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How to Fix the Samsung Galaxy Tab Reboot Loop

The Samsung Galaxy Tab, be it the Tab 2, the Tab 3, or any size variant of the device, is among the very best options a person has when it comes to tablets that run on the Android Operating System. However, even the Samsung Galaxy Tab has its share of issues and problems, and one of the most common ones is the reboot loop issue.

Any model or any variant of the Samsung Galaxy Tab can, sometimes, get stuck in a reboot loop where the device keeps powering off and powering back on again repeatedly for what seems like infinity.

Fear not, however, as the issue can indeed be fixed. The following solutions have proven to be able to fix the Samsung Galaxy Tab reboot loop:

Solution 1: Charge the device to 100% while it is powered off

1. As bizarre as it may sound, performing the following steps has solved the Samsung Galaxy Tab reboot loop issue for a large number of users across the globe.

2. Plug the Galaxy Tab’s charger into an outlet, and then connect the tablet to the charger while it is rebooting.

3. Press and hold the Power button for anywhere between six and ten seconds, and the device will power down.


4. When the device’s screen lights up after shutting down, it will display a ‘battery charging’ icon instead of restarting.

5. Allow the Galaxy Tab to be fully charged to 100%.

6. Once the tablet has been charged completely, disconnect it from the charger and power it on, and the tablet will no longer be stuck in a reboot loop.

Solution 2: Erase the device’s cache entirely

1. Turn the Galaxy Tab off.

2. Once the tablet has shut down, press and hold the Volume Up and Power buttons simultaneously until the Samsung logo appears. The Samsung Galaxy Tab will boot into ASR (Android System Recovery) mode.

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3. Use the Volume rocker to highlight the ‘wipe cache partition’ option and the Power button to select it.

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4. When the Galaxy Tab’s cache has been erased successfully, highlight and confirm ‘reboot system now’ in the main menu to restart the tablet.

reboot system now

Solution 3: Reset the device to factory settings

1. If all else fails, a person should perform the following process as a last resort:

2. Turn the device off and boot it into Recovery Mode using the procedure described in Solution 3.

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3. In Recovery Mode, use the Volume rocker to highlight the ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ option and the Power button to select it.

4. On the next screen, highlight and confirm the ‘Yes – erase all user data’ option.

5. Wait for the device to be reset to factory settings.

6. Once the device has been reset, select ‘reboot system now’ from the Recovery Mode menu to reboot the device into the Android OS.


  1. Ok I know how to fix it.
    Its a voltage problem. Best thing to do is place the USB into PC port directly in lieu AC/DC converter.This will initiate a trickle charge effect. After a day or so…Plug back into OEM AC/DC charger and the unit should charge effectively. Even if the battery says x its not dead. The battery will charge. You have to get the battery past 5% which takes a day or so via the USB charger.

  2. While it was rebooting since I had to wipe it clean I thought it was done so I shut it down but it turns out it wasnt now it wont do anything PLEASE HELP

  3. Ensure that the Samsung tablet is powered off.

    Press the Power and the Volume Up button together till the device displays the start-up logo.

    Once the logo is displayed, release the buttons and wait till the device enters the Android system recovery mode.

    On the displayed screen, use Volume Down button to go to the wipe data/factory reset option (Volume Up and Volume Down buttons are used to highlight the displayed options on the Android system recovery screen).

    Once the option is highlighted, press the Power button to select the option. (Pressing the Power button in Android system recovery mode selects the highlighted option.)

    On the next screen, press the Volume Down button multiple times till the Yes — delete all user data option is highlighted.
    Press the Power button to hard reset the Samsung tablet device, which will also clear the dalvik cache.

  4. No, nothing works, I did that the first time, started to clean everything up, and accidently shut it off now it wont turn on.

  5. My Tab reboots every 2-4/5 days in the middle of using apps. Can I turn this off? Or change it to ask permission ?

  6. Having the same issue with my tab pro 8.4 I’ve tried all three methods and still have the same problem. My battery will say 100 and less than a minute later it drops to 30 or 20 and starts rebooting endlessly. If I were to have the battery replaced, would that work?

