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 ›
The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K doesn’t officially support connecting anything to it except Amazon’s Fire TV Ethernet Adapter, but, using an inexpensive OTG cable it’s possible to use USB peripherals, such as keyboards and wired gamepads, as well as external USB drives. The support for USB drives, in particular, isn’t as thorough as the Fire TV Cube, which does officially support external storage, but it’s much better than the Fire TV 3 (pendant), which the Fire TV Stick 4K has replaced, so it’s a step in the right direction. Read more ›
The SD Card slot on the Element Fire TV Edition televisions is treated as the primary port for external storage, since it’s the only one that can be used to store apps, however, a USB drive connected to the USB port is just as accessible from within 3rd-party apps. The only catch is that you cannot have a USB Drive connected to each of the two USB ports simultaneously. Read more ›
The Element Fire TV Edition televisions have a full-sized SD card slot, as well as a pair of USB ports, where one is USB 2.0 and the other is USB 3.0 speeds. It was expected that only the SD card slot would be used for external app storage, since that’s the way the Fire TV 2 works with its microSD card slot. I can confirm that only the SD card slot on the television is available for external app storage. The television does recognize when you connect USB drives, but warns you that they cannot be used to store apps, like the Fire TV 1 can do. Files can be accessed through either the SD card or a USB drive via 3rd-party apps, like media players (e.g., Kodi, MrMC, SPMC, VLC, etc..) or file managers, but only the former can store apps to augment the Fire TV Edition televisions 16GB of internal storage.
Believe it or not, the setup you see in the above picture works. The Amazon Fire TV Stick 2 supports OTG USB cables out of the box without needing to root the device or change any configuration settings. What’s even more astonishing is that USB keyboards, USB mice, USB hubs, USB ethernet adapters, and even USB external storage all work perfectly with no extra effort or configuration whatsoever. Read more ›
This was fully expected, but much like the 1st generation Fire TV, I’ve confirmed that the new Fire TV running the latest Fire OS at version 220.127.116.11 only supports FAT32 drives. I tested NTFS and exFAT for both USB drives and microSD drives and neither one was mounted by the operating system. When inserting a non-FAT32 microSD card, the above message is displayed prompting you to format the card. Connecting a USB drive of any format, be it FAT32 or other, will not display any indication that the card was connected. It’s as if USB drive support is a hidden feature. When you connect a FAT32 USB drive, the drive will be mounted and accessible at /storage/usbotg. Connecting any other type of USB drive does not prompt you to format the drive. It simply does not get mounted and is inaccessible.
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Good news everyone, the new Fire TV will afterall support external storage through its USB port. A couple days ago I reported that Amazon had “Accessories Only” listed in their developer specs for the new Fire TV, implying that you could not mount a USB drive connected to the USB port on the back of the new Fire TV. Amazon has reached out to me, saying that that was an error, and that the USB port on the new Fire TV can be used with USB drives for external storage. Amazon has since updated their specifications page to now say the 2nd Generation Fire TV’s USB port is for “Accessories and media storage.” It’s unclear at this time if users will be able to move apps onto USB drives, like they currently can with the 1st generation Fire TV, or if a connected USB drive can only be used for media storage.
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Now that we know the Fire TV Stick’s USB port is not just for power, I tried every way I could think of to get a USB keyboard or mouse to work with the device. You can see a sample of my test setup above with some of the OTG and non-OTG cables I tried without any success. I tried both with and without a powered USB hub with every cable and configuration. There was never a sign that the Fire TV Stick recognized a connected peripheral. This leads me to believe the Fre TV Stick kernel or OS is deliberately set to remain in USB slave mode and not enter USB host mode. For anyone interested, here are the cables/adapters I tired: included micro USB cable, OTG cable w/ power, Femnale / Male adapter, Sanoxy OTG Cable, StarTech OTG Cable, Generic OTG Cable, and various non-OTG cables I had.
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This guide will show you how to mount an external drive to your Amazon Fire TV via the devices USB port. Either a flash/thumb drive or external hard drive will work. We will then show you how to move apps from the devices internal storage to the external drive, freeing up valuable internal storage space while leaving the app fully functional. Read more ›
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