MicroSD memory cards larger than 32GB are not recognized by the BlackBerry 10 smartphone

Article ID: KB33530

Type: Support Content

Last Modified: 05-28-2014


Product(s) Affected:

  • Porsche Design P'9982 smartphone from BlackBerry
  • BlackBerry Z30
  • BlackBerry Z10
  • BlackBerry Q10
  • BlackBerry Q5
  • BlackBerry 10 OS
  • JI 451879
When inserting a microSD memory card that is larger than 32GB, the BlackBerry 10 smartphone indicates that it is not recognized and prompts to format the card.
MicroSD cards larger than 32GB are pre-formatted using the ExFAT file system. BlackBerry 10 OS versions prior to did not support microSD memory cards that are formatted to ExFAT. Due to this fact, BlackBerry 10 smartphones which are running BlackBerry 10 OS versions prior to will prompt to format to a recognizable file system.

Upgrade the BlackBerry 10 smartphone to BlackBerry 10 OS version or later if it is available from your service provider.

To use an SD card larger than 32GB in a BlackBerry 10 smartphone, re-format the card to FAT32.


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