Despite the fact that Android tablets are known for their reliability, you can still expect to encounter various performance issues. It is natural, given that you are using a digital device.
Take computers or smartphones and their users. They will tell you that their experience is no different. It is about getting to the bottom of the problem and finding potential reasons why they exist in the first place.
In most cases, you are probably better off taking the tablet to a service store and having a professional fix it. But before you do that, it might be worth your while to check if you can solve the problem yourself.
Below, you will find 8 common Android tablet issues and solutions to them. The guide should come in handy the next time you want to use your tablet but cannot do it because of a performance problem preventing you.
Problem and Solutions #1 – Camera Not Working
Let’s start with the camera. You might want to take a snap for Instagram or record a video, but you cannot do it because the camera is not working.
The first thing to do is to restart the tablet (spoiler alert: this is going to be a common method to troubleshoot various issues with the device).
If restarting does not work, clear application data. The camera has its own storage that you can clear via Settings.
Next, you can check if the application you are using has the necessary permissions to access the device’s camera. An app might also be stuck, and you need to force-quit it to stop and restart the camera.
Problem and Solutions #2 – Battery Not Charging
Battery issues might not seem like that big of a deal because you can just plug the charger in and wait. However, what if you do not have access to an electric outlet? Or what if the battery is not charging or takes longer than usual to charge?
The issue could exist because of the battery itself, and replacing it with a new one is one way to solve the problem.
Other troubleshooting methods include these suggestions:
- Check if the charging port is not damaged; if it is, you will need to fix it
- Make sure the USB cable and adapter are functioning
- Try not to use the tablet while it is charging
- Quit background applications
Problem and Solutions #3 – Touchscreen Not Responding
Touchscreen issues are quite hard to solve because they require technical knowledge. Tinkering with the touchscreen yourself might lead to further damage, but there are still a few things to try before you submit to relying on professional help.
Check the Play Store for available screen calibration apps. Using such an app is known to help boost the screen’s accuracy and responsiveness.
In some cases, though these are pretty rare, removing the memory and SIM cards could also help resolve the touchscreen issues.
Problem and Solutions #4 – Tablet Not Turning ON
Not being able to turn the tablet on is one of the most common issues. Your first step should be removing and reinserting the battery.
Force restarting is worth a shout as well. Hold down the Power button and the Volume Down button simultaneously for up to 10 seconds and wait until the tablet restarts.
It is also possible that the battery ran out of juice, and you need to charge it for a bit. An hour or so should be enough if the battery is behind the problem.
Problem and Solutions #5 – Tablet Running Slow
Overall sluggish performance is another example of an issue you can expect on a tablet, particularly if you owned the same model for a while.
For starters, check the total available storage. If you notice that there is hardly any space left, remove unnecessary applications and other junk files.
Using a powerful antivirus app is also recommended because malware might affect the tablet’s performance.
Next, keep an eye on background apps that are consuming the tablet’s resources and get in the habit of closing applications you finish using.
Problem and Solutions #6 – Wi-Fi Not Working
Wi-Fi issues are not necessarily related to the tablet itself, so be sure to check for those first.
Get in touch with your internet service provider and inquire whether things are okay on their end. Then, test other devices and see whether the internet connection is fine. A laptop or a smartphone should be fine.
Since you are using Wi-Fi, it is possible that third-party peripherals might be jamming the signal. A few good examples of such peripherals include microwave ovens and wireless printers.
To circumvent the problem, move the router to a different location and check the connection then. Since you are not using a computer and an ethernet cable, you will need to find a solution to solve Wi-Fi problems.
Finally, disconnect from your Wi-Fi network and reconnect. The idea might seem simple, but it is known to work.
Problem and Solutions #7 – Keyboard Not Working
In case you downloaded and installed third-party applications on your tablet, you would be better off removing them and sticking to the default Samsung keyboard instead.
Device care could also help with potential keyboard problems. Go to Settings, click Device Care, select Optimize Now, and wait for the feature to take effect.
The last bit of advice is to make sure that the software is up to date. You can check the OS version in the Settings tab. If there is an update available, download and install it.
Problem and Solutions #8 – Tablet Not Connecting To A Computer
You might want to connect the tablet to the computer to transfer files, but what if your computer does not recognize the tablet?
The first thing is to check whether the USB ports of both the computer and tablet are not damaged. Next, see if the cable itself is in good condition so that it can connect the two devices properly.
In case the adapter is fine, and you cannot connect the tablet to the computer regardless, open the tablet’s Settings tab and go to Developer Options. You should see the USB debugging option. Make sure that it is enabled and try connecting the tablet to the computer then.
Max Field is a founder of recoverandroid-data.com. He is an Android lover and loves to write tips, tricks, fixes for errors, data recovery solutions and more related to Android.