How to format Microsd memory on Android

Now I will quickly show how to format a memory card on Android. She is a flash drive or microSD.

This article is suitable for all brands that produce phones on Android 11/10/9/8: Samsung, HTC, Lenovo, LG, Sony, ZTE, Huawei, Meizu, Fly, Alcatel, Xiaomi, Nokia and other. We are not responsible for your actions.

Attention! You can ask your question to a specialist at the end of the article.

You will be really asked to format. We agree.

Depending on the version of the Android, the name of the items may vary slightly.

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It should be mentioned that not SD card is put on the phone, but microSD. Therefore, do not be afraid that the heading of the article is indicated precisely by it.

If you decide to format a memory card not via a phone/tablet on Android, but through a computer, then make sure that the file system will be FAT32, otherwise problems may arise. Read more in the article “Android does not see the Microsd memory card (flash drive)”.

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Repair engineer for mobile and computer equipment in a specialized service center, g. Continuous experience from 2010.Have questions? Ask in the Комментарии и мнения владельцев to the article. I try to answer as quickly as possible to you in the indicated mail. Each case is individual and therefore it is very important that you write your problem as much as possible and what is your device model.

Please tell me, and if I don’t have a point format, but I have to clean? I pressed to clean, it is still empty, the sense of zero, so nothing is written on it and the folders through the filemaker are not created. Format through a computer?

Yes, try through the computer. You apparently have a lock on the recording if it does not work on the memory card to create anything. Create a folder on the computer and throw a picture or music there. Then check on the phone will be able to open this file. Just pay attention to which file system you need to format. If after that the phone does not see the file on the memory card, then most likely it does not incorrectly recognize the card. Try the other insert.

Hello, if I have problems with the Huawei Media Pat T3 tablet, I insert the word _ formatize the memory card and is not at all pressed and all applications are downloaded only to the inner memory, how to move to the card?

Hello! I have Xiaomi Redmi 4x, inserted a 32GB phone card, everything seems to be fine. The question is, whether I need to format a memory card if the phone sees it? And the following, how to do it on my device? And better on it or on a computer? As you can see, I am far from a master and Android for the first time. I would be grateful for the answer.

Hello, you really need your help! I have a Huawei Y7 phone! This is the trouble with the card. I insert the card, in the settings I install the conservation on the memory card. The first time (a couple of hours sometimes more). everything is ok. Photos, videos, then bang and everything. pictures and videos of damaged files shows. Rebooting the phone and again everything is ok for a while. And also those photos and apparently, the music, which are saved precisely on the memory card after a while disappear. become gray and not active, damaged files. On the old phone of the Fly, such garbage began about a year ago. But I thought the card is small and he burns the photo, do it too much and even restore something. Now I have a new phone, a 32 GB memory card and even a new picture (the operator and the number are the same, I changed the SIM card for nano). In short, the antivirus installed some free of the layout of the layout (chose according to the rating), formatted the card straight on the phone. The result is zero. Photos yet spoils There are few of them, but after some time it stops seeing the flash drive and keeps anything on it until the reboot. It confuses that in the previous phone there was the same crap, some strange coincidence. Maybe what a virus, then advise a slaughter antivirus. But why then only the pictures from the memory card spoil! Help, what to do tell me? I will be very grateful)))

BQ Velvet. It is not possible to format the card, because in the settings in dads memory, information is only about the operas of the phone’s memory.There is also a storage. But there is an IPO about that. How to turn off the card. Thanks.

Hello why the phone itself deleys the photo and video shot on camera?

I updated the phone Ksyaomi. After that, a notification appeared in the window that it was necessary to format a memory card like. I pressed, but then I went out right away. Because I didn’t understand anything there. And decided not to touch anything. As a result, 9 TIS photos disappeared. But the memory itself did not become less. It turns out they are somewhere, but where I do not know. Perhaps they left. But how. Please help me, I really need.

