Now that the Amazon Fire TV has been rooted, a slew of new capabilities can be unlocked. For starters, with a rooted Fire TV you can play media files from a USB drive or external hard drive. Read on for the full guide.
This guide will show you how to mount a drive plugged into the Fire TV’s USB port and play video and music files via XBMC.
- If you haven’t done so yet, you will need to root your Fire TV.
- Sideload XBMC media player. You can download the Android ARM apk form here. Use one of the several methods we’ve written about to sideload XBMC onto your Fire TV.
- Download StickMount using the evozi APK Downloader.
- Sideload StickMount onto your Fire TV.
- Plug your USB thumb drive or hard drive into the USB port on the back of the Fire TV.
- Launch StickMount
- Select the “Mount” menu option.
- Grant StickMount permission.
- StickMount will display a message indicating the drive has been mounted
- Launch XBMC
- Go to “Files” under the “Videos” menu
- Select “Add Videos…”
- Select “Browse”
- Select “External storage”
- Navigate to the directory StickMount listed in step 9 (probably “usbStorage/sda1”) and select “OK”.
- Select “OK” at the bottom and your media source will now show up within XBMC.