Easy Way To Read An SD Card – An SD card should mount automatically for easy reading.
What to Know – Easy Way To Read An SD Card
- Plug the SD card into an appropriate SD card reader. It can use the one built-in (if applicable) or an external reader.
- Access the SD card via File Explorer on Windows, or via a Finder on mac OS.
- SD cards can also be added to smartphones to expand their storage (sometimes using an external reader).
This article explains how to read an SD card on your PC or Mac, as well as how to read them to smartphones running iOS or Android.
How to Read an SD Card on Laptop
Many laptops come with built-in SD and micro SD card readers. These will be present as a single slot on the side of the laptop, and are all you need to read an SD card.
Plug your SD card into the SD card slot. If it doesn’t fit, make sure you are inserting it the right way. If it still doesn’t work, try using an appropriately sized adapter.
Windows or mac OS may provide a pop-up that lets you quickly access the SD card’s storage by clicking on the notification. Alternatively, on Windows, Select File Explorer, followed by the SD card from the left-hand menu.
On mac OS, open Finder to see if the card was mounted on the desktop. If not, open a new Finder window and look for the card in the Sidebar.
In Windows, the SD card may be called SD-Card, USB-Drive, or have a generic drive letter, like G:, or H:.
An SD card will work like a hard drive or if you are old enough, a floppy drive.
How to Use an SD Card on Android
Some Android smartphones have the option of using an SD card to expand the phone’s storage.
Here’s how to use it:
Turn off your Android phone.
Locate the SD card slot on your Android smartphone and, if necessary, remove its protective cover.
Insert the SD card into the SD card reader, either directly, or using the insertion tray.
Turn your phone back on, then use your version of Android’s file manager (or a different third-party file manager) to locate the SD card and its data.
How to Use an SD Card Reader on iPhone
iPhone don’t have a built-in SD card reader, but with an adapter you can just plug in an external reader.
You’ll need an adapter that plugs into the iPhone’s Lightning port and also accepts the plug from the SD card reader.
Once you plug the SD card reader into the adapter, plug the adapter into the iPhone.
The iPhone doesn’t have a desktop like the Mac or a PC, so you’ll need to use the Files app on your iPhone to see the contents of the SD card. Open the Files app and make sure you are on the main Browse screen. From there you can tap the SD card and see what’s on it.