Best SD card reader for your Android phone

Best SD card reader for your Android phone
If you want to easily transfer information from your camera to your phone, you probably need an SD card reader.

But first, you need to be aware of a few things: you need to have a modern phone that supports OTG and you probably need a phone with a lot of storage, especially if you want to be transferring videos from your camera to your phone.

If you have those requirements covered, read on. 

There are a bunch of SD card readers out there, but the most versatile and compact one that we have found is the...

Best: Vogek 3-in-1 USB 3.0 SD Card Reader



This nifty little gadget is the swiss knife of SD card readers. It supports not one, not two, but three different ways to connect: it has USB-C for your modern phones, it has microUSB for older phones, and it has a full-sized USB for computers! The only thing it lacks is a Lightning connector, but that would be too good, wouldn't it?

In the middle of this wondrous little gadget is an SD card, but also a microSD card, so you can easily read different card formats.

The Vogek 3-in-1 supports USB 3.0 speeds, so transfers will be fast IF your phone also supports USB 3.0. To find out if your phone supports USB 3.0, simply look it up in our detailed specs pages and search for "USB". Many top-tier phones like the OnePlus 6 and iPhone X still only support USB 2.0, while others like Samsung Galaxy series support USB 3.x speeds in the past few generations.

Priced at just $12, rated 4.5 stars on Amazon and available in three colors (black, gray and silver), the Vogek 3-in-1 SD card reader is the tiny little gadget you have probably been looking for, but couldn't find.

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Alternative: Anker 2-in-1 USB SD Card Reader



If you can't quite trust a company that you have never heard of, you should also consider the SD card reader by the popular and traditionally reliable company Anker. Anker lacks the microUSB and standard USB options that you get with the Vogek, but it's a solid USB-C card reader for the present and future. It supports OTG, high-speed data at up to 5Gbps, as well as support for both SD cards and microSD cards.

The Anker card reader also has a solid aluminum construction and is durable, made to last. Plus, it is also priced low at just $13.

Buy it on Amazon here:


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7 Comments

1. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

The first one is the best. I have a similar reader from a seller called Jelly Comb from Amazon. So cool because it supports ALL major laptop connections from one device. and since Samsung includes a USB-to-USB Type C adapter in the box, it makes moving data from your cards, to and from your phone so easy.

2. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I have that first one also, it's great.

3. Cyberchum

Posts: 1116; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

The SGS2 was released in 2012, with USB OTG support. Loved that phone.

6. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I had an Archos MP4 player with USB OTG from 2006 (though it only supported USB 1.0 speeds from external drives)... I used to take that to University regularly before I got a Laptop, and it allowed me to get PPTs and files from teachers and friends... awesome gadget... the brand was very innovative and luxurious back then, now the brand is really crappy and cheap...

4. japkoslav

Posts: 1552; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Best card reader? Most of the Android phones have a SD card reader built-in.

5. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

It's great for transferring photos and videos from camera on the go, I guess. And by that I mean transfering from the camera SD to the phone microSD. Other than that, idk what I would used this device for.

7. japkoslav

Posts: 1552; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Not really sure how other people use their camera, but in mine is a microSD card in a SD adapter. For PC tranfer I own older USB 3.0 Kingston reader and I can bet it works with OTG as well.

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