Nokia 5228 phone. When throwing a memory card on the Bluetooth files, writes: “There is not enough space. Free part of the memory ”and I still have enough free space on the memory card. from 16 GB, 12 GB freely. Why is that?

The phone does not save on the memory card, but in the internal memory, format the flash drive there is no function in the menu. Huawei phone

Hello! Tell me please! Bought a flash drive for Huawei P9 Lite. The card shows that it is on the phone, the whole memory is free, they put everything in the settings so that everything is saved on the flash drive, but in the end nothing is preserved! We want to update the applications, writes, they say, the phone memory is filled, as if there is no flash drive (((what to do?

Redmi 9t phone climbed on the phone after this photo and viso are stored on micro cd but are not tolerated by folders. Writes failed to postpone photos.

Hello, I have such a problem on the Dodgee X60L phone,

Hello. Phone Xiaomi. The phone closed the SD card to me, rebooted, pulled out the card, nothing comes out. He closed me all the applications that stored on the memory card. In the settings, I formatted it, now it does not even go into the “storage” what to do?

Hello! Tell me please. Hajami Mi5 does not see a flash drive (computer) with a comrade, but I don’t have. I found a couple of ways on the Internet but did not help. Thanks

How to install a memory card

First of all, I need to say a few words about how to install a memory card. First you need to extract the SIM-two, using a complete key. Insert it into a special hole to the click, and then. take out the site.

The main thing is not to confuse the hole for the key with the microphone. This is especially important if the tray is located on the lower end of the case

Please note that the trays are different:

You can install a memory card only through a tray of the first two types. over, in the second case, you will have to sacrifice one SIM card to install the SD card. You need to put the memory card on the substrate, next to which the inscription “TF” or “SD” flaunts and insert the tray back into the smartphone.

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How to format a memory card

Most likely, when the SD card is first connected on the screen of your smartphone, there will be a notification with information that the device was discovered by an external drive. Click on it to format the memory card for your own needs. If you have a pure Android, then you can use a microSD card even as a phone memory to install applications on it.

Clean Android immediately offers to format the card

If no notice after setting the memory card has appeared, then you still need to format it, acting according to the instructions:

  • Open the settings of the device.
  • Go to the section “On the phone”, and then. “Storage”.
  • In the “SD-card” point, click the “Format SD card” button and confirm the operation.

In the process of formatting, all files will be deleted from the card

And here it is important to make 2 clarifications. The first. formatting will lead to complete deletion of all files saved on the card, so take care of their temporary movement to another drive in advance. The second-not all manufacturers allow the SD card to format the SD card for use as an internal storage, which is why the external drive cannot place applications.

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If the phone/camera (or dr. device) “buggy” and cannot correctly recognize and format the card. then just remove it from the device and connect it to the/PC laptop directly.

In any modern laptop there is a cardrider, usually located on the side panel of the device.

If on a laptop/computer you do not have a cardrider reading the SD card of memory. then it can be purchased at any computer store.

Universal adapter. can also be used as a flash drive for a phone and PC

I will say more, now such adapters can be ordered in Chinese online stores for mere “pennies” (and even if you use cashback. ).

After connecting the memory card to the laptop (PC), go to the “My computer” (click the combination of Wine and select the required in the menu on the left) and click on the mouse button on the memory card. In a pop.up menu, select the option “format. “. cm. The screenshot below.

My computer. format the drive

Next, a standard window will appear in which you need to specify the file system, volume mark, select the formatting method and press the “Start” button.

If in “My Computer” you do not see a memory card (or the operation cannot be completed, for example, formatting freezes). Go to disks management.

To open discs in Windows, you need:

Next, you should see all connected drives to the system (even those that are not formatted, and which you can not work in the conductor).

To format the drive: select it from the list, click on it with the right mouse button, and indicate this operation in the context menu (see. An example below). Next, you will see a standard window with the entry of the disk, indicating the file system, etc.

Disk selection, flash drives // Disks Management // Windows 10

formatting using special. programs

When you are dealing with buggy memory cards, when formatting of which errors arise, freezing, it is best to use special for this operation. utilities. They will instantly help format the SD card and clean all the information from it!

