Article ID : 00148304 / Last Modified : 22/07/2021

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

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

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

    IMPORTANT for Australia/New Zealand only: Android TV and Google 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: Applicable to Australia/New Zealand only: The USB HDD must be registered to the Android TV or Google TV for recording (to be formatted for recording).
    *2: The USB HDD must be registered to the Android TV or Google TV as device storage (to be formatted for storage). This function is available in Android™ 6.0 or later.

    • For Android 6.0, use a USB HDD that is 256 GB or smaller.
    • For Android 7.0 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.

    Notes:

    • 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.
    • There are some USB HDDs where both message notifications (toast indication) and connection screens are not displayed when the HDDs are connected to a TV. In this case, in general, the TV can recognize the USB HDD by connecting it to a computer with the NTFS format. Here are some examples of USB HDDs that can cause this issue:
      • Unformatted HDD 
      • Format unrecognized by Android (e.g. A format other than FAT 16/32, NTFS and exFat. Or a part of HDD is broken.)

    USB port type and maximum power output

    • 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: (Applicable to Australia/New Zealand only) When recording, connect to the port labeled HDD REC.
        USB port typeMax. power output (current)Port label examplePort image
        USB 3.1 Gen 1900 mA MAXTV USB port label imageUSB port image with blue colored
        USB 2.0500 mA MAX, 800 mA 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.