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Is your Samsung Galaxy S4 overheating?

0. phoneArena posted on 03 May 2013, 15:47

A number of Samsung Galaxy S4 users are complaining that their brand new handset is overheating to temperatures as high as 122 degrees fahrenheit with most of those complaining that the handset is heating up when they are playing games or surging the web; some are suggesting enabling the power saving mode to stop the battery from overheating...

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posted on 04 May 2013, 14:59

100. jacko1977 (Posts: 428; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)

the htc one run benchmark apps or play games for a while then u understand the meaning of overheating

posted on 04 May 2013, 19:12 2

104. sonisoe (Posts: 435; Member since: 06 May 2009)

luckily sammy didnt go with aluminum body ala htc one... you could grill a steak... plastic has its virtue..... lol....

posted on 05 May 2013, 11:25

107. jamesmaudes (Posts: 5; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)

You need a spare battery for your Galaxy S4.
Search on amazon for "Onite 2600mah battery for Samsung Galaxy S4"

posted on 05 May 2013, 11:54 1

108. Becca (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 May 2013)

I'm having problems with my Galaxy S4 too!!! My Battery gets so hot that it's just not possible to hold it against my ears.. And for those saying that this is normal, I have had may phones in the past and NEVER experienced heating issues.. My latest phone was a Htc, and the one before that a Samsung. My Husband has a Galaxy s3, he has never experienced heating either..
The Over Heating is obviously a huge cause for concern, but My Battery is also not going very far, and dispite the fact that I have turned off all of the widgets and things I think could drain the battery quicker, my battery is still only lasting approximately 6 hours of use.. I am sure I could get longer use if I don't use my phone at all, but isn't that the point of having a smart phone? Using it!?!

I found a website with instructions on how to update the software and it claims this would fix the issues, however when I tried doing so, my phone displays a msg telling me I already have the latest os software.

If any one knows of what I could do please let me know.!!!

posted on 06 May 2013, 09:24

115. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)

Samsung=bad. This is very common for Samsung phones. I bet some of you know that the S III got TOASTED during an ad film for overheating. I mean the parts actually became black!

posted on 06 May 2013, 12:48

117. ThePhoneJunkie (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)

Now idk if I should get it or not. Maybe I should just stick with my S II. But then again, a lot of phones have problems. Especially ones that have just come out!

posted on 07 May 2013, 18:43

118. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)

I have the Xperia Z, but so far no problems. The software problem that causes my phone to go dead suddenly like twice a week is fixed. There's no screen problems or any other sort of problem. Sony's phones have a safety measure that shuts your phone down at 50 degrees. Samsung doesn't have that. Plus, Samsung's phones dont have heat insulating materials around its SD card slot. Many people have gotten their SD cards fried (unusable Or even melted its plastic shell) in Samsung devices. Get the Xperia Z. No problems.

posted on 09 May 2013, 10:23

119. mjsreader (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 May 2013)

I work for a wireless provider in the US who shall go nameless. A customer just came in with an S4 that started on fire in his golf bag. Didn't just overheat...it started on FIRE. I've been in this industry for a long time, but I've never seen anything like this. This could be an issue that sets Samsung back on their heels.

posted on 16 May 2013, 13:37

125. antisamsung (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 May 2013)

Girls and boys, give up buying samsung devices
what reason? too many

posted on 18 May 2013, 13:32

126. bigstrudel (Posts: 529; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

Anything that runs on an S4 Quad will be a hot sucker. Same story for the S4 Pro.

posted on 18 May 2013, 14:53

127. poping (unregistered)

after 2 weeks of use, there are two situations where i find my s4 warm up:

1. lots of lte usage (browsing, online games etc...)
2. charging

here are my suggestions:

a. don't use silicon hardcases... silicon don't absorb heat, they reflect the heat back to your device...

b. if you find your device warming up, power off and remove it from the hardcase to let it cool down...

c. if you insist in using silicon hardcases, you must remove the device from the hardcase before charging and turn on wifi to prevent background updates in using lte radio during charging...

i usually turn off lte and switch to wifi when i reach home...

i hope this helps while waiting for samsung's advise...


posted on 18 May 2013, 14:59

128. poping (unregistered)

btw, i'm using the snapdragon version of the s4...


posted on 18 May 2013, 15:16

129. KashAli (Posts: 105; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)

Yes it does when I play games.

posted on 19 May 2013, 14:24

130. darkvadervip (Posts: 365; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

I have a 929 and an iPhone with the only complaint being wp does not have enough apps. My Lil girl has and SG3 because I got tired of the force clear that android does. So to call me a troll shows how stupid you are. Plus why are people using there phones for a long period of time when there are things called tablets and computers to do that

posted on 20 May 2013, 09:05

132. poping (unregistered)


now i understand why s4 heats up... it's because of over usage.. it's new so understandably, people want to use it often, just like me... games, browsing, youtube, music, videos, chat, etc... naturally the device heats up.. and battery drains like hell.... it's an amazing device to use... IT'S AN AWESOME DEVICE TO USE...

now i understand too why htc, sony and nokia don't have the same issues because they never lay their hands on it... why? because these devices are so BORRIIINGGG... !


posted on 25 May 2013, 07:16

144. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)

