How to Turn on a USB Flash Drive on TV

How to Turn on a USB Flash Drive on TV

Many of us will gladly agree to watch a movie we like, a or just photos that are stored on a USB flash drive. And if all this is still in good quality and on a large TV, then even more so. But in some cases, users simply do not know what it takes to connect a removable storage medium to the TV. Consider all possible ways to accomplish the task.

How to connect a USB flash drive to a TV

If the TV has a USB-connector, then use the drive is not difficult. But on older models, such a connector is missing. However, if you wish, you can use a flash drive on an old TV. There are several ways to connect a USB drive through intermediate devices. This is what this is about:

  • Set-top box for viewing digital broadcasts;
  • Media player;
  • DVD player

Let’s consider all possible connection methods.

Method 1: Using a USB Port

Most modern TVs have a USB port. It is usually located on the back of the TV, sometimes on the side or front. The port we need looks like the one shown in the photo below. So, if the TV has a USB connector, do this:

  1. Insert your flash drive into this slot.
  2. Take the remote control and switch to working with it with the button “TV \ AV” or similar to it (depending on the model).
  3. A list of files on the drive opens, from which you select the one you need to view. Use the fast forward and rewind keys to view sample information.

When viewing files on a USB flash drive change automatically with a certain interval of time. Such files are sorted not in alphabetical order, but by recording date.

To play data, a removable storage medium must have the correct file system format, usually “FAT32” or in older models “FAT16”. If your flash drive has an NTFS or EXT3 system, then it is not recognized by the TV.

Therefore, save all the data first, after which you will need to format the USB flash drive in a format compatible with the TV. Step by step, this process is as follows:

  1. To remove the drive, press “Stop” and wait until the LED on the flash drive turns off.
  2. Remove the device.
  3. Insert it into the computer. Open “This computer”, right-click on the drive and select the item in the drop-down menu “Format”.

Near the inscription “File system” put the right one. Check the box “Fast.”.
Click “To begin”.

  • A warning will appear. Click on it “Yes” or “OK”.
  • The flash drive is ready to use!

    Sometimes a problem arises because the storage medium has the USB 3.0 specification and the USB 2.0 port on the TV. Theoretically, they should be compatible. But if the USB 2.0 flash drive does not work, then the conflict is obvious. Distinguish between USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. Simply:

    • In USB 2.0 there are 4 contacts, plastic under the contacts in black;
    • USB 3.0 has 9 pins, and plastic under the pins is blue or red.

    So, if you have such a conflict here, or if the TV is not equipped with a USB port, you can use the connection via an intermediate device. This is our next way.

    Method 2: Set-top box for watching digital television

    Such consoles are equipped with USB connectors. They are also called T2. The set-top box itself, most often, is connected to the TV via HDMI, but if the TV is old, then through the “tulip”. To play the desired file from the USB flash drive, do the following:

    1. Plug the drive into the USB port of the console.
    2. Turn on the TV.
    3. Using the remote control through “Menu” select the desired file.
    4. Press button “Play”.

    As you can see, everything is quite simple and no conflicts usually arise in this case.

    Method 3: Using a DVD Player

    You can connect the USB flash drive to the TV using a DVD player, which has a USB port.

    1. Plug your drive into the player’s USB port.
    2. Turn on the player and TV.
    3. Enjoy watching. The fact is that the device should be independently determined by the TV, and it should automatically react and switch to it. If this does not happen, use the same button. “TV / AV” on the remote control (or its analogues).

    If the viewing fails, it is possible that this file format is not supported in the player. Read more about the problems, because of which the files on the USB flash drive may not play on the TV, you can read in our lesson.

    Method 4: Using a Media Player

    Another way to connect a USB flash drive to a TV without a USB port is to use a media player. This device has replaced DVD-players and supports any formats, which, of course, is very convenient. The fact is that you will not need to convert the downloaded file to certain TV formats.

    The principle of operation is similar to the previous method. If the media player is connected to the TV, you only need to insert your USB flash drive into its USB port.

    Most of these devices come with cables that can easily and quickly be connected to the TV. If in more detail, then this happens as follows:

    1. Insert the drive with files into the USB port of the media player.
    2. Use the remote control to enter the section “Video”.
    3. Use the scroll buttons to select the desired file.
    4. Press button “OK”.

    Watch a movie or listen to music. Done!

    If you have problems with playback, read the instruction manual for the equipment and find out which file formats are supported on your device. Most equipment works with USB media in the FAT32 file system.

