How to fix an LG V35 ThinQ smartphone that cannot detect SD card [Troubleshooting Guide]

The LG V35 ThinQ supports microSD card types for extra storage. Its 64GB internal storage capacity may still not suffice especially for those who are fond of adding complex apps and multimedia contents. To meet extra storage demands by heavy users, removable storage like microSD cards for smartphones are offered. All you need is to find the right SD card for your phone, mount it then start saving files. SD cards are often utilized as tangible backup storage media in mobile devices. Yet, there are instances when a smartphone just couldn’t read or detect the SD card.

There are different reasons as to why a smartphone cannot detect or read a microSD card. Invalid file format, incompatible SD card, dislodged SD card, application error, and worst, the SD card is damaged or corrupted. Often times, the problem is attributed to a software error. Highlighted in this post are generic solutions you can try on, should you encounter a similar issue on your LG V35 ThinQ smartphone, which cannot detect or read the SD card. You can refer to this walkthrough, if necessary.

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First solution: Restart/soft reset your LG V35 ThinQ.

If this is the first time your phone failed to read the SD card, it’s possibly just due to a random application error. To clear such errors, performing a soft reset or device restart should be enough to deal with the problem. To do so, simply turn your LG V35 ThinQ off and then back on again. Here’s how:

  1. Press and hold the Power/Lock button on the back of the phone.
  2. Select Power off option.
  3. Then tap Power Off again to confirm.
  4. After about 30 seconds, press and hold the Power/Lock button until the lights up.

You can also restart an LG V35 ThinQ smartphone through power options. Here’s how:

  • Press and hold the Power/Lock button then select Restart from the menu options.

Try to access the SD card storage when your phone is finished restarting and see if it reads the card this time. If not then, try the next method.

Second solution: Wipe cache partition on your LG V35 ThinQ.

Wiping the cache partition can be the key to fixing the problem if it has something to do with some corrupted cache or temporary data in the system folders or cache partition. This will clear and refresh the internal memory for faster and smoother run. And here’s how it’s done:

  1. Tap Apps from the Home screen.
  2. Then tap Settings.
  3. Navigate to the General tab.
  4. Select Storage.
  5. Scroll down the list and tap Cached data.
  6. When prompted with the confirmation message, tap Yes to clear caches for all apps.

Third solution: Remove and reseat the SD card on your LG V35 ThinQ.

Make sure that the SD card is not loose because your device won’t be able to detect it if it’s dislodged. Before you remove the SD card from your phone, it’s recommended to unmount it first. This will properly eject the SD card and prevents causing any damage to the files saved in it. Refer to the following steps to unmount the SD card on your LG V35 ThinQ:

  1. Swipe down from the Notification bar.
  2. Tap the Settings icon.
  3. Select the General tab.
  4. Tap Storage.
  5. Then tap the Eject icon.

After unmounting the SD card, continue with these steps:

  1. Turn off your phone.
  2. While it’s off, insert the eject tool or paperclip into the small hole to eject the SIM & microSD card tray. The SD card and SIM card share a single tray.
  3. Carefully pull the tray out when it’s loose.
  4. Gently pull out the SD card from the tray.
  5. Examine the card and tray for any visible signs of damage like scratches or dents. If there’s none, place the SD card back into the correct card slot with gold contacts facing down and the notched edge on the upper left.
  6. Gently press the SD card in until it clicks into place. Make sure both the SD card and SIM card are properly secured in their respective slots.
  7. Insert the SIM & microSD tray back into the phone and make sure it’s locked.

Once the tray is secured in place, turn on your phone and see if it already reads the SD card as intended. If it still failed to read or detect the SD card, move on to the next possible solution.

Fourth solution: Boot into Safe Mode then insert the SD card.

Booting your LG V35 ThinQ in safe mode can help rule out app errors from the underlying causes. Only stock apps and preinstalled services are allowed to run in safe mode. If your phone is able to detect or read the SD card while in safe mode, then a third-party app is the culprit. Here’s how to enable safe mode on your new LG smartphone:

  1. While your LG V35 ThinQ is turned on, press and hold down the Power key for a short while or until the menu options appear.
  2. Select Power Off then Restart in Safe Mode.
  3. Tap OK on the Safe Mode prompt to continue.
  4. Wait until your device reboots in safe mode.

You should see a message prompt saying that Safe Mode is On.

Try to access the SD card/storage and see if your phone reads the card now. If it reads the card, you will need to figure app which from your downloaded apps is the culprit. You may have to delete or uninstall individual apps then test your device to see if the problem is gone.

Fifth solution: Format the SD card.

Wiping everything from the SD card can help fix the problem if it’s due to some broken data segments or corrupted files from the SD card. The process is referred to as SD card formatting. This however will delete all your critical data from the SD card. Should you wish to continue, follow these steps to format the SD card on your LG V35 ThinQ:

  1. From the Home screen, navigate to Apps-> Settings-> Storage & USB menu.
  2. Tap SD card.
  3. Tap the Menu icon (three vertical dots) on the upper right.
  4. Tap Settings from the given options.
  5. Select Format.
  6. Tap Erase & Format.
  7. Your device will then start erasing your SD card. All files you saved on the card will be deleted. Follow the rest of the onscreen instructions to complete the SD card formatting process.

Alternatively, you can format the SD card on your computer. You will need to use a card reader and SD card formatting software to proceed. If you’re using a Windows PC, then you can use the built-in formatting software offered in the Windows package. While its features might be limited, it’s still useful.

When the SD card is formatted completely, restart your phone then try to mount the SD card again. Your phone should now be able to read the card.

Other options

Among the last-ditch solution to consider if the problem persists or your LG V35 ThinQ still cannot detect or read the SD card would be a factory data reset or master reset. This might be necessary and most likely the key to fixing the problem if some tough bugs and malware are to blame. All your files will be deleted in the process, thus it’s optional. Should you wish to take a chance, be sure to back up all your important contents for safekeeping. Then you can reset your LG V35 ThinQ smartphone through settings or using a computer. If none of that helps, then you should now consider buying a new SD card.

You can also report the issue to your device carrier or LG Support for other options and official recommendations.

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