Is your Samsung Galaxy S4 overheating?

Is your Samsung Galaxy S4 overheating?
A number of reports are coming out from Samsung Galaxy S4 users who are complaining about how hot their new handset is, literally. One user took the temperature of his new Android flagship unit and found it was running at 50 degrees Celsius, which is a positively red hot 122 degrees Fahrenheit. At that temperature, the phone is hard to hold or put against the ear for phone calls.

The units seem to heat up during game play or while browsing the web and more than one person complained of heat coming from the camera. One former Samsung Galaxy S II owner noted the same problem from that model. When he upgraded to the Samsung GALAXY Note II, he ended up with a much faster processor and no overheating issues. Thinking that Sammy had solved the problem, he swapped out the phablet for the Galaxy S4 only to find it overheating in almost every application.

Another Samsung Galaxy S4 owner tracked the temperature on his phone from idle (27 degrees Celsius), to checking email and simple web browsing (35 degrees Celsius) to playing games (40 degrees Celsius). In most cases, the rise in temperature coincided with a quick drop in battery life. One idea mentioned was to put the phone inside a thin case, but that is more to protect your hands from getting burned and is not a practical solution to the problem of the overheating phone.

Other suggestions include disabling GPS and Bluetooth, or possibly dimming the screen. If this is a constant problem that gets unbearable, you can try returning the device for a new unit. While that might be the option of last resort, some Galaxy S4 users that exchanged their phone found the replacement to run just as hot as the old model.

Have any of our readers run into this problem with the Samsung Galaxy S4?

source: XDADevelopersForum, AndroidForum

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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)

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168 Comments

1. jaymulli

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 09, 2013

A warm phone is the most uncomfortable feeling, ive had many phones in that past that warm up and it just feels horrible.

43. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Not a good start for the S4 as there was another article referring to build issues many users on xda are reporting.

59. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

-__- you stupid people. its the touchwiz. it does not know how to control the processor power and it bounces from 1- 100% even when there is no need. plus touch wiz has far too many things running. Install AOKP and let me know if phone every heats up again.

62. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

This was already an known issue in many Asia forum. I am surprised that pa just had this news came out...? It must be an design issue.

139. ari5501

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

yo i have an HTC one and it does the exact same thing. It's not Touchwiz, it's the fact that its such a powerful processor with no fan

97. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

@Mxyzptlk They won't see those articles, they refuse to.

101. mahawa

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

that is the cost for a 7.9 mm thin with a 2600 mah and 4 cortex a15 .

123. Trex95

Posts: 2359; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

- Screen smearing. - Over heating - lag and glitch - Camera lunch delay (Snapdragon version) - White still doesn't as true white even with 1080p Super Amoled. i'm not a hater but there's something wrong about S4 quality

131. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

-Company that puts a 3yr old phone with iOs6 -Remember the iPhone 4? -Makes an iPad Mini with specs that will it slow and laggy by next year. -Remember the Mac Pro? Wait, it's still alive? -Claims a "Retina Display" when the display of other handsets is double? Haters gonna hate. You bash us when about Android and Samsung.. but iOS and Apple is so perfect.

72. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

The unanswered question is: which model of S4 is having this heating problem? Is it the snapdragon 600 or exynos 5 octa or both?

116. skyguy7567

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

I believe both. That's why I don't buy Samsung stuff. Constant overheating but there's no emergency shutdown function. I bet if they install that function it would at least shut your phone down three time a day. My Xperia Z has no such stuff as overheating. It has an auto-shutdown function to prevent discomfort and damage of the phone's parts at 48 degrees C. But it's waterproof, too. So just toss it in nice cool water when it heats up (normally not over 40 degrees) and take it out nice and cool.

136. kobra696

Posts: 3; Member since: May 24, 2013

I own a snapdragon SG4 (this is my second one) and it is heating up. I wish I could upload a picture and show how hot this unit get. 54c in worst case escenarios like games, facebook, web surfing, pandora. That is ridiculous and unacceptable for a phone that cost almost $650 I was so exciting when the SG4 came out but now I am just desappointed.

85. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

/!\/!\/!\/!\/!\/!\/!\/!\/!\/!\/!\/!\/!\/!\/!\/!\/!​\/!\/!\/!\/!\/!\/!\/!\ Beware, the Galaxy S2 used to FRY your microSD car when overheating !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This happened to me two times with a 32gb SD card. Search "samsung galaxy s2 fry microsd" on Google.

149. skyguy7567

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Friend's S3 mini already did that.

102. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

hey sammy give us more heat like a hell burn....oh yes feel good....!! Lol see so much powerfull processor is just for pc, not for phone, why sammy go with octa.

2. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Sounds more like defective first batches like the s3 had.

3. jaymulli

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 09, 2013

Maybe, i would surely want a replacement though.

4. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

The S3 I had did this, bought it 2 weeks after it came out, sent it to Samsung like 6 months after I bought it and they replaced it and I sold the replacement and bought a Nexus 4 and pocketed the rest of the $ long ago.

6. jaymulli

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 09, 2013

Well you got a good deal then in that case

122. Trex95

Posts: 2359; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Smart move.

51. HäckeMáte

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Sounds like the dump I took this morning. Samsung products are poop.

66. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol ytmd

5. torr310

Posts: 1625; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

No, my HTC One isn't.

8. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Wow... good job on trying to start a fan war...

17. torr310

Posts: 1625; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

It's not a war when I am telling the own experience.

19. Martine

Posts: 102; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Actually the HTC one heats up like a hot pan and the whole phone becomes very uncomfortable to hold while, the heat from Galaxy S4 however is around the camera region due to its plastic shell. The complain about

50. Irakli

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

the Samsung s4 is garbage what you expect this is what happens when you use the cheapest parts on earth in a phone. Samsung s4 has everything defect. Samsung fan boys lying and shifting blame on other prefect phones like the HTC one that is the best phone on earth. HTC ONE is not problem Samsung fan boys go f yourself

54. SleepingOz unregistered

How many accounts do you have on here, other than Rayanx10, MariaGabriela and Irakli?

63. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 575; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

It would be normal for the HTC One to heat fast because of the alunimum body design. As to the S4, I can't speak of anything due to lack of experience with the phone. People who does not own the phone should shut the fuxk up. It's not like your comment will contribute anything. Straight bashing just make you sound like a bitxh

111. soona1991

Posts: 5; Member since: May 06, 2013

so Irakli do you have any idea what kind of plastic Samsung uses ?? In s4 poly-carbonate is used which is far more expensive than aluminum.. you simply don't say what you don't know.. i agree SGS 4 doesn't feel as premium as HTC One , but is one's personal choice, moreover plastic has its own benefits

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