Article ID : 00148304 / Last Modified : 09/06/2020

What types of USB HDDs (hard disk drives) are compatible with Sony's Android TV™?

    IMPORTANT: This page introduces compatible information regarding USB HDD drives for Sony's Android TV.

    USB HDDs that can be used with Sony’s Android TVs must meet the following conditions. However, Sony does not guarantee that they will operate. Use them at your own risk.

    IMPORTANT for Australia and New Zealand only: Android TV models released in 2018 and later, are not compatible for USB HDD recording.

    Supported file system and maximum drive size:

    File System
    before connecting
    Max hard disk drive size for playback
    (Video/Photo/Music)
    Max hard disk drive size for recording (*1)Max hard disk drive size for storage (*2)
    FAT162GBNot supported2GB
    FAT322TB (*3)4TB (*4)256GB
    exFat16TB4TB (*4)256GB
    NTFS16TB4TB (*4)256GB


    *1: The USB HDD must be registered to the Android TV for recording (to be formatted for recording). Applicable only for Australia and New Zealand Android TV models that support USB HDD recording.
    *2: The USB HDD must be registered to the Android TV as device storage (to be formatted for storage). This function is available in Android™ OS6 (M) or later.

    • For Android OS6 (M), use a USB HDD that is 256 GB or smaller.
    • For Android OS7 (N) or later, you can use a USB HDD that is 256 GB or larger, but the usable capacity is restricted to 256 GB.

    *3: The maximum size of a content file that can be saved in the USB HDD is restricted to 4 GB.
    *4: A USB HDD up to 16 TB can be connected, but the usable capacity is restricted to 4 TB.

    NOTE: Some USB HDDs cannot be used for recording purposes.
    Example: USB HDDs with capacities that are too small (less than 32 GB) cannot be used for recording purposes.

    • RPM: No condition
    • Read/Write speed: No condition
    • USB port types and maximum output (current):
      • USB3.1 Gen 1 port: 900 mA MAX. The port is blue.
      • USB2.0 port: 500 mA MAX or 800 mA MAX. For the maximum output of each port, refer to the labels at the back of the TV or the manual.
        NOTE: When recording, connect to the port labeled HDD REC.
         
        USB port: Max output (current)TV label examplePort image
        USB3.1 Gen 1 port:
        900 mA MAX
        TV USB port label imageUSB port image
        USB 2.0 port:
        500mA MAX, 800mA MAX
        TV USB port label image
        USB port image

    NOTE: If a USB HDD is not recognized or cannot be registered even when it is connected, refer to: Cannot recognize or register the USB HDD for recording.