Fire TV App File Access Permissions explained in Fire OS 8 on the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K & 4K Max

Amazon’s latest operating system, Fire OS 8, made its debut on Fire TV devices with the release of the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K and 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K Max last month. Since it’s based on Android 11, Fire OS 8 inherits the newer, and messy, file access permission changes that Google has been making in Android. These changes have broken some apps entirely, made other apps difficult to use, and have not affected some apps that you might have expected to be affected. That’s because app developers have several ways to request file access permissions in the new operating system. Understanding them all is key to figuring out why some apps aren’t working the way they do on older Fire TV models. Read more ›

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How to save recordings in TiviMate to External USB Storage in Fire OS 8 on the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K & 4K Max

This guide walks you through the steps of setting recordings in the TiviMate app to be saved to an external storage USB drive connected to a 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K and 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K Max running Fire OS 8. The stricter file access permissions of Android 11, which is what Fire OS 8 is based on, prevent some apps like TiviMate from accessing external USB storage, so the system picker Files app must be used to grant access. While this guide is specific to the TiviMate app, the general process should be similar for granting most apps access to external USB storage drives. Read more ›

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How to use the System Picker Files app in Fire OS 8 on the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K & 4K Max to grant access to External USB Storage Drive Folders

The 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K and 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K Max support connecting a USB drive for external storage but the stricter file access permissions in Fire OS 8 on these latest Fire TV devices can cause issues when apps try to access the external storage. The solution is to use the pre-installed default Files app to grant the app you are using permission to access specific folders on your external storage drive. Unfortunately, the Files app is very difficult to navigate because it is not made to be used with a remote control. This guide walks you through the specific steps to take to use the Files app on a Fire TV running Fire OS 8 to grant an app access to external USB storage. Read more ›

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How to grant “Allow all the time” full file storage access permission for any app in Fire OS 8 on the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K & 4K Max

The new Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Stick 4K Max running Fire OS 8 are great devices, but apps running on the new operating system based on Android 11 are severely limited in which files they can access because the storage permission “Allow all the time” is missing in the Firestick’s settings. This permission is necessary for media players, like Kodi, MrMC, and MX Player, as well as file managers, like Total Commander and X-plore, to fully access the Fire TV’s internal /sdcard/ and external files and directories. Thankfully, it’s possible to grant any app full storage access and this how-to guide will walk you through the steps to do just that. Read more ›

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Fire TV Cube 3 is the first Fire TV to support NTFS External USB Drives by default

In an unexpected move, Amazon has added support for NTFS USB drives to the 3rd-gen Fire TV Cube. This is surprising because no Fire TV device in the past has ever supported NTFS formatted storage drives. Whether they were a Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick, or Fire TV Smart TV, they all only supported FAT32 drives out of the box and required some complex manipulation to support any other drive format. Read more ›

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Fire TV Cube 3 comes with a built-in media player for Videos, Photos, and Music stored on External USB Storage

The 3rd-gen Fire TV Cube is far from the first Fire TV model to officially supports external USB media, but it is the first to include a built-in media player app from Amazon that can display videos, photos, and play audio files. This is the same app found on nearly all Fire TV Smart TVs, but this is the first Amazon has included it on one of its stand-alone Fire TVs. While it’s certainly not going to replace full-fledged media players like Plex, MrMC, or even VLC, it’s definitely handy to have for quick and simple access to your media files. Read more ›

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Fire TV Stick 4K Max fully supports External USB Storage with ease

One big unadvertised but significant difference between the Fire TV Stick 4K Max and the original Fire TV Stick 4K is how each one handles external USB storage. With the original Firestick 4K, you can connect a drive using an OTG cable and access files on that drive through 3rd-party apps, but the Fire TV operating system ignores the drive entirely. With the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max, external drives are fully supported, meaning, you can mount, format, and eject the drives. Most importantly, you can also use external drives to expand the device’s internal storage and move apps to the external drive. Read more ›

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External Storage Support Explained Across All Fire TV Models — Fire TV Stick 4K vs 4K Max differences and more

Support for external storage among Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Cubes varies considerably between models. It’s, unfortunately, not as cut and dry as knowing if external storage is supported or not. Amazon has been doing a much better job lately with consistent support on newer Fire TV models, but, with the announcement of the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max, there have been questions about how its external storage support differs from the regular Fire TV Stik 4K and other models. Here is a breakdown of all the different types of external storage support and which Fire TV models support each type. Read more ›

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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. Read more ›

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Fire TV Edition televisions use the SD Card for longer live TV recordings

One of the main benefits of Amazon’s Fire TV Edition television, over a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, is the built-in TV tuner. With it you have access to free over-the-air channels right from the Fire TV interface. While watching live TV, the Fire TV Edition television automatically records what you’re watching so that you can pause live TV and rewind at will. By default, the television will only record 5 minutes of live TV, but if you insert an SD card into the device, the operating system will use the available storage on the card to record live TV for much longer. Read more ›

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