How to add External USB OTG Storage and Move Apps on the Fire TV Stick Lite, Fire TV Stick 3, and Fire TV Cube

In Amazon’s current lineup of Fire TV models, the 2020 Fire TV Stick Lite, 2020 3rd-gen Fire TV Stick, and the Fire TV Cube (both 1st and 2nd-gen) support expanding their internal storage through the use of an external USB drive. Doing so allows you to move supported apps onto the external storage device to free up space on the Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Cube’s internal storage space. The Fire TV Stick 4K, while it does support external USB devices to some extent, does not currently support moving apps to external storage. Here are what accessories you need for external storage, instucritions for how to configure your Fire TV device correctly, and how to move apps off of the internal storage.


USB Drive
Even though the Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Cube’s USB ports are only USB 2.0 ports, it is recommended that you use a USB drive capable of USB 3.0/3.1 speeds. This is because USB 3.0/3.1 drives tend to perform better than USB 2.0 drives, even when connected to USB 2.0 ports. Connecting a poorly performing USB drive to your Fire TV will result in very slow load times for apps that are stored on the drive. It’s best to use a USB 3.0/3.1 Flash Drive from a reputable brand, such as this compact Samsung drive or this compact SanDisk drive. The storage capacity of the drive is up to you.

OTG Cable
To connect the USB drive to the Fire TV, you will need a micro USB OTG cable. For use with a Fire TV Stick, you will need a “Y” cable that includes a power cable, such as this DSYJ OTG Cable or this 2-Pack of AuviPal OTG Cables, both of which I have personally used successfully. For the Fire TV Cube, you can use either a “Y” cable and ignore the extra power cable portion or you can use a straight micro USB OTG cable, like this Monoprice Straight OTG Cable or this 2-Pack of UGREEN Straight OTG Cables. Alternativly, for less cable clutter, you can use something like this AuviPal 90-degree Right Angle OTG Adapter with either a Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Cube, but be aware that it does restrict the size and placement of the USB drive a bit.

Prepare USB Drive

  1. First, connect your OTG cable to your Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Cube and power on the device WITHOUT the USB drive connected.
  2. Once the Fire TV is powered on and at the Home screen, plug the USB drive into the USB OTG cable. You do not need to format the USB drive to a specific file system format ahead of time. The Fire TV will be formatting the drive for you.
  3. If your USB drive was not formatted with the FAT32 file system, you will be asked what you would like to do with the drive. If you want to use the drive for storing apps, you need to select the “Device Storage” option. Your drive will then be erased and formatted to store apps. Note that this means you will not be able to use the drive for anything else unless you later erase/format the drive.

    If your USB drive was formatted with the FAT32 file system, you will not see the above prompt. Instead, you need to navigate to Settings > My Fire TV > USB Drive and then select the “Format to Internal Storage” option.

  4. Confirm that you want to format the dirve by selecting “Yes” on the prompt. Once formatted, all files on the drive will be erased. This also means the drive cannot be used to store anything else while it is formatted for Fire TV app storage.
  5. Depending on the size and speed of the drive, formatting it can take several minutes. Just be patient.

Move Apps

  1. If you’d like, you can verify that your USB drive is prepared to accept apps by navigating to Settings > My Fire TV > USB Drive. If the option to “Format to External Storage” is present, then the drive is prepared correctly. If not, repeat the prepare steps above.
  2. To move apps to USB storage, navigate to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications and be sure that the option at the top is set to “Show All Applications.”
  3. Scroll down and select the app that you want to move to external storage. To free up the most internal storage space, select an app that has a large “Application:” value. The portion of the app listed under “Data:” or “Cache:” will not be moved to external storage.
  4. If the app can be moved, the option “Move to USB Storage” will be present. If the option is not there, then the app cannot be moved and must remain on the device’s internal storage. Not all apps can be moved. Select “Move to USB Storage” to begin moving the app.
  5. The app may take several minutes to move depending on the size of the app and the speed of your USB drive. Just be patient.
  6. Once moved to USB Storage, pressing back to return to the app list will show a USB icon next to the app name, indicating that it is now on external storage. If you install a new app that can be moved to external storage while you have your USB drive connected, the new app will automatically be installed to your external USB drive. Ejecting or removing the USB drive while apps are installed on it will cause those apps to disappear from your Fire TV. When you reconnect the drive, those apps will automatically return. If you need to move the app back to internal storage, repeat this guide but select “Move to internal Storage” during step 4.

