You can get most of our recommended cables in two different formats: USB-C to USB-C or USB-C to USB-A. To highlight the difference, we've color-coded the two different types of cables throughout this guide. Here's a breakdown of which cable is which:
Buy USB-C to USB-C cables if you have two devices with USB-C ports that you need to connect. Example: Connecting a Samsung Galaxy S8 (or another USB-C Android phone) to a 2016 MacBook Pro (or another USB-C laptop).
Buy USB-C to USB-A cables if you have a USB-C device that you need to connect to an older device with a USB-A port. Example: Connecting a Samsung Galaxy S8 (or other USB-C Android phone) to an older laptop or one that only has USB-A ports