Why does my Samsung Galaxy Tab not power on?

Joe August 26, 2011

My Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 suddenly won’t turn on.

I used it just yesterday and the battery was charged. Now when I try to turn it on nothing happens. I tried to connect it to power via USB and the socket, but nothing. Please help!

  1. Kerry
    September 25, 2014 at 2:40 am

    The 15 seconds worked for me. Thanks Tina

  2. Henry
    June 25, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Thank Ms. Tina (Yuzuki?), it works like miracle ... ^^ feel so bad just now when nothing seems to work. Thanks again :)

  3. Rod
    June 23, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Thanks so much for the tip. It worked for me. Never had a problem before this. I also thank youon behalf of my eight yard old daughter. I let her play angry birds. I supposed she had something to do with the problem.

  4. Nicole
    June 21, 2012 at 2:32 am

    This was excellent advice! Thank you. After having a frustrating experience at Future Shop this was the best resolution a girl could ask for! My tablet's back. Thank you!

    • Kathy
      June 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      Tina, Thanks for the advice, i just had the same issue and tried it once, it worked.

  5. Cori
    June 20, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    It worked!

    I was really worried.

    Does this happen a lot ??? ...

    Does it mean that something is wrong?

  6. Jesse
    June 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Awesome! Reading comments also educated me on the oily spot behind the screen are issue. I thought I had sone something!

  7. Anano Tsintsabadze
    June 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I was charging my Galaxy Tab when suddenly it went very hot and the screen started twinkling darker, than lighter. I restarted the device and it did not turn on by itself. So i pressed the switch on button, but it doesn't start. Please help me

    • Tina
      June 23, 2012 at 7:22 am


      It sounds like something broke. Better take it to a shop and have it checked out. Fingers crossed it's nothing serious!

  8. naajee
    June 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Thank you very much it worked on the first try

  9. Mary N.
    June 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I am glad this worked for me as well, my qestion is WHY is this occuring? I have only had my Samsung Galaxy tablet about 1 month and wonder if it is defective.

  10. Abhishek
    June 14, 2012 at 7:25 am

    I hav a galaxy tab too it used to work well but from yesterday it isn't working it is not charging i tried the methods u suggested of pressing the power button but it is not working pls help me

  11. safeeya
    June 13, 2012 at 6:56 am

    it didn't worked for me tina. my battery though was drained out and i tried the advice from a different blog to turn it on while touching the screen and it worked however it turned off again because the battery is drained when i tried to charge it while it's turned on using the adapter its not working but when i connect it to a laptop it works well laptop red the device so do you think its a problem with my adapter?

    • Tina
      June 13, 2012 at 9:51 am

      It could be the adapter or the cable. You could go to a store, share your suspicion and ask to try a new one before buying. If it's not the adapter, it could still be the battery.

  12. Melanie
    June 7, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Thanks! It woked holding the power button down 10-15 secs when my galaxy tab wouldn't power on

  13. Jamie Powell
    June 7, 2012 at 12:53 am

    It worked for me too! Way to go Tina!!

  14. James
    June 6, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I got the same tablet less then 24 hours ago. it is fully charged and it was doing fine. i went to go on it it would not turn on. i left it on charge for another 10 mins and it turned on. then just this morning (after being on charge all night) it wont turn on again. I have tried to plug it into the charger, into the docking station and even into the computer and none of these work. and it is not the charger that is broken because it was working last night. I feel your pain buddy

  15. quenda
    June 3, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Hi, anyone know what happen if my phone(screen) flicker, out of the sudden when I'm using my phone?

  16. painos
    June 2, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Thanks for the tip. When my tablet failed to start i had nowhere to google for a solution and i nearly broke it shaking it hoping that it would connect. For me it just started after over 200 trials. Its really frustrating. I will try your tip next time. Thanks once more

  17. mama aniq
    May 31, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    thanks tina..your 15seconds trick work for my note...i m already panic and was about to send it for repair tomorrow

  18. Rek
    May 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Thank you very much Tina, it worked great for my GALAXY Note ! (meaning it's not only for the Tabz). tit is only 1 month old and I was planning to take it to the Customer Care for warranty. I was like .... that's cool, thanks to you and to this forum, the 10 seconds trick was the solution that worked.

    Others, I think you can try it on all Samsung Galaxy products

  19. zack
    May 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    thanks a lot TINA..its work for my TAB..

  20. Mike
    May 27, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Thank if work on my tab also.

  21. Ashiana
    May 26, 2012 at 3:27 am

    Thanks so much, I started to panic when it wasn't turning on for two days in a row. I tried holding the power button for 15 seconds and it worked. Thanks again

  22. patty
    May 23, 2012 at 6:18 am

    my tab want do any thing but show, my grandbaby picture, it want move at all, its like its stuck,help

    • Tina
      May 23, 2012 at 9:36 pm


      Did you try to hold the power button for 30 seconds? This should re-power the tablet.

