One of the most anticipated devices of 2019 is here. We’re, of course, talking about the Galaxy Note 10 from Samsung. Arriving after Galaxy S10, Samsung’s latest device comes with an upgraded camera setup, hardware, and design. The standout feature of this handset is probably the display; Samsung has removed the bezels almost entirely from the device. With that said, they’ve also passed on the cost to the consumer, and not everyone has the budget to purchase the handset outright. For this reason, many are going to buy it from a carrier or go with a device payment plan.
Many people will like these payment plans, because they give everyone an opportunity to purchase one of the great handsets in the market. The downside, however, is that the state of the handset. What we mean is that the handset will be locked to whichever carrier you buy it from. Hence, you’ll need to stick with the carrier unless they decide to give you an unlock code.
Fortunately, you don’t always have to take that route. Unlocking Galaxy Note 10 Plus or Note 10 is quick and easy. Also, it allows you to freely use the handset on supported carriers and networks. Clueless about all of this? Read on to learn how the Galaxy Note 10 unlocking process works, and some easy steps to unlock your Galaxy Note 10 handset right away. Let’s go, shall we?
Reasons for Unlocking Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus / Note 10
Let us first explain what a network-locked phone is. It’s basically a device that is locked to the network carrier that you purchased the device from, and it can’t be used on any other network. So, if the Galaxy Note 10 is locked to Verizon, and you insert a T-Mobile SIM card inside your Verizon Galaxy Note 10, you’ll see an error saying “network not supported. Contact your carrier,” and then you won’t get any signal until you put a Verizon SIM card inside. The same applies to other carriers like T-Mobile, AT&T, as well as other companies out there.
There are several benefits of unlocking Galaxy Note 10 Plus / Note 10. It’s not a thing that will just “cool” to do, but there are very practical reasons to get this done.
For example, you might want to use the phone abroad. By utilizing, Verizon, Sprint, or any other network in the United States, you can end up paying expensive roaming charges when it comes to your device. International SMS, talk time, and data are all quite expensive. With that said, you can easily put in a SIM from a local carrier in your target local country. This will let you pay the standard prices for SMS, data, talk time, etc. This can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in international travel.
Also, if you’re in the military, you’ll be going to many obscure areas, areas where Verizon, Sprint, etc. may not be able to deliver decent coverage. By unlocking the handset, you can use the SIM card of any country, which is necessary for staying in contact with people back home.
Then there’s also the fact that a lot of businessman use Galaxy Note 10. Your company might be in agreement with the carrier you’re using, and might require you to use that carrier’s network for talking and emailing. With the device unlocked, you can easily swap out that SIM with another carrier’s SIM for personal use. So how can you unlock Galaxy Note 10? Let’s find out.
Steps to Unlock Galaxy Note 10 Plus & Note 10 Permanently
5 steps to get your Galaxy Note 10 phone unlocked permanently and use any SIM card on the earth:
1. Find an Unlock Code for your Device
Because we won’t be asking the carrier for an unlock code, the option we have is to source the code from a reputable phone provider. Unlockboot is a market leader in this. We’re known for our customer service, and our team of qualified experts are happy to help customers should they run into any problems.
2. Get your Galaxy Note 10’s IMEI Number
For unlocking your device, we’ll need your Galaxy Note 10’s IMEI. This can be found on the device. The best way to get it is to open your phone’s dialer and enter *#06# – now you’ll see the IMEI code appear on the screen almost immediately.
Note this down somewhere as you’ll need it frequently. The alternative approach is to open the Settings application of your phone, and then head to About Device or About Phone. The long string of characters inside the field the IMEI.
3. Get your Galaxy Note 10 Unlock Code
The next step in the process is to get the code. Visit UnlockBoot, select Galaxy Note 10 as the phone, and select the network the device is on. Then put in the IMEI inside the field, and the email address where it is required. Make sure to enter the correct email ID, as we’ll send the code to that ID.
4. Put in the New SIM Card from Another Carrier
Once you receive the code inside your email, you’ll be able to use the new SIM. Power off your Galaxy Note 10 / 10 Plus and remove the existing SIM from your phone. Exchange it with the SIM of the carrier you want to utilize. For example, if you’re using an AT&T SIM, you may want to use a SIM from Sprint.
5. Put in the Unlock Code
Turn on your device. Once activated, you’ll see an option saying “Enter your Network Unlock code.” This would be sent to your email from Unlockboot. Now enter it inside the field, press “Enter,” and then click on the Send button. That’s all. Your phone is now unlocked and can be used on all of the popular carriers.
As evident, eliminating network-restrictions on a Galaxy Note 10/10+ is something everyone can do. By taking a few simple steps, you can remove the unlock from your device, without the need to contact your network carrier. Feel free to try and contact the company, but chances are your carrier will refuse to provide you with the code. With that said – you can always use Unlockboot to unlock Galaxy Note 10 as well as all of the other popular flagship devices out there.
With the Galaxy Note 10 unlocked, you can use it not only with all of the US-based carriers, but also carriers in UK, Germany, Spain, France, Malaysia, and several other countries in the world. That means no expensive roaming charges. Say adios to them forever.
Moreover, unlocking Galaxy Note 10 would also increase the resale value of the device, as the individual who buys your handset will be able to make use of it on all compatible phone carriers. An unlocked handset, similar to other devices, are conventionally more valuable than network-restricted ones. You might also be able to get a faster sale in this manner.
