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The screen of Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 doesn’t stay off even on sleep mode
Problem: Hi. I have a Tab S about 2-3 months old. These last few days whenever I put the tab in sleep mode, it keeps turning the screen back on to the lock screen. The screen does not stay off. I had a flip cover which had an automatic on and off feature. I removed the flip cover and switched off auto on or off from the Settings menu just to check but to no avail. Normally I would not have a problem with this because the screen is usually guarded by my cover but it consumes a lot of battery. I have the 10.5 inch Wi-Fi version. — Akash
Troubleshooting: Hello Akash. Good job in isolating the issue by removing the flip cover. Did you press the power button when you attempted to put the tablet into sleep mode? There are a couple of things that may cause your tab to awaken on its own right after putting it to sleep. First, a Wi-Fi connection may have caused it. Every time your Wi-Fi loses connection, it automatically turns the screen ON even on sleep mode. Turn off the Wi-Fi function and see if it still does it. Second, this may be caused by an app you have installed in the device. Do you have any screen locking apps added? If so, remove those and make sure to uncheck all boxes for screen lock apps by going to Settings>Security>Device>Administrators. Restart the unit and check if it has been resolved. Third, make sure that the Screen Timeout feature is active and set to the desired time. You can choose between 15 seconds to 30 minutes. Try setting it to 15 seconds and see if the screen shuts and stays off. Lastly, this may have something to do with the tab’s firmware and therefore needs a reset. Let’s do a soft reset first as this can mostly resolve minor issues with the tablet. Do the soft reset by pressing the power button down for 15 seconds or until the screen shuts off. Wait for a minute or two then carefully power it back on. Try to put your tab into sleep mode and see if it still does it. If you still encounter the issue, a hard reset is required at this point. Make sure to back up all your files first. Follow the instructions on the link provided when doing the master reset. This should resolve the issue at hand. If not, bring it to a Samsung repair center for them to open the tab and replace whatever needs to be replaced inside. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need further assistance.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S does not turn on
Problem: Good Afternoon. I’m trying to troubleshoot the problems I’m having with my Samsung Galaxy Tablet. It has shut down completely. It won’t power on at all. I’ve bought a new charger thinking it may be the problem but it was not. It’s not old at all. I purchased it brand new last September 2014. Please help. —Latrice
Troubleshooting: Hi Latrice. I am almost certain that this has something to do with the tab’s battery as a new charger did not help get its power back. Have you tried plugging it into a different wall outlet to make sure? Have you also tried holding the power button down for a minute and see if the tablet turns on? If you have attempted these steps but still got the issue, you may want to try resetting the battery’s connection to the motherboard. This will, however, void the device’s warranty. All you need to do is get a pry tool and use it to pry the back cover off the tablet. The process is quite tricky as you need to unclasp multiple locks before you can completely pull the cover off. Once you have opened the back, locate the battery connector at the bottom part of the motherboard. Use the pry tool to unplug the connector, wait for a minute or two, and then plug it back in. Make sure that it is firmly attached. After you have replaced the back cover, try to turn on the device. This should do the trick ninety-nine percent of the time. It would be your discretion though if you want to try this step or just send the tab right away to Samsung’s service center and take advantage of the manufacturer’s warranty.
