The Fire TV Stick can also be used to play files from USB flash drives and hard drives: here’s how you can do it

Thanks to dongles and TV Boxes we have endless options to transform our television into a Smart TV. Just by connecting one of these devices to the HDMI input of our TV and having an Internet connection, we can download all kinds of appssend content from our mobile, enjoy streaming content, games, and much more.

devices like the Fire TV Stick give us the ability to do all this, and to extend their capabilities, we also have the option to add an external storage system such as a USB stick or hard drive to view our content through this dongle. The only thing we need is the Fire TV Stick, a cable or adapter USB OTGand the memory that we want to connect.

How to connect a USB flash drive or external hard drive to the Fire TV

Fortunately, Amazon does not give us practically any problem when using the Micro USB input to add our own storage device. By default, this port is used to power the dongle, but if we add an adapter or OTG cable to the input, we can transform the input into a USB-Aserving us to connect any storage device.

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To choose an ideal OTG cable or adapter, we must choose one that has an additional Micro USB input, since the Fire TV Stick needs one to power. In addition, it would also be recommended that the adapter be compatible with USB 3.0 and onwards, since we will find fewer problems with respect to the loading times of the files on our USB memory.

Once we have our OTG adapter connected to the Micro USB input, we turn on our Fire TV Stick and then connect our USB device. After that, the Amazon software will detect the inserted USB stick. If the device is in a format unrecognizable to the system, A poster will appear to choose one of the three available options: Use it as an external storage device, use it as local storage for the Fire TV Stick, or do nothing. We will have to select the first one if what we want is to use it to be able to access the content of the USB and play video, audio and others.

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If what we want is to use this memory to transfer the content of applications and information from the Fire TV Stick, it will be enough to select the option for the device’s own storage. Remember that the poster will only appear if our memory is in an unrecognizable format for the system. In case of having it in FAT32 format, we will not have any problemand we must enter My Fire TV > USB Driveand here select one of the options.

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  • Eject USB drive: an option to remove the USB stick safely.
  • Format to external storage: will erase all data and format the drive to FAT32.
  • Manage installed applications: an option that allows us to transfer the internal applications of the Fire TV to the USB memory.
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The fact of having a unit in FAT32 format means that we will not be able to transfer files larger than 4GB, something that can limit us in a certain way. That is why, if the drive is in NTFS format, even if the Fire TV detects it as a memory in an unrecognizable format, we can skip the message and install a third party file explorer like ‘ES File Explorer’ or something else like that. In this explorer we only have to look for our USB drive and we will be able to play any content. If it is an audio or video file, we have the option of VLC as a player.


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