The ability to access a USB drive on your BlackBerry 10 device was actually introduced when the BlackBerry Z30 was released, so now that BlackBerry 10.2.1 is available for download, it’s time we teach you how to use it
USB on-the-go allows you to access a USB drive from your BlackBerry 10 device. It is only available for the BlackBerry Z30. You can also use USB peripherals such as a keyboard and mouse. It’s a great feature to have around
You will need a USB OTG to Micro USB adapter, you can easily get one when you go shopping for gadget materials. Be sure to choose the one with the USB OTG function. There are ordinary adapters around that just act as an adapter and don’t function as OTG. You may also want a USB hub if you want to plug in more peripherals. Once you have those you on your way.
How to use USB On-the-Go
Connect the USB OTG to Micro USB adapter into your Z30
Insert your USB drive
A pop-up notification should appear saying USB device inserted
Open up File Manager, tap the menu on the bottom left and you should see USB device as an added drive option
Tap USB device to access files on your USB drive
If you want to use USB peripherals, you’ll need a USB hub, it doesn’t have to be powered. Just connect the USB hub to the USB adapter and then start connecting your peripherals. To then then get a desktop experience with your BlackBerry Z30, plug in a HDMI cable and you’re away.
USB On-the-Go is a pretty neat feature and is just shame it’s limited one device. If you have a Z30, get an adapter and have a go.