Lately, several phones have been released with hardware support for using them as USB hosts, so that you can connect USB mass storage devices to them and access the data stored on them right from your phone. However, it is more than likely that you have faced difficulties in doing so on your Galaxy Nexus, despite the fact that it supports the USB On-The-Go feature. Apparently, Google has disabled the automated mounting for mass storage devices for some reason unknown to us right now. While we aren’t sure whether Google is working on this or not and whether we will see this functionality added in an update or not, you can do it right away with free app StickMount. More info after the jump! hat does the app do? It automatically mounts and dismounts your USB mass storage devices. Oh and, if you’re not rooted, this app is not for you as the app requires root permission in order to run the commands required to mount the external storage. More on the app, after the break!
StickMount was developed by XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire (who has also built other awesome stuff like SuperSU, CFRoot, CFBench a many other advanced apps and hacks), and it makes mounting devices on your phone in USB mode a breeze. While you can still do the same on the command line using Terminal Emulator or a similar terminal app, StickMount makes it easy to do it in a GUI for those of us who don’t know the commands or simply don’t wanna waste time typing them each time we want to use a USB device with our phone.
Once you have StickMount installed on your phone and connect a USB mass storage device to it via a USB host / OTG cable, you will see a pop-up on the screen asking you if you want to open StickMount. Note that the USB mass storage device was already connected and you installed the app after that, you will have to manually launch the app or reconnect the USB mass storage device to get the pop-up.
With the pop-up, it can’t get any simpler than that, can it? Even if you dismiss the pop-up upon connecting the device, you can easily mount it yourself. When you launch the app, you can manually mount any mass storage devices currently connected, or unmount the apps currently mounted. Note that currently, StickMount only supports disks formatted as FAT partitions. StickMount is available for free on Google Play and can be installed using the link provided below.