How to expand Chromecast storage with Google TV step by step without spending a single dollar

We explain in detail how you can expand the internal memory of Chromecast with Google TV absolutely free.

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 disadvantages is its low storage space, because after configuring it with the main streaming applications, its 8GB of internal memory is reduced to just over 4GB.

For this reason, today we will tell you how to solve this problem and expand your Chromecast storage with Google TV without spending money.

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Steps to extend Chromecast internal storage with Google TV

The first thing to remember is that in order to expand the internal memory of the Chromecast with Google TV, in addition to the device itself, you need a USB-C HUB with a socket and the USB-A connections and a hard disk or flash drive. Some devices have you definitely at home. If you want to use an internal SSD hard drive, which is the option we’ve chosen, you’ll need 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 don’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 branded SSD hard drive enclosure for less than 10 euros. This indicates that for only 90 euros you can expand the storage space on your Chromecast with Google TV by more than 200 GB.

Kingston 240 GB Solid State Drive

Ungreen 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 selected storage device to FAT 32 and to do this task, follow these simple steps:

  • Connect the flash drive or hard drive to your computer
  • Go to this web page and click on the Windows GUI version of the fat32format option
  • Click the mouse on the image shown on the right to download the executable
  • Double-click Guiformat.exe to open the format utility
  • Once it opens, select the drive you want 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, simply plug it and the Chromecast power cable into the HUB and connect it to the Google device via its USB-C port.

Once you’ve confirmed that Chromecast with Google TV turned on properly, enable Developer Options and enable USB Debugging to use your USB drive or hard drive as internal storage.

To enable developer options on your Chromecast with Google TV, do the following:

  • On the main Chromecast screen, tap your Google profile icon located in the upper right corner
  • Tap on the Settings option
  • Click the Information button in the System section
  • Scroll down with the controller and tap Android TV OS Build option 7 times

Once Developer Options are enabled, tap your Google Account profile picture again, tap the Developer Options Enabled card, and then click the USB Debugging button.

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Tap your Google profile icon, then tap the “Developer options enabled” card.

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Tap the “USB Debugging” option button

After doing this previous setup, the next thing you need to do is go to the main Chromecast screen, tap on your Google account icon and click on the Settings card.

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Tap your Google profile icon and tap the “Settings” card.

Next, go into the Storage section found in the System category and tap on the USB device you just added, which in my case is a 240GB hard drive, which appears in the Removable Storage section.

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Click the “Storage” option in the “System” section.

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Click on the USB drive in the “Removable Storage” section.

Finally, press the buttons Set as storage device, Format and Move now in this order so that the flash drive or hard drive will act as the internal memory of the Chromecast.

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Click the “Set as Device Storage” button.

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Tap on “Format” option

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Click the “Move Now” button.

If an error occurs after clicking the Move Now option, the solution to complete the extension process is to factory reset the Chromecast

To restore your Chromecast with Google TV to factory settings, simply perform these actions:

  • Enter the Chromecast settings menu
  • Click the Information button located in the System section
  • Tap the Factory reset button twice and finally click on Erase everything

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Enter the “Information” section, which is in the “System” category.

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Tap on the “Factory Reset” option.

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Click the “Factory Reset” button again

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Click the “Remove All” button.

Once the Chromecast has been reset, set it up with your Google account using the Google Home app, navigate to external storage, and tap the Move Now button again. When you do this, a message will appear confirming that the data has been moved to this new drive.

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