SOLVED! - SD Card “Tap Here To Transfer Media Files” Notification

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This error message should be familiar to you. Especially if you are one of the Galaxy S series users. The notification only pops up after you insert an SD card. After swiping, it can still pop up 10 times a day. You can now bet that the problem won’t be solved by just swiping it away.

Changing SD cards will not solve the problem either. You may have tried that and it didn’t work. Which is the main reason you are reading this article. How to make the error message disappear permanently.

Few tested solutions have been put together in this article. You should read till the end and try them out. Your problem might just be fixed.

1. Use PC To Format SD Card

  • Step 1: Remove the SD card from your phone.
  • Step 2: Copy the data to a PC.
  • Step 3: Format the SD card using a PC.
  • Step 4: Ensure you choose the slow format option and not the quick one.
  • Step 5: Copy the original data back to the SD card.
  • Step 6: Insert the SD card back to your phone. The notification should now be gone.

Do not use a phone to format the SD card. Ensure you use a PC to carry out this process.

2. De-optimise System UI

  • Step 1: Format the SD card and insert it back to your phone.
  • Step 2: Tap “Settings” on your phone.
  • Step 3: Select “Battery”
  • Step 4: Tap “More” or three dots at the upper-right corner.
  • Step 5: Choose “Optimise Battery Usage”.
  • Step 6: Click on “All apps”.
  • Step 7: Scroll to “System UI” and deselect it.
  • Step 8: Take a photo or record a video. Make sure you save it on the SD card.
  • Step 9: Restart your phone.
  • Step 10: Swipe the notification away.

3. Clear System Cache

  • Step 1: Switch off your phone.
  • Step 2: Switch it on again. This can be done by pressing and holding the power button.
  • Step 3: Release the power button when a start-up screen appears.
  • Step 4: Long press the home and volume buttons. Release it after 30 seconds.
  • Step 5: Use the volume key to scroll down the options that will pop up.
  • Step 6: Tap the “wipe cache partition” tab
  • Step 7: Use the power button to press OK.
  • Step 8: Wait till the device is done with the reset. You can now tap the “Reboot system” now and hold the power tab.
  • Step 9: Your smartphone will restart slowly.

4. Updating All Apps

  • Step 1: Update your android version.
  • Step 2: Update all applications to their latest version.
  • Step 3: Remove apps incompatible with your device.
  • Step 4: Uninstall all third-party apps. Or apps that you are not sure of their source.

5. Boot Your Device To Safe Mode

  • Step 1: Turn off your device. This can be done by long-pressing the power button.
  • Step 2: Use the power button to switch your device on.
  • Step 3: Release the power button once the start-up screen appears.
  • Step 4: Long press the volume down button.
  • Step 5: Release only the volume button after the booting process has been completed. This will cause the phone to enter a safe mode. You will see “SAFE MODE” at the bottom left corner of your phone screen.

6. Perform Factory Reset

You need to restore the default settings. And this can only be done through a factory reset. Backup all important files and data before starting this process. There are two ways to perform this process.

  • Step 1: Go to “Settings” on your phone.
  • Step 2: Select “System”.
  • Step 3: Click “Advanced”.
  • Step 4: Tap “Reset options”.
  • Step 5: Click “Erase all data” or “Factory reset”
  • Step 6: Enter your PIN if prompted.
  • Step 7: Select “Erase all data”.


  • Step 1: Long press the power button to turn off your device.
  • Step 2: Long press the power and volume buttons simultaneously.
  • Step 3: Release the power and volume buttons. When options pop up on the screen.
  • Step 4: Use the volume button to scroll up or down the options.
  • Step 5: Select “Recovery mode” among the options by pressing the power button.
  • Step 6: Your phone will now restart. Press and hold the power and volume buttons simultaneously.
  • Step 7: Use the volume button and scroll to the “Wipe data/factory reset” option.
  • Step 8: Use the power button to select the option.
  • Step 9: Confirm by selecting “Yes”.
  • Step 10: Once the process is completed, select “Reboot system now”.


The error notification may not be from the SD card, but the phone sometimes. If after trying all the solutions above and the problem persist. It may be a fault of your phone’s hardware. Here, contact the device manufacturer. Then ask for a replacement.







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