How do I format my microSD card on my Samsung phone?

Last Update date : Jul 23. 2021

Please Note: This guide is designed for Australian variant Galaxy devices, if you have an international device and require further support click here to reach out to your Samsung Subsidiary.

If you're having trouble reading information off of your Micro SD card or you just want to start from scratch - select from one of the dropdowns below to see steps on formatting the memory.

This process is not reversable, so make sure you're happy to lose all of the data on the memory card before you proceed!

Note: Ensure that your SD card is not encrypted. Click here to learn how to decrypt your SD card.

Android OS Version 11.0 (R)
1 Head into your Settings > Battery & Device Care
Head into your Settings > Battery & Device Care
2 Select Storage
Select Storage
3 Tap on 3 dots icon
Tap on 3 dots icon
4 Select Advanced
Select Advanced
5 Tap on SD Card
Tap on SD Card
6 Select Format
Select Format
Android OS Version 10.0 (Q)
1 Head into your Settings > Device Care
Head into your Settings > Device Care
2 Select Storage
Select Storage
3 Tap on Advanced
Tap on Advanced
4 Under Portable storage select SD Card
Select SD Card
5 Tap on Format
Tap on Format
6 Read through the pop up message then select Format SD Card
Select Format SD Card
Android OS Version 9.0 (Pie)
1 Open the Settings app and select Device Care
Device Care
2 At the bottom of the screen, select Storage
SD Card Storage
3 Select SD Card at the bottom of the page
SD Card
4 Select the 3 dot menu button in the top right corner and tap on Storage Settings
Storage Settings
5 Select SD Card and then select Format
SD Card Format
6 Tap on Format SD card and follow the steps to wipe your SD Card
Format SD Card

If you require further assistance, please consult the user manual from our Manuals & Downloads page or contact our Samsung Care Australia experts on 1300 362 603 (Toll Free in Australia). Otherwise, you can also contact our Chat Support team or reach us through Samsung Members. Check out our guide Using Samsung Members for more information. 

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