What to do when your Samsung Galaxy smartphone is overheating or easily gets extremely warm [Troubleshooting Guide]

Does your Samsung Galaxy smartphone gets extremely warm or overheating? If so, then this content might be able to help you. Read on to learn what causes your Galaxy smartphone to overheat or get extremely warm and what needs to be done to get it back to work the way it should.

There are many reasons as to why your device gets warmer quickly than normal. It could be due to a glitch on the system, a hardware fault, or even due to the ambient's temperature. In this post, I have highlighted standard procedures, workarounds, and tips used to address relevant problem with the Samsung Galaxy smartphone, in which the device is overheating or easily gets warm.

Feel free to refer to this post if by any chance you too are experiencing akin trouble with your Samsung Galaxy smartphone including Galaxy A3, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Note 4, 5, as well as Galaxy S5, S6, and other high-tiered Galaxy S variants.

Manufacturer's warnings

Samsung strongly suggests users to stop using the device if it is getting too hot to hold or keep in contact with your skin. Users are also advised to never try to charge or use the device in this state. Handling of damaged or leaked battery must also be avoided as it poses some health threats.

Possible causes

Mobile devices like the Samsung Galaxy device can get warm with long and heavy use. This can mostly be perceived when playing games, streaming music or videos, using mobile hotspot or tethering, or simultaneous running of several applications. Exposing your device to extreme heat can also result to the device becoming warm. This includes leaving it inside the car or placing it in direct sunlight. Another instance when your device can get warmer is when charging. The same thing could happen if the device has poor signal strength as it would need to work harder in order to obtain a better connection.

Recommended General Workarounds

The recommended workarounds are based on what has possibly triggered your phone to get warmer or extremely hot.
  • If the device gets warmer due to heavy apps usage or multitasking, then you may close some apps that are no longer in use or use an app one at a time. Also allow your phone to rest for a little while.
  • If the underlying cause is the ambience, then place your device in a room temperature and let it stay in there for a few hours or until it cools down. By then, your device should be functioning properly again.
  • Try to remove any cases or pouches especially third-party accessories from the phone. Also when charging, try to place your device on a hard surface to allow proper ventilation while charging. It's normal for the phone to become warm when charging though. But just in case, it already becomes unbearable, you'll know what to do.
  • Meanwhile, if your phone is not getting a good network connection, you can reboot your device first and see what happens afterward. If it's still receiving poor signal strength, contact your service provider for other available options on how to improve your signal strength.

Helpful Tips and Troubleshooting Methods

The following methods will help you determine what has caused your Samsung Galaxy device to become extremely warm. Read on to learn how to deal with this issue.

1. Verify and ensure the charging cable/adapter you are using is a Samsung OEM and not third-party accessories. There is a higher chance that a device can get warmer while charging when using third-party charging accessories due to hardware structure incompatibility.

2. Ensure there is no damage to the charger, USB cable, and the device itself. Here a quick guideline on how to spot any possible physical or liquid damage on your Samsung Galaxy handset:
  • Check the USB connection for bent pins and corrosion.
  • Check the LD or Liquid Damage Indicator to determine if the device has experienced liquid damage. The LDI is usually located in the SIM card tray slot. You will know if the device has no damage if the LDI shows solid white or white with visible pink/purple Xs. However, if the LDI appears solid pink/purple/red, it means the device has been exposed to moisture and is possibly water-damaged.
3. Close or quit any apps running in the background. To do so, tap the Task Manager key and then tap Close All to close all running apps at once or tap an app to close one by one.

If the problem begins after you have installed a third-party application, then you can try running your device in Safe Mode.

All third-party apps are temporarily disabled in Safe Mode, allowing you to isolate whether or not the problem is triggered by a faulty app. If the problem is gone while in Safe Mode, then try to disable or uninstall recently installed apps and see what happens afterward.

Fix Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge "Unfortunately, Gallery has stopped" error

Many Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge owners have encountered the error message "Unfortunately, Gallery has stopped." It is obvious that the gallery app is the one that's crashing, however, the camera and other apps may also cause it to stop working.

Below is a simple procedure you can follow to troubleshooting the "Gallery has stopped" error on your phone.
  1. Boot your S7 Edge in safe mode to see if the error may show up in that state.
  2. Try clearing the cache and the data of the Gallery app.
  3. Clear the cache and data of apps that may be causing the Gallery to crash.
  4. Delete the system cache if the error started after an update.
  5. If all else fails, perform the factory reset to bring the phone back to optimum settings and condition.
Now, let me explain briefly why you need to do these things.

The first thing you have to do is boot your phone in safe mode to see if the error shows up when all third-party apps are disabled because if so, then you are looking at a possible firmware problem. On the other hand, if the error doesn't pop up in safe mode, it means that one or two of your downloaded apps are causing the problem. You need to find it and uninstall it. Start your search from apps you recently installed or those that are connected to the Gallery app like ones that allow you to share photos and open your gallery to choose pictures from.