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  1. Jack says:

    “AuviPal 90-degree Tight Angle OTG Adapter” – Oh boy, do I need one of those. Did you mean “Right Angle?”

    Seriously, this a great feature of the two new Fire Sticks. Elias, as usual is the first to highlight this feature.

    • LOL! Thanks for catching that. I’ve fixed it.

      • Steve says:

        I followed your instructions with a new 4K fire stick. I connected to drive to the cable but under my fire tv isn’t acknowledging the drive. And I didn’t get the formatting screens either. What to do now

        • mm says:

          I am considering purchasing the cable and a memory device. I like you have the FireTV 4K but it seems to indicate it works with the 2020 3rd Gen. stick which I am thinking is not the same thing. No mention is made of the FireTV 4K device. Maybe someone with more knowledge of the units could weigh in.

          • Dan Opp says:

            Go to YouTube look up troypoint for a full proper easy walk through,
            You will need to manually programming sideload or whatever it’s called

        • Gary Barnaill says:

          Reboot, or unplug the firestick for 10 seconds, then plug back in.

        • TechNerd29 says:

          format the drive on a pc in NTFS, turn off ur firestick, reconnect and turn it on. Then it will ask.

  2. Bob says:

    Great article. Will this also work for the Fire TV Pendent?


    • No, it won’t. This guide only works for the 2020 Fire TV Stick Lite, the 2020 Fire TV Stick 3, the 2019 Fire TV Cube 2, and the 2017 Fire TV Cube 1. The 2014 Fire TV 1 and the 2015 Fire TV 2 also support moving apps, but it’s slightly different from this guide.

      • Bob says:

        Thank you for the reply.

        • Bob says:

          Also, why do you think the Pendent is left out of this option?

          • John says:

            great explanation but, having followed the instructions and getting the USB working correctly, NONE of my applications are showing the option to move to USB… any ideas anyone?

        • E Jackson says:

          I have 5 fire TVs 2015 – 2019, the otg will not acknowledge. Ask Amazon for the update and couldn’t get a true answer.

          • Gary Barnhill says:

            Those devices are obsolete and should be discarded. You can catch a new firestick lite on sale for $19. Firesticks from the last decade are a waste of time 2019 and earlier.

      • Voyle James says:

        “The 2014 Fire TV 1 and the 2015 Fire TV 2 also support moving apps, but it’s slightly different from this guide.”

        I have a Fire TV 1 or 2 (How to tell?). Please point me to how to use a USB to move apps on these TV’s.

        Thank you very much,
        Voyle James

        • JAMES COWAN says:

          Amazon Fire TV 1 does not have a place for micro sd card where as the Amazon Fire TV 2 does and can support a 128GB micro sd card. I Have both the first and second gen fire tv’s and had them for about 4 years now. I am just so spoiled on the second gen because od the sd card slot that I have never even tried to use the first gen. I just use that as a paperweight.

      • Mandar says:

        Where can I find the details?

      • Tom says:

        There are a few guides from getting similar results with a 4K FireStick, but with much additional hoop-jumping. Those require Developer Options, installing a Remote ADB Shell, and typing Android commands. Whereas this guide does everything necessary in Settings > Applications.

      • Roger says:

        Can i use this set up with a ethernet adapter plugged into the firestick

    • Nice, those are a great price. There are a bunch of different OTG adapters/cables. I only wanted to include the ones that I know personally work for sure with Fire TVs, but I expect most will work without any issues.

