How to Format SD Card on MacBook Air & MacBook Pro?

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Are you trying to format your SD on the MAC? Or are you facing some issues while formatting your SD card? In this post, I am going to tell you how to format an SD card on Mac OS. And this guide works for both MacBook Air and MacBook pro.

Quick Answer,

To format your SD card on MAC, Connect your SD Card to MAC -> Press the “Control + spacebar button” -> search Disk Utility, and open it -> select the SD card -> tap Erase -> Select format -> tap erase.

How To Format SD Card On Mac

How to Format an SD Card on Mac?

Method 1: From Disk Utility

  • Connect your SD Card to your MAC device.
  • Press the “Control + spacebar button” to access the spotlight search.
  • Search for Disk Utility, and open it.
  • Tap on your SD card from the left sidebar.
  • Tap Erase from the given options.
  • Select format. (If your SD card is 64GB or larger, choose exFAT but If it’s 32GB or smaller, then choose FAT32).
  • Tap erase.

Method 2: Use “SD Memory Card Formatter”

We will recommend the first method to format your SD card because that process is easy and doesn’t require any third-party app installation.

But for any reason you are unable to format your Sd card from the Disk Utility then you use the “SD Memory Card Formatter” app to do the work.

The SD Memory Card Formatter is a free and easy-to-use application which has the ability to automatically detect the inserted SD card and select the proper file system based on its capacity.

Here is how it works,

  • Download and install SD Memory Card Formatter.
  • Once it’s installed, open it.
  • Connect your SD card to the MAC.
  • The application will automatically detect the SD card and bring the format option on the screen.
  • Tap Format from the given options.

FAQS | Frequently Asked Questions

Why Is The Sd Card Not Formatting? And What To Do?

If your SD card is not formatting then there can be various reasons such as unsafe ejection, virus attack, read-only status, etc. In this case, we will suggest you try repairing the SD with Disk Utility First Aid or contact the Sd card manufacturer.

Is it required to install an app to format an SD card on a MAC?

To format your SD card on MAC you are not required to install any third-party application. You can easily format the SD card from the Disk Utility on MAC. 

What Format Type should you choose while formatting an SD card on Mac?

If your SD card is 64GB or larger, choose exFAT but If it’s 32GB or smaller, then choose FAT32.

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