How to format memory card on your Galaxy device

Last Update date : Jul 22. 2021

Using an SD card is a great way to expand and manage your storage. It's cost-effective, frees up internal memory, and is easily removable. Formatting an SD card may also help if you're having persistent issues setting up or using your external memory. Formatting an SD card will permanently wipe any data that you have stored on it. Make sure that any files you want to keep are backed up before formatting your SD card.

Memory card slot

Note: Device screenshots and menus may vary depending on the device model and software version.

How to format Micro SD Card

Not all phone models support the use of SD cards. If your device doesn't support an SD, consider using Samsung Cloud to expand your storage space.

A memory card formatted on a computer may not be compatible with the device. Format the memory card on the device. When formatting an SD card, you should back up your music and photo files that are stored on the card because formatting the SD card deletes all the stored data.

1 Insert the MicroSD card. The microSD card slot location varies between devices. For specific instructions, refer to the user manual.
2 On the Apps screen, tap Settings.
3 Tap Device care.
Device Care
4 Tap Storage.
Tap Storage
5 Tap Advanced.
More option
6 Tap SD card.
Storage setting
7 Tap Format.
Tap SD card
8 Tap Format SD card.
Tap Format

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