In addition, according to the assurances of many developers of such utilities, they work much better with drives, and perform better formatting operations than Windows or Android means (due to which it is possible to avoid many errors).

To help!

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How To Format SD Card In a Samsung Phone

Specialized tool for formatting a wide variety of SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards. The utility is very compact, simple, works in all versions of Windows 7 ÷ 11.

After installation and launch, your first action: indicate correctly the letter of the connected memory card. Cm. Point “Drive” on the screenshot below.

Next, click on “Options” and indicate the type of formatting: I recommend choosing the full. t.e. “Full (Eras)”. After click the “Format” button. Cm. screenshots below.


A fairly popular program for low.level formatting of failure drives. Often returns to “life” even those memory cards that the latter disappeared is reliable.

  • Supports integers: S-SATA (SATA), IDE (E-EIDE), SCSI, USB, FireWire;
  • Allows you to format the drives of all popular brands: Western Digital, Samsung, Toshiba, Seagate, Quantum, etc.;
  • Full compatibility and support of cardriders (SD cards, respectively).

After installing and starting the utility, select the drive in the main window that you want to format and click the Continue button.

Next, open the “Low-Level Format” section and press the “Format this Device” button.

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Flash drive formatting // Format this device

After completing formatting in this utility, Windows will invite you to format the flash drive again ( The utility performed a low.level operation). I note that after such an operation, all data on the memory card will be deleted, and restore something even with the help of a special. software will not succeed.

Another specialized utility for quickly formatting problem flash drives and memory cards. The utility from the famous manufacturer Transcend (but it works not only with the drives of this manufacturer!).

Use very simple: after starting the program, first select the disk (Disk Drive), then indicate the type of drive (in our case SD), set the storage name (Format Label), and click the Format start button. After some time, the operation will be carried out.

How to format the memory card Samsung Galaxy S10, S9, S8, Note

Memory card is an external, additionally connected drive that can be installed in a phone or tablet if you do not have enough drive (device memory). Especially often people buy cards for inexpensive android models of smartphones or tablets, where free space on the internal drive constantly ends.

Samsung phones support Micro SD format memory card. It is inserted either into a separate tray or into combined with a SIM card. First, let’s answer the main question-why format the SD card? Most often this is done to achieve the following goals. The first is the memory card is new and so that it gets friends with the specific model of the phone must be formatted using this very phone. Second-you want to quickly delete all the data from the SD card in one press. This may be needed both when removing garbage from a flash drive or cleaning from viruses, and when transferring a phone along with a card to an outsider (for example, when selling).

In general, I hasten to say that new cards in most cases can simply be inserted and used. However, in my practice, there are often cases when the user complains of some glitches and as a result they are decided by formatting the card using the device in which they are used. Therefore, I advise everyone when connecting a new drive still format it.

In this instructions, I will show step by step how to format a memory card on the Samsung Galaxy S9, S8, Note 9, Note 8 and similar models. For those who do not know, I will repeat once again: when formatting a card, all data on it are deleted!

How to format SD memory card in Samsung Galaxy S9, S8, Note 9, Note 8

By the way, in the English.language terminology of the Android system, memory cards are usually called standard. SD Card, but in various applications can also be designated as Memory Card, External Storage, Portable Storage, External Memory or Secondary Storage.

With formatting finished! Now another moment.

If you have just inserted a new Micro SD memory card into your Samsung phone, then when you start the application, you should see a message that now all the shot photos and videos will be saved precisely on the external SD card. Here you just need to click OK:

If for some reason you did not see this, I advise you to go into the camera settings and choose an external drive manually. To do this, you need to perform the following actions:

Now the photos and videos that you shoot on camera will be saved on a memory card. This is necessary primarily so that the memory does not end and the phone does not slow down or, when trying to install or update the application, did not give an error that the place in the internal memory was over.

