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How to Insert and Remove the Memory Card of Samsung Galaxy S4

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a decent amount of internal memory. Depending on the model, the internal memory of the phone may be 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB. But, with today's HD videos and games, this generous amount of internal memory may not be enough. Fortunately, if you do need more memory, you can use memory cards to expand your capacity. A memory card may boost your phone's storage capacity by up to four times. Below are the instructions on how to install a memory card in your Samsung Galaxy S4, along with some tips and tricks.

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What kind of memory card should you get?

An SDHC or SDXC card with a high read and write speed is best, since the S4 supports 1080P HD media. Higher speeds will prevent slow down when accessing files.

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    Choosing Storage Size.

    SD card sizes including 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB are best as external storage due to the size of modern media files.

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    Choosing Speed Class.

    SD card speed class represents the performance speed of a card and is ranked based on the industry standards defined by the SD Association. Standard speeds are 2, 4, 6, and 10. The recommended minimum for best performance with the Galaxy S4 is Class 6.

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    How to Tell the Speed Class.

    Speed class is designated by a partial circle with a number in the center. The number denotes the class.

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    Quality Brand Names.

    It is wise to stick with known brand names such as Kingston, PNY, and SanDisk, as store and third-party brands may not have strict restrictions and proper speed class numbering.

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Inserting a memory card into a Samsung Galaxy S4

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    Remove your phone's back cover.

    To take it off, use the gap where the two parts of the phone go together on the upper right edge of your phone.

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    Insert your memory card with the gold-colored contacts facing downward and toward the phone.

    Inserting the card incorrectly will not allow it to have a perfect fit. Do not force it, as it may damage your memory card slot.

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    Make sure that it is a perfect fit.

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    When you are done inserting the extra memory, put the cover back on your phone.

    Firmly and gently push on the six sides, until the plastic tabs click into place. It is easy to miss inserting one of the tabs, in which case your phone back may fall off. Double check by pressing all around the edges until every tab is clicked in.

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Removing a memory card

There are a few more steps to removing a memory card than there are to installing it. It is necessary to unmount the memory card to prevent it from damage or possible data error.

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    Unmount the SD card from your phone.

    To do this go to MENU > APPS > SETTINGS > MORE > STORAGE > UNMOUNT SD CARD.

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    Remove the back cover of your Samsung Galaxy S4.

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    Push on the installed memory card in the memory card slot, and it will pop out slightly so you can pull it out completely.

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    Put the cover back on, and lock it as detailed above.

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Formatting a memory card

You can format your memory card on your PC or, on your phone. Samsung Galaxy S4 supports FAT and exFAT file systems for memory cards. However, if you are not familiar with these file formatting systems, you can use your phone to format your memory card so that it can recognize and use it.

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    Formatting will delete all of the memory card's data.

    Be sure to back up important files before proceeding.

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    Format the memory card by going to Menu > Apps > Settings > More > Storage > Format SD Card > Erase everything.

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How to Use SD Card Corrupted by Galaxy S4

“Damaged SD Card, Try Reformatting” Out of nowhere, this warning comes out of your Samsung Galaxy S4 notifications panel. It wrenched your gut, sent chills to your spine, and caused you to reach for the panic button. Okay, maybe not. But the thought of having your 60-gigabyte worth of pictures, videos, games and apps disappearing into thin air is certainly cringe-worthy. So, how do you use a corrupted SD card? The answer is, technically, you can’t; especially if it is “physically” corrupted or damaged. However, if it is physically intact, you can recover the files stored in it, format it, and make it usable again. But what if you were living a lie? What if your SD card isn’t really damaged in the first place? This section will guide you through two paths. The first one is on determining if your SD card is indeed damaged; and second is on finding a way to recover the files on a legitimately corrupted SD card.

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Detect / Diagnose if Your SD Card is Damaged

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    Remove and reinsert the card.

    Maybe your phone just made a “hiccup” and randomly unmounted your SD card; this is the way to check that. This step is mostly involves wishful thinking, but there are several accounts of this solving the issue. At this point, there’s really no harm in trying.

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    Insert the card into another phone.

    If the SD card is really not recognized by your Samsung Galaxy S4 phone, try inserting it into another phone. If possible, it is best to try it on another Android device and on a non-Android one (e.g. Symbian). If it still does not show up, then we can almost certainly declare the card corrupted. Follow the steps of recovering files from a corrupted SD card in the succeeding section.

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    If it detects in another phone, connect the SD card to a PC and scan for file system errors.

    Now we have something to cause a little celebration! The SD card is actually still alive. But you need to stay focused and realize that the battle isn’t over yet. You need to perform a disk check on your SD card to determine errors and bad sectors and correct them. These errors might be the reason why your Galaxy S4 can’t detect your card. On Windows 7 you can do this by right-clicking on the SD card’s drive letter, and navigating to Properties > Tools > Error-Checking > Check Now.

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    Back up your data.

    The SD card gods had already given you a huge favor by restoring life to your card, now you can’t afford to let that go to naught. Back up your SD card data for good measure.