Unlockboot is known to unlock all kinds of handset brands including Apple, Motorola, Sony, Huawei, etc. The unlocking process for these devices is similar to what you just read; however, you’ll just need to mention the right model of your device and the carrier your device is on when requesting a code from Unlockboot. We look forward to serving you and making sure you are free to call whoever you want from any part of the world. Trust us, owning an unlocked device is the best thing you can do in terms of your personal smartphone needs.
Samsung announced its latest flagship phones, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus a couple of days ago. The new phones will hit the markets later this month and so if you are planning on getting either of the two Note variants then it is a good time to learn what some new changes are. Unlike the previous Note models, Samsung has done away with the stand-alone Bixby button on the new Note 10, instead, the wake-up button will now double as the Bixby button and the phone will turn off from the notifications bar. Here is how to restart or turn off Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus.
The “power” button on the Samsung Note 10 will now only wake up and lock the phone when pressed a single time. When you press the button and hold it the Bixby assistant will pop up. We are unsure as to the why Samsung did this but it’s here and this is how it will work from now on.
How to Restart or Turn Off Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus
Now you may ask yourself how do I shut down or restart the phone? Well, that is simple but a little different. Contrary to Samsung’s all other smartphones, the Note 10 is powered off from the UI. Here is how it works.
Step 1- Press the power button to unlock the phone.
Step 2- Pull down the notification menu and then tap on the power symbol right next to the settings icon.
Step 3- A new pop up will appear giving you the options to turn off, restart or enter the emergency mode.
If you really want to use the physical buttons to turn off your phone then that can also happen albeit a bit differently.
Step 1- Press down the power button and volume down button simultaneously and hold them.
Step 2- The “power off” menu will pop up, simply tap on whichever function you want the phone to perform.
This is it, it is quite simple but many people argue that they’d rather have a physical power button to restart or turn off the phone. In my opinion, it is not all that significant and the fewer buttons make the phone look neater.
Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or thoughts regarding this article.
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Now that Samsung is shipping the Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Plus, you’ll find that the traditional method for powering off the phones doesn’t work. Instead, you have to use a new key combination or change its default settings. Here’s how.
Power Off with Physical Buttons
On almost every other Android smartphone or tablet, you can turn the device off by long-pressing the power button. This action typically launches the power menu that allows you to power off the phone, restart it, or more. On Samsung’s new flagships, this opens the Bixby virtual assistant.
With the Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Plus, Samsung included a new key combination for launching the power menu. Instead of just pressing and holding the power button (which Samsung calls the “Side key”), you need to press and hold the power and volume down buttons at the same time for several seconds.
You can let go of both bottoms when the power menu appears on-screen. Now, all you need to do is tap on “Power off,” and your Samsung Galaxy Note 10 or 10 Plus will turn off.
Change Side Button’s Press and Hold Action
As mentioned above, Samsung allows you to change the default behavior of long-pressing the power button. Here’s how you can change it if you’d rather jump straight into the power menu instead of launching Bixby.
First, swipe down from the top of the screen so that the notification shade is showing. Next, tap on the gear icon in the top-right corner to open the Settings menu.
Now, tap on “Advanced features.” The item should be halfway down the list of options.
Select “Side key.”
You can now change the default behavior of double-pressing the power button as well as what happens when the button is pressed and held. You will want to select “Power off menu” from within the “Press and hold” section.
Alternatively, you can access the Side button menu by swiping down on the notification shade, tapping the Power icon, and selecting “Side key settings.” You can then choose “Power off menu” as the press and hold action.
Power Off from Quick Settings Panel
If you don’t want to or can’t use the Galaxy Note 10 or 10 Plus’ physical buttons to turn the handset off, Samsung has snuck a shortcut to the power menu into the notification shade.
To access it, swipe down from the top of the phone’s screen to bring down the notification shade. From there, tap on the power icon in the top-right corner found next to the gear button.
The power menu will now load, offering several options to choose from. Tap on “Power off” to turn your device off.
Power Off with Bixby
The last option is to ask Samsung’s virtual assistant, Bixby, to turn off your Samsung Galaxy Note 10 or 10 Plus.
To get started, you need to launch Bixby. If you haven’t changed the default behavior of long-pressing the power button, you can do that to bring up the assistant. From there, say, “Turn off the phone,” and your handset should be powered off.
You can also get to the virtual assistant through Bixby Home by swiping to the right-most home screen. Here, you can tap on the Bixby icon and then tell it, “Turn off the phone.”
Power Your Note 10 or 10 Plus Back On
Fortunately, Samsung didn’t change how you turn the Galaxy Note 10 or 10 Plus back on. As with almost all other smartphones, all you need to do is press and hold the power button for several seconds. You can let go once the Samsung logo appears on-screen.
For the most part, the Android OS runs stable and won’t run into any issues during day-to-day operations. However, anomalies can happen and the software can freeze up causing it to become unresponsive. Thankfully, Google has built in a way to force a device to reboot but Samsung has made their tweaks to the Galaxy Note 10 software.
Operating systems (and any software, really) have the tendency to lock up and freeze from time to time. Even Unix systems that can run for decades without being rebooted can sometimes run into instances when the software will just lock up. Many of the devices running these operating systems have an actual on/off switch.
Things aren’t like that with Android smartphones and tablets these days.