  23. Lilly
    May 21, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    This totally worked! You are a life saver, my hubby just paid it off last week too! I was (quietly) freaking out!!!

  24. Nadia Khan
    May 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Thank you, thank you, Tina, held down on power switch for 15sec whilst charging and it WORKED. Gosh, I was freaking out. Thanks again.


  25. Nadia Khan
    May 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    My galaxy tab didnot want to turn back on again, was freaking out, read your advice and held down power button for 15secs whilst reacharging, it WORKED, thank you, thank you, thank you.

  26. Carrie Walls
    May 1, 2012 at 1:32 am

    We got a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. I've had it for a few days now. I'm having issues with it turning on even though it is fully charged. I hold down the power button, tried the power button with volume up and no luck unless I have it plugged in. Held it for 10, 12 and 30 seconds even a few minutes and nothing. So as long as it is plugged in on the charger it will work with holding power button. The minute I unplug it goes dead. Any suggestions on how to get it to stay on not on the charger?

    • Tina
      May 1, 2012 at 6:42 am


      It sounds like the battery is broken. I'm afraid I don't know what you could do. I would recommend returning the tablet to where you bought it for repair. Maybe it's covered under the warranty.

  27. Brad
    April 27, 2012 at 10:41 am

    mine will not charge at all? do you have any advice ? thanks

    • Bruce Epper
      April 28, 2012 at 11:57 am

      Had something look similar to this with an HP TouchPad. Plugged it in for about 10 minutes, then hit the power button to get it to start from sleep, completely powered off the device (hold power button for it to shut off) and let it fully charge. Took about 2 hours. Unplugged it from the charger, restarted it and haven't had an issue with it since. It appears that this only happens on the TouchPad when the battery runs out when in sleep mode. Might be a similar effect on your device.

  28. adzlan
    April 26, 2012 at 11:59 am

    galaxy tab 7.0 suddenly goes out when I was using it and continue to not be revived

  29. adzlan
    April 26, 2012 at 11:54 am

    my galaxy tab 7.0 suddenly goes out when I was using it and continue to not be revived

  30. Chirag
    April 26, 2012 at 6:02 am

    The tab just keeps on looping the reliance logo screen and the reliance tune which is so annoying. both the power buton and volume control doesn`t work as well during this process and so i have to remove and replace the battery to shut it off. KINDLY HELP..

    • susendeep dutta
      April 28, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      Charge your tablet for the time which it takes to fully charge it,as might be mentioned in the manual.If this doesn't helps,then contact Reliance for this and if it's under warranty,you may ask for replacement.

  31. Thinagesh
    April 26, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Thank you TINA.. You made my day... <3 u...

  32. Troy
    April 23, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Thanks Tina, held down power button for 15 seconds and it re started. Thank you I was really freaked out then!

  33. Zarajo31
    April 18, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    This happened to me too, brand new phone, received YESTERDAY! Does this happen regularly as if so I can't see this being the phone for me :/ this disappoints as so far I have been amazed in this phone :( Please can you give me more information on how often this occurs? Thank you x

    • Tina
      April 19, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      Not sure what type of phone you have, but it should have a on/off button. Did you try to hold it for 15 to 30 seconds while recharging?

  34. Rapbemz
    April 17, 2012 at 3:22 am

    tnx so much tina!!

  35. Untroid
    April 15, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    It worked for me too!!!!

  36. Alex Oropeza
    April 14, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Thanks I was goin 2 go mad u r a life saver Tina

  37. Brat04_3sh
    April 14, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    this really helped.thanks.

  38. Airrye22
    April 13, 2012 at 4:55 am

    thx so much! it's worked for me too.. i'm very upset just now, my daughter play my tab and i dont even have chance to play it..

  39. Giacono199
    April 13, 2012 at 2:57 am

    I just bought this thing 30 days ago and it happened to me also I read your post tried it and bam there it was, thank you so much was having a bad day but not anymore.I love the internet....

  40. Diana Hanson
    April 12, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Thank you! I was so scared!

  41. Elferaon2001
    April 11, 2012 at 4:41 am

    worked with me 2 .. thank you

  42. Annaliza Adlawan
    April 10, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Thanx Tina. I was really worried since this Samsung  Galaxy Tab was a gift from my husband and emptied his wallet when he bought it.  And I dont know how to tell him why it suddenly won't turn ON. Thanx ur a saviour! It works!!!!

  43. Juan
    April 10, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Thanks Tina! It worked for me too!

  44. Parisazz
    April 9, 2012 at 7:07 pm

     OMG!it really worked ... i was soworried...
    Thanks alot for the info...god bless u

  45. Poole828
    April 9, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Thnx, it worked for me too!

  46. Matt
    April 9, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Thank you for that

  47. Yvette Reynolds
    April 8, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    15 seconds rally works thans

  48. Koolkhandi
    April 8, 2012 at 2:33 am

     OMG.... it worked. i hold down the power for about 15 seconds while charging and it WORKED.