Home button is not responding on a Samsung Galaxy Tab S
Problem: I’ve been using my Tab S for a few months now. This morning though, neither the lock button nor the home button would respond. I did a reset using the home, lock and volume up keys which would reset the tablet. Since then the lock button works but the home button does not. Multiple resets have failed to cure the issue. I have also tried to move some files from the tablet as it was almost full. Firmware update says that I’m up to date. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. Cheers. – Matthew
Troubleshooting: Hello Matthew. You did great in trying to identify the real cause of the issue. A hard reset is an advance troubleshooting that should be done if all else fails. What other troubleshooting steps have you tried prior to doing the master reset? On a hind note, it still got the lock button working. By the way, is your tab in a case? Sometimes the case will put too much stress on the tablet which would prohibit the home and lock button to function normally. Try to remove the case and see if it resolved the issue. Another thing that we need to consider are the applications installed in your tablet as some applications would interfere with the device’s functionality. Reboot your tablet into Safe Mode and monitor closely how it behaves. If the issue is caused by a third party app, then the device should function normally in Safe Mode, otherwise, it can be caused by a pre-installed app or a defective firmware. Another likely cause is a defective home button pad. It may not be syncing with the motherboard anymore. Since performing a master reset did not help, bringing the device to a certified Samsung service center would be recommended at this point.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 randomly shuts off when the cover is attached
Problem: I just bought an 8.4 Galaxy Tab S yesterday and I bought a leather cover for it. What I have noticed is that without the cover I have full screen access and it stays on. However, when I put the cover on, it just starts to have a mind of its own turning off and on when the whim is there, apparently. Is there anything I can do about this? I was thinking of changing the cover and giving that a try but thought I would talk to you first and see what your suggestions are. Regards. — Norman Greenwood
Troubleshooting: Hello Norman. Base on your problem statement, it seems that the tab works fine prior to putting the cover on it. There is really a high chance that the cover caused the device to go haywire. Did you make sure and check if the cover is properly seated? A bad cover placement can definitely cause any device to malfunction as it restricts its capacity to perform as needed. If the issue still persists, I would encourage replacing the cover as it may not be compatible with your tablet. Better yet, return the whole unit to the retailer and ask for a brand new replacement to make sure that you’ll get a perfectly working device this time.
Incorrect date and time displayed on a Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5
Problem: I bought a Samsung 10.5 Tab S. I have set the clock numerous times and every time I go back and check the tab, the time is now wrong. It seems to apply to the date as well. Any ideas? – Jim
Troubleshooting: Hi Jim. You have a pretty weird concern there. I presume you are setting the date and time from the default clock and not from a widget? Most cases are usually caused by a bad GPS connection or incorrect time provided by the network. If you have the GPS functionality turned on when this happened, it can be affecting the date and time by basing it on what data it can get. Try to turn off GPS, manually set the date and time to the right one, and then check if it happens still. Make sure that the Automatic Date and Time feature is turned off. This can also cause the time to reset to what it thinks is the right one. Another thing to try is a soft reset on the tablet in order to refresh all the settings. Press and hold the power button until the tab shuts off. Wait for a couple of minutes then turn the device back on. Check if the date and time has corrected itself. If it still did not resolve the issue, then a hard or master reset is already required. Follow the instructions carefully and remember to save a backup as this process will completely wipe the tablet off of any data. One of the forums I came across also suggested to install ClockSync from Google Play Store as this app will help fix time and date issues. However, this app only works on rooted devices which I would not recommend for you to do as rooting your device would void its warranty. The last option is to have the tablet repaired by a certified technician on one of Samsung’s service center. Hope this helps.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S won’t hold a charge and battery is draining fast
Problem: Hi there. I found your forum when searching for answers as to what has gone wrong with my Galaxy Tab. It’s only less than 6 months old. I’m not sure if this is relevant, but the problems seem to have started after taking the tablet overseas. I noticed that even though we were on 110 power and needed no adapters to plug in (we were assured everything was US compatible in Singapore and Cambodia), our devices were getting very warm. The Galaxy seems to be the only one suffering from any consequences, however. Since returning, it won’t hold a charge or charge easily. A few days ago, I noticed it was dead even though I’d left it charging overnight. The factory charger is working, it will charge my HTC phone just fine. After reading a few different things on other forums, I plugged the tablet into my phone charger and it slowly took the trickle charge. I thought the problem was solved and then I noticed the battery seemed to be draining unusually quickly. I put the notebook into airplane mode, forced stop any running apps I wasn’t using and recharged. That seemed to work for a day but then last night, before going to bed, it was at 50% battery power again. I shut it off completely and plugged it into the charger. Charging icon came up so I figured I was good to go. I left it charging overnight but when I went to turn it on this morning, there’s NO power. I am currently trickle charging it on my PC. What gives? Writing to you from my 4-year old iPad 1 that still holds a charge better than my new Samsung! I need your help please and thank you in advance. — Jeannine
