Samsung Galaxy Tabs For Dummies
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You can easily expand your Samsung Galaxy tablet's storage capacity by installing a microSD card. The card stores photos, music, and other information, supplementing the tablet's internal storage. You can use the card also to exchange files between the tablet and other devices, including a computer.

You can insert the microSD card into the tablet whether the device is on or off. Heed these directions:

  1. Locate the microSD card hatch on the tablet's edge.

    Let's illustrate the hatch's appearance, although it may look subtly different on your tablet. The hatch is labeled microSD; don't confuse it with the SIM card cover.

  2. Insert a fingernail into the slot on the teensy hatch that covers the microSD slot, and then flip up the hatch.

    The slot cover has a fingernail-size indentation. When pressure is applied, the hatch that covers the slot pops up and kind of flops over to the side. The slot cover doesn't come off completely.

  3. Orient the microSD card so that the printed side is up and the teeny triangle on the card is pointing toward the open slot.

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

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

    If the card keeps popping out, you're not shoving it in far enough.

  5. Close the hatch covering the microSD card slot.

If the tablet is on (and has been configured), you may see a prompt regarding the MTP application needing to restart after you successfully insert the card. If so, touch the OK button on the tablet's touchscreen.

To remove the microSD card, follow these steps:

  1. If the tablet is on, unmount the microSD card. If the tablet is off, skip to Step 2.

    1. a.At the Home screen, touch the Apps icon to visit the Apps screen.

    2. b.Open the Settings app.

    3. c.On the left side of the screen, choose the Storage category.

    4. If you can't find the Storage category, touch the General tab found at the top of the Settings app screen.

    5. d.Under the SD Card heading on the right side of the screen, choose Unmount SD Card.

    6. e.Ignore the warning, and then touch the OK button.

    A message appears briefly atop the touchscreen, telling you that it's okay to remove the microSD card; proceed with Step 2.

  2. Open the little hatch covering the microSD card slot.

  3. Using your fingernail or a bent paperclip, press the microSD card inward a tad.

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

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

When the tablet is turned off, you can insert or remove the microSD card at will.

  • Odds are good that your tablet didn't come with a microSD card, so run out and buy one!

  • The microSD cards are teensy. To use the card on a computer or another electronic device, get an SD card adapter.

  • The Galaxy Note accepts microSD cards up to 64GB in capacity; the Galaxy Tab accepts cards up to 32GB. Lower-capacity cards are cheaper, although they store less information.

  • GB is an abbreviation for gigabyte, which is one billion characters of storage. One gigabyte is enough storage for about an hour of video, or a week's worth of music, or a year's worth of photographs. It's a lot of storage.

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

  • The tablet works with or without a microSD card installed.

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