How to Fix SD Card Not Showing Up on Android

Your SD card is unfortunately not detected on Android somehow? Check the guide to know the possible solutions for the SD card not showing up on Android phone or tablet.

By Lydia Smith | Posted: Mar. 30, 2018, Last Updated: Apr. 18, 2018
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The SD card is usually used when the internal memory on your Android device is not sufficient, or when you want to expand the storage of your phone or tablet for more photos, videos, and even games. However, sometimes, the lifesaver might be not detected by your Android phone/tablet. Why would this happen and how to troubleshoot the SD card not showing up on Android problem? Check the guide for further details.

How to Fix SD Card Not Recognized on Android

How to Fix SD Card Not Recognized on Android

Possible Reasons for SD Card Not Showing Up on Android

The “SD card not detected on Android” problem might be caused by the following reasons:

How to Fix SD Card Not Detected on Android Phone/Tablet

Solution 1: Gently Clean the SD Card

Just in case that the SD card is covered with dirt, use a white colored rubber eraser and gently rub the copper piece (gold yellow color) on your SD card to clean off the dirt.

Solution 2: Update the SD Card Driver

Due to an outdated SD card driver, your Android device may fail to detect the SD card. Do as the instructions to update the SD card driver and make it detectable again.

Step 1 Connect your SD card to PC computer.

Step 2 Right-click on My Computer or This PC and choose the Manage option.

Step 3 In the taskbar on the left, click device manager and next to USB Serial Bus controllers click “+”. Then you’ll see a yellow exclamation mark.

Step 4 Right-click and choose Update Driver Software, then click Search automatically for updated driver software.

Step 5 Wait patiently and let the driver to be installed and restart your computer. Then check if the SD card can be detected by your Android phone or tablet.

Solution 3: Repair SD Card Not Detected Error with CHKDSK Command

When the SD card has an internal error or bad sectors, Android device might not be able to detect the SD card. Try using the CHKDSK command to repair the error.

Step 1 Right-click on My Computer or This PC and select Manage, click on Disk Management and then find the device in the drive viewer to check out whether the computer can detect your memory card or not.

Note: If it is detectable, jump to Step 3 to get all Android memory card data restored; if not, continue the process.

Step 2 Press Win+R > Type: cmd and hit Enter.

Step 3 Type: chkdsk D: / f and hit Enter; (D is the drive letter of your memory card). Or you can type: chkdsk D:/f /offlinescanandfix and hit Enter.

Solution 4: Format the SD Card

If no other method worked, you are recommended to format the SD card. But before formatting it, remember to back up your SD card data to computer.

Step 1 Open My Computer or This PC where you can see the hard drives and the SD card you just plugged in.

Step 2 Right-click on your SD card and choose Format. Now you are able to set it up on the pop-up window. Please make sure you have set the File System to FAT32.

Step 3 Check Quick Format on the optional box and click on the Start button.

How to Fix SD Card Not Detected on Android

How to Fix SD Card Not Detected on Android

For the better management of your Android phone or tablet, you might need an Android manager. AnyTrans for Android is strongly recommended, which enables you to view and manage Android files on computer and transfer files between computer and Android handset, or even between Android devices.

How to View Android Files on Computer

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The Bottom Line

If you find any other useful solutions for the SD card not showing up on Android problem, welcome to share with us in the comments below. And for more details about the Android files manager and transfer, head to have a check here >

Lydia Smith

Member of iMobie team, an optimistic Apple user, willing to share solutions about iOS related problems.

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