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Yesterday I was downloading and a message appeared about not being able to write to the SD card. I wasn't trying to do that at the time. I went to File Manager (that Simple orange kind) and it didn't show sd. My Files did and claimed that it was 16% full (512 gb nominal). I rebooted and that seemed to fix it. The A02s itself was at 90% (this morning 17% and 91% respectively). I have moved some downloads to sd or think I have. The same thing has happened today. It's as if the whole phone has gone screwy. The camera wasn't working, though now it is, the keyboard was messed up, hence my lousy replies to Nick Dalzell about my new computer (sorry) and it was sluggish. I rebooted again and now most things are back to normal. I'm worried about that sd card, though. It's still not showing up in File Manager. Now it's not showing up in My Files either. I haven't taken it out or unmounted it, and the phone hasn't gotten wet. What do I do?
 
Go to settings and storage. I'll bet it's listed as 'SD Card--Corrupted'

My Galaxy S8 did that, and turning the phone off, removing the SIM/SD tray, blowing into the slot like an old Nintendo, and putting it back and rebooting would fix it until it would try doing it again in a week or two.

Every Samsung phone since the S5 has been more and more garbage IMO. My SD cards are fine, and work fine and worked fine in all my old stuff, but in modern stuff it works a few days then I get the stupid 'SD Card is read-only' notification until I do the above. I don't know why. I've had the same SD card since 2009 and it is NOT bad. Just Samsung being Samsuck.

However, if I'm indeed approaching the write limit already, I'm seriously going to reconsider HDDs over SSDs in my PCs, given that a little over ten years is utter crap. There's HDDs from the 1980s still going, but I doubt you can rely on any SSD that long, since they, too, are affected by write limits, and with many modern OSs relying on indexing more and more, that's not going to be hopeful for a long lifespan. But of course, given many people replace their laptops needlessly every 5 or less years, no wonder they make crappy drives.

There's an HP in my office that's got WinXP on it, and the WD Caviar in it (all 80GBs of it) is from 2003 and still works. However, there's a Dell all-in-one I bought in 2012 that's stuck in a boot loop to Dell SupportAssist that claims the drive is dead while it boots into Linux just fine. They truly don't make 'em like they used to.
 
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Try the following;
-- Reboot your phone so your microSD card is detectable and showing up properly, and backup anything you want to save off the card.
-- Use your phone's Settings >> Storage menu to reformat the card and check it to see if if is more stable and reliable again. Be pretty thorough checking it out (i.e. copy some files to it as a test, see if you can use it to transfer files between your phone and computer, etc.)

Keep in mind a file manager app only works with managing files and folders that you store on the card. You need to use the Settings >> Storage menu to actually manage and maintain the card's physical storage media.
But it is just a microSD card so if you continue having problems with it, buy a replacement. They're relatively inexpensive and it is your data that you need to take into consideration. Approximately how old is this card?

Given all the things you list of other functional problems with your phone, that's something you should be focused on first. The card might be fine, it just sounds like this phone needs to be fixed up and restored to working condition.
 
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That's what I'm thinking. I got the A02s around Christmas last year, and the SD card is definitely newer than that. How do I fix the phone?
 
That's what I'm thinking. I got the A02s around Christmas last year, and the SD card is definitely newer than that. How do I fix the phone?

Which Galaxy A02s variant is it? I hope not the 1GB RAM version. If it is, that's part of the problem and it's not 'fixable'. You need to set your expectations on functional stability lower when you're using a below-spec phone.
Otherwise, given you listed multiple problems it's likely there are more that you didn't refer to. It's a bit of a drastic measure but a Factory Reset might be necessary. If you don't care to go with that, you should address each problem one at a time either through correcting options via the Settings menu, or each related app in the app's Settings/Options/Preferences menu, or both depending since there may be some overlap.
 
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I guess it's 2 gigs. It took me a while to find because it's hidden under device care, God knows why. What should I expect from a roughly $53 walmart phone that I could barely afford with a gift card for maybe 50% of that?
 
There's a Device Care widget you can add to your home screen that gives total and used RAM. Total is more important but 2GBs is getting a bit long in the tooth lately. It was fine on my Galaxy SII running Android 2.3 (enough to run half the apps all at once which came with it) but on a phone running a modern version there's little room and it's gonna start killing processes (OOM killer built into Android, and a tad on the aggressive side on Samsungs) after only two apps have been opened so you'll get a lot of stutter and lag, and lots of redraws. I'm pushing the limit of my A13 5G with 3GBs of it.

I had to get a 'modern' phone thanks to carrier arrogance ultimately pushing me off my beloved older models. But I sure as heck wasn't spending more than $200 on something without a headphone jack or expandable storage, and I hope that being 5G capable makes it more future proof (barring them shutting 5G down in ten years or so for 6G or some garbage like that) than my SII and Thunderbolt. So for myself the A13 5G ($150 at Walmart and unlocked) was the best option.