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    Insert your SD card back into your Samsung Galaxy S4.

    Here comes the ultimate moment. Time to find out if all the work you’ve put in will pay off.

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    If the SD card still fails to mount successfully, perform an in–phone format.

    You can now allow Android to format your SD card, since you have backed up your files already. You can always restore them later.

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    If the in–phone format doesn’t work, format the SD card on your PC.

    Connect your S4 back to the PC and perform a “full format” of your card as a FAT file system.

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    Restore your backed up files to the SD card.

    If your phone now detects the SD card, you can now restore the files you backed up earlier.

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    If the phone still doesn’t detect the SD card, try inserting a new brand of SD card.

    Sometimes, there are certain brands of SD card that have issues with Samsung phones. Borrow the SD card of a friend or relative, and try it out.

    But be sure to back up their data first.
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    If the phone still doesn’t detect other brands of SD card, then it’s time to take a visit at the service center.

    We have already discounted the possibilities of an SD card defect, so more than likely, the problem lies in the tiny bits of hardware inside your phone. And this is something best left to the pros.

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Recover Files from a Corrupted SD Card

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    Connect your SD card to a PC.

    You can do this either by connecting your phone and PC via the USB cable that comes with your phone; or by inserting your SD card to a memory card reader and connecting it to the PC.

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    Download TestDisk.

    TestDisk is a powerful data recovery software. It can be downloaded for free

    here
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    Extract the downloaded file.

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    Open the "photorec_win" application.

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    Select your SD card drive in the ensuing console window and hit Enter.

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    Select "Intel" in the succeeding interface and hit Enter.

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    Leave the default selection in the next console display and hit Enter.

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    Select [Whole] and hit Enter.

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    Press the "Y" key on your keyboard to confirm the recovery process.

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    Wait for the recovery process to finish.

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    When finished, go to the TestDisk folder and see the recovered files.

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How to use phone memory when memory card is full in Samsung Galaxy S4

Make your phone memory, the default storage for media files

Your captured photos and videos are stored in your memory card by default. If your memory card is full, then you can change the default storage of your media files to phone memory.

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    From your home screen, tap "Apps."

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    Tap "Camera"

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    Tap "Menu"

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    Tap "Settings"

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    Tap "Storage"

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    Select your "Phone Memory"

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Make your phone memory the default storage for downloaded files

Your downloaded files from the internet are stored in your phone memory by default. If they have been saving on your memory card, and you want to switch it, you can follow the steps below.

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    From your home screen, tap "Apps"

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    Tap "Web browser"

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    Tap "Menu"

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    Tap "Settings"

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    Tap "Default Storage"

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    Select "Phone Memory"

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Tips, Tricks & Warnings

  • Not all memory cards are fully compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S4. Using an incompatible memory card may damage or corrupt the phone or the memory card.
  • Be careful when inserting the memory card, as it can be damaged easily.
  • As stated above, your phone supports FAT and exFAT file systems. If the inserted memory card has a different file system, your phone may ask you to reformat it.
  • Before doing any reformat on the memory card, make sure to back up any information on it.
  • Do not remove the memory card without unmounting it through the phone's menu system. Do not attempt to remove it while there is an ongoing data transmission, as this may cause the data corruption.
  • Frequent erasing and writing of data to your memory card will shorten its useful life.
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Questions and Answers

Thank you for your help. I am getting the message SD card damaged on my Samsung Galaxy S4?

So, I went to settings and storage to try to unmount the card and then remount it, but storage only gives option of mount SD card.


You'll want to check the card again on your PC. Take the card out and use a card reader and make sure the PC recognizes it. If it does, you can format the card again and try to mount in the phone. The Galaxy S4 from Samsung also will read external memory cards in exFat format. You have 2 options to format the card, either fat32 or exFat. To format in exFat on your windows XP PC, you will first need to install this update from Microsoft:

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http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=19364

Finish formatting the card to your choice of fat32 or exFat and try again to mount in the phone.

To fix this problem, please do the following.

  • Turn your device off.
  • Remove the SD-card.
  • Reinsert it on your device.
  • Turn your device On and see if you will still get SD-card damaged message.
  • If you are still getting the message, try to format the SD-card on your PC, then try it again on your phone.
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  • If you are unable to format the SD-card, you may need to replace it.

Hi. do you know how to set SD card as default storage?

Please explain your problem in full detail

There's no way to set the external micro SD card as the default storage without rooting the phone.The Galaxy S4 should be running the 4.3 Jelly Bean update. One of the features added to the 4.3 update is the ability to move apps and game storage to SD. Be advised, not all apps and games will support this, but at least this will take off some of the storage needs from your internal memory.

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Using the external SD card as the default storage for apps and games is not possible on your android phone, unless you have root access. To set up the sd card as default for your camera and browser downloads, you will need to go into settings of each app to configure.

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Open your camera app and then hit menu and settings. Scroll down until you see the storage option and change it to Memory Card. See screen shot here:

http://screencast.com/t/P1R7IJEi

For your browser app, tap on menu and settings and then Content Settings. Scroll down and select Default Storage to Memory Card as well. See here:

http://screencast.com/t/7plErVRwSa

Why is my s4 not detecting my 64 s card?

