publishUpdated   Mar 02, 2016, 12:59 am

The Samsung Galaxy S7 brings back a highly desired feature that the Samsung Galaxy S6 did not have: the MicroSD card slot. Coming with 32GB of internal storage, the MicroSD slot allows users to expand their storage another 200GB, totaling 232GB of potential storage. That should come in handy for packing all of the music, movies, photos, and other media you can imagine into the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Let’s get started.

Buy a compatible MicroSD Card

The first thing you need is a MicroSD card that works with the Galaxy S7. Although most are technically compatible, we would recommend buying San Disk brand MicroSD cards from Amazon. They’re the most reputable and reliable storage company and they offer a variety of sizes at amazing prices:

Now that you’ve got that storage, let’s get it into your phone.

Install a MicroSD card in the Galaxy S7

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Because the Galaxy S7 is waterproof and built with a compact unibody design, there is no removable battery cover from which you access the MicroSD slot. Instead, you’re going to need one of three suggested tools to eject a tray from inside the device:

  • SIM tool
  • Paperclip
  • Pushpin

Now we’ll use that tool to access the MicroSD slot:

  1. Locate the SIM tray on the top left of your device. It’ll have a rectangular cutout shape with small hole.
  2. Carefully insert the SIM tool, paperclip, or pushpin into the aforementioned hole, pushing until the tray pops out
  3. Place the MicroSD card into the outermost slot (Tray 2 as pictured below) with the gold colored contacts pointing down
  4. Insert the tray back into the device, ensuring it’s firmly sealed to prevent water damage

MicroSD S7 Insert

How to remove your Galaxy S7 MicroSD card

Removing the MicroSD card from your Galaxy S7 may seem as simple as popping open the tray and dumping out the chip, but don’t get hasty. If you try to remove the MicroSD card while the S7 is accessing data from it and/or you don’t unmount the card first, you could corrupt the MicroSD card and render all the data on it useless.

Before you remove the MicroSD card, unmount it:

  • Open the App Tray
  • Tap “Settings”
  • Tap “Storage”
  • Tap “SD Card”
  • Tap “Unmount”

Now you should be able to remove the MicroSD card without any trouble.

Having trouble?

If you’re having problems inserting or removing your Galaxy S7 MicroSD card, head on over to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Forums, see if other people share your problem, or ask a specific question yourself.

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