Lost apps on expanded memory

I had followed the Troypoint tutorial on expanding memory to a usb Sandisk and all seemed good. Then a couple days later I no longer have any apps on my fire stick or the expanded memory. Anyone knows how that happens and what the fix is?


Hello @rick.l.noll I would suggest trying to restart your device. Sounds like the USB drive became disconnected.

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I’ve heard rumblings of apps disappearing after the new update…

I suffered the same problem…then began troubleshooting…if you reboot (un plug and plug back in) you will get the apps back…

I searched several topics & I think this is the place for my question about vanishing Apps. Two days ago while watching a show on The Crew, Kodi disconnected & I was returned to the Home Page where all my Apps that were loaded on my extended Sandisk disappeared. Augh!!! Reboot did not fix it. Storage on my internal drive is 2.54 GB of 5.28 GB available. Anticipating @JayHawks659, I need the storage for recording on TiVimate.

I began researching cause & cure. I found the topic on Amazon blocking & TechDoctorUK. @TP-Dracoo warned that Amazon is trying to block side-loading. Therefore, I decided I needed to block Amazon updates which may be behind my vanishing Apps, before I figured out how to return the Apps to my Home screen. For some reason, I could not download FireTV Debloat Toolbox for Fire0S6 from RAI? Why? ADB debugging & apps from unknown sources are ON. I am using a FireTV 4K w/OS Failing at that, I found @Miki ‘s post & typed in the web address into Downloader & could download the techdoctoruk App that way. I typed in my IP address & blocking worked. Thank you @Miki!


That done, I began to troubleshoot the problem of disappeared Apps. I noticed that, my external storage did not appear under my fire TV? Why? I retraced my steps for how I initialized my Sandisk to Fat32 & set up Remote ADB shell (no logic here, just not knowing what to do). It dawned on me that if the storage wasn’t appearing on the FireTV, perhaps it was a connection problem w/Sandisk? This dawned on me this before finding Troy’s post on rebooting & testing all connections. Duh-uh. That was when under MANAGE INSTALLED APPLICATIONS, the Sandisk Apps appeared again. I just needed to open them from the Applications page in the FireTV & then they would appear again on my Home Page. Was this all a connection problem?

All was right with the world again.

Until yesterday. Once again my Sandisk Apps went Poof from the Home Page. This time, I am not able to get TechdoctorUK to work. It says, FireTV is not connected? I still cannot download FireTV Debloat Toolbox for Fire0S6 from RAI still? This is all happening with IP Vanish on, BTW. [Also I turned off IP Vanish when trying to download & set up TechdoctorUK]. I did notice that my Apps still appear under MANAGE INSTALLED APPLICATIONS, so I can re-populate my Home Page, however, the external storage does not show up under FireTV? And, I suppose everything can go Poof again, because I don’t know what is causing this?

Given that @TP-Dracoo thinks Amazon maybe trying to stop side-loading & given that @Troypoint weighed in (11.18.21) with his rationale as to why this is not likely, what might be behind my disappearing app.


    1. Why can’t I download the Debloat Toolbox from RAI?
    1. Why can’t TechdoctorUK find my FireTV?
    1. Why are my Apps on my extended USB disappearing?
    1. Why isn’t my FireTV showing the external storage?
    1. Should I give up the game and buy a Nivida Shield—the thought of starting over with a new system makes me crazy!

Thank you in advance.

I have a problem like this with Kodi installed on my 2019 $200 Nvidia Sheild . Eerything disapears an about two days including the setting I have made . Tried everything to solve the problem but nothing wll stay . Don’t no why . But it works great on my $30 fire stick .

That was my experience as well. The apps were still there, just had to look in a different place. I have just turned off updates.

Yikes! Good to know. Wonder why though? Guess you do too.


Disable play protect. Also if you update the devices might have to check that is Disabled, the update may turn it on.

I assume “disable play protect” is somewhere within Kodi? I could not find it. Nor could I find it within the FireTV. Can you tell me where to find it please?..D


Google play protect, it’s not on kodi.


PERFECT! I’m all over it. Thanks @Miki !

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@Miki is a FireTV an android? I don’t use Google Play, The instructions in the link seem to be fore Nvidia or Mecool. Is disabling play relevant to FireTV?


That was my fault I forgot you had a firestick or Amazon device.

Download defsquid app and do a anti virus deep scan to double check. Your apps shouldn’t disappear like that.

You are having strange issue that I haven’t seen before on a Amazon device, not to this level anyway. I’d be so bold to reset everything formate and start over.

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Wow @TP-Dracoo I really like this DefSquid. I hope it helps. if nothing else I am doing a deep scan and a cleaning. My Apps didn’t go poof yesterday, but we only watched Syncler. I will have to try Kodi tonight and if it poofs again, it will have to do with Kodi. Or maybe DefSquid will help. Thank you! BTW, deep scan found 1 (5.0%) app malicious. Cinema HD V2. Guess I have to adios Cinema.


Update: I recently set my FireTV4K to factory settings & re-installed what I needed. DefSquid run prior to my re-set IDed Cinema as having malware, I wonder if that is what caused my Apps to disappear, twice? I assume that if an app is carrying malware, it must be to do something destructive.