How do I format my memory card

Format SD card - This is how it works on an Android phone

With a microSD card, you can expand the storage space on most Android devices. In order for the card to be recognized by the mobile phone, it must be formatted accordingly. Formatting will erase all data on the card. We show how the process works on the Android phone.

Formatting is suitable, for example, if you sell your mobile phone including the memory card. This will remove all personal data. If the SD card is not recognized when it is inserted in the mobile phone, you have to convert it to another file format on the PC.

Android: Format SD card

How to format the SD card on the mobile phone:

  1. Call the Settings app on.
  2. Control the Device maintenance at.
  3. Scroll down and select the section Storage.
  4. Here tap on the entry for the SD card.
  5. Press on the three dots in the top right corner to Storage settings to open.
  6. You can find the section here Mobile storage. Tap the SD card.
  7. You can now see the total and the remaining free space on your memory card. Choose the option Formatting and confirm your entry.
  8. If the card cannot be formatted, press the eject icon and try again.

Note that this will erase all data from the card. So you should make a backup beforehand so that your content is not lost. An SD card cannot be formatted without data loss.

Format SD card for mobile phone: which format?

Alternatively, you format the SD card on the computer. If you connect your mobile phone to the computer with a USB cable, you will delete all files and folders. However, the card can only be formatted correctly if you remove it from the smartphone and insert the microSD card directly into your computer.

Make sure that the write protection on the SD card adapter is switched off. In Explorer, right-click on the SD card and select the option here Formatting. So that the card can be read by your Android phone, you format it in FAT32 or exFAT format.


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