Roku: How To Watch Videos From USB Drive

My favorite feature of the Roku is the USB port. You can watch video files stored on a USB Drive. How do you watch those files though? Here are the steps:

  1. Add the Roku Media Player Channel. You can add it to your account via the Roku website or find it under the “Music” or “Photos & Video” categories in the Channel Store.
  2. Plug the USB drive that contains the video file(s) you wish to watch into the USB port on the Roku.
  3. Open the “Roku Media Player” channel and select “Movies“.
  4. A list of videos will appear. Select the one you want to watch and enjoy.

You can use the normal Play, Pause, Forward, and Rewind buttons just as you can with most other Roku channels.

I hope this guide has helped you figure out how to play videos on a USB drive using your Roku. Let me know what you think in the comments section.


The video I want to watch doesn’t show up as an option. Why is this?

Ensure the video is in a supported video format. The Roku only supports video files in the H. 264/AVC (. MKV, . MP4, . MOV) formats. If you need to, you can use a software utility like Handbrake to convert the video file into a format the Roku supports.


This post applies to Roku Ultra, Express, Streaming Stick, Streambar, and Roku integrated TCL, Insignia / Toshiba TV models.

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