  49. Atie_maira
    April 7, 2012 at 6:05 am

    wah.. amazing... i hv same problem too it make me cannot breath for a while... but thanx a lot.. it working.. after i hold it n count until 10s... huhu thanx...

  50. Mmuno3686
    April 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    This really works, it took mine 12 seconds. Thank you so much!

  51. Rwensing3
    April 6, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Held power button while plugged into outlet. The battery symbol had a yellow triangle with a ! symbol. Works now

  52. Henryramirezrincon
    April 2, 2012 at 12:23 am

    heyy  tina!! thank you so much for your helpp!!!! it works also for galaxy s2!!! its awesome!!

  53. Dulce357
    April 1, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Wooooo whooo.. Thanks Tina! It took 13 seconds for mine to come back on

  54. Ryn Kay
    March 29, 2012 at 3:03 am

    heres shocking news... it worked for me too!!!:D  Thanks tina

  55. austone
    March 29, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Youre a bloody legend!!!

  56. Mastisa8411
    March 27, 2012 at 12:20 am

    tq so much TINA...works for me too... i already panic & want to send it back to samsung hahaha

  57. sharee
    March 24, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    thanks tina

  58. Bakarajus1
    March 24, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    hey,It worked for me 2 :).....10X

  59. Annie7521
    March 23, 2012 at 6:00 am

    I was about to never let my son play with the tablet again!. Held the power button down until the screen came on. Thanks for the tip!!! Obviously I only thought I was holding it long enough before

  60. Angelonearth33
    March 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm


  61. Ozbloke123
    March 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    worked for me and saved me time, effort and money. Many thanks!

  62. JJ
    March 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Blimmey I am glad I googled the problem because having read your reply I tried it too and it worked, brilliant as I was just about to retuirn the product to Amazon. Weell done Tina, great smile too.

  63. F Heflin
    March 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you!! It really worked too! Commenting all the way from Singapore!

  64. Clr789
    March 21, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Wow! I thought I had done this already! Frustrated , I tried it again...the key was being patient for the "whole" 10-15 seconds...LOL

  65. Davidg2009
    March 21, 2012 at 1:14 am

    It worked for me too. Thanks!

  66. Mervi
    March 20, 2012 at 8:21 am

    worked for me too, but I remembered that my husband had the same problem with his iPad and this solution worked for his iPad too. Maybe a tablet problem in general?

  67. Stacyemma2012
    March 19, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    ive just had the same problem and did what tina said 'hold it for 10 - 15 seconds and it worked x 

  68. Tammeray
    March 19, 2012 at 12:38 am

    thanks worked for me too :)

  69. gal10.1
    March 18, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Thanks for the info! it helped me too :D

  70. Wolverine123
    March 17, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    yes thank you so much it worked :D

  71. kaye
    March 16, 2012 at 10:11 am

    hi tina... i just had this problem today then i googled it. turns out it works!!! thanks for the help  !!!!!!!

  72. Shelastory
    March 15, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    This worked for me too! Thanks sooo much. I was about to bust a vein. :)

  73. Rj2003cy
    March 14, 2012 at 9:52 am

    thank you... it works for me

  74. Paul Harms
    March 14, 2012 at 8:31 am

    and for me, you are a life saver, I live 50km from the nearest repair shop

  75. sh_mu
    March 13, 2012 at 10:21 am

    thanks tina. its work with me to
    thank u thank u thank u

  76. Chooky
    March 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    omg Tina thanks for this comment.  I just recently bought my tab... i was almost having kittens when this issue arised for me. 

  77. Komalqayyum Kq
    March 7, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    wowww it worked thank you so much tina...

  78. Willims
    March 6, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    It worked thanks, Tina

  79. Marko Popovic119
    March 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    hi I have galaxy y and my battery has low yesterday, and he was turned off, and when I put him on charger he's not turning on..why

    • Tina
      March 3, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      Make sure it's really hooked up to the charger. Let it charge over night and then good luck.

  80. bob with you
    March 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    you can do this - press and holder the power button and the volume down button at the same time for a few seconds 

  81. Shay
    March 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Tina, you are a genius dear! I was afraid to hold the button down more than 8 seconds prior to reading your solution. It's finals time for my online course and the last thing I need is another excuse or issue.

    Thanks a million

    • Tina
      March 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      You are more than welcome, Shay!

  82. Sandiandreese
    February 29, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! I returned my first one thinking something was wrong with it!! I just tried that and it worked!! Thanks again!!


