Is it time to get a higher capacity microSD card for your Samsung Galaxy, Note or other Android phone or tablet? You can easily boost your phone’s capacity to store more apps and large files like HD movies, without spending a lot of money. Just make sure you pick the right microSD card for your device.

Current Android devices offer fast and powerful processing capabilities, so make sure that any card you choose is up to the task. Select a microSD card that is rated for high speeds. We recommend microSD cards with at least a v30 or UHS-3 rating. (If you are curious to know what these ratings mean, here’s a handy guide.) Slower “budget” cards may cause a noticeable lag in performance or may not even work.

Also consider how many hours of video you’ll be watching. A typical high-def movie downloaded from a popular streaming service like Netflix requires storage of about 3GB per hour of content. If you’re facing a long flight overseas, a 32GB card won’t hold many movies considering all of the other critical apps you may already have installed! So make sure you don’t run out of storage. Get a larger capacity card.

One very important note! The latest Samsung Galaxy S21 phone, like Apple’s iPhone, does not have a slot for a microSD card. However, if your Galaxy S21 is running out of space and you need to store and transfer large files, you’re still covered. There are many small, credit card-sized external SSDs (Solid State Drives) available that will connect to your phone via the USB Type-C connector, including the Samsung T7, T7 Touch, and SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD.

With speed and capacity in mind, we recommend these microSD cards for your Android phone (prices before Cyber Monday discount):

SanDisk Ultra (64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB)

Lexar High-Performance Professional (32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB)

Samsung EVO Plus (64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB)

Kingston Canvas Select (64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB)

Kioxia Exceria Plus (128GB and 256GB)

Were our recommendations helpful? You can always contact us if you have questions about any of these cards or alternatives. We have microSD cards for every budget and requirement.

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