      For anyone else, note that Charlie’s linked adapter will only work for the Fire TV Cubes, not the Fire TV Sticks, since they don’t accept power.

  3. Charlie says:

    I also have three port hub with gigabit Ethernet adapter. I have used this with the Cube for gigabit Ethernet. I assume I can use this for the USB drive.

    • I’ll be doing a comparison soon between the Amazon Ethernet adapter and a few others, including that exact Gigabit adapter. The release of the new Sticks threw my schedule off, but I’ve already got the various adapters sitting here waiting to be tested. I even picked up a Power-Over-Ethernet adapter with a power splitter that I’m hoping will work for a single Ethernet cable to provide both power and connectivity to the Sticks.

      • David says:

        I’m using a Ugreen USB3.0 hub with ethernet with my Fire Cube 2nd Gen. This is better than using the supplied Amazon ethernet adapter as it also allows for 3 further USB inputs. I can even use an Rii 8 mini 2.4Ghz wifi keyboard with this as well as a USB dongle. Still have 1 port left. Now what else can I connect…..?

        • Adrian Kemp says:

          How about a USB drive for either just data (the movies you own) or just system expansion (for sideloaded apps) or a combination (best of both worlds). 128GB 50:50 partition has performed well for me on a UGreen hub since February.

          • David says:

            Yes. I agree. At the moment I have extended memory to allow me to move apps from internal to external storage. I could use a further dongle to store movies but I already use a NAS. It’s nice to have spare capacity though.

      • Charlie says:

        It will be interesting to see if there is a difference in the quality of the download speeds and not just the numbers of megs.

  4. LTM says:

    The Fire TV’s are really underrated as a media player when used with external storage. An OTG cable, an app like vimu player or kodi along with a bunch of tv and media files on a good size Flash drive formatted to FAT32 and you’re good to go. Excellent for travelling when you don’t have the good kind of internet access, but still have access to a tv. Using my 4K stick connected to a 512GB external flash drive full of TV’s shows and movies is a compact way that has allowed me to bring a good amount of media with me while traveling….way back when travelling for business was such a thing. I’ll never get rid of my Fire TV 2’s, even though I’ve switched my boxes to Nvidia Shield’s because the USB ports on the Fire TV 2’s also work really well with usb storage playback.

    • Jack says:

      Yep. I’ve had a Fire Stick 2 with an OTG Cable, Hub, 128GB Flash Drive and Wireless Logitech Keyboard connected to my main TV for 3 years. KODI is sideloaded and this setup does everything I want.

      • Clay says:

        I have a gen 2 fire tv with itg cable And usb Nd have tried several options and can’t seem to make this work please help jack.

  5. JIm Carroll says:

    Hi Elias,

    So great to have you back.

    What is the max drive size, do you know?

  6. clocks says:

    Anyones cube get messed up after todays update? I can’t get any video/sound. Tried both MRMC and Prime. Rebooted a few times, and it hangs for 7 seconds or so on a black screen before finally displaying the desktop.

    • clocks says:

      So it appears the update broke auto frame rate switching for me. I had to disable in both the FTV settings and the MRMC settings, and now things mostly seem to play fine.

    • Adrian Kemp says:

      @clocks Mine is still claiming it’s downloading System Components after more than a day.

      It’s currently sitting on FireOS7.2.1.6 (1582).

      After your alert, I have tried to block it using a TechDoctorUK tool. This tool is not guaranteed — it let in the current as a FireOS update. The previous block was the first use of the tool, designed for FireOS6 device, on the FireOS7 device but got defeated. That resulted in everything in the unused / unwanted Amazon bloatware becoming fully rebloated.

      Yesterday, YouTube stopped playing videos after a country obfuscation which I did with IPVanish, in order to hear news from Malaysia blocked for the US. It had worked as expected from previous experience and played the relevant vide. It wouldn’t repeat the feat after. I tried clearing cache without success. but managed to restart video playback by casting a video in YouTube for iOS to YouTube on the Cube.

