SD card isn’t showing up on Mac? Here are our solutions

by Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
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Milan has been enthusiastic about technology ever since his childhood days, and this led him to take interest in all PC-related technologies. He's a PC enthusiast and he... read more
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SD cards are great for storing data, but certain users reported that their SD card is not showing up on Mac.

This can be a problem, especially if you need to transfer files, therefore we’re going to show you how to deal with this issue once and for all.

What do I do if the SD card isn’t showing up on Mac?

1. Check the sidebar in Finder

  1. Open Finder.
  2. In the Sidebar, look for Devices.
  3. Select the one that has your computer’s name and you should see the SD card there.
  4. Drag the SD card back to the sidebar.

Alternatively, you can fix this problem by changing Sidebar preferences:

  1. Open Finder > Preferences > General.
  2. Now look for the External disks option and check it.
    finder properties sd card not showing up mac

After doing that, the SD card should appear.

2. Restart your Mac

  1. Remove the SD card from your Mac.
  2. Restart the Mac.
  3. Once the computer completely boots, insert the SD card.

This is a simple workaround, but users reported that it worked for them, so feel free to try it.

3. Use Disk Utility

  1. Go to Applications > Utilities.
  2. Now start Disk Utility.
  3. Select the drive that you want to repair and click on First Aid.
    first aid sd card not showing up mac
  4. Wait for the process to finish.

After repairing the drive, check if the problem is still there. Users reported that repairing any drive, even the built-in one, fixed the problem, so be sure to try that.

Few users reported that they fixed the issue by assigning a name to their SD card, so you should try that as well.

4. Force quit Finder

  1. Press Option + Command + Escape.
  2. In the Force Quit window, select Finder and then click on Restart.
    force quit applications sd card not showing up mac

5. Check your SD card slot

  1. Make sure that your slot isn’t filled with debris. Blow into it a few times or use compressed air to clean it.
  2. Few users claim that there’s a hidden switch that sometimes gets stuck, but you can unstuck it with a toothpick. Just be extra cautious not to damage anything.
  3. Don’t put your SD card all the way in. Try removing it bit by bit until its detected. In some cases, you need to wiggle or put it at a correct angle.

In case the SD card is not showing up on your Mac, you can usually fix the problem by adjusting the Finder settings or wiggling your SD card a bit.

Did you find our solutions helpful? Let us know in the comments below.

FAQ: Learn more about SD cards

  • Why is my SD card not working on Mac?

It’s possible that your SD card slot has some debris in it, so be sure to clean it. If your SD card is faulty, you might want to consider getting a new SD card.

  • How do I connect my SD card to my Mac?

Just connect your SD card to the SD card slot. Alternatively, you can use an external card reader.

  • Why is my SD card read only Mac?

This is most likely due to your SD card permissions. Also, check the small switch on the card and make sure it’s not locked.

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