How to format microSD on a computer

Using a special SD adapter, a microSD card can be used not only in portable technology, but also on a computer or laptop, as a regular flash drive. As a rule, it comes with Microsd, but if necessary, it can be purchased separately. How to format Microsd through a computer:

Remove Microsd from a smartphone and install in PC using a special SD adapter.

Attention: formatting a memory card by USB (if it is installed in a smartphone or tablet) is impossible.

Launch “My Computer” through the Start menu or using a shortcut on the desktop. In the list of devices with removable carriers, click on the right mouse button on the SD card. In the context menu that appears, select “format”.

If necessary, select the file system (FAT32 by default), cluster size and formatting method (for example, fast). After that, click “Start”.

The time of formatting a removable medium depends on its capacity and other parameters, but on average it does not exceed 10-20 minutes. If you plan to use microSD in a smartphone, it is recommended to leave the FAT32 file system.

In what format format a USB flash drive for Android phone

Data removal from flash drive is offered in different formats: NTFS, FAT32, ExFAT.

FAT32 is the most common formatting option. The fact is that such a drive can be used on different devices. If you, for example, want to show photos on the TV using a media player or player, then you must first format the drive in FAT32 format first, then load the content and proceed to the demonstration. We classify the pluses:

  • The speed of recording and reading information,
  • Standard 4 GB. maximum file volume for recording,
  • full compatibility with many devices and OS,
  • Lack of high computers RAM requirements.

NTFS is a classic version for USB drives, but for diabetes you can use it. In this format, the emphasis is on the security of the data that you subsequently write down. Roughly speaking, NTFS focuses on quality, and not on ease of use and recording speed.

There is another option in which format to remove the data from the Microsd phone card. Exfat. This is the most progressive and high.quality formatting option, as it collected the high speed of FAT32 and the reliability of NTFS recording.

The last formatting option seems the most correct.

Applications for formatting SD cards on Android

We have not analyzed the final way to delete all data from your drive is to use the formatting application.

In this case, we will use the installed program loaded with Play Market. The principle of action is approximately the same: indicate the path to the flash drive, select the catalog and click on the corresponding button.

Consider several options for such applications:

  • Aparted. a simple file manager with the possibility of formatting in 9 formats,
  • SD Card Cleaner. a pleasant integration, quick scanning of files, highlighting the most severe catalogs, etc.P.,
  • SD Card Formatter. formatting in “one click”, you can delete all the files or all the directory files,
  • SD Card Manager. classic file manager with the possibility of formatting,
  • SD MAID. a convenient tool to clean the system from garbage with the ability to format drives.
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In fact, the applications are quite similar: somewhere more opportunities, somewhere there is only formatting. For the sake of interest, you can test each of them.

How to format a memory card on a phone or tablet?

One of the most popular types of carriers is currently considered microSD. Such memory cards are used in phones and in most cameras. Periodically it is necessary to clean them. If you want to use a memory card in another device, you must first copy the necessary information from it into a cloud or to your computer, and then carry out full cleaning. Experts recommend carrying out this procedure using a smartphone if you are going to use the card on it in the future. We will figure out how to format a memory card on Android.

To do this, follow the instructions:

  • Go to the phone settings and go to the “Storage” section.
  • There is information about the state of the internal memory of the phone, cache data and about the memory card.
  • Move to the bottom of the list. There will be the “Clean SD” button. With its help, you can format a flash card.
  • Confirm your actions and wait for the end of the procedure.

Samsung phones format Micro SD Formatting another:

  • Click on a gear button.
  • Go to Smart Manager.
  • You will need to find a block with SD.card, and then conduct the same actions as for the first time.

Understand whether it is necessary to format a memory card simply-that you don’t have enough memory, you will tell a smartphone or you will decide to cleanse it yourself due to the loss of performance. In some cases, the flash drive gives an error when contacting it, indicating that it is damaged or filled. Sometimes cleaning is necessary due to the appearance of the virus, which interferes with the normal operation of your smartphone. Experts recommend periodically cleaning the carrier due to the fact that with simple deletion, files can partially remain in memory, and then superimposed on new. The greatest problems are periodic using a memory card in a computer or camera.