      • clocks says:

        My 4k sticks on my other TVs seem fine after the update, even with auto match frame rate on. But on the cube, it def seems to be causing some odd issues after the update. I guess I will leave frame rate matching disabled in the settings and in MRMC for now, and hope it gets patched in the next update.

  7. Adrian Kemp says:

    @Jim Carroll Formatted in FAT32, the max volume size is 2.2TB or common solide state drive size 2TB.

    This would need to be reformatted (if required) on a special formatting utility since Windows operating systems through Windows 10 create new FAT32 volumes only up to 32 GB in size, however.

    You certainly shouldn’t let FireOS7 attempt to reformat it.

    • Dan says:

      I have a 1TB external HDD which I have formatted to FAT32 with Seagate diskwizard and I’m getting nothing when I plug into my fire cube 2. I’m also using a small insert to convert to micro USB (is this the problem?). The HDD has power when connected but is not recognised. Can you help me at all?

      If I need to I will buy a different drive/OTG but I don’t see why my current set up won’t work and want to make sure before I do.


    • Doug says:

      i have 4tb but only 2tb usable with fat32 how can i get the full amount.

  8. Asha B says:

    Thanks for another great article! Is there any way to move the data?

  9. Cc says:

    I have a 4k firestick whats the best way to update the apps after they are moved. When I try and update the app is started then comes back with an error of not enough memory. So I end up uninstalling and reinstalling the app. but its a pain.sobwhats the best way to update them?

    • Alejandro Prera says:

      Me too… did you find how to do it?

      • Rik Emmett says:

        Uninstall the app and then reinstall it. The sling app changed to only allowing installation on internal storage and I kept getting not enough storage when trying to update.

  10. Darryl G. says:

    I’m ‘floored’, you’re saying that the 2019 4K stick won’t let you expand the memory this way. Another disappointment in my stick; not sure I’m getting Atmos to my Sony receiver and now this. Is there any other differences in the 2019 & the 2020 5”4K sticks? Nice article, thanks.

    • Just to clarify, the Fire TV Stick 4K came out in 2018 and the new Sticks that came out this year are not capable of 4K. The 2018 Fire TV Stick 4K is the only stick that supports 4K. That out of the way, here are all the differences between the new 1080p sticks and the older 4K stick:

    • Mark says:

      Brand new 4k fire stick. Won’t recognize usb. I plug in and a black small window in the bottom of screen pops up. Its asked me to format to fat32 then nothing happens. It never shows up anywhere besides es file explorer. Thats how I know its visible. But the fire stick will not allow any apps to be moves or data as of today.

      • Mark says:

        They must have put out a new update that no longer allows moving of apps and data. It allows usb insertion but doesn’t give any usb options under “my fire tv” its like its not there. Except in ES file explorer you can clearly see the 32 gb FAT32 usb drive.

        • Dave says:

          Hey Mark,if its any consolation,I have exactly the same result too. My firestick is running as far as I can remember. I have tried with a 1tb wd passport ultra portable hhd and also a sandisk 64gb usb drive with no luck. i have used the app remote adb shell to set up the devices as per videos on youtube etc. They show up in remote adb shell if i run the command df -h i can see the 1tb and the 64gb listed buts thats as far as it goes. they dont show up in storage under my fire tv option.

          • Jane says:

            I have the same Firestick and I have extended my space with my Seagate hard drive 2 t.b.. When down loaded all of my 3rd party apps it shows that its is on the external drive. Worked great. Even downloaded Iptv and can record all of my shows. It is there but the usb drive does not show that it is there. Kind of strange but there is a mark next to all of the downloads that I downloaded to show it is on the external drive.i have lots of space on the internal drive. If I unplug my hard drive it states that I did it wrong so I know it is there. I don’t know why it does not show as a USB in the fire tv. A work in progress! Follow the app thatTroypoint has. He is great…

        • Jason says:

          Just wondering if you ever found a solution for this? My older FireSticks I connected with no problem. Just tried 2 newer regular 4K sticks and 4 different USB’s. They are all visible on my file explorer but APK’s will not install to them and the USB does not show under the Firestick storage settings.

