The Amazon Firestick is a smaller and low-priced alternative to the standard Fire TV. One of the cons of the Firestick is that it doesn’t have a USB port for expanding storage. You can however connect a USB drive to Firestick with just one simple adapter. We show you how it’s done with this tutorial.
Important: If your USB drive is not detected by the Firestick, it may not be getting enough power. Ensure you are using a power block that supplies enough power to both the Firestick and USB drive. If you still have problems, read our post: Amazon Fire TV USB Drive Not Working.
- Firestick generation 3, and Lite models support moving apps to USB drive.
- Firestick 4K, 4K Max, generation 2, and generation 1 do not support moving apps to a USB drive within the FireOS. A third-party app will need to be used for moving apps to a USB drive.
- All Firestick models support using third-party apps like X-plore, ES File Explorer, and Downloader browse and open files on the USB drive or move app files to a USB Drive. However, some users may find the process to use these apps to be a bit too advanced.
Connecting USB Drive to Fire TV Stick (Firestick)
- If you don’t own one already, purchase a Micro USB to USB adapter.
- Connect the power cable to the adapter’s Micro USB port.
- Connect the Firestick to the other Micro USB port on the adapter.
- Connect a USB drive to the standard USB port on the adapter.
- Check under “Settings” > “My Fire TV” > “USB Drive“. It should now show available extra storage. You may have to go into the setting to format the USB Drive to make it usable. Then you’ll be able to move apps to the USB drive.