The USB Port on the Amazon Fire TV allows you to connect a USB drive so that you can watch video directly from an external drive. Sometimes it takes a little troubleshooting to get the USB drive detected and working properly. If you’re having problems with the USB drive not working properly on the Fire TV, try these steps.
Force Reset From Remote
Sometimes a quick reset will set thing right. To reset Fire TV from the remote:
Press and hold the “Select” and “Play” buttons on the remote simultaneously until the Fire TV resets. The screen should go black, then show the Fire TV logo. These steps reboot the Fire TV and will not clear any data from the device.
Ensure Drive is Supported
Be sure the drive you are using meets proper specifications. The Fire TV will only support a USB drive that is USB 2.0 compatible and 128GB or lower in size (like this one).
Format the Drive
Use another device like a computer to format the drive to the FAT32 file system.
Turn USB Debugging Off
The USB Port on the Fire TV won’t work with external drives connected if USB Debugging is enabled. USB Debugging is often used by Developers when writing apps for the device. Chances are, you probably don’t need to have it enabled. Check the setting and ensure it’s disabled with these steps:
- From “Settings“, scroll down and select “System“.
- Select “Developer Options“.
- Toggle “USB debugging” to “Off“.
Ensure Proper Power
When you add a USB drive to your Fire TV, it might require a bit more power. Ensure you are using a power block that will provide enough power to the Fire TV and the USB drive.
Recommended Power Supplies for Fire TV
- Firestick (All Generations) – 5.25V, 1A, 5W
- Fire TV Cube – 12V, 1.25A, 15W
- Fire TV Box (1st Gen) – 6.25V, 2.5A, 16W
- Fire TV Box (2nd Gen) – 15V, 1.4A, 21W
- Fire TV (Pendant) – 5.2V, 1.8A, 9W
If you have tried multiple power blocks and you still experience problems, try replacing the power cable.
Don’t Use Ethernet Connection
Users have often reported that the USB port doesn’t work if the Fire TV box is connected to a wired Ethernet network connection. In these cases, you may have to disconnect the wired network cable and use Wi-Fi instead.
This issue might stem from the Fire TV not receiving enough power to operate the Ethernet adapter. More research is needed.
I hope this guide has helped you solve the problem with your Amazon Fire TV not detecting your USB drive. If you still have problems, drop a detailed comment below and I’ll try to help out.