          • Rik Emmett says:

            The 4k stick doesn’t allow you to move apps to external storage. The newer 3rd gen stick, 3rd gen lite stick, 4K max stick and 2nd gen cube you allow you to move apps to external storage.

        • Gary M Day says:

          I have the Fire Cube. I got caught by that update too. Testing worked fine but after new year I updated all apps and reinstalled K*** and the USB is no longer recognized by any apps. Can see that it is there in Total commander but cannot do much with it. Why do I always regret factory updates? Because they seem to take away more than they fix.

  11. Walter says:

    Is there any way to partition the usb drive on the Firestick lite so both apps and data can be stored externally

  12. Mick says:

    Great tutorial. Many thanks

  13. Conrad says:

    IMPORTANT QUESTION: could you recommend a USB flash drive SPEED that will at least MATCH the speed of internal storage of the Fire TV Cube 2nd Gen?

    I would LOVE to add external storage … but don’t want the external storage to be slower than the internal storage, causing the whole cube to slow down!

    Thanks so much for this article!

  14. Bob Taylor says:

    So I’m using an app that allows me to record tv shows to INTERNAL / DEVICE storage. This feature doesn’t help since the INTERNAL / DEVICE storage really isn’t expanded. All that’s going on here is that another external drive is being observed by the Fire Stick. This is not at all helpful to my situation and is sorta mis-leading if you ask me.

  15. David Springett says:

    Can I add 2 USB drives.
    One for apps and one (fat 32) for downloaded content?

  16. JimC says:

    Conrad, no USB drive is going to be as fast as internal storage. Just get a good one.

    Bob, not sure exactly what you mean, but you can expand the storage as described to a) install apps and b)store media. It sounds like whatever app you are using doesn’t recognize external storage which something very specific to your needs. Misleading?? Not so sure about that.

  17. David Springett says:

    Here’s a report on what I’ve found and I’d appreciate anyone’s input

    Added a 60gig usb formatted for internal storage – via a usb/Ethernet powered hub.
    Moved a bunch of apps on the drive and everything works fine.

    Added and additional 128gig drive for aged as MS Dos. Drive is recognized and I’m asked if I want to format it. Clicked on No as I want to use it to store downloaded media etc.
    Well the odd thing is that the first drive is go longer recognized – the 60gig one with the apps on.
    I unplug – eject – the 128 and the 60 gig drive is recognized again!
    Seems that the Cube will only recognize one drive at a time – that being the last drive added.

    Anyone else seen this and any ideas for a work around?

  18. Steve says:

    Elias, will this work if one wants to use both the OTG cable (with USB) listed in your article and Amazon’s ethernet adapter for wired network? I am already using the ethernet adapter and was wondering if I can use the OTG as well… Thanks.

  19. Billy Marsh says:

    I have the 4k stick and can only put apps on the USB drive by downloading the apps directly though the Rapid App installer. Is there a way of adding more common apps like Vimeo, pluto TV, YouTube TV, etc to the rapid app installer in the future? I can’t find addresses for the apps to type them in myself.

  20. Jill B says:

    I have the new Fire Stick 3. I added the OTG and Samsung USB. Stick recognized the USB and asked the format questions. I formatted for app storage. Notified me when the format was done. But it doesn’t show up as an external storage anywhere in my settings. Has Amazon made this method obsolete already or can something be done on my end to get it working? Really want to store our game apps on USB since they take up so much space.

