My Galaxy Tab P1000 just hung up, at a point where the power button is not responding. Is there a way to force the devise to shutdown immediately?


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There is no "force shutdown" as far as I know, but you can force a reboot by holding down the power button for about 15 seconds.

  • Confirmed that this also works for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.
    – louielouie
    Commented Apr 29, 2012 at 7:23
  • Did not work for Galaxy Tab S5e. Had to hold down both Power button and Volume Down button for 10+s. (I was setting up fingerprint with pin code, I had set up the pin, but exited out of the fingerprint setup and locked the screen... there were no pin pad or keyboard on the unlock screen and nothing happened when I tapped on the normal restart or shutdown... after the reboot the pin pad showed up and I was able to unlock it... and remove the pin code. What a wonderful QA tested product...) Commented Dec 28, 2019 at 20:00

For Tab S and Tab A and Tab gt-5100 Should work with 8.4 or 10.5

Hold the Power button, Volume Down button, and Menu key for 10 seconds. You will enter download mode, simply press the volume down button to restart tablet.

After reboot, you tablet should perform as normal

  • For my SM-P550 (Samsung Galaxy Tab A with S Pen 9.7") the key combination is Volume Down button, Power button, and Home button for 10 seconds. Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 16:06
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    This worked with my son's SM-380 tablet. It certainly beats waiting for the battery to run dead!
    – Bill
    Commented Feb 26, 2019 at 1:00
  • Thanks, Volume Down + Power button worked on Galaxy Tab S5e. Commented Dec 28, 2019 at 20:02

No force shutdown for galaxy tab, but you can use this trick.

  1. Plug the charger into your galaxy tab.
  2. Hold down power button for 10 seconds, and wait to reboot.
  3. After that, the screen will be change with charging battery.
  4. Plug off your tab, and it will be shutdown.
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    This should be chosen as answer because it really does what the asker wants. I can confirm it works on Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 P5100
    – Cleric
    Commented Sep 19, 2013 at 16:51
  • The right answer for a bootlooping device Commented Mar 3, 2022 at 18:07

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