What’s worse than a skittish smartphone with a slow browser? A skittish smartphone that keeps randomly rebooting.
When your Galaxy S4 get’s stuck in the twilight zone it’ll do some silly stuff. That’s why I wanted to give you 3 tips to stop your Galaxy S4 from randomly rebooting.
Here’s what you should do:
1 Battery Break-dancing
Remove the battery and spin it like a dradle on a flat hard surface.
That’s right; we’re making your battery break-dance like a 80’s hip-hop dancer.
If it spins then there’s probably a bulge or the battery is swollen. Samsung is cognizant of this issue so just call up your nearest Samsung service center and explain the problem.
Samsung should replace your battery gratis.
But let’s say you don’t have a bumpy battery and your phone chronically restarts itself.
What’s the deal?
2 Update your software
Sometimes updating your apps and system fixes the problem.
There are two places we need to update:
- Google Play
- System Updates
Updating app with Google Play
Tap open the Play Store then when the Google Play app opens, tap the little Play Store shopping bag icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
Your options drawer will slide in the from the left edge of the screen. Touch My Apps.
You can pick specific apps to update; however, I’m lazy so I just tapped Update All.
I actually suggest flipping through the full app list before mindlessly doing what I did because you may spot some apps you no longer want. There’s no point wasting time updating those.
After updating our apps we need to update the system.
Updating the System
Swipe down from the top edge of the screen with your index finger to expose the Notification Center.
Now tap the cog in the upper right corner, choose the More tab with the three dots on far right of the screen then flick down and open About phone.
Tap Software update and knock it out.
Your phone’s operating system is constantly evolving and developers are assiduously plugging vulnerabilities and bugs; thus it behooves you to check for updates periodically.
In addition to fixing your random reboots, updating the system has the fortuitous benefit of protecting you from the latest security threats in the wild.
Usually updating your phone won’t nuke your settings; however, to be sure I would backup your contacts and photos anyway.
You can use Smart Switch from Samsung to get started with that.
3 Use Safe Mode to Delete Apps
It’s possible a third-party app is responsible for your grief.
Try this: boot your Galaxy S4 into Safe Mode.
If the phone doesn’t exhibit the problem in Safe Mode then you know there’s at least one aberrant app debilitating your phone.
Start sifting through your apps and deleting useless apps.
One useful app I use that makes clean a breeze is Clean Master.
This super app cuts through cache, flushes your digital trash and purges programs from flash memory like a champ.
Just tap open the App Manager in the bottom right corner of Clean Master then peruse the list for unwanted apps. You’ll probably find stuff in here that you’ve never heard of and don’t need.
If it says Rarely Used and has a blue check mark with the word “Safe” next to it, you typically won’t break anything if you kill it.
After you get rid of the dross, reboot and use your phone normally and you should be fine.
The Bottom Line
Nothing will cause you to deprecate your Galaxy S4 more than when it stops working and very few things are more infuriating than when it reboots interminably.
But there’s no need to get violent or despondent!
If you do these three things you’ll probably fix the issue:
- Replace the battery
- Update the OS and apps
- Purge extraneous apps
If this helped you please share in the comments!