SOLVED! Moto G 3rd Gen SD Card Problem

Overall, Moto G 3rd generation supports SD cards but complaints about Moto G 3rd gen SD card problem still appear from time to time. In most of the cases, improper card insertion is the root of the problem so the best solution is to remove and reinsert the card. Besides that, you could also use another card, restart your phone, check for updates and send in the device for repair. Read to the end to be able to put your Moto G as well as SD cards to good use. 

What Might Have Gone Wrong 

Like other devices on the market, Moto G could act up out of the blue every now and then. In the case of Moto G 3rd gen SD card problem, you should keep these possibilities in mind:

  • Improper card insertion.
  • Card is damaged. 
  • Bugs.
  • Outdated OS.
  • Broken card reader. 

A Few Fixes

Remove And Reinsert The Card

  • Step 1: If your phone could detect the card, navigate to Settings > Device > Storage then hit Eject to unmount the card. Next, press and hold the Power button then tap Power Off to turn off your phone. In the case that your phone is unable to detect the card, you could turn off your phone right away. 
  • Step 2: Remove the card, wait for a minute and reinsert it. 
  • Step 3: Press and hold the Power button then let go the moment the device vibrates. When the screen comes back on, see how things turn out. 

Use Another Card

Needless to say, if the card is damaged, there is no way your Moto G could detect it. One way to determine whether you have a damaged card is to use another card. If the device manages to detect the new card, feel free to conclude that the original card is damaged. Once it comes to damaged cards, replacement is your best bet.


  • Step 1: Press and hold the Power button then tap Power Off to turn off your phone. 
  • Step 2: Wait for a minute then press and hold the Power button. Let go of the button the moment the device vibrates.
  • Step 3: See how things turn out.

Check For Updates

  • Step 1: Navigate to Settings > About Phone > System Updates.
  • Step 2: If an update is available for Android, download and install it.
  • Step 3: After the update finishes, determine whether the issue persists. 

Send In The Device For Repair

None of the above work? Then it’s highly likely that the card reader of your Moto G is not in working order. Unless you have the means to inspect and examine the card reader, it’s strongly recommended that you send in the device for repair. 

What Must Be Done To Free Up Space?

You could free up some space by clearing the cache. The process is no-nonsense: open Settings, make your way to storage and you should see a breakdown of how the storage on your device is being used. Proceed to scroll down to Cached data, click it and pick OK to confirm your decision. 

How Do I Set SD Card As Default Storage?

How Do I Set SD Card As Default Storage?

  • Step 1: Insert an SD card into your phone. Make sure that the card is secured.
  • Step 2: A “Set Up SD Card” notification should pop up on the screen before long. Tap the notification, press internal storage and read the warning.
  • Step 3: Confirm your decision. 

Is There A Way To Move Apps To SD Cards?

To move apps to the SD card, go to Settings, select Apps and choose the app you want to move to your SD card. Next, under Storage, you must hit Move to SD Card then wait for the process to complete. Keep in mind that not all apps can be moved to the SD card so don’t expect to see Move to SD Card in every app.

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