What Is a USB Cable?

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A USB cable connects two electronic devices via a USB port. The cable allows the transfer of data or files between the two devices. The end of the cable has a connector that fits a standard USB port.

USB cables are commonly used to connect devices such as broadband connections, printers and storage devices to a computer. Many electronic devices such as cell phones and cameras come with special USB cords.

When the USB cord connects two devices, the user can access data on the standalone device from the computer and transfer data such as pictures from a smartphone to the computer via the USB cord.