  83. Cbanderson3
    February 28, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    OMG thank you Tina, I too like everyone else am so thankful that you wrote that.....I didn't think I would be as lucky as the others here, but I held the button for 11 seconds and just like you said...ON she came!!

    • Tina
      February 28, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Happy to hear that it worked for you. :)

  84. ThienH86
    February 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm

     Tina, you are a legend. That is all.

  85. Fizza79
    February 25, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Happen to me today.... yup 15 secobd is the main key...

  86. Barry
    February 23, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I am also having the same probelm - it refuses to power on. I bought this from Verizon and they were obviously very "motivated" to sell this to me. At the same time they sold me an IPhone.  Wouldn't you think they would consider the fact that getting an IPad would have involved only one learning curve? One of their sales reps assured me that there almost as many apps for the Galaxy 10 as there were for the IPad. Really??? Like many Galaxy 10 owners, I regret buying it.

    • Tina
      February 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      I totally agree that buying an iPhone and an Android tablet in parallel is kind of pointless. Whoever recommended this to you didn't do a good job.

      Personally, I love my Galaxy Tab and I do not regret buying it at all! Can't imagine buying Apple products anytime soon.

  87. Queenofrock2004
    February 23, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    It worked perfectly, I love you tena lool

  88. Jason
    February 22, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    my power button wont even do that ill hold it down for a wile and still wont turn on. 

  89. Jdhmcafee
    February 22, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    same problem here. I even plugged into different outlets to see if I power surge. I plugged into the usb port of my computer and within a minute or so it came on. Good luck on your problem

  90. John
    February 22, 2012 at 8:49 am

    i have the same problem and i tried holding the power button, it doesnt work

  91. Architectoftheapocalypse
    February 21, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    the same thing just happened to me to....i did a sun and rain dance around a fire and it came on....no wait...i just held the power button for 10 seconds and it started right up. good luck to those having the same issue!

  92. Jake
    February 21, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Worked for me as well.  Thank you so much.  I was beginning to worry that I would have to buy a new one.

  93. Roblogan013
    February 21, 2012 at 8:05 am

    It did not work for me :o( plugged into car charger...power lost on screen when I turned ignition on. Now it wont turn on, tried holding power button down for 10,12,20 sec but nothing I think ive blown it up

    February 21, 2012 at 1:46 am


  95. 2432424
    February 18, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    it works for me too. thanks

  96. Alynne422
    February 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    OMG Tina! You are a genius. 10 Seconds does it. 

  97. Jhaidyn
    February 17, 2012 at 6:32 am

    it truely worked for me too.  thanks

  98. Faith
    February 16, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Thank you tina you are a life savor, I just had the same problem and it worked for me as well!

  99. Adam
    February 15, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    OK - freaky....worked for me too. Any idea why it happens?

    • Tina
      February 15, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      Unfortunately I don't and it may be different causes for different users.

      Note that when the tablet turns off due to low battery, you also have to
      hold the power button for a few seconds to turn it back on. However,
      it won't turn on without being charged and you should see the battery icon when trying to charge it in the turned
      off state.

      In most of the cases reported here, I presume low battery was not the cause for the shut-down. So the tablet must have crashed and there is a number of possible reasons for that: general Android hiccup, app incompatibilities, hardware issues (too hot?) etc.

      Accessing the Android crash log would be one way to find out. I have not
      looked into how this can be done, though. For me the issue only
      occurred once out of the blue and ever since the device only turned off
      due to low battery.

  100. Rika Kelly
    February 15, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Tins Tina Tina you are the best thankyouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu so much took into shop harvey norman they cudnt sort it my ipad had same issue thanks m8

  101. Rika Kelly
    February 15, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Tins Tina Tina you are the best thankyouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu so much took into shop harvey norman they cudnt sort it my ipad had same issue thanks m8

  102. Ltrites
    February 13, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I have found the same problem  your solutiuon worked great

  103. fatihah
    February 12, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    It helps!! thanks...i just hold the on button for 10-15s n the screen is on again.. =)

  104. Slstraw
    February 11, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    thanks for the help, just had this happen and holding the button down worked! life saver info.

  105. Antonioautuori1
    February 5, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    thanks tina...I was desperate...it worked like a charm

  106. Hypercube335
    February 4, 2012 at 5:08 am

    you are absolutely amazing tina thank you very much! panic attack solved! :)

    • Tina
      February 4, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Glad I could help and hope it does not happen again! :)

  107. JHAHM
    January 31, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    NO ONE REALLY HAS ANSWERED "WHY" IT DISPLAY DOESN'T TURN ON.  You have only answered how to turn back on.  Holding power button for 15 seconds is doing a hard reset.  You only have to do this when the system crashes!!!  Where's the solution to fix this system crash problem?? If no one has the real solution, we all have to voice up to Samsung so they can fix this problem as soon as possible!  This tablet is not cheap compared to other Android tablet, they must resolve this problem!  They cannot simply expect us to restart the device all the time!  What if the power button doesn't turn on while you have some work in the tablet???  Hard reset would kill whatever you've been working on your tablet!! Please let us have our voice lifted so Samsung will hear!!

