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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(5 years, 5 months ago.)

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  1. guest 7 Says:

    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. .

    Posted on December 6th, 2010 at 4:31 PM

  2. Dred Says:

    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…

    Posted on December 27th, 2010 at 6:27 AM

  3. Mateowashere Says:

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

    Posted on January 1st, 2011 at 8:48 AM

  4. Mateowashere Says:

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

    Posted on January 1st, 2011 at 8:48 AM

  5. Sean OSullivan Says:

    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…

    Posted on January 4th, 2011 at 10:36 PM

  6. Derpity doo Says:

    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

    Posted on January 30th, 2011 at 4:21 AM

  7. Raidmtl Says:

    Works Great Thanks !!!!!

    Posted on February 18th, 2011 at 5:51 AM

  8. Mustarjo55 Says:

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

    Posted on March 13th, 2011 at 2:28 PM

  9. techphonesonly Says:

    go to you can get your unlock code there

    Posted on March 29th, 2011 at 3:29 PM

  10. Rayzan10 Says:

    That was easy, thanks.

    Posted on April 5th, 2011 at 9:42 PM

  11. Ivanmm0 Says:

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

    Posted on April 7th, 2011 at 3:43 PM

  12. Rbs-freitas Says:

    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. 

    Posted on May 16th, 2011 at 2:53 AM

  13. Chorlandaallen Says:

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

    Posted on May 24th, 2011 at 12:18 AM

  14. Rebjoy Says:

    OMG Thank you for the activation instructions!!!!

    Posted on June 16th, 2011 at 1:37 AM

  15. Jonathanchan Says:

    Wonderful, we love you so much !

    Posted on June 28th, 2011 at 3:43 AM

  16. Gp Says:

    Thanks so much!!!

    Posted on July 24th, 2011 at 8:06 AM

  17. Portillovip Says:

    Dud you rock!!

    Posted on August 31st, 2011 at 10:42 PM

  18. stormrider2 Says:

    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!

    Posted on October 11th, 2011 at 9:20 AM

  19. harleydude Says:

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

    Posted on November 8th, 2011 at 8:17 AM

  20. Diego_sb95 Says:

    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.

    Posted on November 8th, 2011 at 11:03 AM

  21. Anonymous Says:

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

    Posted on November 10th, 2011 at 12:21 AM

  22. Anonymous Says:

    Can I use my sprint transform on att service

    Posted on November 10th, 2011 at 12:21 AM

  23. Tripletlandscape Says:

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

    Posted on December 12th, 2011 at 10:11 PM

  24. Ramihertz Says:

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

    Posted on December 20th, 2011 at 10:57 PM

  25. Ramihertz Says:

    i menat sch-i5000

    Posted on December 20th, 2011 at 10:58 PM

  26. Cellebor Says:

    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

    Posted on January 22nd, 2012 at 10:59 PM

  27. Kathy Says:

    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 

    Posted on March 21st, 2012 at 8:53 PM

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