If you don’t know how to format an SD card for Android phone, you’re in the right place!

Today, I’ll reveal to you some easy methods.

It has become easy to format cards using both laptops and mobile phones.

In this article, you will find a guide on how to format an SD card for Android.


How to Format SD Cards for Android Phones

Formatting an SD card means removing all its contents completely that are present on it making space for you to store new data. That is why before you start formatting, it is important to transfer the useful contents to an external hard drive or your computer. It is quite easy to format an SD card using an Android phone and the below article will take you through different steps that will make the process easier for you.

There are two ways to format your SD card for Android phones.

  1. Format SD Card for Android with Android Mobiles.
  2. Format SD Card for Android on Windows PC.

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What Is A File System

A File System is something that stores and organizes all the data in a given storage device. Without a File system, it would be extremely difficult to locate the beginning and end of any data string. It keeps a track of all the files. Some of the commonly used file systems are NTFS, FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, and so on.

The file system is an important criterion to consider while formatting an SD card for an Android phone. Usually, the Android devices accept the SD card that has been formatted to FAT32, ext3, ext4, and exFAT. Make sure that your Android device supports the chosen file system.

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Format SD Card Using Android Mobiles

To format an SD card for Android using an Android phone is very simple. Follow the below steps.

  1. Power on the Android device.
  2. Take out the SD card slot and place your SD card into the slot.
  3. Go to Settings.
  4. After Settings, tap on Device Card.
  5. Go to Storage. 
  6. Tap the Advanced option.
  7. Choose the SD card.
  8. Tap the Format option
  9. Finally, select Format SD card on the pop-up window.


Format SD Card Using Windows PC

There are many ways in which you can set up an SD card for Android using a PC.

  1. Format SD card via File Explorer
  2. Format SD card via Disk Management
  3. Format SD card via Diskpart

Formatting an SD card via File Explorer

Below steps will guide you in formatting an SD card for an Android phone via File Explorer.

  1. Press Windows + E to open File Explorer.
  2. Locate the SD card in the list of drives by scrolling down on the left side of the window.
  3. Right-click the SD card and choose the Format option.
  4. On the Format SD card window.
  5. Choose the file system Android device supports.
  6. Tick mark the checkbox for Quick Format.
  7. Click the Start button to start Formatting.

Formatting an SD card via Disk Management

Follow the steps mentioned below to format an SD card using your PC via Disk Management for your Android phone.

  1. Right-click the Windows icon on the Windows taskbar.
  2. Choose the Disk Management option from the menu.
  3. On the Disk Management window, right-click the partition on the SD card.
  4. On the pop-up window, choose the file system Android device supports.
  5. Tick the checkbox for Quick format.
  6. Click OK to start formatting.

Formatting an SD card via Diskpart

To format an SD card for your Android phone using a PC via Diskpart, follow the below procedure step by step.

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type diskpart in the search bar and click the OK button.
  3. On the Diskpart window, type list disk, and press Enter.
  4. Type select disk # (replace the # symbol with the disk number of the SD card) and press Enter.
  5. Type list partition and click Enter.
  6. Type select partition * (replace the * symbol with the partition number of the SD card partition and click Enter.
  7. Type format fs=# quick (replace the # symbol with the file system Android device supports) and press Enter.


Last Word Of Advice

Before formatting makes sure you have backed up all the data as you will not be able to retrieve it, once formatted. Other than freeing the space, formatting the card is useful if the card has stopped working suddenly or it has been corrupted somehow.

Wonder how to understand if you card is corrupted and how to fix it? Then this article is for you.

Formatting it can save the card from being damaged completely and make it available for re-use. The above article enlists several ways in which you can set up your SD card for your Android devices. Choose the method that suits you the best.




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