5 Basic Questions and Answers about Your Samsung Galaxy Tablet

By Dan Gookin

Many people love Q&A! So let’s have some about the Samsung Galaxy tablet! Not only is it an effective way to express certain problems and solutions, but some of the questions might also cover things you’ve wanted to ask.

What to do if you can’t turn the Samsung Galaxy tablet on (or off)!

Yes, sometimes a Galaxy tablet locks up. If this happens, you press and hold down the Power Lock key for about 8 seconds, the tablet turns off or on, depending on which state it’s in.

A program can lock the Galaxy tablet tight when the 8-second Power Lock key trick didn’t work. In that case, wait 12 minutes or so, just letting the tablet sit there and do nothing. Then press and hold down the Power Lock key for about 8 seconds, and the tablet turned itself back on.

What to do if the Samsung Galaxy tablet’s touchscreen doesn’t work!

A touchscreen, such as the one used on a Galaxy tablet, requires a human finger for proper interaction. The tablet interprets the static potential between the human finger and the device to determine where the touchscreen is being touched.

You cannot use the touchscreen when you’re wearing gloves, unless they’re specially designed, static-carrying gloves that claim to work on touchscreens.

The touchscreen might also fail when the battery power is low or when the tablet has been physically damaged.

What to do if the Samsung Galaxy tablet’s battery doesn’t charge!

When your battery isn’t charging, start at the source: Is the wall socket providing power? Is the cord plugged in? The cable may be damaged, so try another cable.

When charging from a USB port on a computer, ensure that the computer is turned on. Most computers don’t provide USB power when they’re turned off.

What to do if the Samsung Galaxy tablet gets so hot that it turns itself off!

Yikes! An overheating gadget can be a nasty problem. Judge how hot the tablet is by seeing whether you can hold it in your hand: When it’s too hot to hold, it’s too hot. If you’re using your Galaxy tablet to cook an egg, it’s too hot.

Turn off the tablet and let the battery cool.

If the overheating problem continues, have the tablet looked at for potential repair. The battery might need to be replaced. Right now, there’s no way for you to remove and replace the battery in a Galaxy tablet.

Do not continue to use any gizmo that’s too hot! The heat damages the electronics. It can also start a fire.

What to do if the Samsung Galaxy tablet doesn’t do landscape mode!

Not every app takes advantage of the Galaxy tablet’s capability to orient itself in landscape mode, or even upside-down mode. For example, many games set their orientations one way and refuse to change, no matter how you hold the tablet. So, if an app doesn’t go into landscape mode, that doesn’t mean anything is broken.

Confirm that the orientation lock isn’t on: Check the Quick Actions on the notifications shade to ensure that the Screen Rotation item is on; otherwise, the screen doesn’t reorient itself.