Troubleshooting: Hello Jeannine. Your issue is pretty common on devices that have been plugged to a power outlet with a voltage higher or lower than what is required. Even though these power outlets can hold a charge, the slight difference can still affect the device’s charging capability. It’s good to know that you have tried isolating the issue by trying out the tablet’s charger to a different device. We can now narrow the cause down to either a defective battery or a defective firmware. Since the tab doesn’t turn on anymore, we won’t be able to perform a soft or hard reset to it. Thus, the best thing we can try right now is to reset the battery’s connection to the mother board. This usually resolves power issues on tablets. You would need a pry tool for this. Once you have secured one, use it to pry open the back cover of your tab. This requires a great deal of time and patience as the back cover is attached pretty securely to the tablet. Once you have taken the cover out, locate the battery connector at the bottom part of the device. Carefully detach the connector from the mother board using the pry tool. Wait for two to three minutes before reattaching it. Make sure that it is firmly connected to the board. Replace the back cover then turn the tablet on. You should be able to load it to the home screen. Charge the device if it requires charging. Make sure to use its own charger and don’t operate it while plugged in. The tablet should be back to its normal state, otherwise, bring it to Samsung’s service center and get it fixed.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S randomly freezes on any screen
Problem: Hi. I need your valuable advice on my Tab S. I just bought it two weeks ago and it seems the problem started coming up just recently. Every time I open a program such as browsing the internet or reading an article or even going to the Settings menu, the tab suddenly hangs up. All the buttons are not responding including the power button so I have to leave it idle for 15-30 minutes and let it rest. I have tried rebooting in safe mode but to no avail. I’m frustrated with this Tab S. It’s brand new but a big disappointment. Could you help me on this issue? Thank you very much and appreciate your feedback. — Leslie
Troubleshooting: Hi Leslie. By rebooting the tab into Safe Mode, we are determining if a third party app is causing the freezing issue. Since you mentioned that it did not help at all, then we can get rid of such probability. This may be caused by other factors such as a full cache, multiple applications are running in the background which can slow down the tablet, a corrupted content or app, and or a faulty firmware. You may want to check all the installed apps and clear its cache, stop any running apps that you don’t currently use, and uninstall any apps that you don’t need anymore. We can’t determine which app is corrupted unless we open each one, but this can be a pesky task especially if you have a lot of applications saved in the tablet. Once you have scanned all the apps, turn off the tablet by pressing and holding the power button for ten seconds. Let it rest for two minutes then power it back on. Try to play around and check if it still hangs up on you. If it does, we may be looking at a bad firmware here. The most viable solution for this is a hard or master reset. This will erase all your personal files so it’s best to save a backup copy first prior to doing this. I am almost certain that your tab will get back to normal afterwards. Just make sure that the tab doesn’t overheat as this can also make the device go haywire and freeze. Let us know if you need further assistance.
Jerkiness on the display of Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5
Problem: I have a new Galaxy Tab S 10.5. The display, as you no doubt know, is amazing. Easily the best screen I’ve ever owned. The issue I’m having is with jerkiness in the video when things move. Specifically in apps when you scroll or move the image. Like Facebook, Google Earth, Red fin, any application where you drag to move or scroll. I’ve done app updates, rebooted the tab, and made sure I don’t have a lot of apps open at once. Nothing seems to make any difference and it was this way right out of the box. Note that video playback seems to be fine. Have you heard anything about this, or have any experience with it? Any suggestions? We will supposedly get the Android update this spring but I don’t know if that will make any difference. Thanks. — Ed
Troubleshooting: Hello Ed. I would definitely agree that the Tab S has one hell of a screen — among the best, if not the best, I’ve ever seen. Though most people know that this model has some performance hiccups on its own. The Tab S is known to have some stutter and lag when jumping from one app to another or when rapidly flipping through the home screen. Some users of this specific tab claim that they see some jittery screen transitions when swiping through the desktops shortly after the tablet has started up, especially when flicking through the apps, but the jerky effect subsided after the tab had some time to warm up. Almost everyone who’s using this tablet, especially the vigilant ones, have noticed a little stutter here and there. They say this has something to do with the processor which is having a hard time catching up with the Super AMOLED display. This is pretty minor and won’t probably bother most people that’s why Samsung has not released a fix for it. Rest assured though that you are not alone and this has been creating a little fuss online. Hopefully, this fuss would be enough to get Samsung to include a fix on the next firmware update.
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