  21. dee says:

    I am trying to add storage to a hard wired firestick using a powerline adapter. when I add a thumbdrive using an otg cable. it goes to wifi setting. I want to keep the setting as wired but want to add storage to the firestick, any suggestions?

  22. Lisa Sw. says:

    I definitely do appreciate this information and I will be giving it a try.
    But my thing is what if all of the apps (especially the ones I’d like to move) are not list in the Manage Installed Applications?…… then what do you do?

  23. MRS M TINDALL says:

    I just tried to set up my 4k firestick with the otg set and it seems a waste of time as nothing happening, I’m thinking the new 4k firestick can’t be increased for storage??? Dissapointed to say the least, does anyone know of a way around this thanks.

  24. Ben says:

    I installed your version of ES explore on my fire TV 4K stick and for some reason it’s hard to navigate around that damn app is there anyway or is there some kind of a mouse app adapter thing I can hook up so I can use that friggin app thanks for any help you can give

  25. David Springett says:

    I’ve installed the external drive per instructions. Moved some apps there.
    Unfortunately the Aftv cube frequently looses connection with the usb thumb drive. Somethings a reboot will fix it but generally not

    Very frustrating and would love to be able to fix this issue.

  26. McDuude says:

    I added an 8 GB external and was only able to move 5 apps. The rest of the apps do not give me that option and my Insignia FireTV is telling me internal storage is full and only gives me the option to delete apps. I deleted some but it wants me to delete 500 MB. Of course I can delete things Alexa Shoppng, Amazon Freetime and Amazon Music which I don’t use on my TV.

    Is there Any way to fix this? The TV has grown practically useless. I’d be better off hooking up my Fire Cube to a cheaper non FireTV.

  27. David Harris says:

    I have the Firetv 4k software updated version
    I bought a OTG cable off Amazon plugged it into the stick then plugged in the thumb drive and I get a notice down in the right hand corner which flashes on and off. I went to settings “my firestick” and there is nothing saying I have the thumb drive plugged in. It doesn’t show up anywhere even after a reboot and trying several thumb drives. What can I do to get the stick to see the thumb drive? Thanks

    • christal says:

      Hi I was wondering if you figured out the the issue you were having. I’m going through the same problem now. No usb drive is shown in my settings anywhere.

  28. Heather says:

    I have the Fire TV Stick Lite, Software version Fire OS (PS7228/1862)
    I tried to install a thumb drive with the OTG cable, but it’s not even recognizing the thumb drive to format it.
    When I go to SETTINGS/MY FIRE TV there’s nothing listed for USB
    If I continue into SETTINGS/MY FIRE TV/ABOUT/STORAGE is says “No USB Storage Detected”

    What am I doing wrong?
    I have:
    AuviPal 2-in-1 Micro USB to USB Adapter (OTG Cable + Power Cable) purchased from Amazon
    Fire TV Stick purchased at Meijer (
    128 gb thumb drive purchased at MicroCenter (


  29. K Russell says:

    Not sure if this is still active but does anyone know the steps to move apps from usb storage back to internal so they can be updated? Using firestick 4k. Thanks.

  30. Amanda says:

    Hi! I followed all steps to set up USB, and it says all the right things. However, none of the apps have the option to move to the usb and I’m still getting the critical storage message. Any ideas? Thanks!

    • JB says:

      Hi Amanda, listen to this video for an alternate way to move apps that won’t move to USB storage the traditional way, its a lil techie but along with the video, there is a tutorial with pictures below it. Troy explains in the video, why some apps aren’t allowed to move to the USB storage device starting at around 12:10 in the video. I’m not an expert on this, just passing this along if helpful as I have been looking for a solution myself. I have not performed this yet myself at this time. I have a firetv cube and certain apps won’t move to USB storage. The video is specifically for the fire tv 4K device, but may or may not work on a fire tv cube (this I don’t know for sure)
      the video is just a short way down. if you have an older fire tv product you may want to upgrade as I had a 2nd gen fire tv box and couldn’t resolve things with the low storage and just upgraded to the cube.

