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Format the Memory Card on Samsung Galaxy S5

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Why is my Samsung Galaxy S5 not reading my SD card but it reads in my husband's same brand phone?

My husband and I both have the Samsung Galaxy S5 phone but mine will not recognize the 8GB SD card we bought. How can I fix this?

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You could have an issue with either the SD card or the device itself. Try using your husband's SD card and see if your phone is able to read it. If it can't, try any other SD card, just to make sure there's not somehow an issue between the type of card and your device.

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If your phone is able to recognize any other SD card, the issue is likely the card you bought, and not your phone. If, on the other hand, your phone can't recognize any card, you'll need to try and fix your phone.

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  • See if you can spot any fluff or dirt in the SD card slot.
  • Using the tip of a toothpick, try gently probing the entrance to the slot to see if you can pull out anything.
  • Try powering off your phone, removing and then popping the battery back in, and powering on your phone, then inserting the SD card again.
  • Consider going to your carrier to get them to fix the issue.
  • Consider formatting your device and trying the SD card with your device restored to factory default settings. You can find a guide for how to do so here: Perform a factory reset on Android Device.
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    Start with checking the microSD card.
    Insert the card into the card reader. On your computer, press the Windows key and "E". This will open File Explorer. Right-click the drive with the card and select "Properties". Click the "Tools" tab and select "Check". Confirm the disk check.
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    In File Explorer, right-click the drive again.
    Select "Format..." You can choose FAT32 for the first attempt (if the card works, then you should reformat it as exFAT) and a minimum value in the "Allocation unit size". Start formatting. This is necessary to erase all of the files that prevent the system from detecting the card well.
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    After it has been done, safely remove the card by clicking the USB icon in the system tray.
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    Now, put the card back into the turned off phone.
    When putting the card into the phone, push it deep into its seated position. It should go all the way into the slot. Turn the phone on, and see if the card is detected.
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Samsung only reading SD some of the time?

I have a 16GB Sandisk in my new Galaxy S5 and when I take it out, then back in, it says its blank and has unsupported filesystem. After an hour or so all my photos and music will load but will disappear again and the same message will come up. I have tried: Taken SD card in and out. I think it was caused by: No idea, its a brand new S5 and the SD card worked perfectly on my old phone

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Message reads SD card is blank or has unsupported file types.It is a blank SD card that I bought in the carrier store. It never worked, I just didn't have time to go back to the store?

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