If you own the Google Pixel or the Pixel XL and have fallen into the habit of using it for long periods of time, you may have experienced its tendency to overheat. Here we give you a two solutions that should help fix the common malfunctions that can come about when this smartphone has overheated.
If third party apps are the problem
Many third party apps will require significant amounts of power to run. Follow these steps to check if your phone is overheating due to overuse of specific apps:
- Start at the home screen.
- Hold down the Power Button.
- Hold Power Off.
- The Reboot to Safe Mode option should appear.
- Press restart.
- Safe Mode will boot.
If the phone works much better in safe mode, then you know there is a certain app that is causing the issue. You can go through and delete your apps one by one, or try the alternative method below.
Full factory reset
First you should follow this guide to learn how to clear the Pixel and Pixel XL cache. This should be done before starting a reset.
Once that is done, follow this guide to complete a factory reset. Keep in mind that all data and files will be lost, so it’s best to backup all the media and contacts that you want to keep.
- Start with the Pixel or Pixel XL Off.
- Hold the Power Button, Volume Up and Home Button at the same time.
- Let go once the phone starts in Recovery Mode. (Google logo comes on screen, with little blue text at the top).
- Use the volume controls to scroll.
- Press the Power Button on Wipe Cache Partition.
- Find Reboot System Now and press the Power Button to select it.