Sometimes when the internet really, really wants to believe something, no amount of evidence to the contrary will convince people. Such was the case with the OnePlus One and its phantom microSD card slot. The company said there is no SD card slot and the review units have no microSD card slot, so what's with the growing number of stories about a secret microSD card slot? Well, there was a mix up with the manual.


The FCC docs for the OnePlus One include the user manual, and there are a number of odd errors. Right there in black and white it says the device accommodates cards up to 64GB in size. It's not true, though. We've got one in for review with no sign of a card slot, but we checked with Cyanogen Inc. just to make absolutely sure there wasn't some last minute hardware tweak. Nope, just a mistake. We reached out to OnePlus as well, but no one there has gotten back to us yet.

Considering OnePlus' suspiciously close relationship with Oppo, it's likely this is just a case of confusion with the Oppo Find 7a. That device is very similar and does have an SD card slot. Don't believe the hype.

Update: OnePlus has responded to confirm there's no microSD card slot:

The OnePlus One does not support external storage. The manual in question is not for the Find 7a, it is simply an error in the One manual and we are working to correct it.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • xsirxx

    orrrr does it?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

    Your review device doesn't have an SD card slot?
    Have you tried turning it off and on again?

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    • Rami

      Can't I just put an SD card in the SIM slot? they are all electronics afterall :D

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

        Instructions not clear; got something else stuck in the SIM slot

        • That ain’t all that got stuck.

          +1 million.

    • http://about.me/jovanphilip Van

      Try clearing the cache or a wipe.

    • If you believe this…

      open "phone" and type:**4357# and hit "send'.

      You'll then be able to slide a micro-SD into the SIM slot before sliding the SIM in.

      Fo' realz, mang.

  • Harris Mirza

    Maybe there is an SD card slot inside the phone, but you have to dismantle the phone to reach it???

    • Javier

      Maybe there is an extra camera and some cool sensors too!

      • Zombie

        And two extra batteries inside

        • whut whit

          yeah and if you're lucky there's another OnePlus that comes right out!

          • Zombie

            There are probably some invite codes written on the SoC, too

          • Toby

            The money that you paid for the phone with is stored inside as well.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      no. stop it.

    • Simon Belmont

      The SD card slot is in your mind. Time for an upgrade.

      I'm going to send you a 128GB SD card to replace that 32MB card in there now. That's right, I said 32 MEGABYTES.

    • CrackaAssCracka

      Maybe you're desperate

  • Jared

    So you are saying that they settled.

  • remister

    You have to say a magic word for it to appear?
    But truthfully 64GB, it enough for me... I THINK

    • GraveUypo

      yeah, 64gb is enough. 32 isn't, though.

  • Clayton ODonnell

    So you're saying there's a chance.

  • xsirxx

    Its right there!

    • asianrage

      Source? I'm very curious about this.

      • xsirxx

        totally joking man... totalllyyyyyy joking. Or am I?

    • FauxNombre

      That is one seriously messed up PhotoChop. Golf clap!

      • xsirxx

        What you are missing and everyone else here is that is the Ultra Micro SD slot. Its new and the reason for the delay on the one plus one. Hence why they are denying the Micro SD slot...

    • Zombie

      Here, I found it

      • xsirxx

        one upper!

      • Bluewall


  • Androidium

    Never settle, believers.

    • Bluewall

      This is beautiful.

  • http://nopenopenope.nope Ryuuie

    So what you're saying is Half-Life 3 confirmed?

    Got it.

  • zacman83

    Still--didn't the latest info show a removable battery? That's as valuable as microSD storage.

    • dude

      It is non-removable battery and a removable back cover.

  • mehim

    There is one guys, honest!

    You just have to downgrade it to éclair, then go to coordinates "52.376552, 5.198303", at 11:10 pm you will get an OTA update labled OPPO_SNICKERS_MICROSD.EXE.

    By noon the other day your phone will have it, do it any other way and your phone will become a Symbian device.

    -how it would have turned out 15 years ago

    • Zombie

      So basically, you unbox the phone and automatically get a Symbian device.

    • J.

      Fuck that :D I'm not going to Almere. I'm fine here in Groningen ;)

    • qu4ttro

      Sybian?! Wont the girlfriend be surprised! ;)

  • xsirxx

    Well that got out of hand quickly.

    EDIT: You guys are the reason we cant have nice things.

  • AnnaTWashington

    By noon the other day your phone will have it, do it any other way and your phone will become a Symbian device. http://num.to/728-955-835-584

  • dude

    Now if only you could convince the Anunnaki believers.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Ancient SD slot theorists believe...

  • lensgrabber

    "We reached out to OnePlus as well, but no one there has gotten back to us yet." Well that's not surprising.

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  • dude

    USB OTG connectors are $2 on ebay.

    • GraveUypo

      and they're just as convenient and useful!
      no, wait....

  • GangstaRapMadeMeDoIt

    We can confirm nor deny from the manufacturer whether or not it has the sd card slot because they haven't gotten back of us yet, but let's post an article with no confirmation whether or not it's there, just because.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      No confirmation... Except for the part where Cyanogen confirmed.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It was only a matter of time for the OnePlus response. CM response was available immediately. Since you asked so nicely:

      Hi Artem

      "The OnePlus One does not support external storage. The manual in question is not for the Find 7a, it is simply an error in the One manual and we are working to correct it."

      Bridget Hickey
      OnePlus Global

    • jo

      someone was desperately hoping a microSD card slot existed....

  • ather akber

    It could be internal like the first wp7 devices from htc?

  • abobobilly

    I wish if it had one anyway. Then this phone would've been unbeatable for a lot of years to come.

  • Dave

    no SD card no go