2 Basic Maintenance Tips for Your Samsung Galaxy Tablet - dummies

2 Basic Maintenance Tips for Your Samsung Galaxy Tablet

By Dan Gookin

Relax. Maintenance for your Samsung Galaxy tablet is simple and quick. Basically, it can be summarized in three words: Keep it clean. Beyond that, another maintenance task worthy of attention is backing up the information stored on your tablet.

How to keep your Samsung Galaxy tablet clean

You probably already keep your tablet clean. Perhaps you’re one of those people who use their sleeves to wipe the touchscreen. Of course, better than your sleeve is something called a microfiber cloth. This item can be found at any computer- or office-supply store.

  • Never clean the touchscreen by using a liquid — especially ammonia or alcohol. Those substances damage the touchscreen, rendering it unable to read your input. Further, such harsh chemicals can smudge the display, making it more difficult to see.

  • If the screen keeps getting dirty, consider adding a screen protector. This specially designed cover prevents the screen from getting scratched or dirty while also letting you use your finger on the touchscreen. Be sure that the screen protector is designed for use with your model Samsung Galaxy tablet.

How to update the Samsung Galaxy tablet’s system

Every so often, a new version of the Android operating system becomes available. It’s an Android update because Android is the name of the operating system, not because your Galaxy tablet thinks that it’s some type of robot.

When an automatic update occurs, you see an alert or a message, indicating that a system upgrade is available. Some advice: Install the update and get it over with. Don’t dally.

  • If possible, connect the tablet to a power source. You don’t want the battery to die during a software update.

  • You can check for updates manually: In the Settings app, choose the General tab (if it’s there), and then select About Device. Touch the Software Update item. When the system is up-to-date, the screen tells you so. Otherwise, you find directions for updating the Android operating system.

  • Non-Android system updates might also be issued. For example, Samsung may send an update to the Galaxy tablet’s guts. This type of update is often called a firmware update. As with Android updates, it is advisable to accept all firmware updates.