Plugging in a HDD to Apple TV 4? Will it play media?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by solsearchin, Dec 28, 2015.

  1. solsearchin macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2012
    so I've seen the ATV4 has a USB port in the back. Will it accept a hard drive full of media ( movies ) and play them?
  2. Mac... nificent macrumors 6502

    Nov 20, 2012
    Just because it has a USB C port doesn't mean that's what it's used for. This port is specifically used for "servicing" (and occasional side loading). If you plug anything else into it you'd probably void the warranty and damage something.
  3. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    Oh stop. Nothing happens when you plug a drive in. Literally nothing. Do you actually believe Apple would design a port that is vulnerable to having something plugged into it? They sell these things to families with little kids. If all you had to do was plug a drive in to damage an ATV, the Genius Bar would look like a crowded PTA meeting.
  4. Longkeg macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2014
    S. Florida
    But to get back to the OPs question: No, you can't access media from a drive via that tiny USB port in the back. It's there to connect the AppleTV to iTunes, on a Mac or pc, to restore iOS software in the rare event of a meltdown.
  5. Zimmy68 macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2008
    You may as well plug in a toaster oven, you will get a better chance of playing media on that.

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