Regular Maintenance for Your Samsung Galaxy Tab S

By Dan Gookin

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

Keeping it 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 Samsung Galaxy tablet model.

Backing up your stuff

A backup is a safety copy of information. For your tablet, the backup copy includes contact information, music, photos, video, and apps, plus any settings you’ve made to customize your tablet. Copying that information to another source is one way to keep the information safe in case anything happens to your Galaxy Tab.

Yes, a backup is a good thing. Lamentably, there’s no universal method of backing up the stuff on a tablet.

Your Google account information is backed up automatically. That information includes the tablet’s address book, Gmail inbox, calendar appointments, and any apps you’ve obtained as well as other Play Store purchases. Because that information automatically syncs with the Internet, a backup is always present.

To confirm that your Google account information is being backed up, heed these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. Tap the General Tab, and then choose Accounts.

  3. On the right side of the screen, choose your Google account.

  4. Tap your Gmail address.

  5. Ensure that check marks appear by every item in the list.

    These are the items that synchronize between the tablet and your Google account on the Internet.

    You’re not done yet!

  6. On the left side of the screen, choose the Backup and Reset item.

  7. Ensure that both items shown on the right side of the screen have green check marks.

    There. Now you can rest easy.

Beyond your Google account, which is automatically backed up, the rest of the information can be manually backed up. You can synchronize information on the tablet with your computer by using an app such as Dropbox, or you can manually copy files from the tablet’s internal storage to the computer as a form of backup.

Updating the 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 Tab 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. The message may be as subtle as a notification icon, or it might be a card onscreen informing you that an update is necessary. Some advice: Install the update and get it over with. Don’t dally.

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

  • You can check for updates manually: In the Settings app, tap the General tab and select About Device on the left side of the screen. Tap the Software Update action. When the system is up-to-date (which is about 99.99 percent of the time), 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 Tab’s guts. This type of update is often called a firmware update. As with Android updates, it’s best to accept all firmware updates.