We Most do have a Power button on these devices but even that isn’t a guarantee these days. Samsung is even trying to shift away from people calling it a Power button and refers to is as the Side Key in the Galaxy Note 10 OEM skin. It’s rather interesting but the company could have left the functionality the same while just changing the name.
That isn’t the case though because we can press and hold the Power button on other Android devices to force it to restart. That isn’t possible on the Galaxy Note 10 (or previous Galaxy smartphones) because, again, Samsung went into the OS to change how its force reboot feature worked.
So let me walk you through how it’s done on this smartphone.
Time needed: 1 minute.
How to Force Reboot the Samsung Galaxy Note 10
- Press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons for 15+ seconds
Just hold down these two buttons until the smartphone shuts down.
There isn’t much to it. I have mixed feelings about even needing to have a tutorial about how to do this. The process is so simple yet so few people actually know how it’s done. Back when Android was still maturing, most people would just pull the battery from the back of the phone to force it to restart.
That worked great back then since most (if not all) new Android smartphones were launching with a removable battery. That isn’t the case these days so Android (and smartphone OEMs) have had to compensate with additional methods of achieving this goal. For most smartphones, this just means pressing and holding the Power button.
If you press and hold the Power button down on the Galaxy Note 10 it will either bring up the Power Menu or it will open the Bixby app.
That will all depend on what you have it set to. But that is all you will accomplish here. You can hold the button down all day long if you want. It won’t change things. On the other hand, if I do that with the Pixel 2 XL then it will force it to shutdown. This is one of the many changes Samsung does to its Android OEM skin.
Force the Galaxy Note 10 to Reboot
So just know that you can fix the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and its stuck or frozen software by forcing it to shutdown. As you can see in the video above, it just takes about 7 to 10 seconds of holding these two buttons down before it will respond. Now, it could take longer due to the software being frozen.
This is why I suggested 15+ seconds in the tutorial above.
There isn’t really a set number of seconds that you need to press the two buttons. Even if you counted the exact number of seconds the software was coded to be on the lookout for, it could take a few seconds for the smartphone to recognize you have begun holding the buttons down.
So you simply want to press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons until the Galaxy Note 10, Note 10+, Note 10+ 5G, or Note 10 Lite turns off and begins to restart. You will then see it go through the regular Android boot cycle with the Lock Screen coming up after a few seconds.
I just got a Samsung Galaxy S8+ from my awesome brother in law, for testing and development work. But, when I charged it up and it turned on automatically, it was still set up with all his data, his PIN, etc, so I was locked out. I could have sent him a text to ask him for the PIN info, but not only was it 6am, it would also be a missed opportunity to see if I could factory reset the S8+ without the lock screen PIN.
Unfortunately, to factory reset an Android device, you need to boot to the system menu, but booting to the system menu requires the device to be powered off. But, to power off, you need the lock screen PIN. If I had the PIN, I probably wouldn’t need to factory reset it!
How to turn off a Samsung Galaxy without the PIN:
Hold the volume down + power buttons for 10-15 seconds, until you feel it vibrate. I held it a lot longer than necessary, that’s ok. The galaxy will then show a system menu with instructions how to use the menu. For my phone, it was to use volume up down to change menu selections, and the Bixsby key to select.
Use the volume down button to move the selection down to the “Power down” choice.
Use the Bixsby button to select/confirm “Power down”.
Then the Samsung Galaxy S8+ turned off, and I was able to then boot to the system menu, which we’ll cover in another blog post.
Depending on the current phone configuration, you may see a factory reset option in this maintenance menu as well, which may be a quicker choice if that is your goal.
Another reader with a Samsung Galaxy A5 (Thanks Richard!) provided his steps to successfully power down the A5. I found a video demonstrating most of these steps in case that is helpful as well.
How to turn off a Samsung Galaxy A5 without the PIN:
Hold power + volume down buttons to do a hard reset, until you feel the phone vibrate.
Quickly switch and hold volume up + power + home.
You should see a blue Android screen saying “updating”.
When you see the Android “no command” screen, hold power and press volume up to boot into recovery mode.
Use the volume down button to move the selection down to the “Power down” choice.
Use the Power button to select/confirm “Power down” or “Factory reset” if resetting is your goal.
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One frustrating change Samsung has made in recent years is how powering off and restarting phones works. The method you’re probably used to doesn’t work by default. We’ll show you how to do it on the Samsung Galaxy S22 series.
There are actually two methods you can use to power off or restart the Galaxy S22 series. This also applies to older Samsung Galaxy devices. We’ll start with the simple method that doesn’t require any configuration.
Open the Power Menu From Quick Settings
First, swipe down from the top of the screen twice to reveal the full quick settings panel.
Next, tap the power icon in the top right.
This will bring up the power menu and you can “Power Off” or “Restart” the device!
Enable the Power Menu From the Side Key
Samsung doesn’t call the button on the side of the Galaxy S22 to “Power Button” for a reason. By default, holding the “Side Key” will wake Bixby. Let’s change that.
First, let’s swipe down once from the top of the screen and tap the gear icon.
Next, go to “Advanced Features.”
Look for “Side Key” and select it.
Lastly, switch the action for “Press and Hold” to “Power Off Menu.”
Now, when you press and hold the “Side Key” a.k.a. Power Button, you’ll see the power menu as you would expect.
It’s annoying that Samsung is still pushing Bixby this hard. There are some reasons to use Bixby, but not many people want quick access to it.
