How to Play USB Movies and Music on Roku TV?

Does Roku support USB playback? How to play videos and music from USB on Roku TV? Don't worry. Roku Media Player is what you need. Let's learn in detail below how to play media files from your USB in this Roku app.

Tip: Download this free video converter to convert your videos and music to Roku TV formats in one click: hd-video-converter.exe

Michelle Michelle | Updated on Jun 20, 2024

Can Roku Play Media Files from USB?

Play Videos and Music in Roku Media Player

Solution to Roku Can’t Read Your USB Drive

Solution to Media Files Not Showing Up in Roku Media Player

Can Roku Play Media Files from USB?

Yes. Roku devices with USB ports can connect to external USB to display video files, music, and photos. You can check if there is an available USB port on the back or side of your Roku TV. Then you can follow the steps below to try to watch your USB media files on Roku.

Play Videos and Music in Roku Media Player

Step 1. Connect USB to Roku TV

Plug your USB drive into the USB port on your Roku TV.

Step 2. Open Roku Media Player

Once the USB is plugged in, you will be prompted to launch Roku Media Player. If you don't already have the media player installed, you will be prompted to install the app, or you can manually add it from the Roku website or the Roku Channel Store. If you already have the Roku Media Player app open, the USB device will show up.

Open Roku Media Player

Step 3. Select the Media and Enjoy

In the media player, select the first icon labeled All and then select your USB drive. All the media files in your USB will be listed here. Alternatively, you can select other options like Video, Audio or Photo to access the corresponding files. Browse the files, select the one you want to play and start enjoying.

While playing, you can pause and resume using the Play/Pause button on your Roku remote, or fast forward and rewind by pressing the right/left buttons. Press the Back button to stop playback.

Play USB on Roku

Solution to Roku Can’t Read Your USB Drive

Your Roku TV may not recognize the USB drive if:

1. The Roku TV cannot provide the power required by the USB. Please note that different USB devices have different power requirements. Some devices may require an external power adapter to work.

2. The Roku TV does not support the USB format. Roku supports USB drives formatted with FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, EXT2, EXT3, exFAT, and HFS+ file systems. If your USB is not formatted with the above formats, you will need to use a USB converter to convert it to a supported format.

Solution to Media Files Not Showing Up in Roku Media Player

Roku will only display and play videos that it supports. If your media file does not appear, it is not supported. In general, Roku supports the following media formats:

Video Formats

Video Codec

Audio Codec


H.265/HEVC (4K Roku device)
VP9 (4K Roku device)


If your video is not supported by Roku, you can convert it to one of the above formats. You can use WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory. This is a free and reliable video conversion tool that can help you easily convert videos to various TV formats, including Roku, in just a few clicks. Follow the steps below to convert your video to Roku video format:

Step 1. Open WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory on your PC. [Quick download the software Quick download the software]

Step 2. Select “Converter” on the home screen and add the unsupported videos to the program.

Step 3. Click the format icon on the right side of the converter. Open the “Video” category and select “MP4” as the output format. Or you can select "H.264" directly.

Step 4. Open “Parameter settings”, choose “H264” as the video encoder and “AAC” as the audio encoder. Next, click “OK” to save the changes.

Step 5. Click “Run” to start the conversion.

Convert and Play Video from USB on Roku TV

After the conversion, you should have no problem playing the video on your Roku TV from USB.

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