Many are interested in whether it is necessary to format a new memory card. It is recommended to do this using a device in which you will use it. Then it is formatted with a suitable file system and there will be no problems in use. In addition, the manufacturer could record on it files that you will not need for further use.

Other ways of formatting flash drives and memory cards on a smartphone

If standard funds were not able to clean the card, then you can do it in recovery mode. First you need to go into this mode. Usually they turn into it by pressing a combination of volume buttons, “home” and turning off. The instructions for the device usually have information which buttons you need to press. Look into it or find a description of the transition to this mode for your smartphone on the Internet.

Further, actions will depend on the type of menu:

  • If the menu is made in CWM mode, then using the volume buttons you need to find the Mounts and Storage section, and then select it with the shutdown button. Next, select the Format SDCARD item and press this button again. After completing the procedure, turn on the smartphone.
  • For devices in which this mode is called TWRP, it is necessary to find the WIPE directory and slip through it. This is a newer system and the touch screen in it most often works. In the next window, click on the advanced wipe inscription. In the next window, press the Internet Storage, and then after running a finger along the lower part of the screen confirm your actions.

Experienced users, if other formatting methods do not help, you can use applications. Usually you need to open Root for them.access. You can choose the application according to reviews in Play Market. But we will not dwell on them, since experts do not recommend working with them, and it is best to use the possibility of formatting a card on PC.

What will be required to format memory cards and flash drives on PC windows?

First of all, you will need to have a device that you can place a card for reading. In almost all laptops, it is possible to consider microSD for this they have a standard cartrider for SD. And along with memory cards they sell special adapters. If you have a stationary PC, then you can purchase a block for reading cards of different formats or a cartrider connected via USB.

Please note that cartriders release several models. Some are suitable only for reading SD cards, while others can help you to push information from the carriers of all formats. For home use, enough models with a minimum of holes for the map. Since the Microsd format is widely used, now convenient USB is released.Cartridders who look like ordinary flash drives. You can also use improvised means, for example, in all USB.modems there is a hole for a memory card.

How to use the formatting function on a computer. instruction?

Now we will tell in detail how to format a memory card through a computer. After you find a way to connect a card to a computer, apply according to the instructions:

  • Go to the “My Computer” section.
  • Click with the right mouse button on the memory card icon, and then find the word “format” in the drop.down list.
  • A small window will open, in which you need to remove the checkmark from the word “fast” and press the start button.
  • After completing the formatting process, you can use the memory card.

In this window, you can also choose a file system. The default always costs FAT. But if necessary, you can choose a different option. If you have a flash drive of more than 32 GB in size, then you can choose the option Exfat. Unlike his predecessor, he has no restrictions on the volume of the carrier. Also, this option has no restrictions on the type of supported operating systems, it is suitable for using any version of Android.

When setting formatting settings, do not change the size of the cluster. Best of all, remove the tank from the section “Fast formatting”. If this is not done, then it will not work to clean the card completely, some files or folders may be preserved. With deep cleaning, formatting is carried out longer, but it is more effective.

Similarly, formatting standard USB is formatted.flash drives. No need to use other parameters for them, cleaning is carried out according to the same rules.

How to format Samsung phone: Instruction

To fully format the Samsung phone, there are several ways. In general, you need to perform such items:

  • Erase the data on the memory card, if necessary, or if it is.
  • Leave the Google account.
  • Understand the phone. using the Android menu, using a special combination or more universally, using the Recovery Mode menu.

detailed instructions on how to format the Samsung phone, later is given.

How to format SD memory card on samsung

You can format the memory card on the Samsung phone using a smartphone menu. If you do not want to transmit it with the device, or want to save the data on it, then just take it out of the nest. If you want to completely “reset” your gadget and a separate removable memory card, then follow the following points:

  • Click three points at the top right, calling the menu. Or, if there are no points, scroll down and immediately go to paragraph 8.
  • Turn on “memory settings”.
  • In the lower part of the menu, click on the inscription “Map Map”.
  • Click “Format”.