  31. Doug Smith says:

    USB (useless Stuff beware)
    I have a Samsung qled TV (brand new) which has USB ports as well as the usual HDMI ports. I have connected a flash drive and the CUBE does not see it. It is 230G and formatted to eFAT32 which is the only format besides NTFS that WIN10PRO will allow. I have never seen the “e” as part of FAT32, so I don’t know if that is the problem?

    • Lester says:

      The eFat32 is known as the exFat32 format, this is more mainly pointed towards the direction for video recording or surveillance as you set set up a usb or sd card for a camera system or for a camera to take pics with! You’re looking for the format Fat32 with no other letters around it, this is mainly for fire(stick,cube,tv etc.) for storing apps and other media! Windows formatting only uses standards that it’s programmed for and won’t do anything else but there are other formatters out there that will (i.e. Rufus) If you do a search like as in in google or bing etc., whichever is your preference, type in **Rufus ie** or go to a url and type in and about midway down the page install it, usually not much more than 1MB (at the time of this writing 1.3MB) since it’s very portable and open sourced and well updated, you can very easily format a usb drive to LargeFat32. Standards of formatting to Fat32 are set to format no more than 32gb drives and Large Fat32 has a current practical limit of about 8TB but more on all that can be followed with another search of **differences of formats and their respective theoretical limits and practical limits**!! ;-)

      • Lester says:

        Ohh and to also note I do not work for Microsoft or it’s entities nor for Rufus and their entities…. I am just a user of these products and these are solely my own thoughts and opinions and any changes, downloads etc. you make to you’re own equipment are at your own discretion and I am not responsible for any damages one may incur as a result!! Thank you for reading!! :-)

  32. Doug Smith says:

    Update: The CUBE now tells me when I insert the flash drive that I can browse the drive, but when I press the OK dialog, nothing happens. When I disconnect the flash drive it tells me thst it has been disconnected. The drive is empty as it has just been formatted. The MY FIRE TV STATUS says “no USB drive found” or nonsense in other words. I can not “see” the drive in any form on the CUBE.

  33. JGray says:

    None of my Apps on the stick say they are available to be moved. What am I missing here?

    • Damaris says:

      Yea none of my apps show the option to move to external storage. I do see the usb as external storage so that’s not the problem.

      • Rik Emmett says:

        Yes, some apps don’t allow installation to external storage. The Sling app used to allow installation to external storage, but they changed it to only internal storage. I wound up having to uninstall Sling and then reinstall because the updates kept failing because they reported not enough space.

  34. Sahil says:

    What about also storing app data to external flash drives?? Is there any way around??

    Because games such as Asphalt 8 having app size of 350MB is generating 3.5 GB of data. This lot of app data if also moved to external drive, then it could be a great help from your side.

    If App data isn’t moved to flash drives, then what is the fun of having external flash drives??

  35. Armgat says:

    Lots of information here but having a hard time unraveling it for what I want to do I’m trying to do this: I have the OTG cable on the latest 4K FireStick. Also have a Sandisk 64 Gb USB 3.0 thumb drive which I used the ADB Shell utility to partition it 50:50. I want to use one 32 Gb partition to move apps to and the other 32 Gb partition to store and play the data (videos I made). I installed the VLC player for the videos. I can easily move apps using X-Plore to one partition but at a total loss getting data (videos) on the other 32 Gb partition. My personal videos are on my desktop. I searched all over the place and couldn’t find a clear cut explanation how to use that 2nd partition for data. Any help here is appreciated.

  36. Philip Waters says:

    My 8Gb flashdrive is formatted FAT32. It is there on ES File Explorer. But it does nothing and I do not get the USB option in myfiretv settings

  37. Rogermae says:

    I wanted the whole drive to be used as internal but I could not get a disk id unless I formatted it into 2. I did 80/20. The flash drive is setup like this:
    Dev/fuse 43g
    dev/block/dm-2 14G with disk id
    If dm-2 is where my apps are stored I need to switch.
    How can I move the apps back to the firestick so that I can reformat the drive in order to move the apps to the larger partition (I suppose 20/80).
    Also how do you get a disk id formatting the drive 8,0 private,
    df-h doesn’t work or are the separate instructions for moving apps to whole drive.