If you own the all-new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 or Note 10 Plus recently, you must know about certain basics. The Galaxy Note 10 and the Note 10 Plus have just 3 hardware buttons including the Volume Up-Down and a side button that works as a Bixby button and can be used to power on the device when it’s switched off. In this, article, I’ll be discussing the functions of the Note 10 buttons and key combinations. Let’s see how we can turn on the Galaxy Note 10 or Note 10 Plus and boot it into the Download and the Recovery modes.
If you have been using a Samsung Galaxy device for a while like me, you’ll discover some new things about the Galaxy Note 10 Plus hardware buttons. First off, there’s no dedicated Power Button anymore. Secondly, Samsung has changed the way we used to boot the Galaxy phones into the Download or Odin mode.
How to Power Off Galaxy Note 10 Plus
If your phone is turned on and you want to turn it off by pressing and holding the side button on the left side of your Galaxy Note 10 Plus, you’ll end up opening the Samsung Bixby screen. The thing is the Note 10 or the Note 10 Plus doesn’t have a hardware button for powering it off. How how do we power off Galaxy Note 10 Plus then?
- Open the Notifications panel or the Quick Settings page by pulling down the status bar.
- Tap the Power icon and select the Power off or Restart option.
Boot Galaxy Note 10 Plus into the Recovery Mode
On my Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, I used to use the Bixby + Volume Up + Power keys to boot my phone into the stock recovery mode. The Galaxy Note 10, however, has only 3 hardware keys including the Volume Up, Volume Down and the side key. To boot your Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus into the stock recovery mode, follow the steps given below:
- Press the Volume Up + Side buttons simultaneously for 3-4 seconds. Release the keys when you enter the Recovery mode.
- Keep both the buttons pressed until you see the following screen. Note 10 reboot to bootloader option
Method to Enter Galaxy Note 10 Plus Download Mode
Actually, I wanted to flash a different firmware on my Galaxy Note 10 Plus SM-975F because my device used to shut down during calls abruptly. I tried clearing the Phone app’s as well as the Note 10 Plus’ cache via recovery but it didn’t help. I then downloaded the latest Galaxy Note 10’s firmware using Frija to flash it using Samsung Odin tool. But when I tried the Volume Down and the Power buttons combo to boot the device into the Odin or Download mode, it simply restarted. For a while, I wondered that Samsung might have removed the option to get into the Galaxy Note 10 Download Mode at all!
It was then that I remembered a new option in the stock recovery menu and I decided to try it. Samsung did remove the older Volume Down+ Power + Bixby key combination but you can still access download mode. To access the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Download Mode, follow the steps described below.
- Press and hold the Volume up and the Power keys at the same time for 3-4 seconds.
- Doing so, you will get into the stock Recovery menu screen.
- Use the Volume up and down button to navigate as the screen doesn’t support touch.
- Go to ‘Reboot to bootloader‘ option and select it using the Power button.
- Your Galaxy Note 10 or Note 10 Plus will boot into the Download Mode now. Galaxy Note 10 Odin mode
- You can now connect your Note 10 and launch Odin.
- Using Odin, you can install stock Samsung firmware on your Note 10 or flash a recovery image file using Odin.
There’s a simple tool called Samsung 300K Tool using which you can enter Samsung Download mode without pressing the harware keys. We’ll soon be covering tutorials on installing TWRP recovery and rooting the Galaxy Note 10 and Note Plus. Stay tuned!
You can use the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 to charge other devices such as Samsung wearables (Gear S3/Sport, Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Buds) and other WPC Qi-certified smartphones. The Galaxy Note 10 can serve as a truly wireless charger that charges your phones and wearables automatically without the use of any wire or any other accessory. This article will teach you how to use the Wireless PowerShare feature on your Samsung Galaxy Note 10 to charge other devices.
The Wireless PowerShare is a feature first introduced in Samsung Galaxy S10. PowerShare was first intended as a way to charge compatible Samsung wearables such as the Galaxy Buds and Watch without using separate chargers for each device. With the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Samsung improved the PowerShare feature to fully support WPC Qi-certified smartphones. If you want to learn how to use the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 to charge other devices, then read on.
Use Samsung Galaxy Note 10 to Charge Other Devices
If your phone or accessory is running low on battery, you can get power directly from a Galaxy Note 10 without worrying on the accessories or cable compatibilities. While charging, you can also use your Samsung Galaxy Note 10 to simultaneously charge another device. The next section will outline all the things that you need to know to use Samsung Galaxy Note 10 to charge other devices.
Supported Phones and Accessories
The following are the list of phones and accessories that can be charged on a Samsung Galaxy Note 10:
- Apple: iPhone 8 and iPhone X variants
- Samsung: Samsung Galaxy S6, S7, S8, S9, and S10 variants; Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Note 7, Note 8, Note 9, Note 10 variants
- LG: V30, G6 (US version only), G4 (optional), G3 (optional)
- Microsoft: Lumia 1520, Lumia 1020, Lumia 930, Lumia 929, Lumia 928, Lumia 920
- Google: Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013)
- BlackBerry: Priv, Z30
- Motorola: Droid Maxx, Droid Mini, Droid Turbo, Droid Turbo 2, Moto X Force
- Nokia Lumia: Lumia 735, Lumia 830, Lumia 920, Lumia 928, Lumia 929, Icon 930, Icon 1520
- Asus Padfone S
- Samsung wearables: Gear S3/Sport, Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Buds
Enable PowerShare on Galaxy Note 10 to Charge Other Devices
You can enable the Wireless PowerShare feature from the Quick Settings menu to charge other devices on your Samsung Galaxy Note. Here’s how:
1. Pull down the Notification panel by doing a swiping gesture from the top-most part of the screen to the middle part of it.
