Troubleshooting your tablet

Many tablets are  assumed to be faulty, when in fact they only required simple fixes that you can easily make yourself.
If your device won’t turn on:
Plug it into the main and charge it. Batteries can go flat unexpectedly or after a few days of no use, so always make sure you try and charge your device if it won’t boot.
 If your tablet won’t charge:
Sometimes the battery can get so low that it takes time for the tablet to recognise it is being charged. If after 16 minutes your tablet isn’t charging, try a different charger. Always ensure you use a charger that is designed for your tablet, as some chargers are lower powered and may not charge your tablet correctly
If apps have disappeared:
This could be because you’ve recently installed a software update that’s incompatible with the app. To fix this remove the app and reinstall it (if it was a paid app, you won’t need to pay again – your personal details are registered with your app store account).
 If your screen orientation is the wrong way round:
For a number of tablets, when you hold them lengthways or widthways, what’s on screen will move with you. If you find this isn’t working as it should, it could be the app you’re using. Certain apps aren’t built to move with different screen orientations. Identify whether it’s the app by closing it and doing something different on your tablet.
If your tablet enters sleep mode when you’re using it:
This can be because the battery is too low to function (so plug it into the mains) or because it’s overheated. If you can, take a break from your tablet, however, if you’re in the middle of something ensure it’s placed on a hard flat surface and that the fan elements are not obstructed.
If you’ve got water in your tablet:
Even if there doesn’t appear to be any damage to your tablet, you should still turn it off and, if possible, take out the battery. Then leave the components in an air tight container with uncooked rice for a couple of days.
If your tablet won’t connect to your wireless network:
Make sure that the network you’re trying to connect to is your own and that you had the right password. Often the network name and password is written on the underside of your Wi-Fi modem or router.
If your battery’s draining too quickly:
Turn off Adobe Flash add-ons. If they’re set to ‘Always on’, this uses up a lot of battery. Ensure that any connections you’re not using are turned off – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.
Prevent your tablet from being damaged:
1) When transferring data from your tablet to a memory card, don’t allow your tablet to go into sleep mode before the transfer is complete. To do so might cause damage to your data.
2) If your tablet has a screen, never pick it by this, support it underneath. Additionally don’t allow the screen to fall too far backwards.
3) Don’t leave your mobile phone near your device.
4) Don’t keep your tablet constantly plugged into the mains. It’s better for the battery if you allow your tablet to use up all of its conserved power, before plugging it in.

Syncing your smartphone, tablet and laptop

If you’re the proud owner of a phone, tablet and laptop, it needn’t be a complex mission syncing everything on all devices.
 
If you’re the proud owner of a phone, tablet and laptop, it needn’t be a complex mission syncing everything on all devices. 
 
The varying systems and apps can easily be accessed on all devices at any time with the right software. So you can be writing a document on your home PC, then head out and edit in on your smartphone as you catch the train, without having to email yourself, use a cable or a removable device.
  
Accessing documents you’ve saved on one device from another:
 
The simplest way to do this is with a cloud-based app. This allows you to back up, store, sync and share all your stuff in a secure, online database. Access your documents and media from anywhere, on any device, as long as you have an internet connection. There are plenty of cloud-based solutions available for almost every device, browse your app store to see which one best suits your syncing requirements. Before you buy, consider how you’ll share documents and over which devices.
 
Additionally, if you don’t want to store your stuff online, there are services available which use private networks, rather than the internet. You can schedule your syncing so it’s done at certain times, across all devices.
  
Syncing browsers:
 
When you’re shopping online, you need a variety of different usernames and passwords and often you’ll be asked if you want your device to remember these next time you log in. Syncing your browsers mean the things you asked one device to remember, can be recalled across all devices – including all your passwords, browsing preferences and history. To do this on Android devices, use Google Chrome as your internet browser and just ensure you’ve registered for a Gmail login, then the changes will sync automatically.
 
On other browsers or across mixed browsers (such as if you’re using a Windows phone and an Android tablet) you can save all the websites you’ve visited with bookmarking websites. Register for an account and add all your favourite sites, then once you log into your account, you can access them instantly.
 
Accessing photos, calendars and contacts across all devices:
 
If you’re using Windows devices, the SkyDrive app allows you to sync all your system requirements and for Apple devices, the iCloud app does this automatically. Not every Android device offers this service, although many newer devices include Dropbox or SkyDrive built-in. If your device doesn’t have these preinstalled, you’ll need an app that does this for you, search the Play Store for “syncing content across all Android devices”.
  
Syncing notes:
 
If you use your device as a personal planner and are constantly writing notes, you’ll want to be able to access them anywhere. The easiest way to sync your notes is by using one of the free note-taking apps. Since these are held in a safe online location, they can be accessed anywhere via your login details. Search your app store for “note taking app”.
  
You can also share files over Bluetooth:
 
You can also move files from one device to another, using Bluetooth. To do this simply ensure that Bluetooth on both devices is connected, then send the document you want as instructed on the device.