Memory & SD card: Samsung Galaxy S II

Learn how to use the task manager, view free space, and free up memory and storage on the Samsung Galaxy S II and sd card. Find out more on this page:

 

Internal memory (RAM)

Internal storage (ROM)

SD card

 

 

Internal memory (RAM)

Manage memory

To manage the internal memory, follow these steps:

 

  1. If the device is slow, remove the widgets from Home screens (especially ones that update with information orhave animation).
  2. If you are using live wallpaper and the device is slow, turn off the live wallpaper.
  3. Remove all unused Home screens:
    • Pinch the Home screen.
    • On the grid of Home screens, drag unused screens to the trash.

 

 

Task manager

A task manager can view running apps and close them. To use the task manager, follow these steps:

 

  1. From any Home screen, touch and hold the Home key.
  2. Tap the Task Manager icon.

 

 

View free memory

To view the amount of free internal memory, follow these steps:

 

  1. From any Home screen, tap the Menu key.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Storage.
  4. Under device memory, view Available space.

 

 

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Internal storage (ROM)

Manage storage

To manage the internal storage space, follow these steps:

 

  • Check the available internal device storage. It must be over 25 MB for all versions up to Android 3.1 or over 150 MB for Android 4.0+.
    Note: If it is less, the Android system cannot work properly. You must clear more storage and delete more apps using the following tips.
  • Delete unnecessary text messages (SMS) and picture messages (MMS).
  • Transfer pictures and media to a computer, and remove it from the phone memory.
  • Clear the browser cache, cookies, or history.
  • Clear Facebook app cache.
  • Manage applications. See section below.
  • Delete the call logs.

 

 

View free storage space

To view the amount of free internal storage, follow these steps:

 

  1. From any Home screen, tap the Menu key.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Storage.
  4. Under 'Device memory,' view the Available space value. The available space is also represented by the dark region of the bar graph.

 

 

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SD card

Format SD card

Formatting the SD card deletes all data on it. You may wish to format the SD card if you want to delete the files, if files or apps on the SD card are not working, or if the SD card is not working.

 

To format the SD card while inserted in the device, follow these steps:

 

  1. Plug the device into a computer with a USB cable.
  2. From the Notification bar, verify that Disk Drive or Mass Storage mode are selected.

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  3. On the computer Start menu, navigate to Computer or My Computer.
  4. Find the Removable disk located under devices with removable storage.

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  5. Right-click the removable disk.
  6. Click Format.

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  7. Verify the file system is set at FAT32 and Quick Format is selected.

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  8. Click Start.
  9. Wait a few minutes for the computer to format the SD card.
    Note: If errors appear during this process, the SD card is likely defective.

 

 

Insert / remove SD card

To insert or remove the SD card, follow these steps:

 

  1. Using the notch on the left side of the phone, remove the back cover            a5.jpg
  2. Gently slide the SD memory card into the memory card slot with the golden contacts facing down, as shown.
  3. Replace the back cover.

 

To remove the memory card, follow these steps:

  1. Using the notch on the left side of the phone, remove the back cover.
  2. Gently press the SD memory card into the memory card slot until you hear a click. The card will pop out slightly.
  3. Gently remove the SD memory card from the memory card slot,as shown.         a6.jpg
  4. Replace the back cover.

 

 

Open or delete files using a computer

To open or delete files on the SD card using a computer, follow these steps:

 

  1. Connect the USB cord to the phone, then to a computer.
  2. Touch the Status bar and drag down to open the Notification screen.
  3. Tap USB connected.
  4. Tap Turn on USB Storage.
  5. Tap OK.
  6. Your phone is now mounted as a disk drive on the computer.
  7. On your computer, click Open folder to view files and click OK.
  8. You will see another Removable Disk window, click Open folder to view files and click OK again.
    • Note: One folder shows files saved in your phone memory and one folder shows files saved on your SD card.
  9. Locate the folder that contains files saved on your SD card.
  10. View or move files, as desired.
  11. When done, on your phone, tap Turn off USB storage.

 

 

Open or delete files using the device

To open or delete files on the SD card using the device, follow these steps:

 

  1. From any Home screen, tap Application.
  2. Tap My Files.
  3. Tap All files.
  4. Tap the extSdCard folder to access your memory card folders.
  5. Tap the file you would like to access.

 

 

Set default memory storage

By default, the device stores data on the [SD card or internal storage]. To set the default memory storage to another location, follow these steps:

 

  1. From any Home screen, tap Application.
  2. Tap Camera.
  3. Tap the Settings icon.
  4. Tap Storage.
  5. Tap one of the follow options:
    • Phone
    • Memory card

 

 

Transfer files between computer & SD card

To transfer files and pictures between the computer and SD card, follow these steps:

 

  1. Connect the USB cord to the phone, then to a computer.
  2. Touch the Status bar and drag down to open the Notification screen.
  3. Tap USB connected.
  4. Tap Turn on USB storage.
  5. On your computer, click Open folder to view files and click OK.
  6. You will see another Removable Disk window, click Open folder to view files and click OK again.
    • Note: One folder shows files saved in your phone memory and one folder shows files saved on your SD card.
  7. Locate the folder that contains files saved on your SD card.
  8. Locate the file(s) you want to move on your computer.
  9. Cut or copy and paste the desired file(s) from your computer to your SD card.
  10. When done, on your phone, tap Turn off USB storage.

 

 

Transfer files between internal storage & SD card

To transfer files and pictures between the internal storage and SD card, follow these steps:

 

  1. From any Home screen, tap Application.
  2. Tap My files.
  3. Tap All files.
  4. Tap sdcard0 to enter your device's memory files.
  5. Navigate to the desired file. Touch and hold on the file and then tap Move .
  6. Tap to select the check box next to each file you want to move. You can also tap to select the Select all check box to move all files in the folder.
  7. Tap Move (Mover).
  8. Tap the extSdCard folder to enter the memory card storage.
  9. Tap the desired folder.
  10. Tap Move here.

 

 

View free SD card space

To view the amount of free SD card storage, follow these steps:

 

  1. From any Home screen, tap the Menu key.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Storage.
  4. Under SD card, view Available space.

 

 

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