Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Forum

Support tab 10.1 will not turn on :/

Used my new tab last thing before going to bed last night. Wake up today, and it won't power on. Tried plugging in charger and to computer to no avail. Anyone have any ideas?



#1 rytheguy, Jun 21, 2011
I would leave it on the charger for a couple of hours, then try to power it up. If you started using it right away without getting it fully charged, it may have just run out overnight while you were sleeping.
#2 LaTuFu, Jun 21, 2011
I am very concerned it was fully charged last night, left on the desktop dock all night, but not plugged in and screen off.
#3 rytheguy, Jun 21, 2011
Try holding down the power button for 10+ seconds, see if that will get it to power cycle.

If not, sounds like an exchange is in order.
#4 LaTuFu, Jun 21, 2011
I am having the same issue my battery was at 50 percent just a few hours ago and it is not turning on any
#5 eyecon82, Jul 19, 2011
Found on another thread: press and hold the power button while touching the screen. May take up to 30 seconds.

Worked for me, Tab suddenly wouldnt come on or charge after working flawlessly since the day it came out.

No clue why the above works.
#6 aviva5675, Jul 23, 2011
Try this:. Press and hold both power and volume down buttons for 5 seconds, then release vol. down button while holding down power button for another 5 seconds, before releasing. This should reset the tab, and it should boot normally.
#7 mhalladay, Jul 25, 2011
I have been using the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for under one month and this morning I went to power it up and BOOM it did not power up.

Is this what I should expect from Samsung, this device sucks and cost over $600.

Have tried all of the above steps holding down power button, volume button, blah blah blah.

Do not buy this device it sucks and now I have to waste my time and return/exchange for a new tablet.
#8 chefjamin, Jul 26, 2011
Hmm. Just had this actually happen to me. I had it on the charger the past couple hours (was at 70% when I plugged it in) so I know it wasn't a battery issue. Tried the power+screen touch and it booted up. Weird.
#9 breadnatty08, Jul 27, 2011
The power button is pretty sensitive. I had this happen to me as well. The natural thing to do is keep holding the power button down or keep cycling the power button. Don't do that. Hold the power down for 2 to 3 seconds and then wait a few seconds. It will come on. It happened to me and what I realized was that while it may have been powering up, I may foolishly powered it down.
#10 ahigh45, Jul 29, 2011
thanks it worked for me
#11 raj26, Sep 13, 2011
Plugged it in last night to let it charge over night. Everything was working fine as always, no problems at all. I wake up this morning and nothing is happening. Screen will not come on at all. I can't tell if it's just being unresponsive or if it's turned off. Anyone have any advice?
#12 shadowfox1450, Oct 5, 2011
Are you using a case like the original Samsung folding case? If so, the case is too tight and it turns off the device whenever it's closed...I returned such a case due to it turning off my tablet.

If it's just turned off, press and hold the Power button for several seconds until the device boots up with the initial logo screen.
#13 bfksc, Oct 5, 2011
It may just look like that, press and hold the power button for a few second until you see the Samsung logo.
#14 Petitbarzun, Oct 9, 2011
Yup. I had the same thing happen and got scared. But I think in my worry I had hit the power button multiple times and was basically turning it o and back off. Unplug it, and just hold the power button down once til it turns on.
#15 clb2196, Oct 10, 2011

That worked!
#16 jimitl5, Oct 10, 2011
Had this happen to me this morning. Was ready to send it to Samsung....then found this post. Worked like a charm. Thanks. :)
#17 chile62, Oct 11, 2011
Thanks for the comment about the case. I thought I was going mad when it occasionally turned itself back on. Happened when taking off a few flights ago.
#18 RobDickson, Oct 12, 2011
Could a mod merge these two threads together?
#19 RobDickson, Oct 12, 2011
This worked for me. Thank you so much for your post. I have such bad luck with things and this is the only thing that has been working for me with no problems for the past two weeks. I had another tab for about 2 weeks and someone broke in my house and stole it. Thank you for giving me back my Tab :)
#20 cbessjr, Oct 28, 2011
Pressing the power button for 10 seconds worked for me.
#21 anthonygadgetx, Nov 6, 2011
Wow - very good information in this thread. I have had ALL the above problems. It turns out that mostly I've been holding the power button down too long. LOL. No longer do that thanks to the above, I just pressed it for 2 seconds, then waited and in 2 more seconds it booted.

Samsung should have a splash screen or a placard on the back for this! The tablet isn't very intuitive, and over time, I'm finding that it's excellent, but needs to be properly set up and understood.

Very important about the case though, being a software developer I don't think about physical things and i've had to put the tablet in upside down into the leather case I have. NOTHING should touch the power buttons - that will dissipate your battery each time and you will not understand why or be none the wiser - very important tip.
#22 cyphire, Dec 1, 2011
Mine did the wont turn on thing today too...I did the power and touched screen at the same time, holding down like someone stated above, and in 20 second, it powered on. THANK YOU! I love this tablet...but that was frustrating!
#23 Graco22, Dec 11, 2011
NO. What you are describing is download mode, which is one of the steps in rooting these devices. Check the ~1:00 point in this video. With the newer Tab F/W, there is an intermediate warning screen before you see the little android guy shown in the video.

To factory reset, access recovery mode using the volume up button. Full instructions here:
(see post #1, Reset Galaxy Tab with Hardware Keys)
#24 Mr. Lucky, Dec 11, 2011
My unit (and probably many of yours out there) has a power issue.

SAMSUNG - Acknowledge the power issue. Best Buy "Fixed it" or rather took it in upgraded the firmware to fix the power issue and sent it back with the same exact problem.

PROBLEM REPRODUCTION: You press the power button to turn on your unit for 2 or 3 seconds, nothing happens. Now plug in your charger. If you don't see the battery icon (the big green charging icon on the screen, then your tablet has the issue. You have to Hard start it by holding the power button down for 12 seconds. This will restart the unit. Then you will see that the battery icon comes up. Now you can do a normal start with instant on.

This problem happens in 10 min of non-use, in 20 min, in an hour, but it at some point always happens. The battery is still with power, but the unit constantly (most times) needs to be hard restarted rather than just coming right on.

I am going to contact Samsung for them to fix it this time (Best Buy isn't exactly competent or trustworthy on these issues - and for a store with sky high prices they aren't exactly rated highly on customer support or service).

If you have this problem - please feedback some info and lets get Samsung to fix this issue or do a recall. Best buy sure doesn't give a crap!
#25 cyphire, Dec 14, 2011