Nowadays, smartphones are getting more and more storage space to store large amounts of data or various applications. So it may happen that you get lost in the wilderness of technical terms while hordes of terms are added to the dictionary every day. One of the terms may confuse you on a regular basis is TF cards, which stands for TransFlash cards. On that note, we will discuss what is a TF Card?
Many phones offer the option of external storage, where users can use a micro SD card to expand the phone’s memory. Many users wonder what TF cards are and how they are related to SD Cards. TF or TransFlash is a little-known name for memory cards and many users are not aware of this name. In this article, we will talk about various aspects of TF cards and we will also see the difference between TF and micro SD cards.
What is a TF Card? ~~>
TF or T-Flash stands for TransFlash. This was the original name for the Micro Secure Digital (SD) cards. These cards were introduced to the market by the SanDisk company in 2004. The TF card was the smallest memory card ever and is used to store data in digital form.
Micro SD and TF cards can be used in various types of devices like smartphones, cameras, computers, and other devices to store information like videos, pictures, etc. This memory card was considered to be the smallest memory card in the world with the size of a fingernail.
In simple words, TF Card was the original name and product of SanDisk Company, which was later changed to a Micro SD card. Updating and improving products is common for every company, so changing the name TransFlash.
TF Card vs Micro SD Card? ~~>
Micro Secure Digital cards and TF cards are all so similar, yet, with certain differences. Micro SD cards can support SDIO mode, which means they can perform tasks that have nothing to do with memory, such as Bluetooth, GPS, and Near Field Communication. A TransFlash card, on the other hand, cannot perform these types of tasks.
Transflash was the name for the initial product, so you’ll find most TF cards in 16 MB and 32 MB sizes. As of 2014 to date, micro SD and TransFlash cards are considered equivalent. TF and micro SD cards have the same dimensions and specifications, and both cards are fully compatible with each other. Both cards are still used in mobile devices today, although it is difficult to find the original TransFlash memory cards.
What is a TF Slot? ~~>
A TF slot is essentially a microSD opening. Once you insert the card into the slot, the device recognizes it and uses it to store data such as videos, pictures, and audio files.
Some devices such as computers and iPhones do not have a MicroSD slot. They only accept larger SD cards. An adapter is a tool that enlarges the microSD card to fit into an SD opening. This tool allows incompatible devices to read the data on the microSD card.
TF Card in Speakers? ~~> ~~>
You want to play some music on your Bluetooth speaker through your phone, you can also use sd cards. So, here’s how you can use a card with your speaker:
- You need to turn ON your speaker by pressing the switch.
- Then, insert the card into the microSD slot.
- Now, wheen the speaker switches to the “card mode”, you can successfully stream your music as the speaker will play it automatically.
- Thereafter, you can press the “V+” button to skip forward or press “V-” to return to a previous track.
- Finally, you can press and hold the “Play/Pause” key to pause a track.
- That’s it!
Using the TF Card in an mp3 Player? ~~> ~~>
MP3 players have a limited amount of memory. The device can only store a certain number of songs. With a microSD card, users can transfer more songs to their devices.
However, most computers and laptops do not have a MicroSD slot. Instead, you need to use an adapter to insert the card into your PC. So, here’s what you need to do:
- Insert the card into the adapter and plug it into the SD slot on the computer or Raptor.
- Then, press the “Start” icon on your desktop and open the “File Explorer” section.
- Next, double tap on the SD card drive > “Music”
- Then, open the folder and drag and drop the tracks you want to transfer from the computer or laptop.
- Next, eject the card and finally, insert the card into your mp3 player.
- Thereafter, use the player’s menu to transfer the files.
WRAPPING UP !! ~~> ~~>
In this post, I think I have done well enough to have given you ample idea about the TransFlash card. You also get to know about the minute differences between the TF card and the Micro SD Card. Not only that you also learn about using the MicroSD cards in different devices. All the methods above are literally very simple and even a beginner can thus easily follow them. So, try your hands on any of these quick ways and fulfill your wish. On that note, until the next time, see ya !! Goodbye !! ~~> ~~>
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