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How To Move Media Files To External Storage On Fire TV

//How To Move Media Files To External Storage On Fire TV

How To Move Media Files To External Storage On Fire TV

How To Move Media Files To External Storage On Fire TVThis short tutorial will show you how to move media files to external storage on Fire TV.  There are some applications such as Terrarium TV which allow you to download movies and tv shows to the internal storage of your Fire TV.  However, it isn’t possible to save those media files directly to a USB drive or Micro SD Card.  By using a free application called ES File Explorer, this is a simple task which I outline in the video below.

By moving the media files from the internal storage of the Fire TV over to external storage, this will free up some valuable space that can be dedicated to installed applications.

The Fire TV only comes equipped with 8GB of internal storage with some of that already used by installed applications.  Due to the Amazon Fire TV’s external storage options, we have the ability to increase storage space by up to 128GB in size.

The 1st Generation Amazon Fire TV provides a USB port which can be used for USB external storage devices.  The 2nd Generation Amazon Fire TV includes both a USB port and Micro SD Card slot.  Both devices will allow up to 128GB external storage to be attached to them.  Use the link below to find supported external storage devices for the Amazon Fire TV.

Click Here For Supported External Storage For Amazon Fire TV – Note, if you have a 1st Generation Fire TV, you can only use a 2.0 USB Flash Drive up to 128GB in size since it is not equipped with Micro SD Card slot.

How To Move Media Files To External Storage On Fire TV

Below, you will find a detailed video on this process.  The written steps below the video are only a general guideline.


How To Install Terrarium TV On Fire TV or Fire TV Stick



  1.  Download and install ES File Explorer from Amazon App Store
  2. Insert external storage into Fire TV (Micro SD Card or USB Drive)
  3. Launch ES File Explorer
  4. Cut media files from folders in which they reside and paste into external storage


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2017-06-26T20:25:46+00:00 Fire TV|6 Comments


  1. Jim Casy September 17, 2017 at 8:16 am - Reply

    When formatting a USB drive to use for this does it matter which file system to format to (e.g. exFAT, FAT32, or NTFS)?

  2. Danny M August 10, 2017 at 10:41 am - Reply

    Somebody please help. I cannot get ES File explorer to paste a video to the USBOTG. Is there another file or download manager that I can try?

  3. Danny M August 9, 2017 at 8:03 am - Reply

    When I paste the file to the usb drive it fails. I had to use mouse toggle to navigate the final “OK” function in ES file explorer. I notice that Terrarium is downloading the file as .flv……..could that be my problem?

  4. Mary Fox June 23, 2017 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    I’m really new at all of this. Is there a tutorial for downloading terrarium app to my Sony Bravia tv? I’m having all sorts of issues

  5. John Laven June 8, 2017 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Hey Troy:

    As always, awesome videos. Best on the web. I use a Fire TV. I got a Micro SD Card and downloaded a movie. I was able to cut and paste just as your video said. Everything worked great. I’m not able to play the movie off the card however. It’s downloaded as mp4 and when I choose MX player to play the movie, I get a second of the movie then it shuts down and goes back to file manager screen on the SD card. I restarted the Fire TV and still no luck. Any sugestions?

    • Vince S June 28, 2017 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      Try with VLC App. You can find in the Amazon apps on FireTV and download it from there down.
      VLC scans all your Vdeos finds the SD card by itself and plays the mp4.
      Also you can chose your film from ES Explorer / Local / External -> SD Card.
      Click round button and select one of the proposed players ..VLC, Kodi, aso.

      MX might need to add some drivers..but to play mp4 many others apps found on Amazon FTV shop will work fine.

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