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How to Insert and Remove the microSD Card from an Android Tablet

Some Android tablets use a removable media card on which they can store your stuff — photos, videos, music, evil plans. The card uses the microSD format, so it’s referred to as a microSD card or often (incorrectly) as an SD card.

The microSD card is teensy, which is a scientific description. The card fits into a slot on the edge of your tablet but can also be inserted into your computer and read like any removable media card.

To insert a microSD card into your Android tablet, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure that the Android tablet is turned off.

    Press and hold the Power/Lock button (see the margin), and choose the Power Off command from the menu.

  2. If the microSD card slot is covered by a tiny tab or hatch, open the tiny tab or hatch.

    Use your thumbnail to pry open the cover. Some covers come off completely; others just flop over to the side, like an annoying leaf caught under your car’s windshield wiper.

  3. Orient the microSD card so that the printed side is facing you and the teensy triangle on the card is pointing in toward the Android tablet.

  4. Use your fingernail or a paperclip to gently shove the card all the way into the slot.

    The card makes a faint clicking sound when it’s fully inserted.

  5. Close the hatch covering the microSD card slot.

After the microSD card is installed, turn on your Android tablet. Just press and hold the Power/Lock button until the touchscreen comes to life.

Most of the time, you’ll leave the microSD card inside your Android tablet. When the urge hits to remove it, heed these steps:

  1. Turn off your Android tablet.

    You can damage the media card if you just yank it out of the tablet, which is why you should first turn off the tablet.

  2. Open the itty-bitty hatch covering the microSD card slot.

  3. Use your fingernail to press the microSD card inward a tad.

    The microSD card is spring-loaded, so pressing it in eventually pops it outward.

  4. Pinch the microSD card between your fingers and remove it completely.

The microSD card is too tiny to leave laying around. Put it into a microSD card adapter for use in your PC or another electronic device. Or store it inside a miniature box that you can label with a miniature pen in miniature letters, “MicroSD Card Inside.” Don’t lose it!

  • Some Android tablets come with a microSD card, but most often you have to purchase one.

  • MicroSD cards come in a smattering of capacities, measured in gigabytes (billions of bytes), abbreviated GB or just G. Common capacities include 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB. The higher the capacity, the more stuff you can store but also the more expensive the card.

  • To use a microSD card with your computer, you’ll need an SD card adapter. Insert the microSD card into the adapter, and then plug the SD card adapter into your computer. The adapters are an extra purchase, though some microSD cards come with an adapter.

  • SD stands for Secure Digital. It is but one of about a zillion media card standards.

  • In addition to the microSD card, your Android tablet also features internal storage. That storage is used for the programs you install on the tablet, as well as for the tablet’s operating system and other control programs.

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