With the 500GB NVIDIA Shield TV Pro discontinued and being phased out, that leaves the standard 16GB NVIDIA Shield TV as the go-to Android TV streaming box. The bad news is that all that built-in storage is gone! The good news is you're able to mount a USB drive as internal storage, and it's really easy to do!

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How to upgrade your Shield's storage

  1. Plug USB flash drive into an open USB port on the Shield.
  2. From your Shield home screen go to the Settings.
  3. Scroll down to Storage & reset

  4. You should see the USB drive listed as removable storage. Click on the USB drive.
  5. Select Erase and format as device storage.

  6. Confirm Erase and then OK to start the formatting process.
    • Formatting could take several minutes depending on the size of the drive

You must choose between formatting as removable storage or as internal storage. Removable storage allows you to load it up with files transferred from your PC, whereas mounting the drive as internal storage means you'll expand your Shield's storage for apps and internal data, so choose wisely.

We've listed our top pick below, but check out our roundup of the best external drives for the NVIDIA Shield.

Our top equipment picks

To expand your NVIDIA Shield TV's storage, you'll need a USB storage device (either a flash drive or a microSD with a USB adapter) and we'd recommend something that won't get in the way.

Barely there

SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Great value for 128GB of storage

This is the perfect flash drive for expanding the storage of your NVIDIA Shield TV because you can plug it in the back, mount it, and forget it's there. It won't get in the way of the other USB port and you'll be able to download plenty of apps and media. Don't need that much storage? SanDisk has smaller storage options available in the same compact form factor.

Don't own a Shield?

The 16GB NVIDIA Shield TV is currently being offered with a gaming controller and a free Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) for just $199.

NVIDIA Shield TV Gaming Edition + Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) ($199 at Amazon)

This is a great deal on the best Android TV box you can buy. Expand the 16GB of storage with the SanDisk drive and you're good to go!

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