The update that was delivered to Amazon’s Fire Tablet devices on September 1, 2017 has caused many customers hardship. To save on battery consumption, Fire tablets do things in the background to shut down specific services when the device is sitting and has not be used for a period of time. Some things that can be configured to turn off at customizable intervals are the display, Wi-Fi, and other things.
However, in the latest update, when the tablet goes through the process of shutting things down, it has also started auto-dismounting the SD card. This is clearly a bug. If you’ve installed apps to run from the SD card they are unavailable. Many have taken to just rebooting the tablet as a fix…but you can also fix it by simply dismounting and remounting the SC card through the Fire tablet’s settings under Storage.
In Settings – Storage, choose to Safely Remove SD Card. Once removed, choose to Mount SD Card.
This entire process takes 2-3 minutes, but is definitely a shorter time than rebooting the tablet completely.
Interestingly, the SD Card still shows up as fine in the Settings when the problem occurs – though the tablet definitely doesn’t see it. Amazon should have a fix available soon.
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