How to Add More Storage Space to Android TV

Dan Price 06-11-2017

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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!

How to Add More Storage Space 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:

  1. Plug your USB drive or external hard drive into your Android TV device.
  2. On the home screen, scroll down to Settings.
  3. Go to Storage and reset.
  4. Find your external USB drive and select it.
  5. Choose Set up as internal storage or Format as device storage (exact wording differs between devices).
  6. You may need to select Move now (depending on your device).

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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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  1. shajar
    May 19, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    It doesn't work as described. Frustrating.
    TLC "smart" TV.

  2. Daniel Harley
    October 24, 2018 at 1:59 am

    it doesn't work. even in the picture in the article, you can clearly see "erase and format as REMOVABLE STORAGE"

    • Some1
      June 27, 2020 at 2:29 pm

      That is because it is formatted as internal storage you stupid

  3. Gian Mario Tagliaretti
    November 6, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    I believe that it doesn't work for systems with lollipop like philips tv

  4. Gian Mario Tagliaretti
    November 6, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    I believe that it doesn't work for systems with lollipop, like philips tv

    • Bangelica
      November 7, 2017 at 11:29 am

      Try using the musconv tool for transferring your music from one service to another - bangelica