It’s clear from sales and popularity alone that the vast majority of customers are extremely happy with Amazon’s range of digital streaming products, especially the newest Fire TV Stick 4K. Having said that, these devices certainly aren’t perfect. Various customers have pointed out a few ways that they could be improved. It’s mainly not enough internal storage so you need to expand Fire TV Stick 4K internal storage.
Anyone who’s experienced with tech gadgets and devices will know that their advertised storage is often very different from their actual storage. The Fire TV Stick 4K is no different. Although the device is advertised to have an internal storage of 8GB, due to its OS and pre-installed apps, users only have access to 5GB when using their Firestick. That’s 40% less storage! And worse yet, that 5GB becomes even less when you install a handful of go-to apps, such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer, TV Player and more. But there’s a way around this.
Some users have found clever ways to expand Fire TV Stick 4K internal storage. They install applications on a separate USB drive that’s connected to the Fire TV Stick 4K. This is done as not to take up the Firestick’s own storage.
The following article will guide you through how this is done, and how you can maximize your Firestick’s storage to get the most out of it!
Choose a Good USB Drive
It’s worth noting, however, that this doesn’t work with all USB drives. Almost all USB 3.0 drivers worked just fine. But USB 2.0 and 1.0 had less of a success rate – though some of them did work.
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Expand Fire TV Stick 4K Internal Storage
Here are the steps you should follow:
2. Scroll down until you find the Remote ADB Shell app. Click on it!
3. Go to INSTALL option.
6. Type 55555 in the indicated box, and select ‘Next’.
1. sm partition disk:8,0 mixed 50
If the name of the drive was ‘8,0’ then you can move to the next step. If not, you’ll be required to input the drive name before running the code. By choosing this method, you’ll be creating two partitions within your drive. For example, a 128GB 3.0 USB drive would be split equally, to make two partitions of 64GB each.
One of these partitions you will use for applications, whilst the other will store files. Many think this option is better suited (in comparison to ‘Option #2’ later in this article). There are a few reasons for that.
With this option, you can load both films, TV shows, and various other media from a computer. You play these files through one of the various media players available on the Firestick. You can move the media into the partition for storage so you can view it later. This is ideal for those with limited Internet access.
2. sm partition disk:8,0 private
In this case, you will format the entire disk for use as internal storage for running applications. This means you won’t be able to store media files for watching later. Whichever option you choose, type in the command you prefer, and select, ‘Run’.
What is the Location of the App Installation?
If all has worked correctly, each application that’s installed from now on should be stored within the ‘dm-2’ partition of your USB drive. But some users find that this doesn’t happen, and that various apps they install don’t run through the USB drive when they expand Fire TV Stick 4K internal storage.
In order to find out exactly which applications are running from within the USB drive, go to: ‘Settings’, and then select, ‘Applications’. Select ‘Manage Installed Applications’, and whichever apps are running from the USB drive will be indicated by a USB icon to the side of them.
If the author or creator of the application doesn’t specifically support the app to be run from an external storage source, then the app will by default run only from internal storage. In case you find an app you downloaded isn’t running from a USB drive, this will mean that the app’s developer hasn’t done this from within their code.
There are some apps that definitely support external storage such as ES File Explorer, or Philo. Download and install these apps and see if the USB icon appears next to them. If there are still issues, it’s possible to use Remote ADB Shell to have these apps moved to a USB drive.
Although it might seem like a lot to get your head around, there are ways around Amazon’s restrictions. By utilizing one of these methods, you can expand Fire TV Stick 4K Internal Storage, so you can run all your favorite apps, media, and whatever else, with no limitations!
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