Phone Not Reading/Detecting/Recognizing SD Card [11 Effective Solutions]

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Jun 14, 2024 • Filed to: SD Card Solutions • Proven solutions

Case: Phone not detecting SD Card
To extend the storage space of my Android phone, I added an external SD card to save my data such as documents, photos, and videos. However, my phone stopped detecting SD Card when I was trying to access some data saved on the SD Card.
I restarted my phone several times, but it's still not detecting the SD Card.

SD card is a famous extended storage space for Android Phones with insufficient built-in memory and for people who like playing games or taking photos and videos. However, "SD Card not detected on Android" is a common problem due to various reasons such as Fake SD Card, Improper use of SD Card, mishandling, etc. If the android phone is not detecting SD cards some solutions can be tried to fix the problem. The foremost thing is the trouble location and then tiring several simple fixes such as rebooting the phone, cleaning the SD Card, formatting an SD Card, etc. Though if the problem is still unsolved then the Android SD Card Recovery solution is needed to access the files on the SD memory card. Recoverit is one such data recovery software that helps to retrieve the data in three simple steps i.e. Select, Scan, and Recover.

Trouble location for Micro SD Card Not Detected on Android

The most important thing to do is to locate the problem location. Whether it is a problem with the micro SD Card, Android phone, or something else. Trouble-location saves time and effort.

1. Causes by SD Card

It is most likely the problem is caused by SD Card. The following are the three tips that help to identify.

2. Causes by Android Phone

The problem may lie within the Android phone. Insert another SD card on the phone, which is detectable on another device, and see the results. If the phone cannot detect the new SD Card, the problem lies within the phone at the software or hardware level.

3. Other Reasons

Maybe the Android phone and SD Card are working fine separately but just won't work when combined. It is a rare case but still possible. Some SD cards require a stable power supply. In this case, try an original battery.

11 Ways to Fix SD Card not Detected on Android Phone?

1. Try Several Simple Tricks

2. Clean SD Card Lightly

Poor contact can cause the SD Card not detected or recognized the problem. To make it work again, remove the SD Card and then gently rub the metal piece and if necessary also clean the SD Card slot on the phone.

3. Unmount and Remount SD Card

On an Android phone go to Settings > Storage, find the SD Card section. If it shows the "Unmount SD Card" or "Mount SD Card" option, perform these operations to fix the problem. During this process make sure the phone is not connected to Computer.

unmount sd card

4. Use the Computer to Diagnose

Windows can repair some errors on disk drives, so you can mount your SD Card to the computer to check errors. However, this solution only works if the computer can detect an SD Card.

  1. Insert the SD card into a card reader, and then connect to a computer.
  2. Open My Computer, and find the disk drive or SD card.
  3. Right-click the disk and choose Property.
  4. Click the Tools tab.
  5. On the Error-checking section, choose Check> Repair drive.
  6. When the drive is repaired, eject the SD card and insert it back to the phone.

repair sd card on windows

5. Update SD Card Driver

If you faced the SD card not showing up Android issue, it may be caused by the out-of-dated SD card driver. Follow this way to make your SD card detectable again:

  1. Connect the memory card or SD card to your computer.
  2. Right click the Windows icon, and select Device Manager.
  3. Find the Universal Serial Bus Controllers, right click the corresponding USB drive, and click Update driver.

    updated sd card driver

  4. After that, wait for the driver to be updated. Restart your computer and see if the SD card not showing up Android issue is fixed or not.

6. Check Your Phone Device’s Compatibility

If your Android phone is out of dated, it may be incompatible with your SD card. For instance, the latest MicroSD cards are designed for faster speed and more storage space, which is incompatible with the low-end and older Android devices.

So you can try replacing the SD card with a basic on to check if the problem fixed or not.

7. Repair SD Card with CHKDSK Command

If there is any internal problems with the SD card, your Android phone may be unable to recognize it. In this way, you can try CHKDSK Command to fix this problem.

  1. Connect the SD card to your computer.
  2. Right click the Windows icon and select Windows PowerShell(Admin).
  3. Now, enter the following command and press Enter: chkdsk X: /R(replace X with the letter assigned to your SD card)

    CHKDSK command

  4. Wait for CHKDSK to complete the process.

On this way, CHKDSK will check the entire SD card for bad sectors and repair the issue if possible.

8. Access the SD Card in Safe Mode

The SD card not showing up Android may also by caused by the third-party app on your device. We can use the safe mode to diagnose whether that’s the case. If the SD card can be recognized in safe mode, where all the third-party apps are disabled, you can try to delete the apps downloaded recently to fix the problem.