Formatting SD card on Android devices

Modern mobile smartphones have a wide set of functions and capabilities, which is which the computer was almost completely replaced. When the internal memory is not enough (especially if we talk about budget models), users solve the problem using the installation of the SD card. If there is a need to completely clean the flash drive, you need to know how to format the SD card “Android”. This is what will be discussed in this article.

There are several ways to completely clean the flash drive installed on a mobile gadget:

Note that there are also several options for connecting flash drives to the computer. They will talk about them below.

In addition, when formatting SD Card via PC, it is important to know what format the flash drive should be in, since the Windows and Android file systems may differ. We will tell you which file system you need to choose. If formatting is performed through the phone settings, this question does not arise, since there is no way to choose the file system format. So, we will analyze all the options in more detail.

Full memory cleaning through Smartphone settings

Each mobile device with the Android operating system has a formatting function. And you can perform it in two ways. The easiest option for “Android” is to format the memory card through the system settings. We will REMOSED by the example of the Samsung Galaxy A5 of 2017 with the Android 8 version.0:

  • We open additional memory settings. To do this, click on the button in the form of three vertical points in the upper right corner of the screen (or press and hold the “back” button for several seconds) and select the “memory settings” item.

This is the easiest way to format SD Card on the phone correctly on the phone. There is another method, but it provides for the reset of the parameters of the device to factory. In this case, the internal storage of the smartphone from all data will be cleared, in parallel you can choose the formatting of the flash drive. This method should be resorted only in extreme cases.

Formatting SD Card through a computer

You should immediately clarify that when you connect the phone to the computer via a USB cable, you will not be able to format the memory of the connected device. It will work to work with a flash drive, copy, move and even delete files, but formatting will not be available. You need to extract a USB flash drive from a smartphone and connect it to a computer through a cardrider.

Today you can find different types of flash cards for mobile devices, but are most popular:

M2 type drives are quite rare. Mostly modern smartphones support Micro SD cards. Clarify the type of your flash drive is easy. this information is indicated on the memory card.

So, after connecting the flash drive to the computer through a cardrider, you need:

  • Select “Format” item.
  • In the window opened, specify formatting parameters:

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  • File system. FAT32 (devices with Android support only it).
  • The size of the distribution unit. the default is the average value of 4096 bytes. But if desired, you can install another cluster size. One rule applies here: the smaller the size of the cluster, the denser the space will be filled (in fact, more information to fit on the flash drive). But the larger the size of the cluster, the faster the memory will work (reading and recording). Therefore, it is important to choose the average value, which is the optimal between the speed and the density of filling. In any case, you will not notice a tangible difference, so it is better to give preference to speed.
  • Tom mark is just the name of the flash drive, which will be displayed during subsequent connections to the computer.

After completing the procedure, you can remove the USB flash drive and insert it into a smarton.

Formatting through the Recovery menu

Another way to format the ANDROID diabetes is to clean through the recovery menu. This is something like a BIOSA computer, only for mobile gadgets. Unfortunately, the standard Recovery does not support the formatting of flash drives, so many enthusiasts set the custom options for the plugin. CWM or TWRP. These firmware have advanced functionality and allow you to work separately both with internal and external (flash drive) memory. It is important to understand that when installing a custom recovery, a guarantee is lost. And in the event of problems, responsibility lies only on you. In addition, the installation of CWM or TWRP requires a ROOT-right.

It is much easier to use the appropriate application for Android. The program for formatting micro diabetes is available in the public domain on Google Play and is called SD Card Formatter. There are other analogues, but they all work according to one principle:

Some programs allow you to make certain adjustments. But in fact it does not change anything.

It is worth noting that when formatting directly in the smartphone (through the settings or with the assistance of the application), you do not need to indicate which file system for Micro SD will be installed, since the smartphone supports only FAT32 and installs it automatically.