Have 16 GB internal memory and a 14 GB SD card. Recently received "not enough storage" alert and many of my photos were gone. I enjoy taking photos and bought a 64GB SD card so i could store them better. I first formatted the card as portable storage and noticed my camera on the phone and a camera app would not take pictures because there was no storage. I checked strage in settings and it showed 56 GB of open storage. I formatted the card to be internal storage and got the same results camera on phone wont open, and camera app wont save pictures. Can this be fixed and how? Thanks H
Well if the phone registers the SD card as installed and shows the available space, it is working.
Also, just choosing the set as "Internal" option doesn't always really make the card "Internal" storage. There are steps to go through for that. I will include that below.
First, try checking for updates for the device. That alone can cause this.
Now the problem may well be none of these. It may well be your app. You need to check the "Settings" within the camera app and see where it is set to save photos. That can make a difference. If this doesn't resolve it, you may want to completely clear the camera apps data, restart the phone, and then try again.
NOTE: This is only referring to the camera app the phone comes with and not any third party apps. For problems with a third party app, you need to check with the apps creators.
First, you need to be using a phone that is running at least Android "Marshmallow" (6.0) or newer, or be able to upgrade to it. Second, you will need the instructions I am including below. And third, you need a phone that has not been restricted by the manufacturer from making this change. Which does happen.
NOTE: If any of the steps are missing on your phone, or they don't work for you, then you have a phone that either has an older Android version or has been restricted by the manufacturer. If that is the case, you will not be able to use this information.
How to turn the "External" SD card into "Internal" storage - Option A
NOTE: Please be sure you start with a blank SD card. It needs to be blank because when the card is converted to "Internal" storage, it will be formatted (wiped) and encoded (making the cards data only readable by that device).
1. Go to device “Settings”, then select “Storage”.
2. Select your "SD Card", then tap the “three-dot menu“ (top-right), now select “Settings” from in there.
3. Now select “Format as internal”, and then “Erase & Format”.
4. Your SD Card will now be formatted as internal storage.
5. Reboot your phone.
NOTE: If you don't reboot the phone, many things may not work correctly, so make sure you do.
How to turn the "External" SD card into "Internal" storage - Option B
IMPORTANT NOTE: Be sure you start with a blank SD card. When the card is converted to "Internal" storage, it will be formatted (wiped) and encoded (making the cards data only readable by that device), so anything on it prior would be gone.
1. Go to "Settings", and then select "Storage & USB".
2. At the bottom of the list you should see the SD card's details, including the option to format it and make it "Internal" storage.
3. Once this is done, reboot the device and you can start running things from the card.
If you don't reboot the phone, some things may not work correctly, so make sure you do the reboot.