How to play music on Toyota RAV4 from USB flash drive

Toyota RAV4 comes equipped with one or more USB ports next to the aux port low in the center console.

Toyota RAV4 fourth generation XA40 – (photo by Toyota)

Make sure your flash drive is formatted with either FAT32 or exFAT file system, as the RAV4 system may not recognize NTFS or any other file system.


  1. To play MP3 or windows media audio files from a flash drive, plug it directly into the USB port.
  2. The USB icon will become active on the display screen, and if the audio system is on, the files on the drive will start to play.
  3. If the information is available, the title and or artist will appear on the screen.
  4. You can search the flash drive by folder or by music selection.
  5. Touch the Files button to see the songs in the folder that’s open. If you want another folder, touch the Folders button.
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Al
Al
8 months ago

Not a good system. Is there a way to plug flash drive in and just have it play song after song without taking your eyes off road to choose another song?

Tyson
Tyson
8 months ago
Reply to  Al

If your music is in a single folder then it should auto play all the files. Also, if you have 2019 or later model, you can just use CarPlay or Android Auto to play your music.

Eric
Eric
5 months ago

What is best way to move music from iTunes to flash drive?

Vikram Bhay
Vikram Bhay
4 months ago

I cannot get the USB 1 or 2 buttons to accept any of my flashdrives with music on my 2021 RAV4.

Ddbltrbl
Ddbltrbl
1 month ago
Reply to  Vikram Bhay

Had the same problem. Found out it needed to formatted to FAT32 and had to be 32GB or less. I was told that FATex will also work, but haven’t tried it.

rozeky
rozeky
6 days ago

The USB is not working for song but only for charging phone. Please, I need help! RAV4 2015