How to Fix Typical Problems on a Samsung Galaxy Tab - dummies

How to Fix Typical Problems on a Samsung Galaxy Tab

By Dan Gookin

For the most part, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is a very reliable and trouble-free device. But now and then, you may encounter a bit of a problem. Here are some typical problems you may encounter on the Samsung Galaxy Tab and suggestions for a solution:

General trouble: For just about any problem or minor quirk, consider restarting the Galaxy Tab: Turn it off and then turn it on again. This procedure will most likely fix a majority of the annoying problems you encounter.

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

The best 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.

Check the Wi-Fi connection: 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.

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

Music is playing and you want it to stop: It’s awesome that the Galaxy Tab continues to play music while you do other things. Getting the music to stop quickly, however, requires some skill. Primarily, you need skill at popping up the notifications and touching the Pause button that appears in the currently playing song’s notification.