How do I format an SD card in my Samsung Galaxy device?

Last Update Date : Apr 23. 2018

Last updated: 29 January, 2014


To format an SD card in your Samsung Android device follow the steps below. Formatting an SD card entails wiping out all the data stored on it: make sure you have back up copies of anything on the SD card that you don't wish to permanently lose.


Note: these instructions apply broadly to Samsung Android devices. The exact steps for your device may vary slightly to those below.




1. From the Home screen touch App Icon Apps.


GS4 Home Screen - Apps Icon Framed


2. Touch GS4 Settings Icon Settings (you may need to swipe left or right to locate it first).


GS4 Apps Menu - Settings Icon Framed


3. Touch the More tab. (Skip this step if your version of Android is 4.2 or below as there will be no tabs to choose from).


4. Touch Storage.


5. Touch Format SD card. (Please note: if this option is disabled touch Unmount SD card first.)


6. Touch Erase everything.


7. After the card is erased touch Mount SD card to restore use of the SD card.

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