    • Tina
      February 1, 2012 at 10:52 am

      You're right, the method I described is a hard reset, which typically has to be done after a system crash.

      I'm not sure what causes the crash and it's probably a different cause on different tablets. It only happened to me twice in half a year, so I don't consider it a massive issue.

      If it happens more often to you, it might be caused by the incompatibility of some apps. I'm not sure you can hold Samsung responsible for that as this mainly is a problem of Google Android.

  108. Leanne
    January 30, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    it doesnt work on me. i tried to charge it for 30 mins and hold the power button for longer than 30 sec still it doesnt turn on...

    • Leanne
      January 30, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      and the 8.9 tab is only one week old!!!

  109. Life4time
    January 26, 2012 at 2:13 am

    i did it for 30 sec and it didnt work
    then i agin it hasnt been change in like 2 to 3 weeks

    • Tina
      January 26, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      Did you try to charge it first?

  110. Mhizyamora
    January 26, 2012 at 12:10 am

    thanks!it work for me! =)

  111. Jhen98
    January 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    thank you Tina it worked :)

  112. Yajrotciv
    January 24, 2012 at 2:12 am

    it din't work on mine, i don't even see a sign that it is charging after i left it to drain overnight. what will i do?

    • Tina
      January 24, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      Try charging it over night and/or hold the button down longer than 30 seconds.

      If nothing else helps, take it to the shop. If it's still under warranty, Samsung or the shop will fix it for free. Otherwise, you'll have to bite the bullet and see what it costs to have it repaired. Maybe it's a simple fix, just ask.

  113. Tracey
    January 16, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    This has happened to us everyday for the last 3 days.  We are closing all applications before closing down.  This tablet is only 19 days old.  Why would we have this problem.

    Your method worked the first 3 times, this last time we had to touch the screen AND hold down the power button.  Should we return this $500 tablet?

    • Tina
      January 17, 2012 at 8:57 pm


      it could be an issue with either the software or the hardware. To exclude software issues, I would try to restore the tablet. Before you do that, backup your data as a reset will delete everything, including your apps and personal preferences.

      Once you have everything backed up, go to > Settings > Privacy > Factory data reset and choose to > Reset tablet.

      If you still have the issue after the factory reset, chances are that the root of the issue is beyond your reach. In that case I would definitely return the tablet or have it fixed or exchanged.

      Good luck!

  114. Tracypresbrey1
    January 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    I was using my tab and it went black. And won't turn on

  115. Tom
    January 16, 2012 at 3:28 am

    Tina, I can't thank you enough! My Galaxy Tab 7.7 P6800 suddenly stopped working and your 15sec suggestion did the trick! THANK YOU SO MUCH! God bless you and your family!!!

    • Tina
      January 17, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      My pleasure!

  116. Vivek Merani
    January 15, 2012 at 7:25 am

    It worked me too .. Glad to have read your post!

  117. MJ
    January 11, 2012 at 2:55 am

    It did work for me as well... Thanks for the top!

  118. tin
    January 9, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Oh my! I thought I would already lose my tab.. huhu! Thanks Tina... It worked for me... 

  119. Jamesamayo1
    January 8, 2012 at 8:19 pm


  120. Karen
    January 2, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Didn't believe it would work but it actually does! Thank you!!

  121. Ali_blessed
    December 27, 2011 at 1:52 am

    Thanks, Tina it worked for me too. Alev

  122. Gavin
    December 18, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Tina, will you have my children? Thank you - it worked

    • Tina
      December 18, 2011 at 7:49 pm

      LOL Gavin. I'm afraid no, but if I ever make it down to NZ, maybe you can invite me for a cup of tea. ;)
      Glad the instructions worked!

  123. Catrman
    December 12, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Glad I found this! Thanks, it did work.  Tried everything but 15 sec. 

  124. Catrman
    December 12, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Glad I found this! Thanks, it did work.  Tried everything but 15 sec. 

  125. Kateryna Fury
    December 7, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I just want to say thanks. I woke up this morning and my house was awfully quiet. My Tab is my alarm clock, the sun was too bright, and so I rolled over to check the time and my system was dead. Luckily it was just a bright and sunny day! It took three tries of twenty seconds or so before it came on but, it did. Looks like an odd glitch.

  126. Traveling_leahys
    December 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    This DOES NOT work for our Galaxy Tab....it used to.  Does anyone have any other ideas?

    • Tina
      December 2, 2011 at 9:59 pm

      Did you try to charge the device first?
      If it's not a low battery, maybe the battery broke? The good news is that it can be replaced.

