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Get more storage for your Android TV

If you need more space on your Android TV, you have two options: connect a USB drive to add storage, or remove some of your apps or games.

Get more storage with a USB

Connect and format the USB drive

You can connect an external USB drive, also called a flash drive, to your Android TV to add more space for apps and other content.

What you'll need:

  • A micro-USB to USB adapter, a device which lets you connect the small USB port on your Android TV to the larger one on your drive

  • An external USB drive

Note: The steps below work for Nexus Player, but might not work for all TVs that run Android TV.

1. Connect the USB drive

  1. Locate the micro-USB port on your Android TV. It's usually on the back of the device or the TV.
  2. Connect the USB drive to the Android TV using the micro-USB to USB adapter.

2. Set up the USB drive

You can set up the USB drive two ways:

  • Internal storage lets you store more data on your Android TV, but you can’t move the drive’s contents anywhere else.
  • Removable storage lets you move the content on the drive to another device, but it doesn’t work with apps and games.

Once you connect the drive, Android TV will look for the drive format. Android TV only supports USB drives with FAT formats.

  • If it can recognize the drive format, it sets the drive up as removable storage.
  • If it can't recognize the drive format, it asks you to format the drive as internal or removable storage.

After you choose the format you want, follow the on-screen steps.

Note: Formatting erases everything on the drive, so be sure to transfer any content you want to keep.

Change the storage type

You can change how your drive is set up at any time:

  1. From the Home screen, scroll down until you reach Settings Settings.
  2. Select Settings Settings.
  3. Under "Device," find and select Storage & reset Menu.
  4. Select your USB drive.
  5. Select Format as device storage or Format as removable storage.

Note: Formatting erases everything on the drive, so be sure to transfer any content you want to keep.

Move apps or other content to your USB drive

Move apps to a USB drive

To move apps from your Android TV to your USB drive, follow the steps below.

  1. From the Home screen, scroll down until you reach SettingsSettings.
  2. Select SettingsSettings.
  3. Under "Device," find and select Apps.
  4. Select the app you want to move.
  5. Scroll down and select Storage used.
  6. Select your USB drive.

If you eject the USB drive from your Android TV, you’ll no longer be able to see or use the apps stored on the drive.

Move other content to a USB drive

If you set up your USB drive as internal storage, you can make more space on your Android TV by moving content to the USB drive.

Note: If you move content to your USB drive, you might need to plug the drive in to use all your apps and other content.

  1. From the Home screen, scroll down until you reach SettingsSettings.
  2. Select Settings Settings.
  3. Under "Device," find and select Storage & reset Storage & reset.
  4. Find and select your USB drive.
  5. Select Migrate data.
  6. Select Move now.

Use content stored on your USB drive

If your drive is set up as internal storage: Your content shows up along with everything else on your Android TV.

If your drive is set up as removable storage: You’ll need a separate app to use the content on your USB drive. To find an app, search "file manager" or "media player" in your app store.

Eject your USB drive

Keep your content safe by ejecting your USB drive before you unplug it from Android TV.

  1. From the Home screen, scroll down until you reach Settings Settings.
  2. Select Settings Settings.
  3. Under "Device," find and select Storage & reset Storage & reset.
  4. Find and select your USB drive.
  5. Choose Eject.

Once you've ejected your drive, you can’t use any apps or games installed on the drive.

Get more storage by removing apps or games

  1. From Android TV’s Home screen, scroll down until you reach Settings Settings.
  2. Select Settings Settings.
  3. Under "Device," select Apps.
  4. Under "Downloaded," find and select an app.
  5. Find and select Uninstall.
  6. Select OK to confirm.

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