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Android Reboot Problem & Possible Fixes

Hello! Here we're dealing with one of the most common Android problem a.k.a. Android reboot problem and offer you a few possible fixes.

Even though Android is famous for its reliability and almost flawless operation, from time to time there still appear some problems.

Practically each and every Android device sometimes restarts (even if not asked to do so) and there is nothing wrong with that.

However, if your device restarts very often (a few times a day or so) or in specific situations, it means that something is not quite right and you should see to it. 

You won't believe that but Android auto reboot problem is one of the most common Android problems. 

Unless you are an advanced user who owns an Android developer phone, you will need help! 

How To Best Solve Android Reboot Problem?

To find what causes your phone to restart is a challenge. Fixing it is yet another one. After your many comments and messages, I undertook that challenge and compiled all the info I have to create an all-in-one article describing  the most common Android reboot problems and offering  some reliable solutions.

Let's begin!

Most Often Symptoms Of The Android Phone Reboot Problem

After analyzing several cases, it's clear that the reboot problem with Android devices generally falls into three categories:

  • Your Android device restarts in specific situations, e.g. when you want to access certain features, change something in settings or use a certain app or game.
  • Your device restarts when many apps are running simultaneously.  
  • Your device restarts "on its own" (knows as Android self reboot problem) for no apparent reason even if you aren't using it at the moment.

There Are Actually Two Types of Reboot

Many people become worried when their Android phones reboot but this is not always a reason to worry.

There are actually two types of reboot and only the first one may indicate that there is something wrong with your phone. This is usually one of these two scenarios:

  • The phone restarts completely (all apps are loaded again), which takes up to a few minutes. With this kind of restart, you usually hear the welcome ringtone and see your manufacturer's logo. It's as if you've just turned your phone on.
  • There is also a softer  type of reboot when only Android OS restarts. It usually takes a few seconds and you see a white screen for a few moments and then everything comes back to normal. This is not a complete reboot and this is usually caused by some misbehaving app.

While the second type of reboot is quite common and normal (it happens to all kinds of Android devices including the best ones), the first one may indicate some more serious problem with either hardware or software.

Diagnose Your Phone

It's a good idea to try to diagnose your phone at first. Answering the following questions may help you find the cause of the reboot problem:

Does your device reboot occasionally (once in a few weeks) or on a daily basis?

If it happens once in a few weeks, there is no reason to worry. If it happens several times during a day or in specific situations, there is some more serious problems.

Is it full (complete) reboot?

Full reboots may indicate some hardware issues, i.e. CPU overheating. It may also indicate a problem with the Android version (which may be outdated).

That's why, first off you should check if there are updates available for your phone and if there are, install them. To check updates for your phone go to Settings > About > Software Updates.

Is your device hot during or after the reboot?

This is a very important thing. If your Android device is unnaturally hot, the problem may be with CPU which overheats. In this case, it's best to send the device to its manufacturer's service.

How long does it take your device to get back to normal operation?

If it's just a few seconds, there is no reason to worry much. If it's full reboot which takes, for example, 5 minutes, something wrong is certainly going on.

Have you installed any new apps recently?

Sometimes new, unstable or malicious apps may cause our device to misbehave.  You should make sure if it's not some app's fault.

Did the problem occur after e.g. installing new app or applying some changes in settings?

That's a crucial question. In many cases it's because of some infected app a person downloaded from an unknown source and installed it on their device.

Is your device up-to-date?

If there are updates for your phone, you should definitely install them.  Many different problems "miraculously" disappear after the update. Make sure you have the latest Android version for phones installed on your device. 

How many apps are running right now?

Check how many apps are running and how many processes are running in the background. If there are too many of them, the device might restart to clean overloaded RAM. 

You can do that using Android Assistant. In the video below, you can see this how to use this app:

Most Common Solutions

We've talked about symptoms and tried to diagnose our devices. Now it's time to offer some solutions. Most of them solve the Android reboot problem for good.

  • Uninstall malicious app or apps. If you suspect that your device reboots because of some malicious app, you should uninstall that app (and any other suspicious apps, too). To quickly uninstall many apps, use Easy Uninstaller. In the video below, you can see how to use this app:
  • Use some app manager or task killer to free RAM. If you have an older Android phone,  this may be THE solution for you. Android devices sometimes reboot when RAM is full. If you have an older device, it's enough to run a few apps and the phone will reboot. To control it, use Android Assistant (described above) or some Android app killer. In the video below you can see how to use two app killers to quickly and easily kill tasks.
  • Update your Android version. If you have an outdated version, your first move should be to update it. Updating your system usually solves all the problems. In the video below you can see how to check if there are updates available for your device.
  • Restore factory settings. Sometimes we're unable to detect which app or which setting causes our device to misbehave.  If none of the above solutions works, you should restore factory settings.  To restore factory settings go to Settings >Backup & reset > Reset phone.
  • Restart your phone manually. Funny and ridiculous as it may seem, manual restart/reboot actually helped in one case. The phone was overloaded with apps and processes (it hasn't been turned off for weeks). When I manually restarted it, the problem disappeared. In the video below, you can see how to manually reboot your phone.

If none of the above solutions works, you should give your phone to your local phone service center.  This is most likely a hardware problem which you shouldn't try to fix on your own unless you know this stuff.

Did You Solve Your Android Reboot Problem?

Did these tips help? Do you know any other better solutions? What are your experiences? Did you have this problem in your Android device?

This site would be useless without your feedback so let me know your thoughts and leave a comment in the comment box below.


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