You call the Xperia Z boring? I say that the GS4 is even more boring. 75% of the features are useless or does stuff wrongly. Smart stay automatically pauses videos every 2 seconds as long as you are looking at the screen. Video plays when you look away. Sony and Nokia aims to provide real useful features and when you use it, it feels secure.

posted on 20 May 2013, 19:58 1

133. harigrg33 (Posts: 181; Member since: 20 May 2013)

I am using samsung galaxy s4 exynos octa and I hav a heating issue too. Whn I play game like dungen hunter for even five min my phone get heated up to 52°c near the camera region and I find it very difficult to keep touching the screen for play coz its too hot.... in my region they are not evn exchanging the device evn after I hav told them abt the heatin problm, they are saying u shud hav told us before a week of ur purchase. Now m stuck with this heating gadget s4 :( I shud have gone for xperia z than buying this plastic heater.......... aaahhh :@

posted on 25 May 2013, 07:11

143. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)

I'm very satisfied with my Xperia Z. Water cooling! But it rarely goes above 44 degrees. The phone will warn you if the temperature goes above 42 degrees.

posted on 22 May 2013, 09:28

134. samsuper (Posts: 33; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)

I don't have over heating problem .If this is true, I am sure Samsung will fix that problem.

posted on 23 May 2013, 09:18

135. stratis (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 May 2013)

I am an old user of s devices from samsung! I ve recently bought the octa core version of the gs4 and i ve noticed that ONLY the upper part of the display tends to warm up when using it for long periods of time especially when playing games(asphalt 7-1080p graphics). I believe it occures from the placement of the processor and not the bad build quality of the device, as i havent acknoledged overheating in any other parts of the device. I hope this isnt a big problem and it wont cause any damage to the device.

posted on 25 May 2013, 07:08

142. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)

Go search online. Galaxys have a problem of heating up and frying the SD card making it unreadable. Two of my friends with S3s already did that. S3 is cheap enough, but the GS4 is even cheaper. Maybe this time the CPU will burn up... I'm all safe with my Xperia Z.

posted on 24 May 2013, 23:04

140. BlueMeBritt (Posts: 11; Member since: 15 May 2013)

Got my Samsung Galaxy Note II updated to Jellybean 4.1.2 and got this overheating issue and faster battery consumption. Help!

posted on 25 May 2013, 07:05

141. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)

Samsung fans brag about the useless features, and scold other phones for lacking those 'advanced' features and better specs. What Samsung really made of are fault and cheap parts and heatwaves from their phones. My xperia Z never heats up bad. It rarely goes up to 45 degrees. And by that I mean after intense 3D gaming. Someone did a drop test of the iPhone 5 and GS4, and the iPhone just dented while the GS4's glass shattered. Standard glass vs gorilla glass 3, and the standard glass won. That pretty explains that even the GLASS is cheap. HTC one is not the best in heat control, especially that is a metal back which the heat really goes into your hand. Glass back is the best. So go for the Xperia Z. Real high-quality hardware and beautiful look with the ability to water-cool the phone. GS4: ugly plastic, cheap stuff and gets really Hot.

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 06:39

145. gaujalauncher (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jun 2013)

i cant post urls but if you type (Samsung s4 burnt out ) in youtube you will see mine. samsung dont care it burnt my hand and was only saved by my dog waking me up

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 14:39

146. sukhijohal (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

I have the same problem of it overheating on the S4. I am also having problems with reception, heep losing signal, but only when using a vodafone chip. Anyone else got similar signal problems?.

posted on 08 Jul 2013, 23:30

147. mlavalls12 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Jul 2013)

My Verizon Galaxy s4 not only overheats(cant put to my ear, too hot)but in solid 4G area's it runs 3 g. I went back to my HTC DNA and much better phone then S4. Very disappointed in S4 bogus....

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 08:21

148. NIC50JM (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Jul 2013)

I have the same problem. My samsung galaxy S4 is only 1 month old. Since day 1, whether I have the GPS on, the phone, or email, it's burning hot after a few minutes. It's impossible to hold it against my face to make phone calls. I get headaches immediately, even if it is in my purse. The head set is not good either, quality of sound is bad, and it doesn't fit right in my ears. I am going back to the store to return it, but if this is a problem you all are having with this device, what are we all supposed to do? Getting new one doesn't solve the problem, does it?

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 14:16

151. LittleBrother (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

i have heard about this and "THERE IS A SALOUTION" !!! Samsung has already come up with the solution, an update for the firmware- the XXUAMDK , XXUBMF5, version. After installing the update, the phone should generate a lot less heat and the red tint should also disappear. Also, the whole phone, specially, the Gallery becomes a bit snappier and also consumes less RAM power than before.
If you’re already logged into your Samsung account and still haven’t installed the Over-The-Air (OTA) update
follow these steps.
At first, check your battery level. More than 80% charge is required.
Follow: Settings > More> About Device > Software Update.
Please note that the XXUBMF5 update is valid only for the Galaxy S4 I9500. but
about the other carriers u should wait cuz it's a new flagship it will recive the update
hope u guys got happy by this !!!
reply me the outcome of this please :)

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 23:39 1

152. harigrg33 (Posts: 181; Member since: 20 May 2013)

MY UPDATE SHOWS UBMG9 update but still my phone is heating like before whilr playing games

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 11:30

153. LittleBrother (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

what is ur carrier ?

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