( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)-USB Ports Colour Meanings(Blue, Teal, Black, Red, White, Orange)

USB ports are very common in Computers and Laptops. In Computers, you would see different colour coding in the USB port from which you can get an idea of the USB version and its use. Here I have explained in detail the meanings of the USB Ports Colour like Blue USB Port, Teal USB Port, Black USB Port, Red USB Port, White USB Port, and Orange USB Port.

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Blue vs Teal vs Red vs Yellow vs Orange vs Black vs White USB Port

Port TypeUSB TypeSpecificationsTransfer SpeedRemarks about the USB Port
White USB PortUSB-A or USB-BUSB 1.xup to 12 Mbps1st Gen USB Ports.
Black USB PortUSB-A or USB-B USB 2.0up to 480 Mbps2nd Gen After White Ports came(USB 2.0). They are very fast than White USB.
???? Blue USB PortUSB-A or USB-BUSB 3.0up to 5 GbpsMuch faster than Black USB Port
File:Eo circle cyan blank.svg - Wikimedia Commons Teal USB PortUSB-A or USB-BUSB 3.1 (Gen 1)up to 10 GbpsTwice as fast as Blue USB Port. Excellent for large file transfers.
???? Red USB PortSleep-and-Charge Port (Type USB-A)USB 3.1 (Gen 2) or
USB 3.2
up to 20 GbpsAlways-On port
???? Yellow USB PortSleep-and-Charge Port (Type USB-A)USB 2.0 or USB 3.0If USB 2.0: up to 480 Mbps
If USB 3.0 then upto 5 Gbps
Higher power or always-on port
???? Orange USB PortSleep-and-Charge Port (Type USB-A)USB 3.0upto 5 GbpsCharging capable or
Sometimes charge only

Blue USB Port

Blue Coloured USB ports are standard, and you can see this frequently in the Desktops.

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The Blue colour represents the USB 3.0 Port. 

The speed of the Blue USB port is up to 5 Gbps (Gigabits per second). This type of USB port is found commonly in desktops and laptops.

Here is the Blue USB Port, USB 3.0’s connector pinouts diagram.

BlueUSB Port 3.0
Source: Wikipedia

Red USB Port

You might even find a Red Coloured USB Port.

When a USB port is red, it indicates the port is USB 3.2. The Red USB port is even faster than the Blue and the Teal Blue USB ports. The Red USB Port transfers datastream at a speed of 20 Gbps.

You would find Red USB Port (USB 3.2) inexpensive motherboards and hence are not commonly seen.

Teal Blue USB Port

Teal Blue coloured USB port is another type of USB port where USB 3.1 is present. This Teal Blue USB Port has a speed of up to 10 Gbps, two times faster than Blue USB Ports.

This speed is breakneck and is ideal for large file transfers.

Black USB Port

Black USB Port is also known as the USB 2.0. This type of USB port is the most common USB Port ever seen. This Black USB Port is commonly used in desktops and laptops.

This USB port was made to transmit data streams at much higher speeds than the USB 1.x versions. This innovation was a breakthrough as it can transfer up to 480 Mbps, about 40 times faster than White USB Port.

Hence, this was also labelled as “Hi-Speed”.

Yellow USB Port

Yellow USB Port is a special type of USB Port present in the motherboard. A Yellow USB Port denotes that it is an always-on Port. This USB Port can be a USB 2.0 or even a USB 3.0 port.

White USB Port

The white USB port is the earliest specification for the USB port. Generally, the white connectors are USB 1.x version. However, quite a few are USB 2.x compatible. The transfer rate is slow, which is up to 12 Mbps.

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Today, Macbooks have USB 3.0 ports as White USB Ports. So, you should not always consider white USB port means USB 1.x version.

USB Ports Colour Demonstration

Here, in these videos, find the different types of USB Port colours explained with detailed specifications. You will also get to know about how the different colour USB Port looks like.

FAQ’s on USB Port Colour Codes

Is USB 3.0 blue or black?

USB 3.0 Port is Blue USB Port. The Black USB Port represents the USB 2.0 USB Port.

What does a yellow USB port mean?

Yellow Port denotes always on port on the motherboard. The Yellow USB Port can be either of the USB 2.0 or USB 3.0.

Conclusion

Though we are going through different colour coding for USB like Blue USB Port, Red USB Port, Teal Blue USB Port and many more, there are several cases where these colour codes are not always followed.

So, it is better to check the motherboard specification, and for the laptop, it will be denoted by the text below the port. I hope you got a good idea about the different colours used to classify different types of USB ports.