The best USB Type-C flash drives made for Android smartphones and tablets3 min read

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.