Fix the annoying Samsung Galaxy S7 frequent microSD card pop up [Troubleshooting Guide]

Some #Samsung Galaxy S7 (#GalaxyS7) owners were complaining about the message “SD Card, For transferring photos and media” as it keeps popping up every time they reboot their devices. However, many have been complaining about it as it shows up more frequently; others say it shows every 5 minutes. When it pops up, you only have two options either to “Explore” or to “Eject” your SD card and none of these are actually a fix.


It’s a widespread problem covering both the S7 and S7 Edge variants of Samsung’s 2016 flagship so there are actually a few workarounds shared by users who encountered it. But then again, they’re simply workarounds and not permanent fixes so many are still finding the real solution to this problem and that’s the reason why we publish articles like this.

So, in this post, I will provide you some of the workarounds as shared by some users as well as the troubleshooting procedures that might help you determine the real problem and eventually fix this problem.

Before anything else, to our readers who have other concerns, make sure you visit our S7 troubleshooting page for we have already provided solutions to a lot of problems with this device. Odds are that there are already existing solutions to your problems so try to find issues that are similar or related to yours. If our solutions don’t work and you need further assistance, do not hesitate to contact us by filling up our Android issues questionnaire.

Troubleshooting “SD Card, For transferring photos and media” error

This might be a firmware issue or a problem with the microSD card. We cannot just jump into conclusion without troubleshooting this problem. That being, the following are the things you need to do to troubleshoot your phone:

  1. Turn your Galaxy S7 off.
  2. Remove the SD card.
  3. Using an adapter, let your computer read the card.
  4. If the machine can read it just fine, then backup the data and reformat.
  5. After reformatting, re-insert the card to your phone and see if the notification still shows up after several minutes.
  6. If the problem persists or if the computer can’t read the card, then you need to use a different microSD card.
  7. On the other hand, if the card is working with other devices except your phone, then contact your retailer, carrier or Samsung to have the phone checked.

However, before you actually seek assistance from people outside your circle, make sure your personal information are deleted from your phone. So, I suggest you try to do the master reset; it doesn’t just delete your personal information but also rules out the possibility that it’s an issue with the firmware. Try to follow these steps to reset your phone more effectively but I assume you already backed up your data and files:

  1. Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S7.
  2. Press and then hold the Home and Volume UP keys, then press and hold the Power key. NOTE: It doesn’t matter how long you press and hold the Home and Volume Up keys, it won’t affect the phone but by the time you press and hold the Power key, that’s when the phone starts to respond.
  3. When the Samsung Galaxy S7 shows on the screen, release the Power key but continue holding the Home and Volume Up keys.
  4. When the Android logo shows, you may release both keys and leave the phone be for about 30 to 60 seconds. NOTE: The “Installing system update” message may show on the screen for several seconds before displaying the Android system recovery menu. This is just the first phase of the entire process.
  5. Using the Volume Down key, navigate through the options and highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset.’
  6. Once highlighted, you may press the Power key to select it.
  7. Now highlight the option ‘Yes — delete all user data’ using the Volume Down key and press the Power button to select it.
  8. Wait until your phone is finished doing the Master Reset. Once completed, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and press the Power key.
  9. The phone will now reboot longer than usual.

After the reset, try to check if there’s an available firmware update for your Galaxy S7 as many owners reported that an update fixed their issues. If there’s none, then contact support or bring your phone to the store.

Workarounds for “SD Card, For transferring photos and media” error

For owners who are looking for a way to somehow get rid of the notification temporarily, here are some things you can do…

  • Pull down the notification panel and just swipe the notification away. It’s basically, a notification that can be swiped off but it would really be annoying to do it if it shows up every few minutes. Nevertheless, you can continue working on whatever you were doing until the notification pops up again.
  • Try a different microSD card. This is if the problem is with the microSD card but I know it’s not really a good choice for those who purchased SD cards with better quality and higher capacity.
  • One of our readers suggested to tap and hold on the notification to turn off Contents in notification and System UI. However, the notification will still be there.

Of course, the best way to get rid of the notification is to fix the problem. So, at this point, if the problem isn’t fixed, then you need to seek help from a technician or probably contact your provider and have it taken care of. Many owners reported that their provider replaced their device so you might be get a replacement unit, too.


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