  7. I have had the same problem with my pro 8.4. I took it to bestbuy and the Samsung guy “reflashed” and it still hadn’t resolved the issue. My last resort was checking the battery. I snuck and disassembled my tablet and my husbands too so I could switch the batteries. I immediately noticed his was smooth and firm while my battery was kind of smooshy. I used his battery to check my tablet and it was like new. I Played around with it and it didn’t go back to the reboot loop. I returned hubby’s battery And reassembled his tablet Now I’m ordering a new battery for mine. Hope it helps.

  8. I have this problem with my galaxy tab2. I wiped cache but problem persists. I don’t want to wipe data plz helphelp

  9. I can’t get it to that menu to clean cache. It only comes up talking about a custom OS and I even tried that but it wouldn’t download

  10. You’re in the wrong mode. You need to be in recovery mode, the left option NOT download mode, the right

  11. Did you try a factory reset?

    You can do this from the Android Recovery Menu (this will erase all your personal data!!!)

    Press and hold both the “Volume Up” and “Power On” keys until you see the Android logo.

    Use the “Volume Up” and “Volume Down” keys to navigate through the menu, and use “Power On” for OK.

    Choose “wipe data / factory reset”, then “yes erase all data,” and finally – reset.

  12. It may be a USB Malfunction which seems to have been fixed after it was connected to the computer.. What did you do after connecting it to the computer?

  13. It works fine, until battery gets around 60% of its capacity. After that, it reboot and do it in loop again…

  14. Simple.! Put your tablet in download mode. Press the home key first. While keeping the home key pressed, now press the volume down and the power keys at the same time. Keep them pressed until you see the android image. Then quickly release all the keys. Press volume up to put the device in download mode.
    Download Kies and set it up. Open it and connect your tablet.
    The software should detect it and offer you the options. Follow the recommended course of action and any instructions. It is basically going to upgrade and or reinstall the firmware.
    This will then show up on your tablet as a progress bar. Don’t touch anything until your prompted to do so.
    Once it is finished, the device will reboot. If it hangs, reboot it again.
    Now you’ll see 0/567 or so on a box and this will be basically setting up your device.
    Once that’s complete, you’ll be shown the user screen and enjoy.

  15. Where is the “Home key” in that description? There are only 3 buttons: “Power”, “Volume up” and “Volume down”

  16. Thanks Kevin I tried solution 1 and 2 together and it worked!!!! Don’t forget to subscribe my channel “Stealth Gamer-clash of clans and clash royale” despite the name it was written accidentally my channel is for gaming especially and hacks or private servers leaks.

  17. I wanted to reboot my GT-P7500 but it stuck over booting logo !
    And if I restarted it , it stuck on the Galaxy Tab logo too !
    So I’m now stuck with these two , and I can’t enter to my tablet apps or anything . And when I charge it , it don’t show that it’s charging , so I can’t see if it’s fully charged .
    Please help me as soon as possible .
    Thank you .

  18. How long does this usually take? Odin has been on now for 3 hours and is asking not to turn off target. Is this correct? It doesn’t look at all like your pictures above.

  19. Thank you for getting me and tablet to another state of mind. However, after booting google crashed what do I do now?

  20. Mate, I have exactly the same kind of issue, while in the recovery mode I did factory reset, as well as cache partitioning, yet while trying to reboot I get the “Error!” message and the loop of starting and restarting goes on infinitely >:-(. Yesterday the device didn’t respond to anything, so I opened it up, unscrewed the acc.battery and loosened all the cables. Put it all back together, did the factory reset and all worked wonderfully for a day. After I tried to pull all the data back onto my Galaxy Tab, it started to behave as described above. I’m growing annoyed and very uncomfortable, help would be greatly appreciated

  21. I had the same problem with accessing the ARS screen and found, after powering the Tab A down, I had to hold the Power, Volume Up and Menu buttons at the same time until the Samsung screen comes up. This puts the Tab A into update mode and attempts to install a system update, but when it finds no update, it will show a No Command screen for a bit and then enter the ARS menu.

    So far, just clearing the cache partition by itself has not worked, but I am trying the power down full charge at this point and then will try the cache clearing to see if that helps.

    Hope this helps.

  22. These options would be useful if I could turn it off. But it just loops the Samsung galaxy tab A logo for 3-5 seconds, goes to black screen for 1-2 seconds then starts over. I can press the power button till the cows come home. Just super annoying.

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