How to Fix SD Card is Unexpectedly Removed Error

There are countless threads has been created in several forum about this error. We have researched through several forums and found the best possible solutions for fixing SD card is unexpectedly removed error on any Android smartphone. If we describe this issue, a user will see a notification on notification bar saying fix sd card is unexpectedly. Sometimes it gets detected automatically and removed again.

We have observed that this issue mostly occurs for smartphones that have updated with the latest firmware. However, there are several possible reasons for sd card keeps unmounting from a smartphone. Below are few steps to fix this issue.

Fixing SD card unexpectedly removed issue with simple steps

  • Turn off your phone & remove SD card
  • Turn on again and confirm if your memory card has considered as removed (Check it from Setting > Storage)
  • Turn off your device again, insert sd card back into it
  • Now switch on and check to see if problem has fixed

If you have updated your smartphone to marshmallow update, you can check this information to fix this issue.

For some devices, we can mount and unmount SD card from setting option. This helps to fix a problem for some devices. According to value stuff blog, below process works fine to fix this error on Android smartphones.

  • Go to Settings > Storage > scroll down tap on “Unmount
  • Once Unmounted, remove your card from device
  • Now turn off your phone & insert your memory card again
  • Turn on your phone and again go to Setting > Storage > unmount external storage
  • Now tap on mount external storage

And you have done. What we did is first unmounted external storage, removed it and again mounted it. So smartphone will detect your memory card. Try this steps again, if your issue is not resolved.

If you have recently updated your system or installed custom ROM in it, try to reset it to factory setting to see if this issue gets resolved or not.


Backup & Format SD Card

Try to backup your memory card to your computer. Once you have all data backup, format it from a computer. The trick is that we will format it from a computer as well as from smartphone too. So once formatted your card from your computer, insert your memory card into your smartphone.

So once formatted your card from your computer, insert your memory card into your smartphone. Format your memory card again from your smartphone and copy your data to micro sd card from your backup.


Cross Check by using another memory card

If you frequently getting SD Card is Unexpectedly Removed notification on your smartphone, you should try another memory card. Remove your current memory card and insert another memory card on your device to see if you still getting this error or not.


SD Card Classes

Sometimes we use a higher class SD card with our device that seems not supported. Check how Panny Sharma has fixed their error just by replacing class 4 micro sd card with class 10. Some smartphones aren’t compatible with a specific class, so make sure specific sd card is supported for your device or not before ordering.

Some smartphones aren’t compatible with a specific class, so make sure specific sd card is supported for your device or not before ordering.


Here we have listed best possible solution to fix SD Card is Unexpectedly Removed error on smartphone. Check with all steps and let us know if your problem is still not resolved.

Last Updated On: July 22, 2017

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One comment

  1. I have no info to back up this claim, but I think it’s the old fat32 format. Drives went bad all the time because of bad sectors back in the DOS and early Windows day.

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