2. Drag down the Notification panel to show the Quick Settings panel.
3. From the Quick Settings panel, tap on the Wireless PowerShare icon to turn the feature ON.
4. With the Wireless PowerShare enabled, place your Galaxy Note 10 face down.
5. Place the supported device on the back part of your Samsung Galaxy Note 10. The device should be position in the middle part of your phone.
6. You just learned how to use the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 to charge other devices through the Quick Settings menu.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I followed the steps but my Note 10 does not charge my iPhone 6. Is there anything wrong?
Q: I am using a compatible device, a Samsung Gear S3 watch, but my Note 10 does not charge my device. Is there anything that I need to do?
You just learned how to use PowerShare on Galaxy Note 10 to charge other devices. If you have questions about any of the steps above, let us know in the comments section.
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Since making its debut in the smartphone industry, Samsung has maintained its reputation as one of the most reliable names in the business. The whole Galaxy Note 7 fiasco shook the company to its core, but like the best in the business, Samsung, too, has learned from its mistakes and bounced back.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 has hit the shelves and is already being lauded as one of the best Note-series phones ever. Sadly, despite its undeniable brilliant, even Note 10 is bound to run into some issues, sooner or later. If simply restarting the device doesn’t fix an issue, a comprehensive factory reset may be in order.
Factory resetting is a time consuming, enormous process, so, make sure you follow the simple steps below before resetting.
- How to reset Galaxy Note 10 from Settings
- How to reset Galaxy Note 10 from Recovery mode
Step 1: If you have a Google Drive account, make sure to transfer all your data to Drive before resetting.
Alternately, you can connect your Galaxy Note 10 to your computer and backup using Samsung Smart Switch.
Step 2: Make sure your battery is over 60% before kicking off the factory reset.
Step 3: Also, as you’ll need your Google account username and password for every other thing, make sure you have it memorized. Write them down if you have to.
Now that you’ve checked the above boxes, you can start with the factory reset process.
How to reset Galaxy Note 10 from Settings
Here is how to hard reset the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus using the Settings menu.
Step 1: From the home screen of your device, head over to the Settings menu.
Step 2: Scroll down to find the General management tab and open it.
Step 3: Open the Reset tab and then select the ‘Factory data reset’ option.
Step 4: Scroll to the bottom of the screen to choose the Reset button.
Step 5: Confirm your action by pressing the Delete all button, at which point the reset process will begin.
How to reset Galaxy Note 10 from Recovery mode
Here is how to hard reset the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus using recovery mode.
Step 1: Turn off your Galaxy Note 9 by pressing and holding the Power button.
Step 2: Press and hold the Bixby/Power and Volume Up buttons together for about 30 seconds.
Step 3: Once you see the Samsung logo, let go of the Power and Bixby button, but keep holding the Volume Up button until the Recovery Mode screen shows up.
Step 4: Use the Volume Down button to navigate to the Wipe data/Factory reset option, and then use the Power button to select the option.
Step 5: Then select the Yes option on the next screen. The Factory reset process will begin and progress will be shown at the bottom of the screen.
Step 6: When the recovery screen appears again, select the Reboot system now option to restart the device.
Let us know if you need any help in resetting your Galaxy Note 10.
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So, your Samsung Galaxy Note 10 keeps on restarting at night? Do not worry, there is no problem with your device. It is just a setting that you need to alter to prevent your Note 10 or Note 10 Plus from restarting automatically at night. Here’s how to fix automatic restart on Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus.
Fix automatic restart on Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus
The automatic restart is caused by a feature on your Note 10 and Plus called the Auto Restart. This feature has been here for a while and it is kind of a device maintenance feature. You see, prolong usage of any smartphone can cause it to slow down. So, a simple restart can actually make your device last longer. In case you always forget to restart your Note 10, the Auto-Restart option does it for you when you’re sleeping. The default time set by the manufacturer is at 3 AM every Monday. If you do not want this feature for some reason, you can disable it. Here’s how.
Step 1: Go to Settings.
Step 2: Find Device Care and tap on it.
Step 3: Tap on the 3-dot menu icon on the top right corner.
Step 4: Disable Auto Restart.
However, instead of disabling the feature completely, I recommend you configure the time and day as per your preference.
If that didn’t work for you, then there might be some problem with your Note 10 or 10 Plus. Let’s look at the probable solutions.
Solution 1: Reset System Cache
Sometimes a regular but unintended restart might be caused by a corrupted system cache. The right thing to do in this situation is to reset the system cache and hope it fixes the problem.
Step 1: Power off the device.
Step 2: Press and hold the Volume Up and Bixby button and then press and hold the Power button.
Step 3: After you see the Android logo, let go of the buttons.
Step 4: After a couple of seconds, you will get into the recovery menu. Use the Volume buttons to navigate and the Power button to select.
Step 5: Select Wipe Cache Partition. Press the Power button to execute.
Step 6: After its done, select Reboot System Now.
Power button broken on your Samsung Galaxy phone? You might be able to repair a broken Samsung Galaxy power button on your own. The following offers step-by-step instructions on how to fix a Samsung Galaxy power button.
