We explain, in detail, how you can expand the internal memory of the Chromecast with Google TV completely free.
The Chromecast with Google TV is one of the best devices to turn your old television into a real Smart TV, but one of its main handicaps is its low storage space, because after configuring it with the main streaming applications, its 8 GB of internal memory is reduced to just over 4 GB.
For this reason, we are going to tell you how to fix this problem and expand your Chromecast storage with Google TV without spending any money.
Steps to Expand Chromecast Internal Storage with Google TV
The first one chose to keep in mind is that to expand the internal memory of the Chromecast with Google TV you will need, in addition to the device itself, a USB-C HUB with a power outlet and USB-A connections and a hard drive or flash drive, Some devices you surely have at home. In case you want to use an internal SSD hard drive, which is the option we have chosen, you will need to have an adapter or enclosure to convert it to an external hard drive and be able to connect it to the HUB.
If you don’t have these devices at home, you won’t have to make a big financial outlay to buy them either, since you can buy a 240 GB SSD hard drive from the famous Kingston brand on Amazon for less than 30 euros, a Ugreen USB-C HUB with multiple connections and charging port for less than 50 euros and a TooQ brand SSD hard drive enclosure for less than 10 euros. This indicates that for just 90 euros, you can expand the storage of your Chromecast with Google TV with more than 200 GB.
Kingston 240 GB Solid State Drive
Ugreen USB-C HUB
2.5 TooQ Hard Drive Enclosure
Before connecting all these devices to your Chromecast with Google TV, you need to format the chosen storage device to FAT 32 and to perform this task, you need to follow these simple steps:
- Connect the flash drive or hard drive to your computer
- Enter this webpage and click on Windows GUI version of fat32format option
- Click with the mouse on the image that appears on the right to download the executable
- Double-click Guiformat.exe to open the formatting program
- Once opened, select the drive you wish to format and press the Start and OK buttons
- Finally, close the window by clicking the Close button
With the flash drive or hard drive already formatted in FAT32, all you need to do is connect it and the Chromecast power cable to the HUB and plug it into the Google device via its USB-C port.
Once you have verified that the Chromecast with Google TV turned on successfully, you need to enable Developer Options and enable USB Debugging option to be able to use your USB drive or hard drive as internal storage.
To enable developer options on your Chromecast with Google TV, you need to do the following:
- On the main Chromecast screen, tap your Google profile icon which is located in the upper right corner
- Select the Settings option
- In the System section, click the Information button
- Scroll down with controller and tap Android TV OS Build option 7 times
Once Developer Options is enabled, tap your Google account profile picture again, tap the Developer Options Enabled card, and then click the USB Debugging button.
After doing this previous setup, the next thing you need to do is go to the main screen of the Chromecast, touch your Google account icon and click on the Settings card.
Next, enter the Storage section found in the System category, tap on the USB device you just added, which in my case is a 240 GB hard drive, which appears in the Removable Storage section.
Finally, press the Set as storage device, Format and Move now buttons in this order so that the flash drive or hard drive works as the internal memory of the Chromecast.
In case any error appears after clicking on the Move Now option, the solution to complete the expand storage process is to reset the Chromecast to its factory state
To restore your Chromecast with Google TV to its factory settings, you just need to perform these actions:
- Enter the Chromecast Settings menu
- Click on the Information button located in the System section
- Press Factory reset button twice and finally click on Erase everything option
Once the Chromecast is successfully reset, set it up with your Google account using the Google Home app, enable external storage, and tap the Move Now button again. When you do this, a message will appear confirming that the data is moved to this new drive.
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