Hi, I’ve been using the camera for long, saving pictures on the SD card. All of a sudden, I cannot take pictures any longer: the camera appears as if taking them, but they are not displayed in the preview inside the camera. I sometimes can access those “pictures” via the camera, selecting the share option. However, they appear black and have a file size of 0.
Those “pictures” also don’t show if I open the folder “pictures” (not even as black pictures). They are also not stored in the folder SD card>DCIM>Camera (where all the previous pictures have been stored and are still accessible).
I did not change any of the settings.
There is still sufficient space on the SD card.
I restarted the phone, this did not help.
Current version of Android is installed.
I re-set the camera to the standard settings, which did not have any impact.
Changing the settings inside the camera to save on the phone instead of on the SD card allows me to take pictures again.
So it seems as if there is some miscommunication between the camera and SD card…
Any idea how to make the SD card accept pictures again?
That sounds like a broken SD card to me. Have you tried if you can still save other files on the card or how it behaves when you take it out and plug it into a computer?
I had a similar problem a few weeks ago. My phone acted very strange, stopped downloading podcasts (to SD) and so on. It then turned out that the SD card was broken and Android was not able to properly convey that message to me, instead simply treating it as read-only.
I disagree slightly: Android could simply tell me that my SD is not writeable any more - as it is already responsible for having remounted it read-only. Instead it lets apps randomly crash and burn.
There are notifications for everything. Why not for something basic like that?
Thanks for your recommendation…
I can see the Eject icon, and I still have more than 7GB of free space left (and even more on the Phone itself).
For the camera, I guess I’m using the default app: it’s called “Camera” and has version 2.0.002 (gms-31ddee-00). I used to save the pictures directly on the SD card, but I’m no longer able to do that).
I also tried to follow @mde’s advice: I’m not able to move files from the phone to the SD card… Next, I’ll check how the SD card behaves if I plug it directly into a computer.
the old SD was still accessible on a PC.
Still, I tried with a new SD card which I formatted as “internal”.
This resulted in total disappointment: I cannot store any pictures any more, I cannot download pictures or attachments from Whatsapp, I cannot take pictures inside Whatsapp, I cannot download documents from the internet.
I’ve now saved my contacts.
Any suggestions what to do instead of de-installing any app and trying to re-start in “default” mode (no idea yet how that might work)?
This is the problem. Countless users have reported exactly your problems with this setup. Re-format the card as “portable storage” (see amoun’s suggestion above). This does not allow to install apps on the card, but you can move photos, music, videos to the card manually (e.g. using the “Files” app or another file manager app).