To free up space for the new files, we need to delete files that are no longer necessary to us. You can either delete files from your phone storage or Micro SD Card of your Android device with some simple steps. No matter whether you have a phone or tab, you can easily delete files from your SD Card on Android. However, many users have reported that they have failed to delete files from the Micro SD of your Android. In this article, we are going to share with you how to delete files from the SD Card on Android and what to do if you can’t delete files from the micro SD card on Android. Let’s go ahead.
How to Delete Files and Folders from the External Memory of Android
You can choose to delete either the files or the folders of the SD Card. For the convenience of showing you how to delete the files and folders, we have taken a Samsung smartphone with an Android operating system. However, note that the process of deleting the files and folder is easy and simple for all devices unless there are problems in the SD Card or your device. Here’s how to delete files and folders on a Samsung device run by Android operating system:
1.Open the “My Files” app of your device. If your phone has been released recently, you might get this option under the “Samsung” folder. For devices other than Samsung, you might get a “File Manager” app instead of “My Files”.
2.Proceed to “My Files” or File Manager (for other devices) app and you will be shown both the Phone Storage and the SD Card or external memory storage.
3.Click on the SD Card to enter.
4.Choose any file or folder on the SD Card and long press to select. Some devices might show you checkboxes for the files and folders. In that case, tick-mark on the checkboxes of the folders or files you want to delete.
5.When the file or the folder is selected, you will see the “Delete” option (with trash-icon) on the screen. Click on it.
6.From the pop-up delete button, tap on it to confirm your action and make the final step of deleting the file or deleting the folder.
7.And that’s all, if everything goes right and you have followed the steps properly, your selected file or folder should be deleted from your SD Card or external memory by now.
Delete All Files and Folders from the External Memory: How to Format Your SD Card
If you intend not to delete just one or two files or folders but all the contents of your SD Card, you have to format your memory card. If you format your memory card, your memory card will erase all the data from your external memory and empty it. A format can sometimes solve many problems of your SD Card such as ‘ Your SD Card is damaged, please format it’ issue. However, as a format will delete all the files irrespective of file type and size, it is important to take a backup of your Memory card to your computer or external hard disk before you format your SD Card.
Formatting memory card steps vary for different Android versions. We are going to talk about Android 6 (Marshmallow) to 10 (Q) versions below. Note that, we are going to show the format process from Samsung devices of different Android versions.
How to Format Your SD Card To Delete All Files on Android Marshmallow (6.0)
- Open Settings
- Browse to the System Settings
- Open Storage
- From the bottom of the page, find SD Card and Select.
- Select the Format option. Tap on the Format button.
- Follow the prompt and finally tap on Format to complete the formatting process.
How to Format Your SD Card To Delete All Files on Android Nougat (7.0) and Oreo (8.0)
- Go to the Settings App and select Device Maintenance
- Select Storage from the bottom of the screen
- Choose SD Card
- From the top-right corner, tap on the three dots. Choose Storage Settings from there
- Tap on SD Card and then select Format
- When a prompt appears, choose Format and finish the formatting process.
How to Format Your SD Card To Delete All Files on Android Pie (9.0)
- Open the Settings app and tap on Device Care menu
- At the bottom of the Device care menu, choose Storage
- Select SD Card from the options.
- Tap on the three-dot at the top-right corner and choose Storage Settings.
- Select the SD Card and then press Format
- Tap on Format SD Card to complete the formatting process.
How to Format Your SD Card To Delete All Files on Android Q (10)
- Open the Settings app. Then find and tap on Device Care
- Tap on Storage
- Select the Advanced option
- Choose SD Card from the Portable Storage menu
- Tap on Format
- Follow the pop-up message and confirm the formatting by tapping on Format SD Card.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why can’t I delete files from my SD Card on Android?
If you are one of them who failed to delete files on the SD Card of Samsung or other devices, you should know why you can’t delete files from the micro SD Card of your Android. Several reasons might influence this problem. Here are a few reasons why you are unable to delete files from SD Card on Android:
- Your SD Card is encrypted by any program or app. You have to decrypt the SD Card to access the files and the folders again. Follow the question below to know how to decrypt your SD card.
- Your SD Card is formatted incorrectly or damaged. To ensure that there is a problem with the formatting or the SD Card is damaged, put the SD card to another device to test.
- The files are too stubborn to get deleted at the first attempt. To delete files of that kind, take the SD Card out of your phone, reboot your device and then reinsert the SD Card to try the files again to delete.
- A faulty SD Card. You will see the “Delete Failed” message if your SD Card has some issues in it. Contact the seller if your SD Card has the warranty. If your SD Card’s warranty is no longer valid, you can contact a service center to fix the errors.
How can I Decrypt my Samsung Galaxy Device (Australian Variant)?
If you cannot delete files on your Android device, one reason might be that your SD card is encrypted. Encryption adds a layer of security on your device and you can not delete files from another device when you use that SD card. However, decrypting your device will enable you to delete any files and folder from your SD card without formatting. Here’s how to decrypt your Samsung Galaxy device (Australian Variant):
1.Open the Settings and then tap on the Lock Screen and Security menu. For newer devices, you need to go Biometrics and Security menu.
2.Scroll down to the bottom of the menu and select the Decrypt SD card.
3.Read the instructions and then proceed to the Decrypt SD card.
4.To decrypt your SD card, you will need to provide a pattern lock, screen pin, or password. If you fail to provide the right pin, pattern lock, or password, your SD card will not be decrypted.
5.Now, the decryption of your SD card will begin. It might take some time. You have to wait patiently until the process completes. However, you can check the progress on the notification panel.
6.When your SD card is decrypted, you can delete any files and folders manually from the SD card.
Deleted files come back on SD Card, can’t delete or format it
If the deleted files reappear, it might be due to an application (using SD Card as memory) which has saved the deleted files and restored it. You have no option left but uninstall that application to prevent this reappearing of files.
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So, that’s our solution guide for how to delete files from SD card on Android. We hope that you can now delete any files and folders from your Android. We have also discussed the formatting process for your convenience so that you can delete all files and folders when required.
Moreover, we have also talked about the reasons why the micro SD card cannot delete files. And at the end of the discussion, you also know how to decrypt your Android device so that you can delete files effortlessly if you could not do it earlier for the encryption of your SD card. Thanks for reading till the end. We hope that you will get benefitted from this guide.