Conserve the Galaxy Tab Power: Sleep and Off - dummies

Conserve the Galaxy Tab Power: Sleep and Off

By Dan Gookin

There are two ways to conserve power when you’re not using your Galaxy Tab – turn it off or put it to sleep. Most often, you will just put your Galaxy Tab to sleep.

Put the Galaxy Tab to sleep

To sleep the Tab, simply press its Power Lock button. The display goes dark; the Tab is asleep.

  • In Sleep mode, the Galaxy Tab still works, still receives e-mail, and can still play music. But it’s not using as much power as it would with the display on.

  • The Galaxy Tab will probably spend most of its time in Snooze mode.

  • Snoozing doesn’t turn off the Tab.

  • Any timers or alarms you set still activate when the Tab is in Sleep mode.

  • To wake up the Tab, press and release the Power Lock button.

Control the Galaxy Tab sleep timeout

You can manually snooze the Galaxy Tab at any time by pressing the Power Lock button. When you don’t manually snooze the tab, it automatically goes into Sleep mode after a given period of inactivity.

You have control over the snooze timeout value, which can be set anywhere from 15 seconds to 1 hour. To change the snooze timeout settings, follow these steps:

  1. At the Home screen, touch the Apps Menu icon button.

  2. Choose Settings.

  3. Choose Screen.

  4. Choose Timeout.

  5. Choose a timeout value from the list.

    One minute is the standard value.

  6. Touch the Home icon button to return to the Home screen.

The sleep timer begins after a period of inactivity; when you don’t touch the screen or tap an icon button, the timer starts ticking. About 5 seconds before the timeout value you set, the touchscreen dims. Then it turns off, and the Tab goes to sleep. If you touch the screen before then, the timer is reset.

How to turn off the Galaxy Tab

To turn off the Tab, heed these steps:

  1. Press and hold the Power Lock button.

    You see the Tablet Options menu. (The Wi-Fi Tab’s Tablet Options menu lacks a Restart command.)


    If you chicken out and don’t want to turn off the Tab, touch the Back icon button to dismiss the Tablet Options menu.

  2. Touch the Power Off item.

  3. Touch OK.

    The Galaxy Tab turns itself off.

The Tab doesn’t run when it’s off, so it doesn’t remind you of appointments, collect e-mail, or let you hear any alarms you’ve set. The Tab also isn’t angry with you for turning it off, though you may sense some resentment when you turn it on again.

Be sure to keep the Tab in a safe place while it’s turned off.