Android TV is rapidly becoming one of the best ways to watch apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. And thanks to the success of the 2017 Nvidia Shield, it’s now starting to rival Roku as the must-have operating system for cordcutters.
But not all Android TV boxes are made equal. At one end of the scale, the $300 Nvidia Shield Pro ships with 500GB of storage. At the other end, some cheap Chinese models on eBay come with as little as 4GB. Luckily, it’s easy to add more storage capacity!
Adding More Storage Capacity to Android TV
If your Android TV device has a USB port, it can read and write to an external drive. However, it cannot use the drive’s space for the installation files of apps and games — unless you first make some changes in the Settings menu:
- Plug your USB drive or external hard drive into your Android TV device.
- On the home screen, scroll down to Settings.
- Go to Storage and reset.
- Find your external USB drive and select it.
- Choose Set up as internal storage or Format as device storage (exact wording differs between devices).
- You may need to select Move now (depending on your device).
Give the device a few moments to format your drive, and you’ll be ready to use it. (Note: You will not be able to remove the external drive and use it on other gadgets while it’s formatted as internal memory.)
Have you used this trick to increase the storage capacity of your Android TV device? Let us know in the comments.
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