Can You Use a Flash Drive With an Amazon Fire Tablet?

How to use a USB drive with your Fire tablet

What to Know

  • Find a USB OTG cable compatible with your tablet. To find your model, go to Settings > Device Options and look under About Fire Tablet.
  • Plug the USB OTG adapter into your Fire tablet. Insert the USB drive into the port. Use a file manager app like ES File Explorer to access the drive.
  • Or, connect both devices to your PC, then drag the files you want to transfer from the flash drive into the appropriate folder on your Fire.

You can use a flash drive with an Amazon Fire tablet if you have the right USB OTG adapter. Otherwise, you can use a PC to transfer files from a flash drive to a Fire tablet.

Can I Connect a USB Drive to an Amazon Fire Tablet?

To directly connect a USB flash drive to your Fire tablet, you need to use a compatible USB OTG cable. All Fire tablets support USB OTG, but not all USB OTG cables work with every Fire device. The type of adapter you need depends on whether your Fire tablet has a USB-C or micro-USB port.

When shopping for a USB OTG cable, make sure it is compatible with your specific model. To find your Fire tablet's model, go to Settings > Device Options and look under About Fire Tablet.

You can also use the USB OTG cable to connect a compatible keyboard or mouse to your Fire tablet.

Micro-USB to USB OTG adapter cable

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How Do I Use a Flash Drive on My Fire Tablet?

To access the files on your flash drive, you need to download a free file manager app from the Amazon app store such as ES File Explorer.

Plug the USB OTG adapter into your Fire tablet and insert the USB drive into the port. Then, open the file manager app. If you don't see the USB drive, look for a tab that says Local or USB OTG.

USB drive and Local tab highlighted in EZ File Explorer on Fire Tablet

Fire tablets do not support all file formats for photos, video, audio, and other media. Here's a list of supported file types on Amazon Fire devices:

  • Books: AZW (.azw3), MOBI (non-DRM), KF8
  • Music: MP3, AAC (.m4a), MIDI, PCM/WAVE, OGG, WAV
  • Photos: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP
  • Movies: MP4, 3GP, VP8 (.webm)
  • Documents: TXT, PDF, PRC, DOC, DOCX
  • Audible: AA, AAX

How to Transfer Files From a Flash Drive to a Fire Tablet via PC

If you don't have a USB OTG cable, you can transfer files from the flash drive to your Fire tablet via your PC:

  1. Plug your USB flash drive into one of your computer's USB ports.

  2. When you connect your Fire tablet to one of the other USB ports on your computer, you may see a notification about USB Options. Tap it and select File Transfer to allow access to your device.

    If your PC doesn't automatically detect your Fire tablet, install the USB drivers and ADB manually as detailed in the Amazon developer documentation.

    USB Options Notification and File Transfer highlighted on Fire tablet
  3. On your computer, open File Explorer and locate your Fire tablet under This PC or My Computer. It should appear alongside your other drives (including the USB flash drive). Right-click your Fire and select Open in a new window.

    Mac users must download the Android File Transfer tool to access a Fire tablet via USB. Your Fire tablet will appear on the desktop.

    Open in a new window highlighted in This PC
  4. In the original window, select your USB drive to open it.

    USB Drive highlight in This PC on Windows 10
  5. Drag the files you want to transfer from the flash drive into the appropriate folder (Documents, Music, Pictures) on your Fire tablet.

    Likewise, you can move files from your Fire to the USB drive. Apps from the Amazon Appstore, content from Prime Video, and other DRM-protected files cannot be moved.

    Arrow going from USB window to Fire tablet Window

When you're done, unplug your Fire tablet and remove the flash drive from your computer. The files you transferred should appear in the appropriate app. Any videos you transfer to your Fire appear in your Photos library and the Personal Videos app.

FAQ
  • How do I save files to a flash drive on my Fire tablet?

    Once you enable file transfers in the USB options, use ES File Explorer to copy and paste files from your tablet to your flash drive (or vice versa). You can also choose to save files directly to the USB drive from within certain apps (like Microsoft Word).

  • How do I play an ISO from a flash drive on my Fire tablet?

    If you have an ISO file, you need an app that can run it like a video game emulator. Move the ISO file to your tablet, then launch the program and open the ISO file.

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