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The Samsung Galaxy Tab has got the popularity to hundreds of thousands of users, but since most of those purchases are from carriers, there are data plans slapped on – and some of those have contracts (like the Sprint version).To tack on a data package you have to bypass the activation screen so you can use your device with Wi-Fi only.

Here’s the code: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A. Just kidding.

To get on with your life and right past activation on your fancy new Android tablet, follow these instructions:

1. Press “Volume Up” once.
2. Press “Volume Down” twice.
3. Press “Volume Up” three times.
4. Press “Volume Down” four times.
5. Enjoy!

That’s all.


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  On November 29, 2010(3 years, 4 months ago.)
  • guest 7

    Doesn’t work on Sprint version – am thinking my tab will be going back to store for refund. Emails to Sprit so far have been unproductive and I refuse to buy their data plan. VERY disappointed as I had chosen this over the iPad. Big mistake on my part. .

  • Dred

    Here is the way to set Sprint Galaxy Tab to wi-fi only. This works with both rooted and unrooted tabs but rooted is way better because of titanium backup. Batch backup everything with titanium backup. Then go to SETTINGS/PRIVACY and erase all data. Follow all prompts and reset device. When device resets and comes to first screen about keyboard, skip this step and when you get to Sprint and Wi-Fi : Wi-Fi only set to Wi-Fi only!!! (Very Important Step). Continue through setup of phone if desired. If you use titanium backup, (Important Step) restore missing apps and data but NOT ANY SYSTEM DATA!!! Reconfigure apps and good to go. Remember, Pick Wi-Fi only and NOT Wi-Fi and 3g.. Also remember if using titanium backup to NOT RESTORE ANY SYSTEM DATA, only missing apps and data. Tested and works great.I use Mobile Hotspot from Evo to power Galaxy Tab and $30 dollars for Hotspot unlimited on 4G AND 3G makes capped 3G on Tab useless. I hope this helps…

  • Mateowashere

    Works great on my samsung galaxy s tab. Sprint :)

  • Mateowashere

    Works great on my samsung galaxy s tab. Sprint :)

  • Sean OSullivan

    worked for me on verizon. great! nice trick, as I got stuck internationally and had to change the e-mail on my device, so I thought I’d totally bricked the phone until I called the Verizon guys, who told me this.

    also, evidently to re-activate, when I get back to the States, I just have to go into applications / settings/ wireless & networks / roaming capability update to re-activate…

  • Derpity doo

    Therewas no keyboard option or anything of the sort…i wasted so much time.. im just going to try and frreeze the sprint thingy…thanks anyway

  • Raidmtl

    Works Great Thanks !!!!!

  • Mustarjo55

    Can we activate verizon galaxy tab with a different carrier from outside US?.please someone help?.tq

  • techphonesonly

    go to you can get your unlock code there

  • Rayzan10

    That was easy, thanks.

  • Ivanmm0

    Not work it is keeping to complete the activation with spring.

  • Rbs-freitas

    That was excellent. I almost give up of it. But I got it to skip Verizon’s activation page for using just wi-fi. The moment for pressing the volume butom I did was before select the language for activation and then I skipped the page. Great. Thanks a lot. 

  • Chorlandaallen

    I got us cellular n I can’t work it still how do I get to WiFi only

  • Rebjoy

    OMG Thank you for the activation instructions!!!!

  • Jonathanchan

    Wonderful, we love you so much !

  • Gp

    Thanks so much!!!

  • Portillovip

    Dud you rock!!

  • stormrider2

    When do you do that Up Down trick exactly?!  I have a Samsung 10.1″ with Verizon but the seller kept the Sim card so I had to order a blank one from fleabay for $6… Will it work after inserting in a blank Sim card?  I don’t want to use Verizon!

  • harleydude

    AWESOME!!!  Thanks, man!  I just got this thing and I have Verizon, but didn’t want to activate yet.

  • Diego_sb95

    hey men i bought the epic 4g but im in mexico so i cant activate the 3g data service, how i can activate de 3g on mexico.

  • Anonymous

    How to use my sprint Transform on an att service.   anyone know?

  • Anonymous

    Can I use my sprint transform on att service

  • Tripletlandscape

    How can i use my bell sim card from my old 7 inch samsung galaxy tablet to my now brand new 10.1?

  • Ramihertz

    thanks! it works great. btw i have a sch-500

  • Ramihertz

    i menat sch-i5000

  • Cellebor

    Hai guys, I have problem with my galaxy tab, i can’t active data enable. The setting always deactive.. can all of you help me, thank’s

  • Kathy

    I am only using the wireless now  Can i do something so I do not have to bypass the activation every time I turn it off and on 

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