Clearing the cache and the data of the problematic app is the most basic troubleshooting procedure you can use and it is also very effective provided that the problem is in fact with the app. It resets the app to factory defaults and delete all corrupt caches and data bringing the app back to the state as if it's the first time you open it. It is imperative you do this procedure before proceeding.

As I mentioned earlier, you need to search for apps that might have been the cause of the problem. Once you found them, clear their caches and data. If that won't work, then you have to no other choice but to uninstall them.

In case the error started showing up after an update, it might be the system cache that's causing the problem and in this case, you need to boot your device in recovery mode and wipe the cache partition from there so that the new system will create new ones.

If all of these procedures failed, then you really need to do the master reset. It comes last because it's very inconvenient for some to backup every bit of data that's on their phones. This procedure has a higher probability that the problem will be fixed, otherwise, the firmware may be corrupt and needs to be reinstalled.

I hope that we were able to help you with this problem. If you need more help with your device, don't hesitate to contact us at sebertech@gmail.com and we'll help you fix your problems with your phone.

Thanks for reading!

How to Fix Screen Flickering Problem on iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus

Display issues in mobile devices like screen flickering are mostly tied to a faulty hardware. However, there are also some cases where this screen problem occurs due to some software glitches.

In this post, I have enumerated some highly recommended methods used to deal with screen flickering problems with the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, whether it's due to a hardware damage or software bug.

If the problem is triggered by a software glitch, here are your options:

1. Reboot your iPhone.

If this is the first time you noticed your iPhone screen flickers, then try to reboot your iPhone. Do the same if the problem occurs while using certain applications. After the restart, observe your iPhone and see if the problem persists.

Meanwhile, if you suspect a broken Cydia tweak is causing your iPhone screen to flicker, then you can boot into safe mode by holding the Power and Home button until the screen goes black. Continue with the following steps:
  • Release the Home screen but keep holding down the Power button.
  • When the Apple logo shows up, hold the Volume Up key until you see the springboard. 
  • You will know if your iPhone is already in Safe Mode if the tweaks are no longer found in the settings menu.
  • Now observe your iPhone for a few minutes. If the problem is gone, then most likely it's a faulty app or cydia tweak is causing it. Your next option then is either to disable or remove the broken cydia tweak (most likely the last tweak you've installed) from your device.
To exit Safe Mode, simply restart your iPhone. The tweaks should then be visible in the Settings menu after the restart.

2. Adjust screen brightness.

Other iPhone owners who have encountered the same problem on their phone screen have obtained temporary fix by adjusting screen brightness. To do so, go to Settings-> Display & Brightness-> disable Auto-brightness and drag the Brightness slider down to lower screen brightness.

3. Turn on Reduce Transparency.

Aside from adjusting the iPhone's screen brightness, you can also try to enable or turn on Reduce Transparency feature. This is a display feature available on iPhones running iOS 9 and later versions. To access this option, go to Settings-> General-> Increase contrast, and toggle the switch next to Reduce Transparency to turn the feature on.

4. Check memory status.

Another thing you need to consider is your phone's internal memory. Sometimes, the phone misbehaves when the internal memory storage is getting insufficient to carry out additional processes. Aside from screen flickering, other indications of possible insufficient memory include a frozen or unresponsive screen. If you think your iPhone's memory is almost full, you can delete any unwanted contents such as unused apps, old text messages and media files, and other useless details stored in your device.

5. Hard reset your iPhone.

This must be your last resort if you suspect the problem is caused by a software glitch and none of the aforesaid workarounds is able to fix it. Please note though that performing a hard reset or factory reset will erase all personal information including contacts, and other customizations in your iPhone. That said, be sure to back them up before you start.

If the problem is caused by hardware damage, here are your options:

Screen flickering problem that occurs after the device was dropped or exposed to water is most likely due to a faulty hardware component, particularly those that are attached to the display circuit board. Sadly, your only option in cases like this is to take your iPhone to an authorized Apple technician for hardware check and repair. Unless you are skilled enough to do the hardware fixing and that you are willing to take the risk of adding more damage to your iPhone, then you can go ahead and give it a shot.

You then can start by cleaning up your iPhone screen, trace the damage or loose connections in the internal components, re-attached the cables, or finally, do a screen replacement.

Loose connections within the LCD connectors and Home button can also be the culprit. A user who have encountered screen flickering due to connection issues suggested a gentle push in the center can help.

First thing to do when your Samsung Galaxy S6 Plus suddenly turns off while in use

Performance degradation is inevitable to any mobile devices even the highest-tiered variants like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Plus. Among the common indications is when the device does not function in such a way it should. For example, when it suddenly powers off while being used or not turning on at all. Things like this would likely occur in time. However, if you think this shouldn't be happening to your Galaxy S6 Plus just yet, then you might as well consider looking into some things first.

