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How To Move Your Files to External Storage on Fire TV – A Detailed Guide

Have you ever noticed your Fire TV start to run slower, or get alerts that storage is full when trying to install new apps? The problem is likely that 8 or 16GB of built-in storage gets filled up fast with large media files, game data, and downloaded apps.

Luckily, there‘s an easy solution – moving your files to external storage.

In this detailed guide, I‘ll walk you through exactly how to transfer files from the internal Fire TV storage to an external USB drive or microSD card.

By the end, you‘ll free up valuable internal space for installing more apps, your media collection will be safely stored and backed up, and you‘ll boost available storage by up to 128GB!

Let‘s jump right into step-by-step instructions on moving files to external storage on Fire TV. I‘ll also share some pro tips to make the process quick and hassle-free.

Why You Should Move Files to External Storage

But first, let‘s look at some key reasons why moving files to external storage is so useful:

Free Up Internal Storage Space

The Fire TV comes with just 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. That fills up fast when apps can be over 1GB each, and media files are typically hundreds of MBs or more.

According to Amazon, the average installed app size is 300MB. So your 8GB of memory only leaves room for around 25 apps!

By moving your files to external storage, you can free up 80-90% of the internal space for installing more apps and future use.

Keep Media Files Backed Up

Once you‘ve collected a library of media files and personal photos on your Fire TV, you‘ll want to have them backed up.

Storing them on an external USB drive or microSD card keeps them protected if you ever factory reset or replace your Fire TV.

Expand Available Storage Space

The external USB and microSD storage options for Fire TV give you much more room to work with. A 128GB microSD card increases available space by 16X over the stock 16GB model!

Rather than being limited by internal storage, you can store hundreds of media files and apps with storage to spare.

Avoid Slowdowns from Clogged Internal Memory

As you fill up the internal storage, performance can really start to slow down. The Fire TV interface gets laggy and apps are sluggish to load.

By moving your files to external storage, you avoid this clogged up feeling and keep your Fire TV running fast.

Install More Apps

Once you free up internal storage space, you can install a wider selection of apps from the Amazon Appstore.

Some large apps may fail to install due to low storage, but with external storage you have plenty of room for new downloads.

How Much Storage Do You Need?

  • Fire TV 1st Gen comes with 8GB storage
  • Fire TV 2nd Gen has 16GB built-in
  • Average installed app size is 300MB
  • Typical media files range from 500MB to 5GB

So even 16GB fills up quick! Utilizing external storage gives you much more breathing room.

What You‘ll Need to Get Started

To move files between your Fire TV‘s internal storage and external USB or microSD card, you‘ll need:

  • A 1st or 2nd generation Amazon Fire TV Box
  • An external USB drive or microSD card up to 128GB in size
  • ES File Explorer – free file manager app from Amazon Appstore
  • USB cable or microSD adapter to connect the external drive

Both the 1st and 2nd gen Fire TV work great. Just make sure your external drive is USB 2.0 compatible and formatted properly.

The FAT32 or exFAT formats are recommended. NTFS will also work but is less reliable in my experience. Double check before purchasing an external drive.

For a full list of Amazon‘s tested external storage options, see their recommendations here. But generally, any name brand USB stick or microSD card will function correctly.

External Storage Limit & Compatibility

  • Fire TV supports USB and microSD up to 128GB
  • Must be USB 2.0 compatible
  • FAT32, exFAT, or NTFS file system

Stick with well-known brands and you‘ll be all set. Time to install the file manager!

Step 1: Install ES File Explorer

To easily transfer files between storage locations, we‘ll use a free file manager app called ES File Explorer. It‘s available from the Amazon Appstore:

  1. From the Fire TV home screen, go to the "Search" option
  2. Type in "ES File Explorer" and select the app
  3. Choose Download – it‘s free to install
  4. Once downloaded, select Open to launch it for the first time

ES File Explorer makes copying, moving, renaming, and deleting files a breeze. It‘s a powerful utility to have on your Fire TV.

In the coming steps, we‘ll use it to move files between the internal storage and external USB/microSD drive.

Step 2: Connect Your External USB Drive or microSD Card

Next up, connect the external storage drive to your Fire TV box.

For the 1st gen Fire TV, plug your USB drive into the USB port located on the back.

If you have the 2nd gen model, you can use the rear USB port or insert a microSD card into the microSD slot located on the left side.

Once connected properly, you may get a notification that new external storage is available. The drive should now show up in ES File Explorer.

To ensure your drive is detected, insert the USB fully or microSD card completely into the slot. Shallow connections can prevent it from being read properly.

Quick Tips

  • Insert USB drive or microSD card fully for reliable connection
  • USB port is located on rear of 1st gen Fire TV
  • 2nd gen has rear USB and side microSD slot
  • Use up to a 128GB drive for maximum storage

Okay, your external storage should now be connected successfully! Now we can view it within ES File Explorer.

Step 3: Launch ES File Explorer and Go to Storage Manager

With ES File Explorer installed and external drive connected, we‘re ready to start managing files:

  1. Return to the Fire TV Home screen and scroll down to Your Apps & Channels
  2. Open ES File Explorer
  3. Select the "Storage Manager" option at the top

The Storage Manager lets you view both your Internal Storage and External USB/microSD drive. This is where we can transfer files between the two locations.

It gives you an overview of used and free space on each drive, along with tools to copy, move, and delete files.

Time to put it into action by transferring apps and media!

Step 4: Copy Files from Internal Storage to Your External Drive

Now for the fun part – actually moving files from the Fire TV‘s internal storage over to your external USB or microSD card.

Here are the steps to transfer files:

  1. In Storage Manager, browse to the folders under Internal Storage that contain the files you want to move.

  2. Long press on a file, then select "Copy" – this copies the file‘s data to the clipboard.

  3. Open your external storage‘s folders, long press in an empty area, and select "Paste" to paste the file here.

  4. Repeat this process for each of the files you want to move.

  5. Once finished, safely eject the external drive before disconnecting it.

Be patient, as transferring many large media files can take some time. But the effort is worth it!

All your files will now be stored safely on external storage, while freeing up the limited internal memory for apps and system data.

Pro Tip

Only remove the external USB drive after properly ejecting it, to avoid corruption!

Moving Files to External Storage – Summary

To recap, here are the basic steps we walked through:

  1. Install ES File Explorer to manage files easily on your Fire TV

  2. Connect a USB drive or microSD card up to 128GB in capacity

  3. Open ES File Explorer, go to Storage Manager

  4. Copy and Paste files between Internal Storage and your external drive

  5. Safely eject and disconnect the external storage when finished

So with a few simple steps, you can easily expand the storage space on your Fire TV while keeping your personal media and downloads safely backed up.

Moving files to external storage is quick and hassle-free. Just be sure to use a file explorer that makes the process seamless.

I hope this guide has helped explain each step to transfer files to a USB drive or microSD card on your Amazon Fire TV. Let me know if you have any other questions!


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