WARNING: Attempt DIY phone repairs at your own risk. Be aware that you might void your warranty and insurance policy or cause additional damage.
How to repair a broken Samsung Galaxy power button
The problem might lie with the power button itself or with the power button flex cable. If you have a newer model like the Galaxy S6 through S10, you’ll need to remove the rear glass. If you have an older model like the Galaxy S4 or S5, you can access internal components by removing the back case.
What you’ll need:
- Hair dryer (Galaxy S6 and newer)
- Suction cup (Galaxy S6 and newer)
- Guitar picks
- Phillips screwdriver
- Replacement power button and/or power button flex cable
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NOTE: This is a general set of instructions. Specific steps might vary depending on your model. Watch the videos below for visual guides to replacing your Samsung Galaxy power button and flex cable.
If you have a Samsung Galaxy S6 or newer model, start at STEP 1. If you have a Galaxy S5 or older model, skip to STEP 3. Always power off your phone, remove the SIM card tray and any microSD cards before you begin.
STEP 1: Use the hair dryer to heat the edges of the rear glass and soften the underlying adhesive.
STEP 2: Place the suction cup on the lower part of the rear glass and gently lift until you can insert a guitar pick in the bottom seam.
STEP 3: Use a spudger and/or guitar picks to pry around the side seam until you can remove the rear cover. If you have an older model, remove the battery now.
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STEP 4: Remove screws from the midframe and use the spudger to gently disconnect any visible cables so you can remove the midframe.
STEP 5: Use the spudger to disconnect all cables from the motherboard, then gently remove the motherboard. BE CAREFUL, because the motherboard might have a connecting cable underneath that must be removed before you lift it completely out of the frame.
STEP 6: Use the spudger to remove the battery (if not removed in STEP 3).
STEP 7: Use the tweezers to remove the power button/flex cable assembly.
STEP 8: Separate the power button from the flex cable.
STEP 9: Replace the power button and/or flex cable, then follow these instructions in reverse order to reassemble your Samsung Galaxy phone.
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Samsung Galaxy S10
This Galaxy S10 teardown video illustrates how to access the power button and flex cable.
Samsung Galaxy S7
This video explains how to replace both the power and volume buttons and flex cables for the Galaxy S7.
Samsung Galaxy S5
This video shows you how to disassemble a Galaxy S5 so you can access the power button and flex cable.
Need to find out which Samsung phone you have? Here are four easy ways to tell.
Method 1: Via the settings menu
On your Samsung phone, browse to SETTINGS > ABOUT PHONE to view your:
- Model name
- Model number
- Serial number
- IMEI number
- Hardware version
To view your carrier, browse to SETTINGS > ABOUT PHONE > STATUS INFORMATION > SIM CARD STATUS. It will display information like:
- Network (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, etc.)
- Voice and data network types (5G, LTE, etc.)
- Signal strength
To view your storage capacity, browse to SETTINGS > BATTERY AND DEVICE CARE > STORAGE. It will display:
- Total capacity
- How much storage you have left
If you want to know your Android version and other information, browse to SETTINGS > ABOUT PHONE > SOFTWARE INFORMATION.
The process can vary slightly between Samsung models. If you can’t find the information you need, browse to SETTINGS and search for terms like “about phone,” “storage,” and “carrier,” for example.
Here’s a video overview of how to find your Samsung phone’s model number via the settings menu:
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Method 2: Check the rear case
Samsung prints the model number on the back of their phones. Here’s where to find it:
Of course, this won’t tell you the name of your phone. If your phone won’t power on and you can’t use the settings menu, try Method 3 or 4 and reference the table toward the end of this article.
If you have an older model with a removable battery, you can find identification labels placed in the battery compartment.
To find yours, power off your phone and remove the back case. Lift the battery out, and you should see the sticker with your phone’s model number.
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Method 3: Via your Samsung or carrier account
If you registered your phone on your Samsung account, you can log in and click My Products to view its:
- Model name
- Model number
- IMEI number
You can also find identifying information on your carrier account page. For example, on Verizon, you can click Manage Device to view its model name, capacity and IMEI number.
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Method 4: Original receipt and packaging
A final way to identify your Samsung phone is to check the original receipt and packaging, which typically include the model name and number. Here are some example model numbers for popular and recent Samsung phones. If yours isn’t listed, try searching for it on a resource like GSM Arena or Wikipedia, which maintains a list of all Samsung phone model numbers to-date.
If your touchscreen is frozen, does not respond to touch, or is completely black, that doesn’t necessarily mean something is wrong with your phone or tablet. It could be something as simple as a misbehaving app causing the phone to freeze, or cracks in the screen making it respond slowly or not at all.
Fortunately, there are some troubleshooting steps to try that can help resolve your issue without having to send your phone in for a service. By simply rebooting/ restarting your phone or updating your software are a few things you can try to resolve your issue. We will guide you through a few troubleshooting steps to identify the issue and resolve it.
Please Note: Before continuing, remove all non-Samsung certified screen protectors, cases or any other accessory that may be touching the screen. Make sure the touchscreen is dry and clean, and remove gloves if you’re wearing them. The screen may not recognize touches through gloves or extremely dry and chapped fingers.
Press and hold the Volume down and Power key for 7 to 10 seconds to perform a forced reboot or soft reset.On phones without a dedicated Power key, press and hold the Volume down key and Side key for 7 to 10 seconds.