Follow this way to switch your phone to Safe mode(Take Samsung Android phone for example):

  1. Turn off your Android phone by holding the Volume down key and side key simultaneously. Select Power Off.

    enter safe mode

  2. Once the screen turns off, press and hold the Volume down key and side key at the same time to relaunch it.
  3. As soon as you see the Samsung logo appears on the screen, release the side key, and still holding the Volume down key.

    enter safe mode

  4. Now, if you see the Safe mode appears on the lower left corner of the screen, release the Volume down key.

    safe mode

  5. Check whether SD card not detected Android issue is fixed or not in the safe mode. If it works, Go to Settings->Apps to uninstall the apps that you can’t recognize or appear malicious.

    uninstall the app

  6. Press and hold the Volume down key and Side key at the same time, and click the Restart option to switch your phone to the normal mode.

    back to normal mode

9. Format SD Card

This solution is also only applicable when your computer can recognize the SD card.

  1. Connect the SD card to the computer via a card reader.
  2. Create a Backup of the SD Card on the computer.
  3. Right-click SD card drive, and then choose Format.
  4. Click Start to format the SD card.
  5. Insert the SD card in your phone.

format sd card

10. Factory Reset Android Phone

Sometimes due to software problems on SD card not detected on Android. A factory reset can solve some software errors on Android phones.

11. Repair Hardware Problem

If all of the above-mentioned methods fail to solve the SD Card not detected Android problem for you, then most likely it is a hardware problem. Either the SD Card is damaged or the mobile phone.

Extra tip: Learn methods to recover lost photos and videos from the Samsung S7 SD card.

How to Recover and Repair Data from SD Card not Detected

If you have lost data due to this issue, don't worry, try the following method to perfectly solve your problem!

1. Introduction to Recoverit Data Recovery

Recoverit Data Recovery is a powerful data recovery software that helps to retrieve lost and deleted files under different scenarios. It recovers all file types including documents, graphics, photos, videos, emails, and other files.

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It also retrieves data from all data loss scenarios, including emptied recycle bin, accidental deletion, disk formatting, and corrupted external device, and even crashed computers.

2. Steps to Recover data with Recoverit

Recoverit helps to recover data lost from an external device on a Windows computer. The external device can be external hardware, memory card, SD Card, USB Flash Drive, and so on.

To recover files it is important to launch Recoverit on Computer.

Steps to recover data

Step 1: Select the Location

To recover lost or deleted files select the target location. And click Start to scan it.

select the sd card location

Step 2: Scan the Location

It will start an all-around scan of the targeted location. It will take a few minutes to complete the scanning. During the process, you can pause or stop the scanning process if you find your data at any time.

scan sd card

Step 3: Wait for Scanning

Data scanning is in progress. Wait while the scanning process completes.

Step 4: Preview and Recover Files

After scanning it will show you all lost data and you can find and select the target data. Click the recover button and it could be retrieved at once.

preview and save recovered videos

Learn more about recovering data from memorycard for free.

3. Introduction to Advanced Video Recovery Function of Recoverit

Recoverit Data Recovery is a powerful video file recovery program, it can easily get deleted videos back. Video files are different from any other type of data. Sometimes, you might find the video corruption after the preview using the software. If so, Recoverit works for you. Recoverit Data Recovery Ultimate supports the Advance Video Recovery feature. It scans, gathers, and matches the fragments of your corrupt videos, and thus ensures most of your videos are recovered from DSLR, Digital cameras, Drones, Action Cameras, Dashcams, camcorders, SD cards, PC, HDD, etc. Recoverit supports all video formats: AVI, MOV, MP4, 3GP, 3G2, ASF, SWF, etc.

Steps involved in the advanced video recovery process are as follows:

advanced video recovery

You may need to refer to this tutorial video

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4. Steps to Repair Corrupted Video with Recoverit

Video files can get corrupted for various reasons. For instance, if you are not careful while shutting down the computer and a video file is running in the background then that file will have the risk of corruption. Or if no good antivirus program is installed on your computer. Another reason that might cause corruption of video file is a device error while the video was being recorded.

Repairit is powerful video repair software for repairing corrupt, broken, or damaged MOV, MP4, M2TS, MKV, MTS, 3GP, AVI, and FLV file formats. It supports two repair modes. Quick repair is to repair various video errors. The advanced repair can repair your corrupt videos by analyzing the data and technology of the sample video shot by the same device.

Repairit Video Repair has the following features:

Steps to Recover Corrupted Video

Step 1: Add your corrupted videos
Launch the application on your computer. To repair your corrupted video files, you can add them by clicking the Add button or "Add video and start repairing" area.

add videos

Step 2: Repair your videos
As soon as you have added all the corrupted videos, click on the Repair option to start the video repair process.

scan videos

Step 3: Preview the videos
It will take some time to repair and once it has finished the repair process, a reminder showing info of successful fix will pop up on the screen. Press OK to close the operation.

preview videos

Step 4: Advance mode for severely corrupted video (optional)
If the videos are severely corrupted and not repaired successfully, please go to the advanced repair mode. Just click the Advanced Repair button.

Then add a sample video and repair it now.

add sample video

Step 5: Save repaired video
The advanced repair will perform the repairing process and prompt a success message when the process is completely done. Now, you can play these videos and you will not see any error on the screen.


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