In this content, you will learn two of the first things you should do when all of a sudden your Samsung Galaxy S6 Plus smartphone powers off while you're using it.

First workaround: Check the battery an ensure it has enough charge to power up your device. 

If your phone suddenly turns off while doing something, there is a higher chance that it ran out of battery power. To make sure this isn't the cause, connect your phone to a charger and then let it charge for some time. Try to turn on your phone while it's connected to a charger and see what happens. If it doesn't turn on, then let it charge a little longer. If it powers on, proceed with the next workaround.

Second workaround: Verify and configure the screen timeout, if necessary.

Your device is designed with a power save feature that turns off the display after a predetermined amount of time.

You can change the amount of time screen timeout duration accordingly with the following steps:

1. Tap Apps from the Home screen.

2. Tap Settings.

3. Navigate to and tap to select Display.

4. From the Display settings menu, scroll to and tap on Screen timeout, indicating how long for the display to turn off when idle or inactive.

5. Tap to select a screen timeout duration. This option will define the duration you prefer for the screen to remain on.

Note: The longer the duration the more battery life will be used. 

This problem can also be triggered by a corrupted program or application on your device. As a matter of fact, a number of cases or instances when the phone suddenly dies occurred while in the midst of using certain apps like playing games, streaming videos or other media files.

In this case, you can boot your phone into safe mode to isolate whether or not the problem is due to a third-party app you're using. If the problem stops while in safe mode, then you can either disable or uninstall the faulty application.

Use your Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge to pay for purchases [Here's how]

Today's smartphones are quipped with various powerful features that would  allow users to get nothing but the best mobile phone experience for the price they pay. In fact, high-end smartphones like the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge can now be used to pay for purchases via mobile payment system. For those who are still new to the Android interface and need further assistance on how to use this feature, here's how to purchase goods with your Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge.

What makes mobile transactions like this possible is the so-called NFC (Near-Field Communication) and Payment feature embedded into the phone. With this feature, you can send information through NFC including payment via mobile payment services.

Note: NFC and payment feature can only be used at businesses that supports mobile payment services.

In order to use this function on your S7 or S7 Edge handset, you need to access the NFC and Payment, enable it (if necessary), and then configure the settings according to your preferences.

Here's how to get started:

A. Configure NFC and Payment feature on your phone

1. Tap Apps from the Home screen.
2. Tap Settings.
3. Locate and tap NFC and Payment.
Note: To configure settings or options, simply tap on them.

B. Enable NFC and Android Beam feature on your phone

1. Tap Apps from the Home screen.
2. Tap Settings.
3. Tap NFC and payment.
4. To enable NFC, toggle the ON/OFF switch. It needs to be set to ON.
5. To enable Android Beam, tap Android Beam and then toggle the ON/OFF switch to set it to ON.

After enabling the aforesaid features, you may now start using your phone to tap and pay. In this case, you have to install a payment app like Samsung Pay on your phone. Yes, a payment app must be set up on your phone first for you to use it with Tap and Pay. Once you got that app installed, you're all set to use your phone to purchase items. To do so, simply tap it to an item at the point-of-purchase.

Here's how it works:

1. Tap on Apps from the Home screen.
2. Tap Settings.
3. Tap NFC and payment.
4. Scroll to and tap on Tap and Pay option.
You will then see tap and pay payment apps you've installed.

Important note: Available options may vary depending on the payment app you have installed and set up on your device.

What to do when your Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge screen does not rotate

Are you having trouble with your new Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge display orientation that doesn't change as it should? While this may not be a big deal, having a screen that does not rotate will also affect the overall functionality of the device, thereby making it not that totally smart. So if you're one of those who are bothered by the same issue, this short content might be able to help you.

Learn how to fix a GS7/GS7 Edge screen that does not rotate with these quick workarounds:

If your phone's screen doesn't rotate, ensure the screen rotation feature is enabled on your device. To check, follow these steps:

1. Open the Quick Settings menu by swiping down from the top of the screen.

2. Locate the Auto Rotate icon. 

  • If the screen rotations icon is showing two rotating arrows, then it means it's enabled. But if the icon shows with a lock, that means the feature is disabled and therefore needs to be turned on to enable screen rotation function as well.
  • You may need to scroll left or right to see the Auto rotation icon.
  • If you don't see the Auto rotate option, tap on the Expand icon represented by a dropdown arrow, to show a full list of available options.
  • If the problem just show up while using certain apps, try to close and restart the app, and then reboot your phone as well. 
3. If the problem persists after the reboot, try to check and unlock the portrait setting on your phone. To do so, look for the Portrait Unlock option under the same Quick settings menu, among the list of options displayed when you tap the dropdown (Expand icon) arrow.

Important Notes:

The latest version of Android OS -- Android 6.0 Marshmallow integrates a new feature that allows you to lock the phone screen rotation temporarily. This can be done by keeping a finger on the screen while turning the phone. To allow the screen to rotate, all you need is to release the finger.