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I have a USB-A <-> USB-C cable that appears to be charge only, that is I can't get it a PC to recognize the Android device. So either:

  1. USB-C cables do come charge only
  2. The cable is defective.

Is 1 a possibility?

Also the cable does have the 'pitchfork' on it, plus SS (for SuperSpeed) and on the other side, 'IIIP' which I would guess is the manufacturer.

Edit: Egregious error, one end is USB-A not B.

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    Never seen one that is charge only. Try a different cable. What OS are you trying to connect to? – Moab Aug 9 '18 at 22:10
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    If it has the USB logo on it, it can't (legally) be charge only. Anything with the logo is supposed to comply with the USB specs, and the specs don't allow a charge-only cable. Anyone can make a charge-only cable, but it isn't supposed to carry the logo. – fixer1234 Aug 9 '18 at 22:34
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    PortaPow makes a charge-only USB-C cable, so they exist. – Patrick Seymour Aug 9 '18 at 23:05
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    How did you manage to plug B-cable into PC? PC Hosts have Type-A receptacles, and need Type-A end of cable, not "USB-B". – Ale..chenski Aug 9 '18 at 23:56
  • Is that “USB-B” USB 3.0? I know, this can be a headache. – JakeGould Aug 10 '18 at 0:29
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USB-type-B means that this end of cable should go to USB DEVICE. Therefore the USB-B to USB-C cable is meant to turn the Type-C gadget into host, aka "OTG", which turns your Android into USB Host mode. If you try some gender-changer on USB-B side to accommodate the USB-A receptacle in PC, you will be connecting host-to-host, and VBUS power will be in conflict and even fry something. At least there will be no USB communication for sure. But of course there is a possibility that the cable is el-cheapo "for charging only".

To make your Type-C phone to appear as USB device to a PC, you need USB-A to USB-C cable.

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  • Thanks for your reply. A very bad error in the original question. Please see edit. – Al Lelopath Aug 10 '18 at 14:39
  • And, I should add, that based on your answer and the comments above, I think the cable is defective. – Al Lelopath Aug 10 '18 at 14:49

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