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How Do You Format a Micro SD Card [Step-by-Step Guide on Each Way]

Updated by Gemma on Oct 27, 2022
Written by Sherly

Key Takeaways

1. This article provides you with three ways to format a Micro SD card.

2. This article teaches you to format the Micro SD card on a PC, Android, and Camera.

Micro SD cards are the type of SD card you normally find in a smartphone. They are also used in GPS devices and certain types of cameras. If any SD card has been with you long enough, you may need to format it at some point - especially if you want to erase it. This article will greatly help you if you are looking for the easiest and fullest way to format your Micro SD card.

Why Do You Need to Format a New Micro SD Card?

Formatting a micro SD card essentially resets and erases all information or files, giving you a blank micro SD card. Formatting your SD card regularly can help extend its life and sometimes prevent premature damage.

why format sd card

You need to format a micro SD card for a few different reasons. The specific reasons why format SD card are as follows:

In short, formatting an SD card erases every file, including the internal files that are usually hidden. Formatting is the best way to erase and reset an SD card. Besides, it should be the first step you should take when using a new card. And you have a lot of ways to format a Micro SD card. However, what is the best way to format the Micro SD card? Continue to read the next part and you can find the answer.

What Is the Best Way to Format a Micro SD Card?

You can format SD cards with Windows and Android devices or use your digital camera, which is based on your needs. In this article, you can learn three ways to format an SD card. The three methods are as follows:

There is a table for you to learn the pros and cons of each method, and then you can choose a suitable one based on your needs.

Features Using EaseUS Partition Master Using Android Using Camera
  • Simple and easy
  • Efficient and safe
  • Don't need to remove the SD card
  • Don't need to remove the sd card
  • Need to connect Micro SD card to a PC
  • Complicated steps
  • Difficult to operate
  • Different brands format an SD card in different ways

As you can see from the table, you can easily format a Micro SD card with EaseUS Partition Master Free without complicated steps as long as you connect your SD card to a PC. Therefore, if you want to format a Micro SD card, don't hesitate to let it help.

How to use the three methods to format a Micro SD card? Is there any detailed guide? Sure, you can learn specific steps of the three methods in the next part.

How Do You Format a Micro SD Card - 3 Ways

As mentioned above, we will show your three ways to format a Micro SD card in this part. First of all, let's learn the easiest one. You can get a free and professional format helper in the next paragraph.

Method 1. How Do You Format a Micro SD Card - EaseUS Partition Master

EaseUS Partition Master is a professional format tool and it can help you format a Micro SD card with simple clicks. You can feel at ease since it is easy to use with a clear interface.

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Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the partition on your external hard drive/USB/SD card which you want to format and choose the "Format" option.

Format External Hard Drive/USB/SD Card - 1

Step 2. Assign a new partition label, file system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3/EXT4/exFAT), and cluster size to the selected partition, then click "OK".

Format External Hard Drive/USB/SD Card - 2

Step 3. In the Warning window, click "Yes" to continue.

Format External Hard Drive/USB/SD Card - 3

Step 4. Click the "Execute 1 Task(s)" button in the top-left corner to review the changes, then click "Apply" to start formatting your external hard drive/USB/SD card.

Format External Hard Drive/USB/SD Card - 4

See! You can format a Micro SD card after this process. It is easy, isn't it? However, does EaseUS Partition Master have any other functions? Sure, continue to read.

What Else Can EaseUS Partition Master Help?

Even if it is a free format tool, it is multifunctional. Its specific features are as follows:

It will be a great helper for you as long as you download it and have a try. It will not let you down.

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Method 2. How Do You Format a Micro SD Card - Android

You can also use an Android device to format a Micro SD card, and here is a detailed guide on how to use it to format.

Step 1. Insert a Micro SD card into your Android device and open "Settings."

Step 2. Choose "Device care."

Step 3. Choose "Storage," then tap on the "Advanced" option.

Step 4. Locate your SD card underneath the "Portable storage" section and tap on it.

Step 5. Then choose "Format," and then choose "Format SD card."

format sd card

In this way, you can format your Micro SD card. Besides, if you meet the following problems during the format process, these links can help you:

Method 3. How Do You Format a Micro SD Card - Camera

A camera allows you to format a Micro SD card and here is a detailed guide for you.

Different brands and versions may use different ways to format a Micro SD card. Here, I use a DSLR camera as an example.

Step 1. Turn the camera off and insert the SD card into the designated slot. Then turn on the camera.

Step 2. Choose "Format" across the "Setup" section.

format sd card in camera

Step 3. Press the "Confirm" option to format the Micro SD card.

Well, there are links to help you if your SD card is not working in your camera or you can't format your SD card:

Well, in this part, we have learned three ways to format a Micro SD card. You can choose a way based on your specific occasions. But if you want to have an easy and simple format process, EaseUS Partition Master is a better choice. 


Formatting a Micro SD card does not take long, and it helps to maintain your SD card. So it is a good habit to format it regularly. It is also very important to choose a convenient and easy formatting method. If you are not a computer expert, EaseUS Partition Master is a good tool to avoid data loss caused by the wrong operation.

FAQs About How Do You Format a Micro SD Card

Do you have any other questions about formatting a Micro SD card? Here, we list three questions related to today's topic. Hope it can help you.

1. How do I format an SD card without a computer?

If you're using an Android phone, go to "Settings" and select the "Storage" option. Then, choose "Format SD card" and confirm your operation.

Besides, if you are using a camera, you can go to "Setup" to format an SD card.

2. Is formatting an SD card the same as deleting?

Erasing deletes all the multimedia files stored on the memory card, but the data can be recovered using recovery software. On the other hand, formatting erases the directory of data stored on the memory card and removes all the fragments, making it difficult to retrieve previous data if new data once overwrite it.

3. How do I format a Sandisk Micro SD card?

You can use EaseUS Partition Master to format the Sandisk Micro SD card on Windows. Or you can format your SD card on an Android device or a camera.

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Updated by Gemma

Gemma is member of EaseUS team and has been committed to creating valuable content in fields about file recovery, partition management, and data backup etc for many years. She loves to help users solve various types of computer related issues.

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Written by Sherly

Sherly joined EaseUS in 2022 and she has always loved writing articles and enjoys the fun they bring. She receives professional training here, focusing on product performance and other relative knowledge.

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