How do I use an SD card with my Galaxy device?
Having to decide what apps, photos, or videos to delete in order to free up storage space on your Galaxy device is frustrating. While your device comes with internal storage, you may be looking for more if you're an avid photographer or gamer. Fortunately, many Samsung devices allow you to use expandable memory to give you up to 1TB of extra space.
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.
Setting up your SD card
Many Samsung devices allow you to expand the storage space with an SD card. This is an easy and cost-efficient way to store more photos, apps, and files on your device. The size and maximum capacity of the SD you can use differs between devices and models.
Devices with a fixed battery
Insert the PIN into the hole in the side of the SIM tray. It will pop open
There will be indicators on the SIM tray detailing where the SD card can go.
Devices with a removable battery
Please note: the SD card slot is on the bottom and the SD card slot is directly above it. Make sure that the SD card goes into the right slot
If this is the first time you are using this SD card, you should format it. This will make sure that it is setup correctly. 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.
The My Files app makes finding everything you have saved to your device easy. Your files will be automatically separated into categories based on their type as well as where they are saved.
Using your SD card
Once you have an SD card installed in your device, freeing up space is easy. All you have to do is move some files across, giving you extra space in the internal storage of your device.
There are thousands of incredible apps on the Galaxy Store and the Play Store, offering everything from productivity to games. Some apps only take up a tiny amount of space but intensive apps like 3D games can quickly use up your internal storage. To free up some space on your device you may be able to move your apps onto an SD card.
Please note: not all apps support SD card use. If you are unable to follow the steps below, the app you are trying to use may not be compatible. Some apps that can move to SD cards leave some data in your internal storage. This is not an error. If data has been left on your internal storage, then it is needed for the app to function correctly
Please note: if you do not see the change option, it may not be possible to move this app to an SD card
Your contacts don’t take up much room on your device and shouldn't be moved to free up storage space. Moving contacts to an SD card allows you to quickly move your address book to another device or create a backup for emergencies.
Setting files to save to your SD card automatically saves you from having to move them yourself. It is not currently possible to set everything you do on your device to save to an SD card, however there are some apps that allow this functionality.
Setting your photos to save to an SD card automatically
Setting internet downloads to save to an SD card automatically
- Unmount your SD card. Go to Settings - Device care - Storage - Advanced - SD card - Unmount
- Open the SIM tray and remove your SD card
- Check the SD card for any signs of damage or debris. Clean away any debris
- Place the SD card back into the SIM tray and push it back into your device
- Press and hold the power button until the power off screen appears on your device
- Press and hold the Power off icon until the Safe mode option is displayed
- Tap Safe mode
- Your device will reboot and start in safe mode
- Check to see if your SD card is recognised
- If your SD card is recognised, then it is likely that a third-party app is the issue. Restart your device and try uninstalling the most recent app downloaded onto your phone
Please note: formatting your SD card will delete all the data stored on it. Make sure that you have created a backup of any data you want to keep before formatting your SD card
- Go to Settings
- Tap Device care
- Tap Optimise now
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