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May 11, 2015

How to buy the right Micro SD card for your Lumia

With a range of MicroSD cards available for Lumia smartphones, here’s how to choose the right one.

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Just in case you didn’t know, a Micro SD card is one of the smallest removable flash memory cards available. Designed specifically for mobile phones, it’s about the size of your fingernail. You can store your documents, photos, videos, music, games and even apps on such a card.

When buying a MicroSD card, consider two things: storage capacity and the class on the card. Not all MicroSD cards offer the same speeds and you get better results with higher classes. Class 10, for example, offers a minimum performance of 10 MB per second.

Lumia phones such as the new Lumia 540, Lumia 640, and Lumia 640 XL already come with 8 GB of onboard storage. However, if you want to make the most out of your Lumia and have space for more games and images, opt for a 32GB or 64GB card or even a Micro SD card with a whopping 128GB of memory.

Gamer and photographer: Class 10


If you take a lot of photos on your Lumia 830 and capture them in DNG format, you’ll need a card with a higher speed to save your photos in quick succession.

Moreover, if you like to play graphic-intensive games such as Asphalt 8: Airborne or Halo: Spartan Strike, then getting a card with high speed and high storage will give you uninterrupted gaming experience.

Instagrammers: Class 4 and Class 6


If you’re an Instagram addict and love sharing your #Lumialove online and record HD videos with your Lumia 730 or Lumia 1520, then the class 4 or the class 6 card would suit your needs.

Moderate user: Class 2


Do you use your Lumia mostly for downloading documents and storing your tunes? A class 2 card would be the most cost effective option for you.

However, if you don’t wish to invest in a MicroSD card but want to free up your Lumia’s onboard memory, give OneDrive cloud storage a try.

OneDrive offers you 30GB of free space and if you buy a Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, you’ll also get a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal and a full terabyte of OneDrive storage. Learn more about OneDrive here.

My Lumia 830 with its 16 GB of memory provides ample storage to store loads of movies but I will soon buy a spare 8 GB class 6 card.

To know more about saving apps and games directly to your memory card, check our previous story here.