How to Reformat an SD Card for an Android

Android phones include MicroSD cards for storing music, movies, app data and other files. Just like with full-sized computers, sometimes the cards become corrupted and must be formatted. You don't need to connect your phone or your card to a computer to format it -- there's a built-in SD card manager in the Android system. You'll need to insert the MicroSD card into the slot before beginning the format process.

Things You'll Need

  • MicroSD card

Instructions

    • 1

      Turn on your phone and unlock the screen. Press the "HOME" button.

    • 2

      Press the "MENU" button and then tap "Settings."

    • 3

      Scroll down and tap "SD card and phone storage." Tap "Unmount SD card."

    • 4

      Tap "Format SD card" and then "OK." Wait for the formatting process to finish.

    • 5

      Tap "Mount SD Card." Press the "HOME" button.

Tips & Warnings

  • Formatting your SD card will erase all data on the card. Before formatting, back up all critical data if possible.
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