Samsung Galaxy Tab won't charge

Galaxy TabI have had a couple of Android tablets before, the Google Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab.  I don't use these as often as I should but recently I wanted to try a couple of apps.

My nexus has always been pretty good, even when it has run flat, it would always seem to charge, sometimes I would have to use different chargers than the one that came with the nexus, most recently it was the Samsung charger that sprung it too life, how ironic.

I used my tab last week and it was happily working away.  It was left for a couple of days, and then it would just not turn on or charge at all.  Previously I have left it dead for weeks.  From looking around there did seem to be many suggestions, the ones I tried were


  • Try a different charger - This didn't work
  • Hold the Power button for up to 30 seconds - This didn't work
  • Hold the volume down button and press the power button - This didn't work
  • Leave it on charge for a long time - 15 hours with nothing
  • Alternate between USB port charging and plugging it in to mains


Nothing worked, I had read about having to take the back case off and disconnecting the battery from the tab.  As nothing else had worked I thought I would give it a go as it was dead already I couldn't be any worse off.  I used the little scissors from my swisscard as they are nice and thin would not cause too much bending of the case.  I slid it in and gently prized it open, you can hear it clicking away from the case.  I done it in a few places around staying away from the buttons and gently prized the back case off.

Once the case was off I then located the battery lead, I then used the file from my swisscard which is flat and blunt, and gently removed the connector.

Battery Connector

Once I had this disconnected, I clicked it back into place then clipped the back case on, clicking all the way round to ensure it was on correctly.  As soon as this was done I connected a power supply and then the device lit up and I could charge it.

Luckily it was not a paper weight and I could fix it, I just think its poor that is comes down to the fact you have to take the device apart to get it working again.  Thankfully for me it isn't that bad to carry this out, I can understand that people may not feel comfortable doing this.  It did not take too long I think the whole thing took around 5 minutes.  If you are going to undertake this, my advice is take your time, don't rush it, use something thin to prize the case off.  Just un-click one part then move around to another part of the case.

I am always interested in your thoughts so if you have any comments or feedback then please feel free to add any comments, or you can mail me  here.

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