By Dan Gookin

At the end of the day, you may want to turn off your Android tablet. That’s easy enough, but only necessary sometimes. To turn off your tablet, heed these steps:

  1. Press and hold the Power/Lock key.

    You see the Device Options menu, which may contain only one item: Power Off. Some tablets feature more items on this menu, such as the Samsung version of the Device Options menu.

    If you chicken out and don’t want to turn off your tablet, tap the Back icon to dismiss the Device Options menu.

  2. Tap the Power Off item.

    If a confirmation message appears, tap the OK button. The Android tablet turns itself off.

    The Device Options menu.

    The Device Options menu.

The tablet doesn’t run when it’s off, so it doesn’t remind you of appointments and doesn’t collect email, nor do you hear any alarms you’ve set. The tablet isn’t angry with you for turning it off, though you may sense some resentment when you turn it on again.

  • Varieties of the Device Options menu on various Android tablets include the Restart command as well as commands to silence the speakers or control vibration. There is also a Kid Mode command on some tablets.

  • Samsung tablets sport a Restart command on the Device Options menu. To restart other Android tablets, you need to turn the device off and then on again.

  • The tablet can be charged while it’s off.

  • Keep your tablet in a safe place while it’s turned off.