Micro SD Card Locked No Switch

I talked about how to fix the "memory card locked" error in another post, but what happens if you have a Micro SD card that is locked and has no switch. If you have a micro SD card that shows as locked, the fix is to borrow or buy an SD card adapter. Slot the Micro SD card into the adapter and flick the switch up for unlock. Then, take the Micro SD card out of the adapter and place it in whatever device you were trying to use it in when it gave the "locked" message. It should now be unlocked.

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If it isn't unlocked, do the same procedure again but this time put the adapter with the Micro SD card inside into a compatible device and turn it on. It should now show no locked message. Then, take the Micro SD card out of the adapter and you're good to go.

I know there are other methods to unlock a Micro SD card with no switch but this is the method that I have always used and it works fine, every time. And I've used it a lot with me having quite a few different types of cameras, lots of which I regularly use with a Micro SD card that's been placed inside an SD adapter. Adapters a very cheap to buy, and sometimes they come free when buying an Micro SD card.

Camera Shows - "Memory card locked"

If you've recently turned your camera on, be it a Canon, Panasonic, Nikon or whatever and see a "Memory card locked" message popping up, you have more than likely flicked the little switch on the side of your memory card down by accident. This is quite a common problem that catches many people out, but it is very easy to fix.


To unlock the memory card all you have to do is push the little switch up that's located on the side of the SD memory card. If you don't know where to find the SD card lock switch, please look at the picture for reference. For the image I used a memory card that actually reads "lock" just to make it foolproof. Most cards do not have the word "lock" printed on them. See below for the picture and click to enlarge if you need a closer look.

See the little grey switch, it should be "up" like in the picture

Anyway, all you have to do is move the switch from down to up and that's it; card unlocked. The picture shows the switch in the correct position for unlocked. Once the card is back in your camera (or any other device for that matter) the message should now be gone. It's one of those silly little errors that once you know about, you'll never be caught out by again.


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