What are the different types of USB cables?

There are a number of different USB cables each of which has different benefits and is suited to a different task.


USB-A

 

USB-A is most commonly used with computers, or power outlets, and can be used for charging devices, connecting devices to computers or data transfer. The USB-A can only be plugged in one way.

 

What are the different types of USB cables? 

 

 

USB-B


USB-B ports are mostly used to connect printers or external hard drives with computers. They are not as common as the other types of USB cables.

 

What are the different types of USB cables? 

 

USB-Mini

 

The USB-Mini was used for connecting mobile devices including MP3 players and cameras, and is a much smaller connection, thus allowing smaller devices.

 

What are the different types of USB cables? 

 

 

USB Micro


The USB Micro is now the standard USB port for almost all mobile devices. This type of connection allows data to be read without needing a computer. For example, you are able to connect Flash Drives, or Memory Sticks, directly to your mobile device.

 

What are the different types of USB cables?  

 

 

USB-C

 

USB-C is on of the most recent USB development. It allows high speed data transfer and a high power flow, and is reversible and so can be plugged in either up or down.

 

What are the different types of USB cables? 

 

USB 3

 

USB 3 was designed to be able to be backwards compatible with earlier versions of USB cables and ports. The USB 3 has different shaped connector pins so it can withstand more frequent use. The USB 3-A and USB 3-Bcables are identical to the USB-A and USB-B cables at the top of this article, except they are coloured blue inside to distinguish them. The USB 3 micro cable has extra pins to enable the transference of more data.

 

What are the different types of USB cables? 

Thank you for your feedback!

Not finding what you're looking for? We're here to help.

Online

Twitter

Tweet us | 9am-9pm, 7 days a week

Facebook Messenger

We are here to help | 9am-9pm, 7 days a week

Smartphone support | 24 hours, 7 days a week
All product support | 8am - 10pm, 7 days a week
SmartThings | 9am - 5:30pm, Mon - Fri

Email

We'll respond within 24 hours of your request.

Email Samsung Shop

For new and existing orders

Order Status & Tracking

Send us an email to get an update on your Samsung Shop order.

Track my repair

Check the status of your repair with Samsung

SmartThings Support

Help with Hubs, Kits, Sensor and Outlets

Call

0818 717100General Support

Smartphone support | 24 hours, 7 days a week
All product support | 8am - 10pm, 7 days a week

0818 302 016Samsung Shop

For new and existing orders | 9am - 5pm, 5 days a week

0124 75161B2B Support

For business support
8am - 6pm, Mon - Fri

Calls to 0818 numbers are a National Call number.
These are subject to call charges which vary by network and are subject to change.
Calls maybe recorded for training and quality purposes.
For information on how we collect and use your details, please refer to our Privacy policy

* For any printer related enquiries please visit the HP website.

Face-to-face support

Samsung Support Centres

Find out more about how you can get face to face help.

Contact Us