Still wish there was a phone though that catered to us without hands the size of basketball players though. I'd love to have a 4" or smaller phone that doesn't bulge out of my jeans pocket.
 
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We all know there's gonna be 6 g sooner or later...sigh. What's the big deal about 5 anyway? Is it supposed to be faster, more area covered, bigger amount of Facebook crap? 1 g is probably good enough for me. I would of course like to optimize the phone (meaning in part no googoo, windows, etc.). They really should have some kind of windows cleaner/remover. I suppose in a way Windex would do that, ha ha. If I could build my own phone it would be reasonably sized, beyond rooted, and open on a hinge for battery changeouts and the same with sd. It would also be waterproof and have a Faraday cage. I would like to know how to build that right now.
 
I have nothing against 5G. Or LTE. I do however believe that shutting down 3G was a bad idea. It wasn't stopping 5G from existing, and for rural folks gave another fallback if you lost 5G or LTE service. It also forced a lot of otherwise good phones to now become trash and e-waste. Nobody, not even the FCC asked for it. Mere carrier arrogance and I'll never forgive them for it. Now I must use a phone I hate that's too big for my hands and is only partly usable because I made the UI resemble a 2010 phone. But it's not the same at all and has tons of bugs. The networks weren't even shut down. I can see the signal coverage by going into the field test menu of an older phone. The carriers just refuse to allow anyone on it anymore. Why keep them up? Apparently it's for IoT stuff like security systems. No forcing them to upgrade, eh? Now we know where their priorities lie.

It doesn't matter how many people complained to the carriers either, they and their arrogant minions basically said 'go pound sand you boomer!' and never listened. I will never understand what happened to the free market concept. It's like we're here to satisfy the company instead of them satisfying the customer. Either that or the whole networks are run by futurists who think new is always best and are members of the World Economic Forum.

Unlike the AMPS shutdown which was mandated by the FCC (which still makes me sore, as emergency services did fine without shutting that down anyway but that was the reason they cited) the 3G 'sunset' was nothing more than some lame attempt to force people who preferred to keep their old smartphones and flip phones to upgrade to a more modern one and I'll hazard a bet it was to get more data telemetry from them or make it possible for them to be able to run all that Covid tracking stuff or run whatever creepy digital ID stuff they plan on implementing in 2030, because even a 'flip phone' today is a smartphone with less features running KaiOS and has all the Google Assistant garbage on it like a modern Android phone and cannot be turned off.

Kinda hard to run a cashless society or implement digital ID and Vaccine Passports if over half your population is using a phone that still runs Android 2.3. In a way it made me feel more private to hold onto such an old device that couldn't run that garbage, and was so long out of support I never had to deal with those 'a new software update is available' pop-ups that my A13 loves to push down my throat.

I am so going to be miffed about this for a long, long time. I apologize.
 
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Don't! You have no reason to be sorry about that. The sorry is all on those creeps. I know many of us agree with you. Are you familiar with the term "planned obsolence"? I bet you are. Vance Packard wrote a book titled The Wastemakers, a play on tastemakers, almost the same in my opinion, only they've become known as "influencers", including "kidlfuencers" (such as Ryan of Ryan's World). This stuff has probably been with us since those people painted animals in caves,, but it's likely more damaging now than ever. There's another book I should read, How Celebrity Lives Affect Our Own. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I'm sure you recall how all of a sudden we just "had to have" HDTV or whatever they were calling it. Perfectly working old sets were no longer viable because they couldn't accept digital signals, and we shouldn't have to, either. Even the government got in on the act, actually giving citizens big rebates to buy the new stuff. I haven't seen much improvement. Newton Minow called television "a vast wateland" in 1960, pretty close to what was its supposedly golden age. If anyone should apologize, I guess I'm the guy, 'cause here come some more references: Dirty Laundry by Don Henley (song) and Amusing Ourselves to Death Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business (book) by Neil Postman. At least old phones don't have to be put out to pasture. Forget the net. Just use 'em as cameras, game machines, ereaders, or in pure desperation, something to keep the li'l folks busy (not, unless it's showing how to take them apart and repair them, with supervision, of course). Postman's fine work features some admirable examples of TV sets as bookshelves, light sources, etc.
 
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Oh believe me I am fully aware of planned obsolescence. It's the throwaway instant-gratification society we're living in that's completely unsustainable even with recycling (since there's no way to recycle without using some resources anyway) and invalidates any 'efficiency' argument to be made by futurists.

The concept goes well before the World Economic Forum though. It's beginnings traced back to the Phobeus Cartel that designed incandescent bulbs to fail after so many hours to ensure people kept buying more of them far more often than if they let things be. I think that was like in the 1920s.