The Device care feature will improve your phone’s overall performance by scanning for wasted storage space and other potential issues. Navigate to and open Settings. Tap Device care, and then tap Optimize now.
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Unlike many other Android handsets, turning off or restarting your Samsung Galaxy S20 isn’t as easy as holding down the Side button. Instead, you’ll need to remap the button or try a different option. Here are four ways to power off or restart your phone.
Open the Power Menu using the Side and Volume Keys
The easiest way to access the Power Menu on your Samsung Galaxy S20 is by holding down the Side and Volume Down buttons simultaneously for several seconds.
Once the Power Menu appears, tap the “Power Off” or “Restart” button.
If you chose to turn your Galaxy S20 off, hold the Side button down for several seconds until you see the Samsung logo appear onscreen. Your handset will fully boot within a minute.
Reprogram the Side Button’s Long-Press Behavior
As mentioned above, out of the box, pressing and holding the Galaxy S20’s Side button launches Bixby, not the Power Menu. You can reprogram the Side Key’s behavior by going to Settings > Advanced Feature > Side Key.
Once you enter the Side Key menu, select the “Power Off Menu” option.
Now, when you long-press the Side button, you’ll have the option to “Power Off” or “Restart” your handset.
Access the Power Menu Through the Quick Panel
Samsung also offers a shortcut to the Power Menu from the smartphone’s Quick Panel. To access the shortcut, swipe down from the top of the Galaxy S20’s display to pull down the notification shade. From there, select the Power icon in the top-right corner.
Samsung’s Power Menu will now appear. Tap on the “Power Off” or “Restart” button to perform the respective action.
If you chose to shut off your Galaxy S20, press and hold the Side button until you see the Samsung logo. Release the key and wait for 30 to 60 seconds for the phone to boot.
Use Bixby to Power Off or Restart Your Phone
You might not find Samsung’s built-in voice assistant, Bixby, handy, but you can use it to shut down and restart your Galaxy S20.
Start by launching Bixby. If you haven’t already remapped the long-press action of the Side button, you can hold down the key for a second until you see the Bixby icon appear at the top of your screen. Alternatively, you can swipe up from the home screen to open the app drawer and then select the “Bixby” app to launch it.
With the voice assistant now listening to you (you might have to tap the Bixby icon in the bottom-left corner if you launched the app), you can now ask it to power off or restart your handset by saying “Turn Off My Phone” or “Restart My Handset.”
Bixby will confirm that you want to power off or restart your Galaxy S20. Either tap on the corresponding button or hit the Bixby button again to voice your answer.
Your smartphone will now power off or restart. Hold down the Side button until the Samsung logo pops up to turn it back on.
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What to Know
- Most Samsung Galaxy tablets are turned on by holding the Power button for at least three seconds.
- If you need to force restart your tablet, for most Galaxy models, hold the Power and Volume Down buttons simultaneously for about 15 seconds.
- If your tablet won’t turn on, won’t hold a charge, and won’t respond to any force restart method, it likely requires repair.
This article explains how to turn on a Samsung Galaxy Tablet and what to do if the typical steps don’t work.
How to Turn On a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, Normally
While there are many versions of Samsung Galaxy tablets (from the affordable Tab A series to the flagship Tab S series), most of them will power up the same way. Every Samsung Tablet has a skinny button on the top or side of the chassis; this is the button you’ll use to turn it on.
If your tablet has any buttons on the front, these are not the main power buttons; you can ignore them for this purpose.
If your tablet is charged enough or plugged in, press and hold the Power button located on the top or side of the tablet for a few seconds. You should then see the main Samsung bootup screen. Once it completes the boot cycle, you’ll see the main Samsung lock screen. From here, to unlock the tablet, you’ll use the unlock method you’ve enabled.
How Do You Reset Your Samsung Tablet If It Won’t Turn On?
If you are pressing and holding the power button for a few seconds and you still see the black screen, then there are a few methods to try:
- Plug the tablet in and leave it on the charger for at least 15 minutes. You may see a charging indicator. Then try turning it on as you usually would.
- If you know the tablet is charged and it still won’t turn on, the standard method for resetting Samsung Tablets is to hold down the Power button and the Volume Down button until the boot cycle starts (about 10–15 seconds). Then release the buttons.
- If you know the tablet is charged and the Power + Volume-Down combination isn’t working, hold the power button for at least two minutes. Doing this will sometimes turn off a frozen tablet locked in a black screen “on” position.
- The last resort is to wait until the battery fully dies and then leave the tablet off for 30 minutes. Then plug it in for at least 15 minutes and try the above methods.
If none of these methods are working, you’ll likely need to take the tablet to a certified service center or send it to Samsung for repair.
Why Is Your Samsung Galaxy Tablet Not Turning On or Charging?
There are many reasons your tablet isn’t turning on or even charging; here are the likely culprits:
- The battery isn’t fully charged, and you need to plug in the tablet.
- The battery isn’t fully charged, and you’ve plugged your tablet in with an incompatible or damaged charging cable or brick.
- Your tablet’s software has frozen on a black screen, and you’ll need to force restart by pressing both the Power and Volume Down buttons.
- Your tablet’s battery will no longer hold a charge, and it will need to be repaired or replaced.
- Your tablet isn’t off but has a broken screen, and it will need to be repaired or replaced.
To text on your Samsung tablet, make sure to add the same Samsung account you use on your phone to your Samsung tablet. Then, on both your phone and tablet, access the Quick Settings panel and tap Call & text on other devices. Your devices are now connected, and you can text (and call) from your tablet.
