This is why your Amazon Fire TV USB port is not working

By far, the most common question I’m asked is: Why isn’t my Fire TV’s USB port working? Hopefully people having this issue will find this post when searching for a solution. The most likely reason for the Fire TV to not recognizing a FAT32 USB drive, mouse, keyboard, or wired USB game controller is having “USB Debugging” enabled. In the Fire TV’s settings menu, if you scroll to the right to “System” and then down to “Developer Options” you’ll find an option called “USB debugging.” If that option is turned on, the USB port cannot be used with USB drives or peripherals. Turn it off and your USB port will start working again. To learn more about the Fire TV’s different developer options, see this post.


  1. Eric says:

    Another really odd but true fact is:

    the new FTV2 has power management issues if you connected to the internet via ethernet, it seems it can’t provide enough power for the ethernet and USB port at the same time, if this is a hardware or software problem is unknown to me.

    It really worked for me, to just disconnected the ethernet cable and connect via WIFI. From the second I did this and restarted the box the USB Gamepad suddenly started to work, without any additional setup. Just because I pulled the ethernet plug.

    It’s really absurd, that a product with so many and so hilarious bugs is shipped to customers, but everybody who has this problem: try my solution!

  2. Eric says:

    PS: I never activated or changed anything in these developer options, so this was definately never the cause for the USB problem with my box

  3. jesse says:

    what if the usb debugging option is not available?
    all i have is ABD debugging and third party apps options

  4. james says:

    I try this and mine still does not work is it possible the usb adapter in the back is not working

  5. C.E. Griffin says:

    Thank you very much for the post. I can stop pulling my hair out and ….. plugging and unplugging my brand new USB drive. I had enabled the USB mode to install Kodi. Turning it off caused my player to immediately see the USB drive. Can’t imagine how much time I could have wasted talking to an Amazon support person.

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