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My Samsung Galaxy S6 is overheating. What should I do?

Ever noticed how gaming PC have some serious cooling systems? Well, they’re actually very necessary, otherwise, they would get really hot, due to the intense tasks they have to deal with. Something similar can happen to a Samsung Galaxy S6, for example. If you’re trying some of the latest games or browse or watch videos for hours, the phone will either remain frozen or the CPU will get hot and you will eventually start feeling this.

If your Samsung Galaxy S6 is overheating, it’s highly recommended to stop using it for a while and stop all background processes, since there’s a risk of damaging it. But what if this happens very often, even though if you’re not using it so intensely?

Well, first of all, you should not panic and think about buying a new phone. There’s still hope for your S6! Below you will find a series of steps you can follow, in order to fix your phone’s overheating problems.

What causes a Samsung Galaxy S6 to overheat?

The Galaxy S6 has a special architecture which should allow good cooling, no matter what activities you’re using it for. However, there are some issues causing it to overheat sometimes, like malware, viruses, bad apps or some software glitches.

Therefore, let’s see what can you do to lower that temperature a bit.

Let it cool down for a while

This is actually one of the first things you should do. Maybe your Samsung Galaxy S6 is overheating because you’re using it for some time and it doesn’t have any problems at all.

Leave it for about 10 minutes or even more, away from a source of heat, and see if it gets hot again, after performing some basic tasks. If it does, it means that there’s something wrong with it and you should proceed to the next step.

Restart the phone

There are a lot of situations in which a simple restart can solve a lot of problems. Simply switch off the phone, wait for a few minutes and then turn it back on. It is very possible that this small restart might fix its overheating issue.

If it doesn’t, try the next thing.

Start the phone in Safe Mode

First of all, you must eliminate the possibility of an app causing your Samsung Galaxy S6 to be more than just warm. Therefore, booting it in Safe Mode, which eliminates all the third party apps you installed, should offer an answer to this.

Just follow these steps:

  • Turn off the phone
  • Press and hold the Power Button until the Samsung logo shows on the screen
  • Release the Power Button, then quickly press the Volume Down key and hold it for a few seconds
  • Wait until the phone finishes booting and look for Safe Mode written in the lower left corner of the display

Now that safe mode is on, use a phone for a while and see if it keeps getting hot. If it doesn’t, it’s obviously an app you’ve installed causing this, so go on and uninstall it. Start with anything that looks suspicious, in chronological order, and see if the issue persists after doing this.

On the other side, if your Samsung Galaxy S6 is overheating after just a few minutes, things could be more complicated, so continue to the next step.

Clean the phone’s cache

Still having to deal with a hot phone – and not in a good way – after removing the presumed faulty apps? In this case, maybe cleaning the phone’s cache can get you rid of the problems.

Specifically, we’re talking about the temporary files stored in the phone’s memory by apps, as well as the operating system, for a better functioning of your phone. Deleting them won’t affect your personal files and data in any way, but can help solve some problems, on the other side. In this case, your phone’s heating problems.

In order to do this, just follow these steps:

  • Turn off the phone
  • Press and hold the Power Button, Volume Up key and Home button, at the same time. Keep them pressed until you see the Samsung logo, as well as Recovery test written at the top of the display, in blue
  • Using the Volume Up and Volume Down keys, navigate through the menu and select the Wipe Cache Partition option
  • Confirm your selection using the Power Button
  • Wait for a few minutes, until the cache memory is wiped
  • After it’s done, the same menu will be displayed. Using the volume rocker, select Reboot System
  • Confirm the selection using the Power Button
  • Wait until the phone will restart in normal mode

See if your Samsung Galaxy S6 is overheating after using it as usual for a while.

If it still doesn’t work, there’s one last thing you can do.

Perform a hard reset on the phone

This will delete all the user data on your handset, so before doing it, make a backup of everything you have on it, in order to eventually restore it or keep just the files you need. After you’re done, follow the next steps:

  • Turn off the phone
  • If you have a microSD card in the phone, remove it
  • Press the Power Button and the Volume Up key at the same time, until you see the start-up logo on the display
  • Once you see the logo, release both buttons and allow the phone to enter System Recovery Mode
  • Using the volume keys, navigate through the menu until you select the Wipe data/Factory reset option
  • Confirm your selection using the Power button
  • You will be taken to a new screen, where you need to select Yes – delete all user data, using the volume keys
  • Confirm your selection using the Power button
  • Give the phone some time to complete the hard reset
  • Insert the microSD card back in your phone

Use your phone as usual now and see if it’s overheating after a few minutes or the problem is gone forever.

If none of these work and your Samsung Galaxy S6 is overheating like before, it’s highly recommended to take it to a service or, eventually, return it, if it’s covered by warranty. Let’s not exclude the scenario in which the phone has a factory problem, as this happened in the past, with various brands.

Remember, a phone that gets hotter than usual can actually be very dangerous. We all know what happened with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and its problematic battery.

Let us know, using the comments section, which one of these solutions worked for your Galaxy S6!

1 Comment

  • My S6 was working fine until I heard the strange grinding noise that I guess can happen in camera mode. Then my phone became very hot very fast. I took it out of the case and turned the power off. Once I turned it back on I noticed that almost immediately the top right side of the phone near the power button was becoming increasingly hot again. Within seconds! I reset it once again. Then I went into Settings and tried to optimize the battery but a few seconds later the phone was heating up again. I searched for some solutions and I found this page (super thorough and easy to follow, by the way. Thank you!) but every time I reset my phone, the right side would become alarmingly hot within seconds again! I’m on the last step- the hard reset but I’m very hesitant to do it. Honestly I can only use my phone for maybe 30 seconds before it feels like it’s burning . Any advice??

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