This post will explain how to increase storage on Firestick & Fire TV. Since the 1st and 2nd Generation Fire TVs are no longer being sold, this tutorial is meant for those with a 2nd Generation Amazon Fire TV Stick or Fire TV 3.
Unfortunately, these two devices only come equipped with 8GB of internal storage. Also, they are not built with USB or SD card ports so we can’t extend the internal storage like we could on the 1st and 2nd Generation Fire TVs and most Android TV Boxes.
Typically, when we plug external storage into an Android TV Box, we have the ability to extend the internal storage with that new USB drive or SD card. By doing this, it makes it easier downloading apps, media files, etc. because the device recognizes both the external and internal storage as one drive.
NOTE: In case you would want to install unverified apps, this will not be allowed by Amazon App Store. However, you can side-load without using the official app-distribution method by installing a VPN for Firestick, Fire TV, Fire TV Cube.
Below is the screen we are presented with on an Android TV Box which allows us to extend the internal storage.
Once I click “Format”, the USB drive that I have inserted will be erased and added to the internal storage, making one large internal disk.
Since we can’t do this on the 2nd Generation Fire TV Stick or Fire TV 3, we must settle for the next best thing.
We can purchase an OTG Cable, which will allow us to plug a USB drive into our devices. Again, we can’t extend our internal storage with the USB drive on these two devices but we can move files over to it with ES File Explorer.
This may be a handy procedure for those who have persistent buffering problems because they can now store media files on a USB drive which is connected to their device. It also works great when traveling since you can never depend on WiFi in hotels for streaming large HD video files.
To learn more about OTG Cable and how it can help you, follow the link below:
Two of the most popular applications at this time for downloading are Morpheus TV and Popcorn Time. Both of these applications allow for a person to download movies and TV shows directly to their devices. They also provide the option to use torrent technology which usually serves up faster download speeds and higher quality media files.
Many people using these two applications on their Fire TVs or Firesticks have encountered the message that their device is low on storage. This critical error prevents them from streaming or downloading the content they want to see.
The following tutorial will walk you through the process of increasing the storage on your Fire TV/Fire TV Stick by cleaning it and adding an external USB drive. Within the tutorial, you will learn how to move files that you have downloaded to your device over to the USB drive.
How To Increase Storage On Firestick & Fire TV
Note: ES File Explorer now charges for their app. Learn how to get the modded free premium app through our ES File Explorer Firestick tutorial.
Links Mentioned In Video
General Steps Outlined In Video Above
- Delete unwanted apps from device
- Clean folders within ES File Explorer
- Plug in OTG Cable and USB drive
- Transfer media files over to USB drive from internal storage
NOTE: Most apps that you will install are unverified. These will not be allowed by Amazon App Store due to restrictions but you can side-load without using the official app-distribution method by installing a VPN for Firestick, Fire TV, Fire TV Cube.
Warning! Protect Yourself With A VPN
Most cord-cutters use a VPN and rightfully so.
The free streaming applications, addons, and paid IPTV services that you use are usually hosted on insecure servers.
Without a VPN, your IP Address is being logged.
Your IP Address points back to your location and identity which compromises both your privacy and security.
Your current IP Address is 188.8.131.52 – When you use a VPN, your real IP address will be converted into an anonymous new one.
A VPN will provide you with an anonymous connection to the Internet.
This will prevent your Internet Service Provider, app/addon developers, government agencies, and any 3rd party from logging what you’re accessing online.
The most popular VPN among cord-cutters is IPVanish due to their blazing fast speeds and zero log policy.
Its important to use a VPN that is fast since we are streaming large HD files. Its also crucial to find one that keeps no logs of what their subscribers access while online.
Setting up IPVanish VPN on your streaming device is simple!
Step 1 Register for an IPVanish VPN account by clicking the link below.
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Step 2 – Hover over the search icon on your Firestick, Fire TV, or Fire TV Cube and type in “Ipvanish”
You may also find the IPVanish App in the Google Play Store for those of you who are using Android TV Boxes, phones, and tablets.
Step 3 – Click the IPVanish VPN option that appears.
Step 4 – Click the IPVanish icon under Apps & Games.
Step 5 – Click Download.
Step 6 – Click Open.
Step 7 – Enter your username and password to login. Your username is the email that you used to register for IPVanish service with and your password is automatically generated and emailed to you.
Step 8 – Click Connect button.
Step 9 – Click OK for Connection request if it appears.
Step 10 – You will notice that your IP Address changes along with location of connection. You are now operating anonymously through your device.
Click the Home Button on your remote and the VPN will remain running in the background.
Congratulations! You are now protected by a VPN which means everything that you stream or access through your Firestick or Android TV Box is hidden from the rest of the world.
If you ever need to stop the VPN service, simply re-launch the application and click the DISCONNECT button.