Except for the 5G version, all Samsung Galaxy S10 variants come with a microSD card slot. The maximum external memory you can add to your S10 and S10+ is up to 512 GB. You can use it to extend the storage capacity or transfer data from your phone to other devices. Usually, adding the extra memory card to the phone is easy, but sometimes, it doesn’t work or cannot be detected. How to fix Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+ that is not detecting SD card?
How To Fix Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+ That Is Not Detecting SD Card
The reason behind the issues you are facing related to micro SD on Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+ can be related to the card, the software, or the hardware. In many cases, the problem is caused when the card is not placed correctly on the slot. Let’s start the troubleshooting.
Remove SD Card
Perhaps, you didn’t put the SD card in its slot correctly. Therefore, open the slot and remove the SD card. Check if there is dirt or damage on the card. Clean it gently and carefully before you put it back in the slot. Make sure to place it correctly this time. See if this simple method can fix Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+ that is not detecting SD cards. If the issue persists, restart your Galaxy S10/S10+.
Test It On PC
To find out if the issue comes from the micro SD or is related to software, you can test it on a PC or another compatible device. Follow the steps to check SD card error on PC below.
1. Connect your Samsung S10/S10+ with micro SD to a PC by using a USB cable.
2. Open Windows Explorer on PC
3. Right-click on micro SD driver
4. Click on Properties, choose Tools, then click Error Checking. PC will try to update the SD card driver software and fix any errors
5. After all the diagnosis process is done, take the SD card from its slot and put it back.
When a PC or another device recognizes your SD card, the cause of Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+ that is not detecting SD card issue is probably linked to the phone.
Use different SD cards
Another way to check if the phone is responsible for the SD card issues you are facing is to test it with a different micro SD if you have one. The things to notice, ensure the card you are going to use for testing is original, compatible with your phone, and doesn’t have any damage or corrupted files. If it works just fine with your Galaxy S10/S10+, move to the next solution.
Format SD card
You have tried to use a different memory card on your Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+, and it worked fine. There is one more solution you should try – format your SD card. However, before formatting the card, it will be better to back up the data first. The process will erase all the data inside.
1. Place the SD card on your Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+ correctly
2. Launch Settings
3. Find the Battery and Device care option and tap it
4. Tap Storage
5. Tap Advanced
6. Choose the SD card option and tap Format
7. Tap Format to confirm
Reset To Factory Settings
If formatting doesn’t solve the Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+ that is not detecting SD card issues, reset your phone to its factory settings may do. Resetting the phone to factory reset will erase the data on it. Make sure to back up your data before starting the process.
1. Open the Settings app on your Galaxy S10/S10+
2. Select General management
3. Tap Reset
4. Choose Factory data reset
5. Tap Reset and enter your password or PIN
6. Tap Delete all.