  127. Gts
    November 27, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Thanks a lot, worked for me as well when all hope was gone...

  128. Nicolerae Shaw
    November 27, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Wow, I started to panic then I got very upset/depressed cause I really like this tab (only had it for two days) but I held the power button down for 10 secs and it powered right up!!

  129. Shalema_158
    November 26, 2011 at 3:01 am

    omg......thank you soooo much,i was so paranoid because this is my brother's samsung galaxy and i would have been in big trouble if it wasn't fixed.thanks again :)

  130. Bench 03 07
    November 25, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    I started to panic.. my flights tomorrow..thanks..it worked for me as well 10 seconds...

  131. Yolande
    November 23, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Michel, experiencing the same problem.  Connected to the charger, but doesnt even show whether its charging... Only a month old :-(

    • Tina
      November 23, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      If it's only a month old, I would recommend to make use of Samsung's warranty and take it back to the shop for a repair. Maybe the battery didn't just go flat, but broke.

  132. Fletcherdenton68
    November 23, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Wow!  It only took 10 secs.  Thanks!

  133. Michel Khan
    November 21, 2011 at 11:15 am

    not working :(

    • Tina
      November 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm


      connect the device to the battery charger, maybe it just ran flat. After giving it a boost for at least a few minutes (I recommend 15 - 30 minutes!), try again and hold the button until you see the screen come on. Do let us know if it worked. Thanks!

  134. c autin
    November 17, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Wow - same  here! Held the on button for much longer than usual.....started right up!  Thank you!!!

  135. Diana
    November 12, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Thank you so much Tina. It worked like magic

  136. Faizal
    November 7, 2011 at 6:11 am

    ur ans was so so so helpful, i jst experienced the same issue, my unit was working, i was jst rushing to find the guarantee card, n now saw ur comment and it worked.. really help.. thanks F.Z

    • Tina
      November 7, 2011 at 9:25 pm

      Glad it worked! :)

      • Josh2262
        November 11, 2011 at 5:20 am

        Help! Lol I'm minutes from a 6 hour flight dining at a bar and it won't turn on.. tried power button, power and volume for over 2 minutes and nada... This tab was such a mistakes over the iPad :( I head Samsung warranty sucks too..

        • Tina
          November 11, 2011 at 9:32 pm

          Hey Josh,

          only saw your comment now. Could it be that the battery has run out? Try charging it for at least 15 minutes, then try again.

      • Milly
        January 27, 2012 at 11:00 am

        How come mine doesn't work? Held the power button for like 2mins but still doesn't work! :( reading everyone's comments that it worked is making me so frustrated! :(

        • Tina
          January 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm

          Sorry Milly!

          Did you try all the other tips I gave? Maybe it needs to be charged. Do that over night, then try again.

          If it still doesn't work, I'm afraid you need to take it to the shop to have it checked and maybe repaired.

        • Lucy
          June 26, 2012 at 7:43 am

          Hi, Milly, I just read your post. I have same issue now. what did you do and how did you fix your tab?

  137. Mec
    November 5, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Worked for me too! I was worried for a bit because I just bought my Samsung 10.1 a month ago. Thanks!

  138. Dave Wilkinson22
    November 3, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    And for me - Thanks


  139. Monica
    October 30, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    TTina! ! Your a lifesaver!!!! Many many thanks! !!!:)

    • Tina
      October 30, 2011 at 11:09 pm

      Glad it worked!!!

  140. Tbarrett17
    October 27, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you, you are a SAINT!!!!!!

  141. Cmschath
    October 25, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    This worked for me too!  You are amazing.

  142. Wharris617
    October 22, 2011 at 4:15 am

    Wow again!  It worked for me too!  15 Secs did the trick!  Thank you!

  143. Andreas
    October 21, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Wow! It worked for me too!!  On 15 s !

  144. 4aranc
    October 14, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    my son dropped my samsung galaxy tab 7 and now it does not want to turn on, please help.

    • Tina
      October 15, 2011 at 7:45 pm

      If it still has warranty, return it and say it stopped working. You might have to pay for a repair, even with warranty. Nothing much else you can do if the tablet won't turn on after being dropped. Sounds like hardware damage.

  145. Mackenziehaltom
    October 7, 2011 at 3:13 am

    worked for me too!!!! yayy

  146. Tina
    October 5, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Glad it worked for you guys!

    • Fred
      March 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      I bet you had no idea this was such a problem and that you were soooo smart!  TY

      • Tina
        March 2, 2012 at 8:19 pm

        No, I had no idea so many people were struggling with this. I just had the issue myself and tried everything you can try with a one button device. :)

    • Jizzy
      April 28, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      My pal just bought one and I flippn' thought I broke it, plus she got this big presentation coming up...so you can guess how much I was freaking out. Thanks a lot Tina, you saved my butt

  147. Ttrim42
    October 5, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    It's true - worked for me too - I love you!!!!