  38. Howard Bean says:

    The usb is the default storage location; do i remove USB from fire stick to put apps directly on the fire stick

  39. Ramon Lozano says:

    Thanks for sharing, but with FireTV Stick 2nd gen with FireOS 5.XX this is a NO GO.
    If you access the adb shell using usb debbuging “sm” command isn’t there and “pm” command doesn’t accept the option “move”. You need at least a 3rd gen stick for usb storage to work.

  40. John says:

    OK you clever people! I followed the guide and have a 128Gb USB working on my FireTV Cube (2021). I’ve d/loaded VLC – straight to the USB but… I do not see the option on FireTV to ‘move to internal/external storage’ for any of the installed apps, other than VLC.
    This suggests that existing apps (including IPTV apps) cannot be moved once installed to FireTV – even those which have no ‘permissions’ requirements. So I tried uninstalling an app and reloading it (it was bbc sounds actually), but it didn’t load to the USB: straight to Cube storage and does not offer option to move to external storage.

    So i’m halfway there but would appreciate any thoughts on why I cannot switch apps between internal / external

    Thanks for any input

  41. Luis Barber says:

    Can I add external storage to the fire stick with a USB hub?. Without the otg cable?

  42. Frank says:

    The only apk that I can transfer is Kodi.Isnt there any more.

  43. Nigel says:

    Hi, i have a TV cube 2 and I want to add a 500gb external USB which is formatted in fat32. I bought the AuviPal otg cable connected the cable to the micro USB and for external power I I use a cable direct to a power socket. It is getting power to the drive as it lights up.
    Unfortunately I can’t see never mind access the drive and can’t work out what I’m doing wrong.

    Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.


  44. milton says:

    i formatted my USB 16 gb 2.0 using firetv cube 2 generation, i recorded an event using tivimate , im using VLC or max player to view recording on my 4K Stick with an OTG cable , it work for a few days, now my USB is not recognized at all!! is probably corrupted why?
    maybe cause i didnt ejected properly ?, i just pull it out from device when i finish viewing. does Type of USB matters do i have to get a 3.0 or 3.1 ?
    i just formatted another USB and it works , dont wanted to get corrupted again

  45. CompUner Mike says:

    Hey Yall I don’t even have a fire tv stick lol but I’d member to you plug in the drive after it boots it should show up..if it’s corrupt reboot maybe and plug it in to reformat as internal .. formating it as internal storage might make it look like the Usb drive has disappeared but will show up extra gigs as internal storage? Right? There’s also gotta be the option to install to external storage even if the drive doesn’t show up it’s part of internal storage gigs? So reinstalling the apps with that option checked or whatever should place yur apps on the SD card.. they’ll just look like they’re on internal storage with extra GBs.. you would think .. dunno good luck

  46. Bruce says:

    Did not work even after rewalking thru steps

  47. Fred2239 says:

    I’ve got a 2020 Lite Fire Stick. I followed all of the above step by step but when i get to the point of clicking the app to move it I don’t get any selection to “Move To USB Storage”. It didn’t work on the first two I wanted to move so I tried this on every app and none one of them, not a single one provided for this option. So where’s the problem.

  48. L. Lavoie says:

    None of this works. The cable alone causes the firestick to load and reload on an endless loop.

    • CurlyJoe says:

      I’ve got a 2020 Lite Fire Stick and didn’t encounter the slightest problem. I followed the instructions step-by-step when I added the OTG cable and now have a flash drive of 16 GB to use as additional storage. I’ve moved files back and forth several times and didn’t have any glitches.

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