How to Restore a Frozen Samsung Tablet to Working Order

Last Updated on March 31, 2022 by Angelos Chronis

Tablets were made as a form of compromise between the relatively lightweight, portable smartphones and the larger but more powerful laptops. They were supposed to strike the perfect balance by being more powerful than your average smartphone but considerably lighter and more portable than a laptop.

And it is true that they are very handy for those who want increased utility without committing to something larger. Yet, for all their benefits, they do tend to suffer from crashes and freezing quite often. This can be very disappointing when it happens. Doubly so if it is on a more expensive and supposedly more reliable brand like Samsung.

So, given how popular a brand Samsung is, and how this issue seems to be tormenting several people, we have compiled a list of the best ways to bring your frozen Samsung tablet back to life. And yes, this applies to all Samsung tablet models.

Fix 1: Force reboot your Samsung Tablet

The first thing you should try if you have a frozen Samsung tablet is to force it to restart. Sometimes, this in itself will be enough. Not all crashes are indicative of a critical failure of some sorts. In fact, the reason why your tablet froze in the first place might be a minor bug or runtime error that will go away with the reboot.

How we do that

  1. Press and hold the power and volume down buttons simultaneously for about 7 seconds or until your tablet reboots.
  2. Wait for a few seconds. If your device boots up normally, you are good to go. If not, move on to the next fix.

Fix 2: Run device maintenance

If the above fix worked or if the issue of your Samsung tablet freezing is not that persistent, you could try fixing the issue while the former is operational. Most Samsung tablets have something called "Device maintenance". What that does is to run a diagnostics test on your device and fix any issues it detects.

Therefore, you should take advantage of your tablet working and being responsive and run device maintenance.

How we do that

  1. Go to "Settings".
  2. Once there, tap on the "Device maintenance" option and run it.

Fix 3: Use ReiBoot for Android to fix the issue

To begin with, we should tell you a little bit about what ReiBoot for Android is and why we recommend it.

ReiBoot for Android is a lightweight app that will detect and fix any issue on your device in a few easy steps.

To be more precise, here is why we recommend ReiBoot for Android.

  1. It can be used on any Samsung device, be it a phone or a tablet.
  2. It offers a one-click solution to over 150 issues.

How to unfreeze your Samsung tablet using ReiBoot for Android

  1. Download and install ReiBoot for Android using the buttons below.
  1. Launch it and connect your tablet to your computer with a USB cable.
  2. When it detects your Samsung device, click on the "Repair Android System" button.
  1. After that, click on "Fix now" to start repairs.
  1. Next, you will be asked to fill in the details of your tablet. Check the manual if you don't remember something.
  1. Wait for ReiBoot to download the latest firmware for your tablet and click on "Repair now" when it's done to install it.

Your tablet will reboot soon after. If everything has gone according to plan, it will work fine.

Fix 4: Use safe mode

If you would rather not use an application and try to fix your tablet in a different way, you can also try switching it on in safe mode. Safe mode blocks all third-party apps on your tablet so that it works only with the bare minimum. This way, you can see if your tablet freezes. If it doesn't, it is probably a third-party app that is causing the issue and you should delete it.

Thankfully, getting to safe mode is pretty easy.

How we do that

Note :

We will assume that your Samsung device is switched off. If it is not and is frozen, you should switch it off either by pressing and holding the power button or by removing the battery.

  1. Press and hold the power button until your see the Samsung logo.
  2. When the logo appears, let go of the power button and press and hold the volume down button.
  3. The device will have entered safe mode by now.
  4. Test it out a little bit. If it doesn't freeze, then you should start looking into which third-party app is causing the problem and delete it.

Fix 5: Factory reset your Samsung tablet

The last resort in your arsenal of fixes should be factory resetting your tablet. This is the equivalent of carpet bombing an area. You will almost certainly fix the issue but you will delete everything in the process. However, much like device maintenance, your tablet should be operational for you to ty it. Alternatively, you can do it while on“Safe mode”.

Tip :

There is a way to reset your Samsung tablet to its factory setting and retain all your data. You can use a backup app that will help you extract all the data even from an unresponsive device and store it on a computer. Here is a tutorial on how to do that.

How we do that

  1. Go to "Settings" - "General management" - Reset" - "Factory data reset" - "Reset".
  2. Once there tap on the "Delete All" option to reset your tablet to factory settings.


Tablets are a great way to have computing power similar to that of a computer without having an actual computer. However, they tend to have issues like freezing and crashing. Such issues can affect even the most reliable of brands, like Samsung. This is why we made a list of fixes on how to save your frozen Samsung tablet.


1What is the Samsung device maintenance app?
The Samsung device maintenance app is a native application found on most Samsung tablets and phones whose main purpose is to help identify and fix any technical issues. It can be extremely useful, and should be used often.