Micro SD cards don’t cost much, but buying a fake one would cost you time. To save you from that frustration, I will share an easy process to spot a fake Micro SD card.
If you can’t afford to buy a micro SD card, check out this post on how to free up storage on your android device.
Never Buy Cheap Fake Micro SD Cards
Of course, an original micro SD card costs more than the fake one. You first need to know that you should not purchase any cheap counterfeit micro SD card from an unknown vendor. Always buy from a reputable store, whether it’s online or offline.
Before buying your Micro SD card, you should install SD Insight on your Android device. In my city, finding a legit micro SD card is difficult. I have also used this same method to test the SD card.
Use SD Insight App to Spot a Fake Micro SD Card
SD insight is a helpful and free app you can install on any Android device. It will display the SD card manufacturer information, model number, and the original capacity of an SD card. You have to insert an SD card into your android device and run this app.
This information will help you spot a fake micro SD card right away.
Step 1: Download this app on your Android device by going to Google Play and typing ‘SD Insight’ in the search box.
Step 2: Once installed on your device, you have to insert the micro SD card and run this application.
Step 3: It will show you plenty of information about your device’s internal storage (MMC Card) and external SD card. Since we only want to test the external SD card, we will tap on the SD Card option from the top menu.
Now you should check for these things manually.
Manufacturer & Production Date
Check both manufacturer information and the production date. Some SD card manufacturers don’t manufacture their chips, such as Kingston.
However, it would help if you looked up the manufacturer’s name on Google. I bought the Kingston SD card, so when I saw the manufacturer information, it wasn’t mentioned Kingston in the manufacturer. So, when I look it up, I found that it is, in fact, a company that manufactures Kingston SD card chips.
Model Number on Your Packaging
You Should check the model number match the one mentioned on your SD card packaging. If it’s not, then you probably have a fake micro SD card.
Card Capacity (Storage)
In your SD Insight app, check that it mentions the card’s correct capacity. For instance, if you have purchased a 64 GB SD card, it should clearly say that.
There are several other methods to spot a fake micro SD card, but for them, you need a laptop. I hope you find this post helpful. Let me know in the comments what other methods can be used to spot a fake SD card.