DIY: How to Fix a locked SD card

Remember that memory card that accidentally fell and broke the lock toggle? You don’t? I know I do. So about a year or 2 ago, I had a bunch of SD cards, but one fell and was locked, so I replaced it with another one. Well with this tutorial, you don’t have to replace, or buy a new one! Here’s how!


You will need:

  • A scissors
  • Tape
  • A Q-tip, cotton swab, or whatever you want to call it.
  • Your SD card (of course)


So this is my broken SD card. You can kind of see the toggle missing, unless you’re unfimiliar with SD cards. Anyways, to fix our problem, we need to know the problem. The plastic toggle is there to activate a switch in the device (like in digital camera) not on the card. To get the device to see the card as unlocked, you need to replace the toggle. Which is what we’re going to do!


Get the cotton swab/Q-tip and start pulling out the cotton part to form a string like shape, or a shape the fits the place of the toggle. You can roll the cotton between your fingers for effective results. Once you reach the desired width of the string, just cut of the excess length.


Secure the cotton string/strip in the place of the plastic toggle. Cut out a small piece of tape, to tape on the strip and secure it in place. (Make sure however you do not tape over metal chips or anything but the cover of the card).


With that, you are done! I know, it’s simple, but it is useful, and saves up a lot of trips to the electronic department!

Love Always,

Shamma. x

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