How to Insert Micro Sd card in Samsung Galaxy Tab A [The Ultimate Guide]

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Are you running out of storage space on your phone or tablet?

If your device has a microSD card, you can expand memory and exchange photos, music, or data with other microSD devices.

It’s a must for that collection of photos or songs you’ve amassed over the years.

Knowing how to insert and remove an SD card from a Galaxy Tab A can be useful when troubleshooting or adding more storage capacity.

See the steps for inserting and removing an SD card below.

Remember

Please keep in mind that the available screens and settings may differ depending on your wireless service provider and software version.

Adoptable storage is not supported by Samsung Android phones.

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How to Insert Micro Sd card in Samsung Galaxy Tab A

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What type of Memory Card do I require for my Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablet?

Make sure you get the correct Memory Card for your tablet.

The built-in memory on your Samsung Galaxy is 8GB.

If you need more memory from your tablet, you can install an external microSD or microSDHC (High-Capacity) memory card with a maximum capacity of 128 GB (according to Samsung).

DO NOT PURCHASE AN SD CARD; you require the MICRO version!

A microSD card, also known as a microSDHC (High-Capacity) memory card, is the same type of card that is commonly used in smartphones.

Previously, the maximum capacity of microSDHC cards was frequently 32 GB. To ensure compatibility with other devices and to be safe, it is best to buy a card with a maximum capacity of 32 GB.

Many micro SD cards include an SD Card adapter for use with SD-capable devices such as cameras, camcorders, and (notebook) computers.

Memory cards are usually pre-formatted and do not need to be formatted right away.

To free up internal memory for applications, we recommend storing multimedia files (such as music, videos, and pictures) on an external memory card in your device.

Furthermore, if you purchase a new tablet, you can simply insert your external memory card into the new device and all of your data will be restored immediately.

The SD Association establishes standard speed classes that indicate the minimum performance required to record video.

Class 2 means 2 MB/s, Class 4 means 4 MB/s, Class 6 means 6 MB/s, and Class 10 means 10 MB/s. These days, a fast Class 10 card is the best option, especially for playing (HD) video.

SDHC cards are shipped with the FAT file system preinstalled. Only the FAT file structure is supported by your Samsung Galaxy Tab A.

If you insert a memory card with a different file structure, your device will prompt you to reformat the card.

Formatting your memory card on a computer may result in incompatibility with your device.

Only format the memory card on the device.

Tap Apps > Settings from a Home screen.

Tap Storage > Format SD card and then follow the on-screen instructions.

Memory cards for this tablet that are popular include, but are not limited to, the Samsung EVO 32GB Class 10 Micro SDHC Card with Adapter (MB-MP32DA/AM) and the SanDisk Ultra 16GB Ultra Micro SDHC UHS-I/Class 10 Card with Adapter.

Different MicroSD card Varieties

Unless you’re a tech whiz, you’re probably unaware that microSD cards are classified.

Aside from storage capacity, they differ in a variety of ways.

Some have additional characteristics that distinguish them from others.

  • MicroSD cards have capacities of up to 2GB.
  • MicroSDHC (High Capacity) cards have storage capacities of up to 32GB.
  • MicroSDXC (extended Capacity) cards have capacities ranging from more than 32GB to 2TB.
  • From slowest to fastest, each type of card has a speed rating of 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10.

While any type of microSD card can be used on your phone or tablet, the microSDXC card is recommended for high-resolution video recording due to its large storage capacity and fast read/write speed.

Regular microSD or microSDHC cards will suffice for less demanding applications such as still photography.

How to Insert and Remove an SD Card from a Samsung Galaxy Tab A

This quick guide will show you how to insert and remove an SD card from a Galaxy Tab A. To get started, follow the steps below.

How to Insert an SD Card in a Samsung Galaxy Tab A

Make sure your tablet is turned off before inserting an SD card.

Then proceed with the remaining steps outlined below.

1. Get the SD card ready.

2. Switch off your Galaxy Tab A.

This is critical. Inserting an SD card while the device is turned on may cause data corruption.

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nsert an SD Card in a Samsung Galaxy Tab A

3. Remove the card tray while your phone’s screen is facing you.

To unlock the tray, insert an insertion/removal tool (or a paperclip) into the provided slot.

This small hole should be visible on your device’s left side.

Remove card tray

4. Insert the SD card into the slot (gold contacts facing down).

The card should be snugly inserted into the slot.

If you can see the metallic contacts or if the card appears to move, you’re not doing it correctly.

Check that the card fits properly.

 Insert the SD card into the slot
Insert the SD card into the slot

5. Place the card tray in place (gold contacts facing down).

6. To secure the tray, press down on it.

That’s all! Turn on your Galaxy Tab A and check to see if it now recognizes your SD card.

If the tablet is turned on (and configured), you may see a prompt indicating that the MTP application needs to be restarted after successfully inserting the card.

