How to Solve Android Phone Not Detecting SD Card Problem

BY Bethwel Njore / February 24, 2017
BY Bethwel Njore / February 24, 2017 / How To

So that new SD card you bought to expand the storage on your android device isn’t working? Installing a microSD card is one of the best ways to solve the ‘insufficient storage’ problem on Android, and make sure that you have enough room for all your media and other files. This post highlights a number of tried and proved techniques that you can use to completely fix this undetected SD card problem. Your feedback is valuable for us, reach out on our forum and we’ll do our best to help out!

Solution 1 – gently rub the SD card

Maybe the reason why your SD card isn’t being detected is because it’s covered with dirt. Follow the steps below to clean it up.

  • Take your external memory card off your Android smartphone or tablet. Make sure that your device is turned off as you do this.
  • Use a white colored rubber eraser to rub the copper piece (gold yellow color) on your MicroSD card.
  • Once you’re quite sure it’s clean, plug it back into the memory slot and then turn your android smartphone or tablet on.

With any luck, it should work now and you shouldn’t have any more problems with your MicroSD card not being detected on your handset. But if the problem persists, move on to the second solution below.

Solution 2 – erase SD card

This is the part where you delete everything on your external storage. Follow the steps below.

  • Open the ‘Settings’ app on your device and then go to Storage.
  • Find the ‘Erase SD card’ option and tap on it. This deletes all data and makes it look like a new memory.

In many cases, completely erasing the SD card has solved the problem. But if it doesn’t work for you, move on to the third possible solution below.

Solution 3 – use your PC to diagnose

At this stage, you need to do something more technical than just wiping your MicroSD card or erasing its data.

  • Connect your Android device to a PC or laptop via the USB cable.
  • Ensure that the device is connected as MSC (Mass storage mode), not MTP (Media transfer mode).
  • Launch windows explore on your PC and right click on the MicroSD card driver. In the options that appear, choose Properties>Tools>Error Checking. Wait for the process to complete.
  • After completion, eject your SD card and put it back into the memory slot on your phone or tablet. Check whether it works.

Solution 4 – format your SD card

In the case that your MicroSD card is being detected on the PC, but not showing on your smartphone, go ahead and try this fix.

  • Create a folder on your PC’s hard disk storage, and name it as you like. This folder will be used as a temporary storage to backup files on your damaged card.
  • Paste the entire content of your microSD card into this folder.
  • Format your microSD card.
  • Once the format process is complete, copy back your data from the folder into the microSD card.
  • Put it into your phone and check whether it’s showing.
  • If it doesn’t work, try repeating the steps again.

For most Android devices, any of these fixes should clear the SD card not detected issue. For some devices, though, the problem could be much more complicated, and you need to explore solutions that are specific to that device to get help.

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Comments

  1. I’ve got a Nexus 6P so my phone doesn’t detect SD cards… because it doesn’t support any.

    But if yours does and after going through the four solutions above you still have issues, let us know on the Updato forum (http://forum.updato.com/) and we might be able to help!

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