By default, the Amazon Fire TV only recognizes USB drives and microSD cards formatted with a FAT32 file system. This poses a problem for storing and accessing files larger than 4GB, since that’s the limit of the FAT32 file system. If your device is rooted, you can mount drives and cards using other file systems, like NTFS, and access files stored on them within apps like Kodi and ES File Explorer. This guide will show you how to mount non-FAT32 USB drives and microSD cards on a rooted Fire TV 1 or 2.
Your device must be rooted to follow this guide. If you want to play media files that are larger than 4GB on a non-rooted device, see this guide. You will also need a mouse connected to your device to complete this guide.
You cannot move apps and games onto a non-FAT32 drive or card. To do that, you must use a FAT32 formated USB drive on the Fire TV 1 or a FAT32 formatted microSD card on a Fire TV 2. Non-FAT32 external storage can only be used to store media and files.
- Sideload the app Paragon exFAT, NTFS & HFS+ onto your device. You can download it from here or here.
- Launch Paragon
- Select “Grant” from the popup to allow the app SU access on a rooted device.
- Using a mouse, click the “NEXT” button in the upper right.
- Click the red “SKIP” button at the bottom of the screen.
- Select “YES” on the SELinux message.
- Plug in your NTFS microSD card or USB drive. If you’re asked to format, select “Cancel” to dismiss the message.
- Your card or drive should automatically be mounted. Pay attention to the “Mounted on” directory listed. This is where you will navigate to access the files on the NTFS card or drive.
- To safely disconnect your card or drive, launch Paragon and select the “UNMOUNT” button. If you’re having trouble finding your files, try checking the following locations:
/sdcard/ParagonNTFS /data/media/0/ParagonNTFS /storage/emulated/legacy/ParagonNTFS /storage/emulated/0/ParagonNTFS
- [OPTIONAL] Follow this guide to disable the message that asks you to format your drive or card.