If there’s one certainty when it comes to electronic devices, it’s that at one point or another you’re going to encounter some kind of issue. Depending on the severity of the issue, this may mean that you need to enable minor repair tactics or that you’ll need to buy a replacement device. Tablets are becoming more and more popular in regards to mobile devices that people want to own, and there’s a good reason for it. They’re reliable, useful, and can provide people with hours upon hours of entertainment. However, tablets are just as prone to issues as every other piece of electronics. For this reason, it’s a good idea to be familiar with some quick tablet troubleshooting tips.
Always Reboot First
Rebooting is the universal first step when it comes to problem solving with most electronics. Often a problem can be solved by rebooting a device, which is why almost any tech specialist is going to tell you do that first. So if you’re encountering a strange problem with your tablet and if it’s possible, make sure to reboot it first. If the problem went away, you’re good. If the problem is still present, it’s time to move on to the next step.
Check the Charge
You’d be surprised by how often people think there’s something wrong with their tablet only to realize that the battery is dead. If your tablet won’t turn on or dies suddenly, plug it in and see what happens. You should see a charging indicator show up on the screen. If there’s nothing on the screen after you wait for a few minutes, the problem is likely something else.
Check for OS Updates
Most tablets will automatically update their own OS as new updates are released. However, sometimes this doesn’t happen. When the OS is outdated, it can run into problems when running certain programs. If your tablet is acting buggy or is crashing often, you should check to see what OS version it is running. You should then check to see if that’s the latest version. If it’s not, you’re going to have to install the latest update manually.
Check for Viruses
Unfortunately, viruses are just as common for mobile devices as they are for computers. If your tablet has been acting really weird or slow without obvious reason, the underlying cause may be that you’ve picked up a virus somewhere. You should install some kind of mobile antivirus program to scan your tablet to see what’s there. If there’s a virus, you know what’s wrong. If there isn’t, it’s time to continue with the troubleshooting.
Check for Damage
Did you drop your tablet a while ago and think nothing of it? Spill a little bit of water on it? Even a little bit of damage can do your tablet harm, so try to think of what you might have done to rattle it up. Check the exterior for signs of damage, but don’t crack the casing to get to the interior—doing that can make it even worse.