Using NTFS/exFAT external USB storage devices with Google Chromecast

Using NTFS/exFAT USB Sticks with Google Chromecast can be a bit tricky due to its default support for only Fat32, limiting file sizes to 4GB. To play larger multimedia files, you’ll need an external storage device formatted as NTFS or exFAT. This requires the “JS USB OTG” app, bridging the gap for NFTS/exFAT access.

Steps to enable NTFS/exFAT external drive usage

  1. Enhanced power source:
    Ensure a higher wattage power brick, like a 36W USB-C PD charger, to power both Chromecast and the external drive simultaneously.
  1. “JS USB OTG” app installation:
    Download the app from the store; it links Chromecast with the external storage.
  1. Connecting the storage device:
    Connect the external storage to Chromecast via the USB-C adapter (Plug and Play). I use the “VEMONT 5 in 1 USB-C hub” for this purpose.
  1. Playback and file formats:
    Launch the “JS USB OTG” app to access files. It supports NTFS, exFAT, and FAT32 in a “read-only” mode.

    Supported file formats:
    Video: mp4, mkv, mov, ts, mpg, mpeg, webm
    Photo: png, jpg/jpeg, bmp, gif
    Audio: mp3, flac, ogg

By following these steps, you can effectively utilize NTFS/exFAT formatted external storage with your Chromecast, expanding its file compatibility beyond the limitations of Fat32.

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