Troubleshooting Guide: My Android Phone is Restarting Continuously

Having issues with your phone is never fun, especially since we rely on them for everything from communication to entertainment. A particularly worrisome problem is when your phone is restarting continuously. If this is something that happens infrequently, it points towards a temporary problem. However, if your Android phone keeps restarting multiple times during use, it reflects a much more serious problem. In this article, we will help narrow down the reasons for your phone restarting continuously and suggest fixes.

1.      Your Phone Overheated

Sometimes, your Android phone keeps restarting because it is too hot. Most Android phones automatically turn off and reboot when they overheat. Overheating can happen in many situations. These include using too many apps and features like the internet and GPS at the same time with the screen on the brightest setting. Maybe you want to play a resource-heavy game, and the phone just isn’t powerful enough for that.

Solutions

  • Turn off unnecessary background apps from the settings.
  • Use the “lite” version of an app if available. You can find the lite versions for popular apps like Facebook, Messenger, Uber, and Twitter.
  • Close any apps you are not using – don’t leave them to run in the background.
  • Contact technical support if you still face a problem with your phone restarting continuously.
  • Consider replacing your phone with another with greater processing power, especially if you regularly use heavy-duty apps.

2.      Software Corruption

It’s not very common, but sometimes a corrupted software package messes with your phone, which results in the phone restarting continuously. Using a custom ROM for your Android could results in other phone problems as well, unless you know what you are doing – you don’t want your phone to get bricked!

Solutions

  • Installing a custom ROM? Ensure its compatibility with your phone, and download it from a reputable source.
  • Didn’t install anything out of the ordinary and still use the stock firmware? Consider performing a factory reset. This erases all data from your phone. Depending upon your phone and the Android version, you can find this option tucked away in the settings, in “Backup & reset” under “Personal data”. Back up your data to an SD card before any kind of reset!

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3.      App Issues

When an Android phone keeps restarting, a possible culprit is a defective app. Always install apps from trusted developers, especially when it comes to handling sensitive data like contacts and messaging.

Solutions

  • Uninstall unnecessary apps, especially if they run in the background like customization apps. Aesthetics matter, but you probably don’t need your phone wallpaper to change every few minutes.
  • Turn off background apps. You can do this from Settings > Intelligent power saving – the location of the background apps list may vary for your Android phone. In the list, toggle of or uncheck an app to prevent it from running in the background.
  • Update your apps! In case you avoid updating because of space issues, try to only update the apps you use daily. Visit the Google Play Store and visit “My apps and games”, where you can selectively update your apps.

4.      Button Issues

It’s worth taking a look at your phone’s power button. Is it jammed, or worn out? Does your phone have an ill-fitting protective cover that presses it down? Your phone restarting continuously might have happened due to one of these things.

Solutions

  • If your phone’s protective cover doesn’t fit and causes the physical buttons to press down you can replace it.
  • Give your phone a cursory wipe now and then, particularly if it gets messy a lot. Take off its protective cover and clean it from the inside as well.
  • Repair your phone’s ON/OFF button in case it is worn out or damaged.

Related: 20 Interesting Facts About Android You Didn’t Know

5.      Hardware Problems

Your phone can have hardware issues causing the phone to restart continuously.

Solutions

  • If your phone has a removable battery, check if it is seated properly. Sometimes, a dropped phone ends up with a loose-fitting battery and you can simply re-adjust it.
  • Check if the gold-colored battery connectors are in good shape, on both the phone and the battery itself. They can bend or wear out like any other hardware.

Ultimately, if it looks like your phone has neither software nor hardware issues and the cause of your Android phone restarting is a mystery, don’t sweat it. Sometimes, you just end up with a defective unit. In this case, get your phone checked by a tech support person, and contact the manufacturer or retailer.

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Muhammad Junaid Khalid: Welcome to the Galaxy of Technology related tips and troubleshooting guides, I am Junaid, an Engineer by profession and a blogger by passion, founder at HowToGalaxy. Here at HowToGalaxy, I usually write about Android, iOS, and Windows 10 related troubleshooting guides and tricks. In the near future, you will see much more information on HowToGalaxy as my aim is to make this blog a galaxy of authentic and useful information.
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