How to Fix Random and Annoying Problems on Your Samsung Galaxy Tab S

By Dan Gookin

Here are some typical problems you may encounter on your Galaxy Tab and some suggestions for a solution. It’s usually a good idea to attempt a little troubleshooting before consulting a higher power.

General trouble

For just about any problem or minor quirk, consider restarting the tablet: Long-press the Power Lock button and choose the Restart command from the Device Options menu. Tap the OK button. This procedure will most likely fix a majority of the annoying problems you encounter.

Signal weirdness

As you move about, the cellular signal can change. In fact, you may observe the status icon change from 4G LTE to 3G to even the dreaded 1X or — worse — nothing, depending on the strength and availability of the cellular data service.

My advice for random signal weirdness is to wait. Oftentimes, the signal comes back after a few minutes. If it doesn’t, the cellular data network might be down, or you may just be in an area with lousy service. Consider changing your location.

For Wi-Fi connections, you have to ensure that the Wi-Fi is set up properly and working. This process usually involves pestering the person who configured the Wi-Fi router or, in a coffee shop, bothering the cheerful person with the bad haircut who serves you coffee.

Perhaps the issue isn’t with the tablet at all but rather with the Wi-Fi network. Some networks have a “lease time” after which your tablet might be disconnected. If so, turn off the tablet’s Wi-Fi and then turn it on again. That often solves the issue.

Another problem that’s being talked about is that the Wi-Fi router doesn’t recognize the Tab. In this case, it could be an older router that needs to be replaced. Especially if you have a Wi-Fi router over five years old, consider getting a newer router.

Music is playing and you want it to stop

It’s awesome that the tablet continues to play music while you do other things. Getting the music to stop quickly, however, requires some skill. Primarily, you need skill at pulling down the notifications shade and tapping the Pause button that appears in the currently playing song’s notification.

An app has run amok

Sometimes, apps that misbehave let you know. You see a warning on the screen announcing the app’s stubborn disposition. When that happens, touch the Force Quit button to shut down the app. Then say, “Whew!”

You’ve reached your wit’s end

When all else fails, you can do the drastic thing and perform a factory data reset on your Galaxy Tab. Before committing to this step, contact support.