The best USB Type-C flash drives made for Android smartphones and tablets

The best USB Type-C flash drives made for Android smartphones and tablets
USB flash drives are awesome, we hope you'll agree with that. They are cheap, tiny, lightweight, and very useful for moving files across computers. The USB flash drives we have for you today, however, are even more awesome than that. They come with both a standard-sized and a USB Type-C ports, which enables them to work not only with computers but with the newest Android smartphones and tablets as well. 

How does the magic happen? Well, thanks to USB On-The-Go – a specification of the USB standard which allows a mobile device to have USB peripherals connected to it. Most recent Android smartphones and tablets are USB OTG-friendly and would recognize a USB flash drive when one is connected to them. This is useful for moving stuff between devices, or for using the same collection of files across a computer and a mobile gadget. With USB Type-C becoming the go-to connector on smartphones, there are now plenty of flash drives on the market that will fit both your computer and your latest handheld device. 

Samsung Duo Plus


The best USB Type-C flash drives made for Android smartphones and tablets

This stylish flash drive from Samsung comes in four variants – with as little as 32GB to as much as 256GB of storage – and offers transfer speeds of up to 300MB/s, by far the fastest on this list. If you find yourself moving large files from your phone often, this USB drive will make your life much easier.


Kingston Digital Data Traveler Micro Duo


The best USB Type-C flash drives made for Android smartphones and tablets

This tiny flash drive is just big enough to have both USB connectors you need, but still can hold up to 128GB of data and move it at up to 100MB/s.


SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive


The best USB Type-C flash drives made for Android smartphones and tablets

SanDisk’s USB OTG stick has an elegant design that conceals both connectors when not in use, preventing any accidental bending that might occur during carrying. It comes in five storage configurations and transfer speeds top up at 150MB/s.


Sony USB Flash Drive


The best USB Type-C flash drives made for Android smartphones and tablets

Sony’s USB OTG thumb drive comes in three storage options, but the most you can get is 64GB and at a price that can get you 128GB or more elsewhere. Transfer speed is not bad, 130 MB/s at maximum.


PNY Duo Link


The best USB Type-C flash drives made for Android smartphones and tablets

The PNY Type-C flash drive also has a design that hides the USB connectors when it’s not plugged in, sparing you the hassle of having to look for a cap all the time. Transfer speeds are about average at 130 MB/s, still good considering the affordable price.


Transcend JetFlash 890S


The best USB Type-C flash drives made for Android smartphones and tablets

Transcend’s compact dual-purpose drive currently comes only with 64GB of storage available and the transfer speeds aren’t very impressive either, reaching a maximum of 90MB/s.


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31 Comments

1. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

I have the pqi connect!and so far so good..

13. sgodsell

Posts: 6653; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They should have listed the Sandisk Connect as well which is WiFi as well as USB. But I guess they only listed USB otg connections.

2. dtn_93

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

I prefer using a meenova to these, it lets you swap micro sd cards. and is more compact because it doesn't have a full size USB connector.

4. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

This^ Loved my Meenova so much I picked up a spare.

8. jmonteiro829

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Same here Meenova is awesome... compact and have it hanging on my keychain. Love the fact I can swap out the SD cards. My 128GB works great in it too.

3. mc0714

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

I'm using Transcend JetFlash 380S. It heats up very quickly

5. ErenJaeger

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Thanks for the suggestions PA

6. Tsrnexus

Posts: 43; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

Does SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive works on nexus 5 without root

7. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

This article should be renamed: "Things you'll never be able to do on your iPhone!" Footnote: I have the SanDisk 32GB ($27.99 Staples sale Memorial Day Weekend); best way to transfer downloads (via my grandfathered Unlimited Data plan), docs', pics' or videos to PC or laptop. Android, YOU FREAKIN' ROCK!!!

14. willard12 unregistered

I'm curious to know JackLee's recommemdation.

19. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

A feature that I don't need, the majority doesn't need. Might be useful for spreading viruses and Trojoan horses though.

20. willard12 unregistered

You'll change your mind once it hits iOS 10.

21. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

It won't. People don't need a gimmick like this.

22. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

But need gimmicks like Passport and Healthbook? Right.

23. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Well, I don't use them either. Not yet and not in current state. S-Atisfied, S-Murfette?

26. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

You are so right Mr. Lee, "people don't need gimmick like this,' people need to spend more money on new iLightning AdApters. BTW, 'how do you get those shirt so white'?

30. JCASS889

Posts: 422; Member since: May 18, 2018

so your calling usb drives a gimmick?

24. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Since when file transfer between devices become gimmick. Your virus theory is much like you can't drive a car because there is a potential for a crash.

9. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I'm guessing these work on other USB OTG platforms, like Symbian? Would be great to further expand the storage and move full-size files from a Nokia 808 PureView, for example.

10. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Advantage, Android!

11. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Advantages of Android!

12. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

i bought adata ud320 32 gb today for 68$ i can use the adapter for other usb drives too. (middle east prices are high)

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Using SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 64GB. A fast and convenient way to transfer data between devices.

16. mail2me98

Posts: 18; Member since: Feb 24, 2013

i Have 2 Kingston MicroDuo 16GB and 1 Kingston Wi-Drive 32GB. I lost my 1 MicroDuo.

17. JadeMoon

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 12, 2012

I have the Corsair Voyager GO in the 32gb model and its fantastic! Works great with my HTC One M7, hope it works with my LG G3 that I will be buying. I have heard complaints about the usb3 speeds but I have not seen an issue in my computer. Speeds are average- no issues.

18. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

One might observe is that this very article might have been about WP if Microsoft wasn't such an anti-customer company. I guess for Microsoft it is enough to be a patent troll and make money off Android like the parasite they are.

25. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

I'd rather just get a USB OTG cable for $1 and use my existing flash drive...

27. alannyny

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

None of these solve the main problem with USB OTG: powering your phone while simultaneously streaming music from a flash drive in your car. Lack of data service on most of a US cross-country drive makes cloud-friendly phones (without removable SD cards, and with little built-in storage) a little lacking for music. USB OTG would solve that problem, but only if the phone could charge simultaneously. The Y-cables I've tried don't achieve that.

28. cleat-glitch

Posts: 109; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

thanks for including the price

29. cocdonia

Posts: 1; Member since: May 30, 2016

Using SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 64GB. A fast and convenient way to transfer data between devices. USB Driver Downloads: upandroid.com/drivers/

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