Format as portable storage

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Tablets and phones use microSD cards, which are miniature versions of the SD cards found in cameras and such. In some cases, you’ll need to remove the battery from your Android as well before you can access the SD slot. It’s a gear-shaped app in your Android’s App Drawer. You’ll find this option about halfway down the Settings page. On a Samsung device, tap Device maintenance. It should be below the “Portable storage” heading.

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This option is in the top-right corner of the screen. It’s at the bottom of the drop-down menu. If you want to set up your SD card as an internal storage option, tap Format as internal. If you’re simply attempting to erase your SD card, tap Format. You may first have to tap Storage at the bottom of the page on a Samsung device. It’s at the bottom of the page. Doing so will begin formatting your SD card for your Android device.

This process should only take a few seconds. Once it’s complete, your SD card has successfully been reformatted. Insert the SD card into your computer. Make sure you insert the SD card angled side first and label side up. If your computer doesn’t have an SD card slot, you can purchase an SD-to-USB adapter that plugs into a USB port and into which you’ll plug the SD card.

Do so by clicking the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen. It’s on the left side of the Start window. This will open the File Explorer. This monitor-shaped icon is on the left side of the File Explorer window.