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Fixing The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 microSD Card Can’t Be Found Issue & Other Related Problems

If you are running out of storage space on your #Samsung #Galaxy #Note4 then you can simply add a microSD card to it to increase the space further. This device is able to accommodate a microSD card of up to 128GB and is a great way to save all of your music files, videos, and photos among others. Sometimes though, this card can cause certain issues on the device. This is what we will concentrate on today as we tackle the Galaxy Note 4 microSD card can’t be found issue & other related problems.

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Note 4 microSD Card Can’t Be Found

Problem: My phone was promoted to update the operating system to marshmallow.  After the update error message keeps poping up sd card can’t be found and often prompts me to unmount sd card. Just keeps doing that.  I haven’t messed with the sd card before.  Only started happening after the update.  Once I unmount it, it goes away for a little while.

Solution: If the problem occurred just after the update then it could be caused by some form of data conflicts. This is usually what happens when the old software data is not completely removed from the device during the update process. Follow the troubleshooting steps listed below to resolve this issue. Move to the next step if the current step fails to resolve the problem.

  • Turn off your phone then take out the battery and microSD card. Press and hold the power button for at least a minute. Reinsert the battery and microSD card then turn on the phone. Check if the issue still occurs.
  • Wipe the cache partition of your phone from the recovery mode. This will delete the temporary data in your phone that could be causing the problem.
  • Backup your phone data then do a factory reset.

Note 4 Format SD Card Greyed Out

Problem: “SD Card Unmounted” and “Format SD Card” are grayed out in Settings > Storage > SD Card. I have a 68GB Samsung card in the phone and it is functional, but I’m not thrilled about formatting the card with my computer instead of the native device. (I can move data onto/off the card with the phone connected to my Mac and PC.) TIA for your help!

Solution: Try checking first if an app installed in your phone is causing this problem. To do this just start your phone in Safe Mode. In this mode only the pre-installed apps are allowed to run while apps you downloaded are disabled. Check if the unmount SD card  and format SD card settings are still greyed out. If they are not greyed out then this issue could be caused by an app you installed in the phone. Find out what app this is and uninstall it. If they are greyed out  then follow the troubleshooting steps listed below.

  • Turn off your phone then remove the battery and the microSD card. Press and hold the power button for at least a minute. Reinsert the battery and the microSD card. Turn on your phone. Check if the issue still occurs.
  • Wipe the cache partition of your phone from the recovery mode. Check if the issue still occurs.
  • Backup your phone data then do a factory reset.

Note 4 Pictures Transferred To microSD Card Missing

Problem: I just bought a samsung micro sd card 64gb yesterday. After I inserted it in my phone, I transferred all my photos and videos from my device storage to the SD card. After the transfer, some of my pictures have been corrupted. But I still have not deleted those corrupted pictures thinking that I might still recover it. Then I made some new folders  and transferred some of my pictures there. No pictures were corrupted. After 1 day, i decided to check my gallery and found out that some of my albums were missing. I went to My Files and checked if it’s there and yes the folders were there but no pictures. So in my fear I transferred the remaining pictures that I have to my device storage again. Please help me recover my photos. Thanks.

Solution: It appears that the microSD card could have some bad sectors which when used causes the data stored in it to be corrupt. If you haven’t deleted anything in the card yet and would like to try to recover the photos in it then you should use a computer to do this.

Take out the microSD card from your phone then connect it to your computer. You may need a card reader to do this. Once the microSD card is detected by your computer use a program such as Recuva to recover the data that is corrupt in your microSD card. Take note that this is not a 100% sure solution since recovering corrupted data is not a perfect science. You may recover some of the photos using this method or you may not recover them at all.

Note 4 Not Detecting 32GB microSD Card

Problem: I had a sandisk 8gb micro sd card in my phone for extra storage. I wanted to upgrade to a 32 gb micro sd card, so I bought a samsung brand micro sd card. At first, my phone would intermittently not detect the new card, then it stopped detecting it completely. I tried the old sandisk card and it detects it fine without issue. What can I do?

Solution: It appears that the problem is with the microSD card itself since you mentioned that your phone does not have a problem reading the old card.

Try formatting the 32GB card using your phone then check if the issue still occurs. Make sure to make a backup copy of any data stored in the card before doing this. If the issue still occurs then I suggest you get a new card.

Note 4 Crashes When Moving Apps To microSD Card

Problem: I bought a new sd card and started transferring the apps that would transfer.  But as i was doing this the note crashed restarted and would not read to apps transferred to the new sd card (64g).  I formatted the sd card and started downloading all the apps i had lost and a couple more.  I started moving apps again starting with kindle and amazon apps and it crashed again restarting with those few apps gone.  Now I am afraid to move anything.  What am I doing wrong.

Solution:  As far as I can tell you are not doing anything wrong. As for the question of what’s causing this problem it could be due to a faulty microSD card. Try using a different microSD card then check if the issue still occurs. If it does then proceed with performing the troubleshooting steps listed below. Move on to the next step if the current steps fails to resolve the problem.

  • Start the phone in Safe Mode then transfer the apps that can be transferred this way.
  • Wipe the cache partition of your phone from the recovery mode. Try to transfer the apps again.
  • Backup your phone data then do a factory reset.

Note 4 Apps Transferred To microSD Keep Going Back To Internal Storage

Problem: I  clear room in my phone memory by sending apps to my SD card,  but every time they are updated they come back to the cell memory,  it’s there any way they can land in the SD card? ,  OR as I read the soon to come  Marshmallow has a different management  of space which will solve the issue.

Solution: When apps gets updated under the Lollipop system they are installed again by default on the device internal storage. You can root your device device then configure it to install apps by default to the microSD card however this is not a procedure I recommend.

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