SD cards and Android Phones

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I'm the owner of a Asus Zenfone Max 2, and I'm pretty happy with it, because it has 3 things that are important to me: Dual Sim (i'm oftenly travelling , so i always carrying with me a couple of Sims), MicroSD slot and good capacity battery (5000 mAH).

I bought a 64gb MicroSD card to expand the storage capacity of my cellphone, but i started to have some issues:

- I found that bigger cards (64, 128, 256 gb), are formatted with the extfat filesystem, that sometimes is not recognized by some devices. Here's a nice post that explains the different types of filesystems for SD cards.

- There're some solutions that requires to enable root user in the phone, but I was not planning to do that, at least in the short period.

Searching on internet I found that a workaround for this issue, is to format the card with the FAT32 filesystems. The only disadvantage of using this option, is that the FAT32 doesn't support files bigger than 4gb. I was not planning to use files of that size, so the workaround is suitable for me :) .

By default if you are a windows user , the format utility will format the device either extfat or ntfs, so you need to download a 3rd party tool to do the trick. Here's the link to download the tool.

If you are Linux user like me, you can do the trick with the gparted tool, available in most linux distributions. You just need to choose the sd card in the menu, delete the partition (default extfat partition ) and create a new one, choosing the fat32 filesytem.

Now you should be able to use the card with your cellphone :)

PD (In both scenarios you need to connect the SD card to your computer/laptop using the microsd adaptor that comes with your card or a USB card reader).

Thanks for visiting !!


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