2nd October 2019

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Can you plug a USB 3.0 cable into a USB 2.0 port?

The A connectors still work properly so any 2.0 device with a 2.0 cable can be used with 3.0 ports or hubs. To sum up: USB 3.0 devices require 3.0 cables. USB 3.0 cables can be used with 2.0 devices and ports if the connector types fit (no B Male or B Micro connectors) but the transfer rate will fall back to 2.0.

What is a male USB connector?

USB-A female is the standard “host” connector type. This is found on computers, hubs, or any device intended to have peripherals plugged into it. It is also possible to find extension cables with a female A connector and a male A connector on the other end. Female USB-A ports on the side of a laptop.
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