  148. Szq
    October 4, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    You are an ANGEL~

  149. Pip
    October 2, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Also worked for me. Good on you ! Thanks.

  150. Eric H
    September 29, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Same issue, same solution ... 10-15 seconds worked!

  151. Tina
    August 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm


    try to hold down the power button for 10 to 15 seconds.

    I had the same thing happen to me just the other day and it miraculously worked. Maybe you had some power consuming apps running or the WiFi and the battery went flat.

    • Roxieadwnn
      September 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm

      This works!!!

      • Tina
        September 5, 2011 at 6:50 pm

        Glad it does! If you own the Galaxy Tab, also watch out for the oily spot on the display. Appears to be a known issue and I just became a victim of that. :(

        • Donante
          December 22, 2011 at 2:22 am

          It worked for me too. Thanks...

        • AB
          January 26, 2012 at 6:16 am

          worked for me. thanks for the info.

        • Tina
          January 26, 2012 at 8:02 pm

          Glad to hear!

        • Quentin
          March 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm

          Thank you so much Tina!

        • Millizhang12
          April 13, 2012 at 3:28 am

          Thanks , Tina. I got the same problem. It works!

        • Mike Kuras
          April 19, 2012 at 11:37 pm

          Can you pls clarify on the 'oily spot'? 

          Holding power button does nothing for me.  Nor does another forum which suggests holding both the PWR and VOLDOWN.

          Oh, and thanks. :)

        • Tina
          April 20, 2012 at 2:50 pm

          Hey Mike,

          If the power button trick doesn't work, then you probably have a bigger issue. Maybe the battery is damaged. The good news is, it can be exchanged. If your device has warranty, it might not even cost you anything.

          Regarding the oily spot, it's underneath the glass, it looks like a spot of oil and it expands when the device gets warmer. It can disappear temporarily when the device cools down. I turned mine in for repair and that was covered by the warranty.

        • Abhishek
          June 14, 2012 at 7:33 am

          Myglxy tab is not working I left it on charge for 4 hrs it is not wrking or charging pls help

        • peter
          June 14, 2012 at 11:23 pm

          hi all, i was also desperate with my galaxy tab 10.1. I tried suggestion to hold power button and in the same time touching the screen for 30 seconds. I was of course pluged to charger, because my battery was empty. So i that trick with touching and holding worked only after 5th time. So please try couple times, try to touch and hold screen first and then also click and hold power button, or other way round. Just be patient.

        • Tess192
          June 17, 2012 at 10:49 pm

          Thank You so much!!! It worked!!! I almost had a heartattack there, lol!!!

        • James
          June 18, 2012 at 10:10 pm

          Thank you it works now.

        • Lucy
          June 26, 2012 at 7:41 am

          Hi :)
          my tab doesn't power on too. but holding down the power on key doesn't work fo me. I have small kids, so maybe the display had some spots on it. what did u do in that case? You said something about oily spots...
          Thanks :)

        • Tina
          June 28, 2012 at 2:28 pm


          The oily spot has nothing to do with your kids or with the tablet not booting. It's a manufacturing issue that looks like an oily spot underneath the glass. Sorry!

        • tjsag; he
          June 26, 2012 at 10:41 pm

          Thank you - it works. I haven't used it for 3 days and had it charged but nothing. I cleaned the display and held down the power keys until I saw a flicker of light. I hope they fix this in the next =version - right now, I wouldn't recommend the Tab.

      • jaz
        May 25, 2012 at 11:23 am

        oh my god ,god bless you and your advice <3 it worked !!! <3

    • Shuggz
      October 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm

      Just had the same issue. And it worked. Thx Tina.

    • Premanand
      October 16, 2011 at 8:32 am

      Thanks Tina it worked for me too. Premanand

    • James
      December 19, 2011 at 3:11 pm

      WOW !! it worked for me too. Thank you

    • Mr Curly
      January 15, 2012 at 11:54 am

      Thanks alot!!

    • Ktilley
      January 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks Tina,

      My husband had the same problem and I told him to google it but he didn't think that would help so I did. Amazing, worked first time!! Appreciate you. :)


    • Joycecavener
      January 17, 2012 at 12:13 am

      Thank you , I thought I had held the power button down long enough 10 seconds is the key.

    • elaine
      January 22, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! i thought it was a gonner :/

    • Marynubi
      January 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Thanks Tina,This also worked for me

    • Krish Bodi
      January 30, 2012 at 8:00 am

      Amazing..It worked for me. I was so upset about it and was about to take it to Samsung showroom for the service...Tina you are my buddy angel.

