Insert and Remove the Memory Card of Samsung Galaxy S2

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Modern smartphones generally come with the storage option of 16, 32, or 64 GB. This is usually more than enough to save everything you need in them. But sometimes you need something to save on the SD card, either to give it to someone else, to make sure that it remains in safe hands, or when you are going to sell the phone, then you can use your SD card to save important data on it. Improper use of SD card can corrupt it, and the most common cause for this to happen to people, is that they don't know how to properly remove and insert the SD card. In this article, you can learn how it is done properly on a Samsung Galaxy S2.

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Inserting the Memory Card

In Samsung Galaxy S2, the memory card slot is located next to the top of the battery, so you shouldn't have much trouble inserting or removing it.

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    First of all, open the back case
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    Remove the battery
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    Insert the memory card and press it in.
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    If you are inserting the brand new card, you have to format it so that it will work.
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Removing the Memory Card

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    To remove the memory card, just press the card again and it will be pushed out.
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    If you want to unmount it, but don't want to take it out, just go Settings > Storage > Unmount SD card.
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How to fix a memory card that cannot be inserted into Galaxy S2

There are various reasons why the memory card for your Samsung Galaxy S2 cannot be inserted. It could be due to some damage on the memory card or the card slot, wrong position of the memory card, or foreign objects are lodged on the memory card slot. The very common reasons and ways to fix the will be discussed below:

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    There may be foreign objects lodged on the memory card slot
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    Unwanted small objects lying on your memory card slot may block the memory card prohibiting it from being inserted fully. Take a look at your card slot for these lodged objects and remove them carefully if you see one. Make sure that you do this carefully as you may dent or damaged the card slot which will also, obviously, cause the memory card to be unreadable.
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    The memory card may be damaged or have dents on it
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    A damaged or dented memory card may not be able to fit perfectly into the card slot. Check if there are dents on your memory card and carefully straighten them so they will fit into your memory card slot.
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    The memory card slot may be damaged or have dents on it
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    The memory card slot on Samsung Galaxy S2 is designed so that the micro-SD card would fit perfectly into it. If there are dents to the memory card slot, straighten them carefully so that the memory card would fit into it.
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    The memory card you are using may be too small or too big
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    Samsung Galaxy S2 requires a micro-SD card with a memory of up to 64GB. If you are using a different memory card, then it may not fit into the memory card slot for your phone.
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    The memory card may be wrongly placed
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    The micro-SD card should be placed with its terminals facing down. Check again the instructions on this article and make sure that you have followed them correctly.
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How to fix a memory card that is not recognized by Galaxy S2

If you were able to insert the memory card successfully to your device without any problems, yet the phone fails to read or recognize your external storage device, then do these:

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    There may be dirt and dust that are accumulated on the memory card or the card reader terminals
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    Dust, dirt and other foreign objects on your Galaxy S2 may cause disconnection between the copper terminals of your memory card and the card slot. Check that the copper terminals are clean so there will be no interference between your micro-SD card and the memory card slot.
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    There may be corrosion on the memory card or the card reader terminals
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    Corrosion on the copper terminals of any electronic device and any part will cause a disconnection on it. If there is corrosion on your memory card's copper terminals or that of your card slot, then there may be disturbances on data transfers causing your phone not to recognize your memory card. If the corrosion is minimal, you can carefully clean it using a small sharp object.
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    The memory card you are using may not be supported
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    Samsung Galaxy S2 will only read micro-SD memory card that has a maximum memory capacity of 32GB. Make sure that you are using a supported one; if your memory card is not supported, do not expect for your phone to recognize it.
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    The memory card may not be formatted properly
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    If your micro-SD card is not formatted properly, then your phone may not be able to recognize your memory card. You can reformat your memory card using your phone to ensure that it will be on a format fully supported by your Galaxy S2. To format go to Home > Settings > Storage > Format SD card. Make sure that you back up the important files on your memory card before doing the reset as the procedure will delete all the files on your memory card.
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    The memory card or the memory card reader function of your device may be damaged
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    If you have checked everything and yet the memory card is not recognized, then the memory card or the memory card slot may be damaged. You can confirm which of the two is damaged by inserting the memory card to another phone that is not encountering problems with recognizing memory cards. If that phone reads your memory card without any problems, then the problem could be with your memory card slot. You can also verify this by inserting a working memory card on your phone's SD-card slot.
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • Do not press the card in with too much force. Do it gently.
  • Make sure to format the card first. Otherwise, if it contains harmful files, they might damage your device.

Questions and Answers

Why is not my SD card in Galaxy S2 working?

I have put an SD card but it is not working and my SD card carries my important data. Please help me.

If you are having problems reading the microSD card in your phone, I suggest getting a card reader and try from a PC. You can easily purchase one online. Here's an example:

http://www.amazon.com/USB-Micro-Card-Reader-Writer/dp/B001MXON98

If you are still having issues reading the card from your PC, you might have to consider using a data recovery software or just format the card for reuse.

Hello, the past two days I have not been able to take or receive calls on my Samsung Galaxy S2?

It keeps saying no network coverage and I brought it too a repair store and they could not fix it, but said if I take out the SD card and Factory Reset the phone it might work. They said if I take out the SD card then I should not lose any of my data. My model appears to be different than the one you have and I cannot take out the SD card. I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 SGH-I727R

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I just bought a new mini 8GB memory card for my old Samsung 2 phone. The man at the shop said I do not have to format it and to just insert it and it will be OK. But I read that you have to format it. Which is correct please?

I just bought a new mini 8GB memory card for my old Samsung 2 phone. The man at the shop said I do not have to format it and to just insert it and it will be OK. But I read that you have to format it. Which is correct please?

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Screen is "running a fever" and battery is losing charge quickly?

The screen is getting hot to the touch in the upper part of my Samsung Galaxy S2. It is losing it's battery charge in 2 hours. I live where reception is variable, and I regularly charge my phone at least once a day. But the heat and the speed of losing charge is new. I have tried: I've removed and re-installed the battery. The battery seems, visually, OK., and last night I started trying to uninstall extras, apps, etc. which I've been reading on my laptop, and continuing today.. I think it was caused by: Too much data? Too old battery? Memory card? I'm almost 67 years old, and use my phone mostly for texting, with some phone calls, and the storage of a calendar.

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Good day. My SD card was working fine at my Samsung J1 Ace when I bought it, but one day after, I removed the battery and it stopped working and not showing. Can you please find a solution for me?

J1 Ace SD card not working or showing. I have tried: Tried to remove it and put it again but not showing. I think it was caused by: My phone was freezing and I removed the battery without proper shutdown. I also installed AVG antivirus, I think maybe its the cause of it as well!

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