Why is my s4 not detecting my 64 s card

The card's format may not be compatible with the S4. Take the card out and use a card reader on your PC and try to format it again. This time, use either the fat32 or exFat format. If your PC is running windows xp and you do not see the exFat option, you will need to install an update from Microsoft. Get the update here, http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=19364

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When finished with the format, try again by putting the microSD card back into your S4.

The Samsung Galaxy S3/S4 and Note2/Note3 series of phones can actually read and write a 64gb micro SDcard in exFat format. I`ve tried to put in a card in NTFS format and it would not read on my S4. I would suggest you take the card and format it on your PC in either fat32 or exFat format for better compatibility.

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How can I transfer from phone storage to SD card for music,photos and contacts?

How can I transfer from phone storage to SD card for music,photos and contacts

You can export your contacts to the SD card storage by simply going into the phone dialer settings. Tap on the phone icon and then hit contacts at the top right. Hit the menu button on your phone and select Import/Export. At the selection screen, choose export to SD card.

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Your music and photo file transfers will require a file manager app. A simple one to use is Es File Explorer, which you can install for free from the Play Store. Once installed, you can use the app to browse your phone's internal storage for the music and photo files to copy/paste onto the external memory storage.

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If it is available you can long press on a picture or file in order for it to show the options to transfer it to your SD card or vice verse.

Start by locating the files you wish to transfer. 1. Select Apps from home screen 2. Scroll till you find "My Files" 3. Open the "My Files" folder and select All Files next 4. Now select Device Storage 5. Open the folder that contains the files you want to move. 6. Once the folder is open go to menu option and you can press select all to get all files in that folder 7. Now tap additional settings in the upper right hand corner 8. You can either select Copy or Move, I prefer copy because it keeps a back up on the internal storage in case the transfer messes up 9. Once you select copy or more, it will provide you with options on where to move the files. Select SD Card 10. If it doesn't have the correct folder to save the files in, you can create one with the correct name to save it 11. Now navigate to the particular folder you wish to add them to and select Paste Here from the upper right hand corner

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Does class 6 16 GB SD card work on S4?

I want to know if this works on my S4. You know, I read about Class 10 being not okay so i wonder if this works.Thanks'

Class 6 16GB SD card works without any problem on your Samsung Galaxy S4. Your device supports external memory cards up to 64GB. If you have a problem with phone and memory card compatibility, you can always reformat the memory card (transfer files to your computer first for backup) using your phone's memory car formatting feature. This will ensure that your memory card is formatted for full compatibility with your Galaxy S4. To format your memory card using your phone go to your Home Screen > Tap on the Menu key > Choose Settings > Tap on "More" tab > Choose "Storage" under System Manager > Scroll down and tap on "Format SD Card" option > Confirm action by tapping on "OK". Your memory will now be reformatted to a storage type supported by your device.

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Yes, A micro-SD card with 16GB storage capacity and Class 6 speed will definitely work on Samsung Galaxy S4. Samsung Galaxy S4 can handle micro-SD cards with up to 64GB storage capacity.

Can you insert a memory card in a Samsung Galaxy S4?

Or how do you download memory ?

Yes, you can insert a memory card in a Samsung Galaxy S4. Actually, it supports up to 64 GB micro SD. You cannot download memory for your phone.
But aside from the memory card that you can use to store files, it also has an internal memory. There are 16 GB versions and 32 GB versions of Galaxy S4.

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How can l get galaxy s4 IME corrupt solution?

When you insert SIM is not working, please can you help me with any solution?

This is not a problem with your S4 but in fact an issue with your SIM card. You will need to make sure that your SIM card is compatible with the device and also in working condition. Your mobile carriers customer service department will be able to give you advice on how you can fix this situation.

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Do I have to power down the phone before I remove the SD card?

Trying to remove SD card to insert into computer as my S4 won't connect to my Mac.

Yes, it is recommended that you power down your device before you remove the SD card as to not cause any errors while removing the SD card from your phone. There is an issue where SD cards have been removed from the device while powered on which have caused errors.

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Help installing a memory card then how to use it?

I am an older woman that knows little about computers and smartphones last year we got the galaxy s4 now I am out of memory after finally getting the correct class 4 memory card I have gotten as far as installing it, formatted it but now I am stuck I don't know where to go from here I would like to put my pictures and videos I take of my disabled grandson on it and I read somewhere where I can make it to where any future pictures I will take or videos would save on the memory card is that by default or do I have to set that please help in simple terms.

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Memory card stuck on scanning for error?

Memory card is inserted and checks for errors, and after that i cant access it

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Excellent instructions!!!
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How can I transfer from phone storage to sd card for music,photos and contacts
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I received my warranty exchange s4 from Tmobile and transferred the 8g card to the new phone - nothing. Put it back into the original s4 - nothing. The mount sd option is greyed out. My PC doesn't recognize it either, whether via USB or sd converter. Help?!?!?!
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it also happens to me.
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