Even though that was going on, however, you'd still find schematics inside of TVs and radios up to about the mid 1970s. People used to teach basic repair skills and maintanence to their kids. My great grandfather taught me. It was considered a valid and extremely important skill set back then. Today? Oh just toss it and buy a new one at the Walmarts!

I am always critisized by futurists for remaining in the past. I lost count at the remarks both on this forum and others, or in person "Oh my God how can you stand using a Thunderbolt in 2022?!" "hey you need to get with the times, Man! There's this thing called LTE now!"

I mean sure, to those people it might make little sense but I ain't them nor am I here to please them. I never understood why they feel threatened by the concept that some of us prefer older or outdated tech. The 'You're gonna get hacked!' argument has been a recurring meme since the Windows XP days. It really makes me sick. I buy stuff to serve MY needs. Not theirs. If it does the job I ask of it without problems, and is something I'm used to using, why should I upgrade? Why does that bother so many people to the point that carriers decided to get on board and force the issue? Was a few people holding onto their RAZRs or Droid Xs and SIIs really a threat to progress?

Why can't people just let people be, and be happy at that? Why force grandma to have something she's going to be totally frustrated with because you think it's the best thing since sliced bread?

You will never find me laughing at or making fun of someone today who still prefers the Atari 2600 to a modern console, for example. They might just prefer the quaintness of the old console over a modern one, or perhaps they care nothing of multiplayer or the all-too-common prerequisite update or 30+GiB download to play their game? Perhaps they just don't need high end graphics? There IS actually a good number of retro gamers out there. I wish there were enough retro phone lovers around to influence carriers to reverse their ban on my old phones and let me use them still. I was not hurting anyone. I wasn't stopping anyone from buying a newer phone. Why force me to upgrade against my will? I pay my bill on time and everything. That's like cutting my electric utilities off because my home is over 100 years old.
 
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Yeah, it's crazy. I wouldn't be surprised if there are enough retro phoners out there. Unite! You have nothing to lose but this new crap that's tired before it comes out of the factory. Speaking of that, let's bring back manufacturing jobs. There's nothing wrong with having at least some things made at home instead of somewhere else that may have lower pay, laxer environmental laws, and the like. Even Henry Ford knew enough to pay his workers what it took for them to be able to afford their own products. (His record elsewhere is sportier, as noted in Greg Grandin's Fordlandia.) Man, I'm turning into some kind of librarian. Anyway, since everything old is new again sooner or later, people could probably bring back not just fashions from decades ago, but also peace, love and understanding (and the good ol' phones). Let's not forget land lines, either. Apparently, back in the day they rang because they had actual bells in them, and boy were they tough. One of those Bakelite beauties could take a lickin' of a two story fall and keep on tickin'. Of course the rotary dials probably slowed things down a bit, but why do we always have to be in a hurry? By the way, if you have a house a hundred years old it almost certainly is better than that ugly overpriced garbage they're trying to pass off as (n)architecture today. There was an article in an indy paper published on that maybe five years ago, The Hateful Eight. I couldn't agree more except that I wouldn't have bothered sorting that sleaze into different types. Compost would pick up its dainty skirts and move out of the way.
 
I recently got a land line rotary phone. It's currently connected to my VoIP modem (which I'm sure doesn't allow dialing to work but incoming calls do) but the cost of a true landline is far cheaper than the VoIP service and works during a power failure anyway so I plan to activate the land line still connected to my house, and buy another but in touch tone form for the kitchen (since some calls to services I pay for don't allow rotary systems because they want you to 'press 1 for english' to name one example) but I'm keeping the Western Electric classic in the office. The office had my father's old wooden rolltop desk so that room is the retro room (although my entire home is done in a combination of 1960s-2010 era decor, electronics, and so on) and the touch tone phone I spotted at the vendor mall was from the same period as the rotary phone, made in USA, real bell and all.

It's a shame my girlfriend who lives 540 miles away isn't comfortable with voice calls and prefers texting, otherwise I'd just ditch the crazy phablet and just use the Western Electric.

The lack of jobs and manufacturing here is another nail in the 'but it's green and more efficient' coffin. All those ships having to go to and from China for crap that's pure landfill and not reusable in the long term is not helping our planet. It's always going to be more environmentally sound to keep, reuse, and maintain what already exists instead of raping our planet for more finite resources.

But hey, let's just ban incandescent bulbs and internal combustion engines, so long as we get to enjoy our steak and bacon, right? I mean it's not like animal agriculture doesn't produce more CO2 emissions than all forms of transportation combined and all...

Sadly my home is not that old. I was just using an example. Forcing me to buy a new phone I never had any interest in because the carriers all brigaded against 3G is like denying utilities to a 100 year old home because it doesn't meet modern electric code.

