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This answer claims that both micro USB ports of the Raspberry Pi Zero can be used for OTG and that the PWR IN connector supports data transfer. As much as I want that to be true, I can't find a single other resource supporting this claim.

To the contrary:

  • these answers explain that the Pi A/B do not support OTG over the power port because data pins are unconnected; presumably the same is true for the Pi Zero?
  • in this thread at the Pi Forums, user rpdom states:

    You can't kill the Zero by plugging the power into the data USB socket. It will work fine like that. You can't use the power socket for data though.

So, is it true or false the PWR IN port supports data transfer? Please don't respond without details and evidence to back up your answer.


I expect the answer is 'of course not' but I would love to be surprised. And, yes, I plan to fix that one answer if/when it's proven wrong.

Edited to clarify title

  • Hmm. I just plugged a cut, stripped micro USB cable into each port and did some continuity testing. I'd hoped to see the data lines on the power socket tied together or perhaps connected to ground. No dice there unfortunately - nothing's connected to anything else. The best evidence I can come up with that there's no data connectivity on the power socket is circumstantial: there are test pads for D+ (PP22) and D- (PP23) on the USB socket, and none for the power socket. – goobering Oct 25 '16 at 10:47
  • I think the source of the contrary information ("this answer", which was perhaps upvoted just for appearing coherent and researched) is singular, and if you look through the references they do not support the claims. Put another way, there may be only one person on the planet who has said this and it is most likely because of his own misunderstanding. – goldilocks Oct 30 '16 at 21:39
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So, is it true or false the PWR IN port supports data transfer?

As you and others here have indicated, false.

Please don't respond without details and evidence to back up your answer.

You can see that the micro-USB port in the top left has no lines for USB data, while the one on the bottom row has OTG support.

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    Thank you! I updated the link.. and sorry for the delay. – patricktokeeffe Oct 9 '18 at 0:36

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