If your device is responsive, hold down the Power button until you see Power Off. Touch and hold Power Off until you see a Safe Mode prompt, then tap Safe Mode to confirm. If the device is unresponsive, press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons, then release the Power button when the screen appears. Continue to hold the Volume Down button until you see the Safe Mode indicator on the bottom of the screen.
Press and hold the Power button to reach Device Options, then press Restart > OK to shut down the device. Start your device as usual, and Safe Mode should be disabled.
To turn off the Voice Assistant, go to Settings > Accessibility > Screen reader and toggle off Voice Assistant. Tap OK to confirm.
From the Home screen, tap Apps > Settings. Find System, then tap Language and input. Under Keyboards and input methods, tap Samsung keyboard. Under Smart Typing, tap Predictive text, then toggle off Predictive text.
From the Home screen, tap Apps > Settings. Find System, then tap Language and input. Select the keyboard you’re using, then select Text Correction and toggle on Auto-correction.
From the Home screen, tap Apps > Settings. Find System, then tap Language and input. Select the keyboard you’re using, then select Text Correction and toggle off Auto-correction.
The latest additions to Samsung’s Galaxy Note family, the Galaxy Note10 and Note10+, are packed with features and technologies to help you do more, experience more, and pursue your passions.
While users are already aware of the device’s popular showcase features—from the pro-grade camera with Live Focus video to the edge-to-edge, fully immersive Cinematic Infinity Display—the Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ come with plenty more innovative capabilities than may first meet the eye.
Take a look at this round-up of hidden tips and tricks to help you make the most out of your Galaxy Note10 or Note10+, the Galaxy series’ most powerful smartphones yet.
1. Effortlessly View Photo Collections with Tag
The Galaxy Note10 and Note10+’s pro-grade camera means that you’ll be taking lots of pictures. If you want to show off your photography skills—with, say, a few of your amazing sunset shots—it can be a bit tiresome to scroll through your Gallery to pick them all out. So, try out the Galaxy Note10 and Note10+’s upgraded Tag experience for viewing collections of similar pictures. A new icon, accessible directly from the toolbar when viewing a photo in the Gallery, takes you straight to the Tag feature. Tag also harnesses Samsung-developed optical character recognition technology, which intelligently recommends specific keywords for specific images.
2. Take Screenshots Three Different Ways
The Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ introduced a Screen Recorder to take videos of what’s on your screen—but what about screenshots? With the Galaxy Note10 and Note10+, you have three ways to take a picture of what’s on your screen. First, you can quickly and simultaneously press the power and volume down buttons. Second, you can swipe the side of your hand from left to right on the display. Third, you can use the S Pen. Take out the S Pen and tap on Smart Select. Then, choose from a square, rectangle, circle, free-drawing tool, or even a GIF tool, to select your screenshot. Or, tap the Square/Pin icon to take a screenshot and have that image automatically pinned to your display.
3. Make the Most out of the Always On Display
A great phone doesn’t just help you get things done; it helps you express your personality. We use the camera to tell our stories and we use the phone’s color to match our style choice—shouldn’t our lock screen also help us express ourselves? Galaxy Note10 and Note10+’s Always On Display not only provides you with time, notification and battery information at a glance, but can also be tailored to your preferred clockface style. Visit Settings > Lock screen > Clock style to check out the options, and select FaceWidgets for even more display customization options.
4. Scan Documents with Ease Using Your Phone Camera
Sometimes, we need to scan a document in high-quality, but there’s just no scanner to be found. With your Galaxy Note10 and Note10+, this common problem is a thing of the past. Enable the ‘Document scan’ option in the Camera settings > Scene optimizer menu once the Camera app is open to use your Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ to efficiently send documents.
5. Make the Edge Panel Your Own
Everyone has different contacts they get in touch with the most and different apps they use the most. So that you can easily access your favorites, faster, the Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ come with a customizable edge panel. By dragging the tab on the right-hand side of your Galaxy Note10 and Note10+’s screen, you can access this shortcut tray of useful apps and services. By heading to Settings > Display > Edge screen > Edge panels, you can fully customize the contacts and apps that appear, and set app pairs—apps that you commonly use together, like email and calendar—to launch at the same time.
6. Stay Productive On the Go With One-Handed Mode
The Note series pioneered the large-screen smartphone, and now today, the Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ are known for their immersive, edge-to-edge displays. In fact, at 6.8”, the Galaxy Note10+ offers the Note’s biggest screen ever. But sometimes, situations arise when you only have one hand available to use your phone, and it can be hard to reach something at the top of the screen. To make things more convenient, the Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ offer One-handed mode. Just go to Settings > Advanced features > Motions and gestures > One-handed mode. This feature moves all of your content and information to one area of the screen that you can easily reach with just your thumb, so you can tap and type easily when holding your phone in one hand.
7. Get Intelligent in Order to Save Power
There is nothing more annoying than needing to use your phone at the end of a busy day and seeing that your battery is running low. Even though the Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ come with an all-day, intelligent battery, power users who push their phone to the max might need a little extra help making it back home before they hit 0%. To help keep you powered up, the Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ feature Adaptive Power Saving Mode. Found in the Settings > Device care section, Adaptive Power Saving Mode uses machine learning to monitor and learn about how you use your device and automatically puts your device to Medium power-saving mode if it detects that you are using your phone more than usual.