Article ID : 00198184 / Last Modified : 08/14/2019

Can I Use a USB Hard Disk Drive on My Android TV?

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Your USB Hard Disk Drives (HDD) must meet the following specifications for use on your Android TV™ device. We can't guarantee operation with all HDDs.

Supported File System and Maximum Drive Size

Check the maximum drive size according to the supported file system:

  • FAT16
    • 2GB of playback (videos, photos, and music)
    • 2GB for storage
  • FAT32
    • 2TB of playback (videos, photos, and music)
      • The maximum file size that you can save on the HDD is 4GB.
    • 256GB for storage
  • exFAT and NTFS
    • 16TB for playback (videos, photos, and music)
    • 256GB for storage

Note: Format the HDD on your TV before use. This feature is available for TVs with Android™ 6.0 Marshmallow operating system (OS) and later.

  • Use 256GB HDDs or smaller for TVs with Android 6.0 OS.
  • Use 256GB HDD or larger for TVs with Android 7.0 Nougat OS.
    • You can only use 256GB for storage.

USB Port Type and Maximum Power Output

  • USB 3.1 Gen 1
    • 900 mA Max.
    • Port label on TV

      USB 3.1 Label

    • Port image
      • USB port is blue.

      USB 3.1

  • USB 2.0
    • 500 mA Max.
    • Port label on TV

      USB 2.0 Label

    • Port image

      USB 2.0

Revolutions per Minute (RPM) and Read/Write Speed

No conditions.

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