How to Reformat an SD Card for an Android

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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


  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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