If you own a Toshiba Fire TV and are having trouble getting it to recognize your USB device, you’re not alone.
Many users have reported similar issues with their Toshiba Fire TV not recognizing USB drives. Fortunately, there are a few things you can try to fix the problem.
One of the most common reasons why a Toshiba Fire TV won’t recognize a USB drive is because the drive is not formatted correctly. Toshiba Fire TV requires that USB drives be formatted in FAT32 file systems.
If your USB drive is in a different format, your TV may not be able to read it. Another possible reason your TV won’t recognize the drive is because the USB port on your TV is not working properly.
This could be due to a hardware issue or a software issue. Without further ado, let’s dive into the fixes.
How to Fix Toshiba Fire TV Not Recognizing USB
Ensure the Drive is formatted to FAT32
One of the most common reasons why your Toshiba Fire TV may not recognize your USB drive is because the drive is not formatted to the correct file system.
By default, most USB drives are formatted to NTFS, FAT12, or exFAT which are not compatible with Toshiba Fire TV.
To check the format of your USB drive, you can connect it to your computer and go to the Disk Management tool.
Right-click on the drive and select “Properties,” and then go to the “File System” tab. If the file system is not FAT32, you will need to reformat the drive.
To format the drive to FAT32, you can use the built-in formatting tool in Windows. Here are the steps:
- Connect the USB drive to your computer.
- Open File Explorer and right-click on the drive.
- Select Format from the context menu.
- In the File System dropdown, select FAT32.
- Optionally, you can change the volume label and allocation unit size.
- Click Start to begin the formatting process.
- Note that formatting the drive will erase all data on it, so make sure to back up any important files before you begin.
If you’re using a Mac, you can also format the drive to FAT32 using the Disk Utility tool. Here are the steps:
- Connect the USB drive to your Mac.
- Open Disk Utility from the Applications/Utilities folder.
- Select the USB drive from the list of devices.
- Go to the “Erase” tab.
- In the “Format” dropdown, select MS-DOS (FAT).
- Optionally, you can change the name and scheme.
- Click “Erase” to begin the formatting process.
Once the drive is formatted to FAT32, try connecting it to your Toshiba Fire TV again and see if it is recognized.
If you’re still having issues, there may be other factors at play, such as the USB port not supplying enough power or the drive being incompatible with the TV.
Remove and Reconnect the USB Drive
If your USB drive is formatted to FAT32 and your Toshiba Fire TV still doesn’t recognize it, try removing and reconnecting the USB drive.
This will refresh the connection between the drive and your TV. Here’s how to do it:
- Turn off your Toshiba Fire TV and unplug it from the power source.
- Remove the USB drive from the TV’s USB port.
- Check the USB drive for any physical damage or defects.
- Reconnect the USB drive to the TV’s USB port.
- Turn on your Toshiba Fire TV and check if it recognizes the USB drive
Power Cycle Your Toshiba Fire TV
What to do at this point is to power cycle your Toshiba Fire TV. This process involves turning off the TV and unplugging it from the power source for a few minutes before plugging it back in and turning it back on.
Power cycling your Toshiba Fire TV can help clear any temporary glitches that may be causing the issue. Follow this procedures to power cycle your Toshiba Fire TV;
- Press and hold the power button on your Toshiba Fire TV remote for about 5-10 seconds until the TV turns off.
- Unplug the power cord from the back of your Toshiba Fire TV and wait for at least 30 seconds.
- Plug the power cord back into the TV and wait for the TV to power on.
- Check if your Toshiba Fire TV is now recognizing USB.
Disable USB Debugging
If you have enabled USB Debugging on your Toshiba Fire TV, it could be causing the issue of not recognizing the USB drive.
USB Debugging is a setting that allows your Fire TV to communicate with your computer via the Android Debug Bridge (ADB).
This feature is mainly used by developers to test and debug applications on their devices. If you are not a developer, it is recommended to disable USB Debugging to avoid any potential issues.
Here’s how you can disable USB Debugging on your Toshiba Fire TV:
- Go to the Settings menu on your Toshiba Fire TV.
- Scroll down to the My Fire TV section and select Developer options.
- Toggle off the USB debugging option.
- Once you have disabled USB Debugging, try connecting your USB drive to your Toshiba Fire TV again to see if it recognizes it.
It’s important to note that if you are a developer and need to use USB Debugging, disabling it may not be a viable solution.
In that case, you can try connecting your USB drive to a computer and using the ADB command-line tool to access the USB drive from your Toshiba Fire TV.
You can find more information on how to do this in the Amazon Fire TV documentation.
If disabling USB Debugging does not solve the issue, there may be other factors at play. There’s no need to worry, there are still few fixes to try out.
Try Out Another USB Port
Sometimes, a faulty USB port can cause this issue. If you have multiple USB ports on your Toshiba Fire TV, try plugging your USB drive into a different one and see if it is recognized. Here’s how to do this;
- Unplug your USB device from the current USB port.
- Try plugging it into a different USB port on your Toshiba Fire TV.
- You can take a closer look at the USB ports to see if you can identify the one that has IN written on it.
- If your Toshiba Fire TV recognizes the USB device in the new port, the original USB port may be faulty.
However, it’s also important to ensure that the USB drive is properly connected to the USB port. Make sure that the USB drive is firmly plugged into the port and that there is no loose connection.
Try Using Another USB Drive
Here, consider using a different USB Drive. It’s possible that the problem lies not with the TV but with the USB drive itself.
Take note of the following factors while trying an alternative USB drive:
- Compatibility: Make sure the USB drive you are using is compatible with your Toshiba Fire TV. Ensure you’re using a USB drive from a reputable brand.
- Storage Capacity: If your USB drive is too large, your Toshiba Fire TV might not be able to recognize it. Try using a smaller USB drive to see if that solves the problem. Fire TV only supports up-to 128GB.
- File System Format: Your USB drive might not be recognized if it is not formatted correctly. Most TVs require the drive to be formatted in FAT32.
Check for Fire TV Update
Another thing you can do is to check for any software or firmware updates for your Toshiba Fire TV.
Sometimes, the TV may not recognize certain USB drives due to outdated software or firmware. To check for updates, follow these steps:
- Go to your TV’s home screen.
- Scroll down to “Settings” and select it.
- Scroll down to “Device & Software” and select it.
- Click on “System Updates” and select “Check Now”.
- If there is an update available, select “Download and Install.”
- Once the update is complete, try plugging in your USB drive again to see if the TV recognizes it.
It is also a good idea to check for updates regularly to ensure that your device is always running on the latest software or firmware. This can help prevent issues like this from occurring in the future.
If you are still experiencing issues after updating your software or firmware, try resetting your Toshiba Fire TV to its factory settings.
This will erase all data and settings on your device, so make sure to back up any important files before proceeding.
To reset your device, go to the Settings menu, select My Fire TV, click on Reset to Factory Defaults, and follow the on-screen instructions.