    • Tablet lover
      January 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      Worked for me too...thanks

      • blumax
        February 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm

        a life-saver -- only had the Tab for a month and hit this speed bump.  Thanks for the solution!!

    • Mohamad Arafat
      February 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      Thanks Tina, you area life saver :o) 

      • Nicole
        April 13, 2012 at 6:39 am

        Thank You So Much Tina Your A Life Saver.

      February 7, 2012 at 2:40 am

      So funny ..it REALLY WORKED FOR ME TOOO

    • Fatihahkp
      February 12, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      thanks...it helps!! 

    • Nun
      February 14, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      it works - thanks!

    • KT
      March 1, 2012 at 1:55 am

      Galaxy Tab 7 Plus... It worked!

    • Life's Lab Rat
      March 1, 2012 at 4:32 am

      Thought i had held it down long enough, i guess not... alot of ppl throw the phrase life saver around but seriously, you are! I was about to go postal on the whole city!! after having my ceptic tank backing up into my house for a month waiting on a permit to replace the drain field, having to replace my fuel pump and maf airflow sensor after my car left me dead on the side of the road forcing me to push it a quarter mile uphill, alone, with 2 small children in the back, getting robbed of everything 3 times over 2 consecutive days forcing me and my family onto the streets and no homeless shelter taking us in, and about 1000 other things in my life going wrong, this was the last straw! I lost it, but I calmed down and took a breath and found this page, said screw it and gave it another shot and viola!! THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!! I'm sure my neighbors thank you too bc I can shut up now and get on with picking the pieces of my broken life back up and ducktaping them back together to weather the next storm that i'm sure is right around the corner... Thanks again friend!!

      • Tina
        March 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm

        Hope you're no longer living on the street!?

    • Savvysophist
      March 8, 2012 at 2:16 am

      Thanks, Tina!

    • Ray
      March 12, 2012 at 2:17 am

      Thanks a lot it works

    • Youselinej
      March 17, 2012 at 4:34 am

      You are a life saver for three days I have been trying to turn this tablet on.thank you!

    • Monay45
      March 17, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      glad you posted this cause I was about to panic...lol

    • Kalilou1988
      March 20, 2012 at 1:30 am

      Tina you are an angel, It was freakin me out until I ran across this site, hundred and thousand thank go to you for that.

    • ossProduction
      March 22, 2012 at 8:03 am

      Lmao!! I have the Asus Transformer and had the some issue, and ur "hold the power button for 15 sec's" advice actually worked!!! I don't believe it! Thank u!!!

      • Tina
        March 24, 2012 at 10:21 am

        Interesting that it works for other tablets, too. Thanks for this update!

    • 720ironaage
      March 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      Thanks tina it worked for my wife

    • Bunnz_30
      March 28, 2012 at 4:07 am

      Thanx Tina ,, dat really worked ....
      I was so freakin out cuz I jus got my tab on Sunday but thanx alot

    • Peculiarpaolo
      March 28, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      Yea this works, thank you very much, Tina!

    • ArleyAdams
      April 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      It worked for me too!  Thanks!

    • Sarah
      April 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      thank you soooooooo much Tina, it worked...I was freaking out bad!!  SO THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!

    • Babygirl17
      April 10, 2012 at 12:46 am

      Thank you sooooo much.... I was scared for my life lol. God bless :)

    • NewProgressiveMuckraker
      April 14, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      I just had this same issue, and it worked for me as well! Thanks so much!

    • Gitanshuma
      April 18, 2012 at 7:31 am

      thanx a lot ,ur suggestion worked.

    • JJ Choron
      May 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      i dropped mine from about 1m up and it went through a light rain a few days ago. It was working fine straight after that, although the power button didn't work all the time and it kept restarting, however it was all working good until now, where I just fully recharged it and the battery sign was showing but it wont turn on! Please help!

      • Tina
        May 20, 2012 at 9:22 pm


        If holding the power button for 30 seconds doesn't work even though the device was charged or is currently connected to a power source, then I don't know what else you could try. A service technician may be your last chance. Maybe a loose connection finally broke and can be repaired easily.

    • kemistry11
      May 27, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      it works! i was already getting worried then i search for the same question, luckily i checked this site first. thanks Tina. big big help!

    • Bernard
      June 2, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      It works for me too! Thank you very much Tina.

    • Jesus
      June 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      thank you so much! It worked and now my worries are gone... :)

    • shamit
      June 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      worked for me too thanks.

      was really stressing that it was broken.


    • Linda
      June 15, 2012 at 5:33 am

      Thank you so much. Worked like a charm - first time!

    • Ajay Raizada
      June 17, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Hey Tina...Thanx Dear...It Works..
      Thanx A lot...

    • Britty
      June 29, 2012 at 5:46 am

      Nothing worked for me :( It vibrates when i hold the power button but it still doesn't seem like its charging. My computer won't even register that It is there.

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