If this is the case, tap the OK button on the tablet’s touchscreen.

How to Take out a Memory Card

1. Check to see if the device is currently accessing the memory card.

Remove a memory card while the device is transferring or accessing information to avoid data loss or damage to the memory card or device.

2. Before removing a memory card, unmount it first to ensure safe removal.

Select Settings > Storage > Unmount SD card > OK from the application list.

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How to Take out a Memory Card

Unmounting an SD card may cause some applications to stop working until you remount the SD card.

Unmounting an SD card
Unmounting an SD card

3. Find and remove the microSD card cover. It is located on the upper left side of your device. Pull the cover out and turn it upward with your fingernail.

 Find and remove the microSD card cover
Find and remove the microSD card cover

4. Push the microSD card into the socket with your fingernail (or a removal tool) to release the safety catch.

Push it in as far as you can. You hear a slight “click,” which indicates that the card is unlocked.

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Push the microSD card into the socket with your fingernail

5. Remove the memory card from the memory card slot. Your removable drive is no longer accessible.

6. Snap the microSD card cover shut.

Remove the memory card from the memory
Remove the memory card from the memory

Let’s Learn How to Copy Media to a MicroSD Card

1. Simply insert your microSD card to begin transferring your files.

To help clear space, you can also use the options in Device care.

2. Navigate to and launch the My Files app with your microSD card inserted.

3. Locate the file(s) you want to relocate, then touch and hold the file (s).

4. Tap Move or Copy at the bottom of the screen to return to the My Files Home page.

5. Tap SD card – this will only appear if an SD card is inserted.

Navigate to the folder where you want the files to be saved.

6. Tap Move here or Copy here to save the files to the SD card.

Remember

Please keep in mind that you can only move or copy files in the My Files app in this manner.

Files cannot be moved or copied to other apps, such as Gallery.

Samsung My Files Home screen
save the files to the SD card

How to Transfer Apps to a microSD card

Make sure you have a microSD card inserted before moving an app to a new storage location. Otherwise, your apps will be stranded.

Many apps are ineligible for relocation to the microSD card.

1. You can’t change the app’s storage location if you don’t see the Change option. Preloaded apps, for example, cannot be relocated.

2. Go to Settings and then to Apps.

3. Swipe to the app you want to move and select it.

4. Select Storage, followed by Change. This app cannot be moved if Change does not appear.

5. To change the app’s storage location, select SD card and then tap Move.

6. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the move if necessary.

A microSD card can be encrypted or decrypted.

Important: If you factory reset your phone or tablet while the microSD card is encrypted, it will no longer be able to read the MicroSD card.

Before resetting or using the SD card with another device, decrypt it.

If your phone or tablet has removable storage, you can protect your files by encrypting the SD card.

Encryption transforms data from a readable form to an encoded version that can only be read on the device that encrypted it.

Even though it may sound complicated, encrypting files stored on a Galaxy device’s memory card is simple.

1. Plug in your device’s charger. The process of encrypting or decrypting is CPU intensive and can quickly deplete the battery.

2. Navigate to Settings, then Encrypt SD Card or Decrypt SD Card.

3. Select either Encrypt SD card or Decrypt SD card.

4. If you have enabled the lock screen, you will be prompted to enter your credentials before your device encrypts the files on the memory card.

5. Your device will start encrypting or decrypting your SD card. Depending on the size of your SD card and the amount of data stored on it, this could take several minutes to complete.

Our Final Thoughts

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Frequently Ask Questions

How to Insert an SD Card in a Samsung Galaxy Tab A

1. Get the SD card ready.

2. Shut down your Galaxy Tab A.

3. With the screen of your phone facing you, remove the card tray.

4. Insert the SD card into the slot (gold contacts facing down).

5. Place the card tray in place (gold contacts facing down).

6. Press down on the tray to secure it in place.

That’s all!

Can an SD card be inserted into a Samsung Tab A?

The Galaxy Tab A (8.0) accepts microSD memory cards, which are available at any Verizon store or online. Make sure the device is turned off. Remove the card tray from the device’s left edge (display facing up).

On my Samsung Galaxy Tab A, how do I use my SD card as internal storage?

  • Navigate to the device’s “Settings” menu and then to “Storage.”
  • Select your “SD Card,” then tap the “three-dot menu” (top-right), and then select “Settings” from the drop-down menu.
  • Select “Format as internal,” followed by “Erase & Format.”
  • Your SD Card has now been formatted for internal storage.
  • Restart the tablet.

What is the maximum capacity of an SD card for the Samsung Galaxy Tab A?

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A NOOK includes a microSD card slot for additional storage of videos, photos, music, or other media. The maximum supported size is 128GB.

Why can't I move apps from my Samsung tablet to my SD card?

Android app developers must explicitly make their apps available to move to the SD card by including the “android: installation” attribute in their app’s manifest. If they don’t, the “Move to SD card” option is grayed out.

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