    Often forums ask questions about whether it is possible to use specialized OTG adapters in an old TV without a USB port, where there is a USB input and an HDMI output. After all, then you do not need to purchase additional devices. So, save here will not succeed. It is just a cable of different form factors. And to transfer data from a flash drive, you need a data bus that has special drivers and converts the data into a format that is understandable to us.

    Therefore, if you do not have the above-described intermediate devices, you can purchase a budget option in the form of an Android set-top box. It has USB ports, and connects to a TV using HDMI. In principle, it will be able to perform the functions of a media player: read a file from a USB flash drive and send it via an HDMI connector for playback on a TV. Once you set up your TV to work with a USB flash drive, you can enjoy watching any information from the drive. If you have any problems, be sure to write about them in the comments. We will try to help!

    Good day to all Turks! And today we are analyzing another interesting question. How to turn on a movie on a TV from a flash drive. It seems to be a fairly simple procedure, but sometimes some difficulties may arise. In particular, the coveted port is not found on the telly or the TV does not see the flash drive. We will start with the usual connection and playback, then I will tell you a couple more ways. How you can play your favorite. If you have any questions, you can feel free to write in the comments.

    1. STEP 1: Upload a movie to a flash drive
    2. STEP 2: Connect to a TV and play
    3. The TV does not see the flash drive
    4. Does not play a movie or
    5. Other methods

    STEP 1: Upload a movie to a flash drive

    To watch movies and plays. Take a flash drive and insert it into one of the USB ports of a computer or laptop. There are also portable hard drives, if there is one, then you can use it. But there is a small minus in the fact that not all “boxes” can work with such volumes of data. Some systems have a limit of 64 or 32 gigabytes. That is, he may not see a large flash drive or hard drive. But if you have nothing more, then we take this option.

    1. Now open “My Computer” or “Computer”. The name depends on the version of “Windows”;
    1. Among the whole list, a new drive should start to appear. If it is not there, and the system does not react at all, then take a flash drive and rearrange it to another port. On the computer it happens that the front inputs do not work, so it is better to rearrange them to the rear.
    1. We open the medium and drop any, film, movie or even music there. But it’s better to try the movie.

    STEP 2: Connect to a TV and play

    1. Left just a little bit. We take a flash drive and insert it into any free port on the TV;
    1. Now turn on the TV;
    2. Sometimes the system immediately starts displaying a new connection. And sometimes you need to select it, for this on the remote control we select the “SOURCE” button, it can also be called “INPUT”;
    1. If you have a new phone, you can just go to “Settings” and select the “Source” section. Next you will see all the connections and ports. Select the desired USB port.
    1. You should now see the file. Just run it.

    If you have any difficulties with running the file, or the TV does not see the flash drive, then we are going to solve this problem.

    The TV does not see the flash drive

    Most likely the problem is in the file system format of your drive. We need to reformat it for the desired format and only then upload a movie to it.

    1. Right-click on the flash drive after inserting it into the computer. Next, select “Format.”;
    1. The most important thing is to choose the type of “File System” correctly. The problem is that understanding which file system your TV works with is only possible through experimentation. So for starters we take and format in “NTFS”. Leave the default cluster size. Uncheck the box “Quick (clear the table of contents)”. Next, click start.
    1. After formatting, upload the file and try to connect to the TV again;
    2. If this does not help, then reformat it to “FAT32”, and then try “exFAT” (if this setting is available). Unfortunately, here you just need to try.

    I also said that some TVs can not work with large flash drives. Therefore, if after formatting the box still does not see the flash drive, then take a smaller flash drive with a smaller volume.

    Another point. If you have a new device, then see that the drive is inserted into the desired slot. There are two types of USB 2.0 and 3.0, they are compatible, but for some TVs for some reason the flash drive 2.0 does not start when connected to the 3.0 port. Therefore, just reconnect to version 2.0 or 3.0 (usually it is blue).

    Does not play a movie or

    This is the most common problem and is found on almost all of the newest and most expensive TVs. The problem is commonplace. Your TV most likely cannot read this format. Therefore, the easiest way is to download this movie or in a different format from the Internet. You can also see for yourself which formats your model supports. This can be found out from the technical passport or from the Internet. I will show on the example of the TV LG 49UK6390.

    Another option is why the TV cannot play your. Because it is very large. For example, there are films of large formats and weigh from 30 or 40 Gigabytes. Old TVs are simply not able to open such large files, so you just need to find and download a smaller movie on the Internet. It is better to use files from 4 to 10 Gigabytes. No more.

    Other methods

    If your TV does not have USB ports, then try using an old DVD player or digital set-top box. They most often have USB. To connect, just switch to the console or DVD drive. And then using the remote control from the set-top box, select the USB connection and the film. As you can see, the launch is about the same as on the TV.