Also, rotary dials just feel too good to not dial and enjoy. Maybe I'm just out of my own time? Perhaps past lives are indeed a thing and I'm just someone who once lived in the '50s or something? I have never been too interested in modern tech overall, ever since I thought that old flip clock at my great grandmother's bedroom looked far more cool than the modern woodgrain digital one my mom bought for my bedroom at the K-Mart.
 
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Is K Mart even around any more? They used to be all over the place. Maybe they just overextended themselves, what the "Super" stores and all.
 
K-Mart is pretty much gone. They merged with Sears who were already going bankrupt and Sears just took K-Mart down with them. Joined the list right alongside Woolco, Montgomery Wards, and Ames.

Our K-Marts (we had two of 'em) were time capsules even in late 2016, right before they EOL'd. You could walk into the electronics section and still active demos of Nintendo 64s were going. There was tons of unsold and long outdated tech gathering dust as well, such as 1980s Southwestern Bell 'freedom phones' and early 1990s cordless phones, all priced for clearence but never sold. The only 'modern' at the time stuff were Sears' own appliances and tools in their desperate attempt to save themselves by merging.

Now K-Mart exists in Australia, with the 1970s logo and all, but I hear they're not related and are entirely different inside. Woolco also exists in Australia, but again, unrelated to their USA counterpart.
 
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I hadn't heard of Ames, but I know about Montgomery Ward. They are still around, sort of anyway, but online only, owned by that same company that has the Swiss Colony. They sell mostly food. Woolco and Woolworth (F. W.) were I think related. I'm pretty sure that Woolworth was the place where there were those lunch counter sitins in the '60s. They managed to survive the civil rights era and go out of business in the '90s, I guess. They were probably about the last purveyors of cheap sweatpants in a multitude of colors.
 
Woolco's were huge as well but a tad smaller than a full-on Woolworth's. Yes, same company. They were a large department store. The only memory I have of them was when I was very little seeing an empty shell of one shortly before demolition. Woolco was the smaller, more 'K-Mart' little brother of the much larger, Megamarket-sized Woolworth's.

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Ames was a common sight before Dollar General took their place. They were a cheap store just like a Dollar General, and there were so many in the U.S. at one point they had a reputation like a Starbucks of being on every street corner. The K.T. Oslin song, '80's ladies' mentions that in one lyric "and more than an Ames has chains"

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I looked for usb otg in settings and couldn't find it. I guess that means the A02s doesn't have it. Is there another way to look for it?
 
Now it's even scarier. Neither file manager is showing sd. Well, Simple "mentions" it but that's all. I can't get it to show any files. I've tried rebooting more than once. I even shut this thing down entirely to get it out, but that weird paper clip.thing isn't pushing it open. Is it stuck? How can I remove it or just make it act right?
 
If you cannot find a SIM eject tool (or lost it) a needle from a sewing kit works wonders. But I'm old school and have one of those kits. Don't judge me. If you don't care about the phone at all a flat blade screwdriver will work (and destroy the SIM holder in the phone in the process)

I can assure you, there is nothing wrong with your SD card. Your phone is targ-manuring you (can't use the appropriate word in this forum). It's just another reason I'm trying to get rid of all modern crap in my life.
 
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I hear that. This is the tool I mean, I think. It looks about the same as a sewing needle with a huge eye. For some reason or none at all it won't open this sorry piece of crap. Do you remember the good old days when we just pried the phone open and took out or added whatever? Sure, it wasn't waterproof, but neither is this and it was a lot more useful and less aggravating.
 
I remember the removable battery well. I still use a Galaxy S5 (coaxed it back to life, screw you AT&T!!!) and it had waterproofing, and a removable battery. Innovation!

There is not one modern phone today since that has the packed feature set of the Galaxy S5:

1. IR Blaster
2. removable battery
3. headphone jack
4. wireless charging add-on
5. heart rate sensor
6. fingerprint sensor
7. waterproofing despite the removable battery (IP67)
8. Fast charging via USB 3.0
9. perfect screen size. Not designed only for LeBron James.
10. multi-coloured notification LED
 
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I remember the removable battery well. I still use a Galaxy S5 (coaxed it back to life, screw you AT&T!!!) and it had waterproofing, and a removable battery. Innovation!

There is not one modern phone today since that has the packed feature set of the Galaxy S5:

1. IR Blaster
2. removable battery
3. headphone jack
4. wireless charging add-on
5. heart rate sensor
6. fingerprint sensor
7. waterproofing despite the removable battery (IP67)
8. Fast charging via USB 3.0
9. perfect screen size. Not designed only for LeBron James.
10. multi-coloured notification LED
sorry but my z fold 4 will run circles around the s5.....sorry op for derailing your thread
 
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That's ok, but I gotta agree. The old phones had such great features and lacked much useless crap out today. I would love to have the S5 right now.