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You told us: Over half of you have received storage alerts on Android TV

Android TV and Google TV makers should consider adding more internal space or storage expansion options.
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August 29, 2022
Google Chromecast with Google TV remote in hand
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Android TV or Google TV powers a host of smart televisions out there, while dedicated devices are also a popular way to bring smart features to a not-so-smart TV. Between the Google Assistant support, Android app integration, and relatively open nature, there’s plenty to like here.

However, we wondered just how many people have received low storage alerts on their Android TV or Google TV device. We posed this question last week and here are the results.

Have you received low storage warnings on your Android TV device?

Results

We posted the poll on August 24, accruing 2,564 votes as of writing. And it turns out that a majority (56.08%) of polled readers have received low storage warnings on their Android TV or Google TV device before.

This is an understandable choice, as many devices on the market ship with 8GB of internal storage to begin with. For example, the Chromecast with Google TV gadget ships with 8GB of storage (expandable via USB-C hub), while the venerable Xiaomi Mi Box S ships with 8GB of local storage (expandable via USB).

Meanwhile, a substantial 43.92% of respondents said they hadn’t received low storage alerts on their Google TV or Android TV devices. Judging by the comments, readers who voted for this option use microSD or USB-based storage expansion to keep low storage alerts at bay.

Nevertheless, Google has promised that a Google TV update is coming that will allow users to easily free up storage. So those struggling with low storage warnings will have one option at their disposal soon.

Comments

  • mattcoz: No warning, it just fails to update apps when it’s out of storage.
  • Hal: Added a usb-c hub and SD card to increase storage space.
  • Chris53: I use a 64GB USB drive
  • Kas: Never had any storage issues. Just major issues with poor WiFi connection.
  • Patrik: I’m unable to get my device to function with extra storage. I have a dongle with charging passthrough and sd-card attached, but it’s a no go. I can view the storage in file managers but I can’t read/write. Anyone got suggestions?
  • Thomas Anderson: I got one when they came out and started getting these warnings immediately as I wanted too many apps. Bought an NVIDIA shield pro maybe two weeks later and added a usb C SSD. I tried the hub trick first but kept having issues there on earlier updates
  • Shizuma: Nope, my 2017 Shield TV has never given me that warning, though in the past 2 years it’s had a 6TB HDD attached since I started using it as a PLEX server, and my Chromecast with Google TV has also never given me a low storage warning.
  • Joe Black: I use nvidia Shield TV for quite a while and I never had issues with lack of space – I have 2 TB USB HDD connected and 4 TB NAS as well. It was really overkill in my case, as I use only a fraction of it.