The Samsung Galaxy Tab Android Pie update is rolling out which means it’s time to start preparing for its arrival. If you spend a little time preparing for Pie you should be able to avoid major problems with the new software.
After a long wait, Samsung’s version of Android Pie is finally rolling out to the company’s tablet line. The update is starting with the Galaxy Tab S4 though it will expand to other devices like the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 in the months ahead.
The Galaxy Tab S4 Android Pie update is rolling out in Europe and the United States. The upgrade is hitting the Wi-Fi only model and the LTE-powered model on Verizon in the U.S.
While you might be tempted to install Android Pie the second it arrives for your Galaxy Tab, there are some steps you’ll want to take before you make the transition from Android Oreo to Android Pie.
The Galaxy Tab Android Pie update is a huge update with many changes including the company’s new One UI. It’s an exciting release and it could transform the way you use your tablet. It could also fix bugs and performance issues you’re seeing on Android Oreo.
Of course, there’s also a chance you run into problems. Samsung tested the software behind the scenes, but Android Pie isn’t perfect. Some of you might encounter bugs and performance issues including weird battery drain, issues with apps, Wi-Fi problems, and so on.
There’s no way to predict how Android Pie will run on your tablet so you’ll want to be as prepared as possible. We recommend spending 30 minutes or so preparing yourself, and your device, for the move. A little prep work will go a long way toward preventing problems.
In this guide we’ll walk you through the steps we typically take before we install new Android software on our Galaxy devices.
Check Your Backups
If you don't have a ton of time to devote to the pre-installation process, just be sure your data is backed up before you make the move to Android Pie.
Data loss issues are rare, but there's always a chance something gets messed up during the device's transition from Oreo to Pie. So if you store sensitive data on your tablet (game saves, priceless photos and videos, etc), it's important to make sure all of that is safe before tapping download.
There are a few ways to ensure your data is being stored properly. One way is via Samsung's Smart Switch application.
Smart Switch backs up all of your SMS messages, settings, home screen settings, call logs, applications, photos, videos, and documents. This could take time if you've got a lot of files.
You can also use Samsung Cloud to manually, or automatically, backup the files you've stored on your Galaxy Tab.
You can find Samsung Cloud in your device's settings. If you haven't signed up for a Samsung account you'll need to create one in order to use this solution.
You can also find apps on the Google Play Store. Super Backup & Restore is still one of our favorites, but there are a bunch of options.
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