Unable to Save file on SD card on Samsung galaxy S7

Happened to me lately that when I took picture from default camera app of Samsung Galaxy S7. An error popped up “Unable to Save file on SD card”.

Figured out its solution after spending hours on the internet. Here’s what I did to fix this error on my S7.

While looking for solution. It turned out that this problem started after the latest system update (G935FXXU1APEQ). At first I thought there is some issue with my SD card. But my phone can still read and write on the card. Only the stock Camera app is having issues. Even pictures from Snapchat are getting stored in SD card without any issue.

Solution Unable to Save File on SD Card on S7

Samsung Galaxy S7 is a beast when it comes to specs and hardware. It never gave me any problems before. Best thing about Samsung is that they have very high quality hardware in their devices. My only problem with Samsung is the TouchWiz. I would opt for pure Android over touchwiz hundred times over. Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge has two variants, one is running on Snapdragon and the other variant is running of Samsung’s manufactured Exynos chip. This error “Unable to Save file on SD card” is found on both versions after the latest update.

Now lets move on the solution of this error:
First things first. These little optimization tweaks might solve your problem.

  • Goto Settings –> Application Manager –> Camera –> Clear App data and Cache.
  • Reformat your SD card. You can do that using your phone by going into settings of your card. or you can reformat it via your PC. Right click on your SD card in My Computer and click on format.
  • Clear Cache Partition of your Samsung Galaxy S7
    • First of all turn off your Samsung Galaxy S7.
    • Now press and hold Volume up + Home + Power Button Simultaneously. Keep on holding the buttons until you see Android figure in the background.
    • Once in Recovery menu. Use volume buttons to navigate to Wipe Cache Partition.
    • Use power button to select it.
    • Now use volume buttons to go to Reboot System Now.

You can also format your SD card from recovery menu using this guide.

All the above steps didn’t work for me. I hope you guys have already tried it. According to my opinion. This problem arises because of updating a new firmware over old firmware of some other region.

The fix is simple. But it will remove all your data present inside your phone. You will have to factory reset your phone.

Important: Before moving forward. Use this guide to backup your S7 on cloud or PC in just few minutes.

In order to perform a hard reset or factory reset. You will have to get into recovery and factory reset your phone. Although you can perform it from settings as well.

Factory Reset S7 via Recovery Menu to fix Unable to save file on SD card:

  • First of all turn off your S7.
  • Now press and hold Volume up + Home + Power Button Simultaneously. Keep on holding the buttons until you see Android figure in the background.
  • In Recovery menu. Use volume down button to get to Wipe Data/Factory Reset.
  • Use Power button to select it.
  • Now use volume buttons to go to Reboot System Now.

Now your Samsung Galaxy S7 will restart and it will work as you just pulled it out of box. Although this solution worked for me and fixed the problem. But if you still have this problem then you might have to flash stock ROM on your Samsung Galaxy S7.

Use this guide to flash stock ROM on your Galaxy S7 if the problem still persists. Although hard reset will solve the unable to save file on SD card. You should also check your SD card. May be the problem is in your card. replace it with some other card and check to see if the problem still persists.

That’s all from my side. I hope this guide helped you to fix your S7. Do give us feedback on which method worked out for you. If you have any questions regarding any of the method above. Feel free to ask me in the comments. I will get back to you in less than a day.




  1. Mine was solved a lot easier.. Before you go with all the reset thing, make sure you remove, give an old school blowing and reinsert your sdcard. This solved the problem for me.. It does not hurt to try at least, before resorting to a device reset 😉

    Anyway, thnx for the info, the idea of reformatting led me to my fix.

  2. I dont think this is a solution. I have Galaxy S7 international. I have samsung 64GB SD card on phone and i’ve been getting this error since andorid 6, right now i have android 7, i have “fixed” the problem several times but it keeps coming back, on time i deinstalled and reinstalled facebook messenger and didnt give it any premissions to SD-card and camera, few weeks later error was back, uninstalling messenger wont work anymore 🙁
    I’ve contacted Samsung about it but 6 months have passed and they still cant figure it out.

  3. Go figure, I had this issue with my S8+…would read the files on the card, but would not save the images from camera to my SD…I took the card out, blew on it, removed it, blew into phone, placed it back in and viola! Go figure…like an old Nintendo system…hope that helps!