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How to Fix Common USB Connectivity Issues

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Technology is a wonderful thing, but it can also be pretty frustrating at times. The thing with technology is that there’s always the possibility it can go wrong. While advancements have been made over the years to make our tech much more reliable, issues can still crop up from time to time.

One particularly frustrating issue to deal with is problems with USB connectivity. These days, you expect to be able to plug in a USB and instantly connect two devices. However, it’s not always as easy as it should be. Here, we’ll look at how to fix some of the most common USB connectivity issues you may face.

The dreaded “USB not recognised

By far the most common USB connectivity issue you can experience is the “USB not recognised” error. This occurs as soon as you plug in the USB, with a pop-up window alerting you to the fact that it isn’t recognised. The good news is, there are several ways to fix this issue if it does occur.

Firstly, it’s worth powering off your device and leaving it a minute or two before rebooting. This in itself can fix the issue. If not, removing the driver could be worth a try. You’ll need to go into your device manager settings, before selecting “Universal Serial Bus Controllers”. You should see the USB with a yellow triangle symbol by it. Double click on the device and then select uninstall. You can let Windows reinstall the driver, which should fix the issue.

Phone to printer troubles

Another common problem that users come across, is connecting their phone to their printer. This is especially a problem iPhone users experience. Firstly, you’ll need to make sure you’re using the right type of USB connector. Then, make sure the printer is actually compatible with your iPhone. You may think it automatically would be, but you’d be wrong!

Automatically diagnose and fix issues in Windows

Did you know that Windows comes with a great automatic diagnose and fix USB issues feature? Simply download the Windows USB trouble-shooter and it will automatically detect whether there are any actual issues you need to be aware of. If there are, it will also automatically fix them!

Overall, as frustrating as USB connectivity issues can be, they are thankfully usually easily fixable. The above is just some of the ways to fix the most common connectivity issues on both computers and your phone.

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