Enabling Android Market on the Samsung Galaxy Tab

Android Market IconWhen a Samsung rep sent me a message to inform me about the shipment status of the Galaxy Tab they sent to me as one of the Galaxy Tab Ambassadors here in the Middle East, I was ecstatic to get my hands on it and play some games! Knowing that the Galaxy Tab is an Android device, I expected to see the Android Market in it as I have been able to use that app to download games and stuff from my cousin’s new Sony Ericsson Xperia X10i purchased here in Saudi Arabia. Alas, I was saddened by the fact that the Market was nowhere to be found! I did some research and found out that the UAE has banned the Market in their area (Reason? I don’t know) and since my Galaxy Tab came from the UAE I was terribly affected. Being the persistent guy that I am, I set foot for a quest to find an answer which I’ll share with you after you read the little warning below first.

Warning! 警告!
Performing the steps below will permanently reset your device to the default settings and you will lose your apps, contacts, messages and stuff. If you have anything important in your device please perform a backup first. I can’t be held responsible for any data loss that might result by following my instructions.

If you’re comfortable with the idea or if you think you’re not going to be affected by that warning then let’s proceed with the steps to unlocking your device’s potential!

The steps below were tested on a Samsung Galaxy Tab model GT-P1000. I cannot guarantee that it will work with other Galaxy Tab models as I only have this one in hand. The steps below could also work with other Android phones but I cannot guarantee it at the moment. I’ll just update this post once I get the chance to confirm it.

  1. First get your device’s IMEI number. It’s at the back below the barcode in the Galaxy Tab. Other devices will usually have it under the battery. I know it’s rather long but you’ll have to write it down since you’ll need it in the next step.
  2. Turn on your device (if it’s switched off) and open the dialer. Tap in the following code but substitute the IMEI_NUMBER with the IMEI number that you wrote a while ago:*#272*IMEI_NUMBER#
  3. A menu will popup by the time you finish entering the code. Select XSG. The device would restart to do the changes (including the “reset to defaults” I mentioned above). After the reboot look into the application menu and you should find the Android Market app right there.
  4. Enjoy!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. On the other hand, if you tried this on another device besides the Galaxy Tab please let me know if it worked.

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4 thoughts on “Enabling Android Market on the Samsung Galaxy Tab

  1. thank you so much for your great help. i was getting depressed over this but your solution works wonderfully
    chapeau
    shaza

  2. Dear Sir,

    Please I would like to share my experience with you and any other who would like to use; I got my galaxy tab here in Egypt 2 weeks ago to find the same problem, I used the above method to change the purchase code to every possible country available in the menu.

    The result was that the market was available, but there was a side effect noticed which is that the 3G availability was lost in each and every time i choose any other code.

    This was fixed by returning back to the original purchase code; please if you have any solution to this issue contact me.

    Thank you,
    and Best Regards

    • Hi Mahmoud,

      I haven’t experienced such problems on my Galaxy Tab after changing the code. I also helped my friend do the same on her Galaxy Tab and it worked properly. I am unsure about the possible cause of the problem but, based on my understanding, these codes shouldn’t have any effect on the signals that a device can receive. I could be wrong though.

      At the moment I really don’t have a solution to your problem but I’ll try to look into it and inform you if I find anything.

      Anyway, thanks for reading my blog post.

      Best regards.

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