nylon-braided cords offer superior durability and flexibility. Compatible with all microUSB Android devices and all Lighting-equipped iOS ones, the cable is 3.3ft (1.06m) long and comes with a 2-year warranty as well as risk-free lifetime replacement warranty.

Leegoo Universal Charging Cord

Buy from Amazon ($7)


This 3.3ft (1.06m) cable is a 2-in-1 data sync and charging accessory that's compatible with both iOS and Android devices. Its maximum transfer speed is up to 480Mbps while its thicker wire supposedly allows for high-current transmission of up to 2.1A.

Polanfo Dual Micro USB Charging Cord & Data Cable

Buy from Amazon ($9)


In addition to Lighting and MicroUSB connectors for data transfer and charging, this cable has a flat design to stay tangle-free. What's more, the connectors feature caps to stay clean and protected. With its durable and tangle-free design, it's great for traveling, too.

IVVO 4 in 1 Multifunctional Universal USB Charger Cable

Buy from Amazon ($8)


If maximum connectivity is what you're after, this cable delivers like no other. Although this is just a charging cable, it's nevertheless able to charge 30-pin and Lighting port iOS devices, as well as regular microUSB Android devices and ones with microUSB 3.0 connectors (like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3). The cable is 3 feet long and features a simple, portable design that makes it rather convenient. It's sold with a 30 day money back guarantee and a one year warranty.

Tour 2-in-1 Android Micro USB / Apple iOS Lightning Cable

Buy from Amazon ($7)


Another choice of cable, this one has Lighting and microUSB connectivity with data transfer and charging. It also has a special trick up its sleeve. It lets you charge an iPhone from an Android phone and vice versa, or transfer photos between the devices. Your Android phone needs to have USB OTG functionality enabled for the procedure to work.

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15 Comments

1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Now I see why that Kickstarter campaign you showed us earlier was closed...thanks for shearing, gonna grab one to replace the dedicated lightning cable sitting in my backpack for them iDevices still too dumb to share files over Bluetooth.

2. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Airdrop

3. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Welcome to Earth, not everyone owns a crippled apple device, 90% of this world uses something else yet still easily share with one another via Bluetooth...

4. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Share it through wetransfer.com , dropbox or just plain old email if its just a document

6. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That's all presuming the iPhone owner will be willing to use their capped data plan for such, not to talk of taking the time to upload it and share the link to me. Hasn't been the case in my workplace here in Canada. iFunBox on my Surface Pro has been the guaranteed-to-work solution, hence why I carry the lightning cable. Until we get unlimited data plans or apple simply removes the stupid restriction on it's iDevices, a cable is the only reliable way to receive data from an iDevice user.

10. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

wetransfer is good maybe you should try that instead . All u neeed is the other person's email . If people keep finishing their data plans maybe they should just upgrade to a better plan ? i couldn't finish my 15gb

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

From the looks of it, that's just another public cloud storage sh*t, and it's for sending data, not receiving. Again, not every iPhone user is willing to use their capped data for such, and data doesn't doesn't come at a cheap price here in Canada...stop arrogantly presuming every iPhone user is in the same situation and have the same privaledges you have. Besides, barely anyone would have that wechat in their phone, so, why even waste time waiting for them to download the app, register, upload the files, then finally send me a link when I can just plug it into my Surface Pro and get the data I want? So much nonsense complications just to receive data from dumb iDevices, even dumb phones would easily transfer via Bluetooth.

15. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Bro we transfer is not we chat . It's totally different . You just key in the person's email , and attach the files you want to send and just send it . The person will get a link on their email to download the files . No need to register at all . I constantly use it to send full uncompressed version of Photos and videos

5. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

even though i own a android device i never used bluetooth to send files for years , only use for it is to connect my car with spotify . Sold my iPhone 6 btw

7. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

that's just you... I use it all the time between my friends who have the standard... WiFi Direct is better but it is another standard that not everyone use... but in my country that has sh!tty network connections and all the plans are limited, bluetooth is very welcome

8. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Not really sure what you share with ur friends. I only need to transfer photos between phones, but because all of my stuff are backed up to the cloud, it doesn't really matter what phone I change, I just login into my cloud account and everything I had in on my new phone.

9. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Same here bro . Wetransfer is a very good tool to transfer files and photos

12. AlikMalix unregistered

Not where I live - most people here use iPhones and nearly all tablet users use iPads.

13. AlikMalix unregistered

I can make a bet that if I approach 100 android users, 98 of them would not know about wifi direct or w/e - they will all tell you that they use text to send photos and email videos. I can also attest that most iPhone users don't know how to use airdrop - because I have showed that to many people who are surprised how easy it is. Android have their way to transfer between androids and iOS has their way to transfer between iOS. It really depends what platform most of your friends and family are on.

14. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Hate to break it to you, but that fruity barnyard isn't the world...

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