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Google Pixel 2/2 XL – Device Keeps Restarting – What to Do?

Posted by Arch on January 10, 2019

Continuous restarts are more than frustrating. You might immediately think there’s something seriously wrong with your Google Pixel 2/2 XL, but there’s no need to panic.

The reason for restart loops often lies in some software issues. The usual culprits include untimely updates, accumulated cache, and many other common issues. In some cases, you might need to do a hard reset and wipe your phone clean to get things in order.

The following write-up gives you some tips and trick that can help.

Troubleshooting the Problem

Besides the lack of proper updates, insufficient storage is also one of the reasons for the frustrating restarts. Here you’ll find out how to troubleshoot and fix both the updates and storage.

Update Android

Updating is a simple process and you shouldn’t ignore if you want to ensure that your Google Pixel 2/2 XL runs smoothly.

1. Go into Settings

Tap the Settings app and swipe to the bottom, then select System.

2. Hit Advanced

Choose System Update under the Advanced menu.

Note: You might need to tap About Phone before you reach the System Update option.

 

3. Check for Updates

The System Update menu shows the available updates. Tap on them to proceed and follow the onscreen instructions.

Update Your Apps

There is a possibility for some apps to go rogue and cause your phone to restart. That’s why you need to keep them updated.

1. Launch Play Store

Tap on the hamburger icon to access the app’s menu.

2. Select My Apps & Games

The apps that need updating have an Update label. Usually, more than one app needs an update so hit Update all.

Check Your Storage

If there is less than 10% of free storage, your Google Pixel 2/2 XL cannot run properly and might end up continuously restarting. Here’s how to check your storage:

1. Tap the Settings App

Swipe to the Storage menu and check the amount of free storage left.

2. Select Free up Space

This option lets you choose the things to delete to get some extra megabytes.

3. Delete Some Items

Tick the box next to the item you want to delete and hit Free Up Space.

Note: The Free Up Space menu might not list any items. If that happens, you can choose the Review Recent Items option and make your selections there.

Force Restart Your Phone

A simple restart is known to fix the issue on some occasions. You can also do a restart after the steps listed above to free up some cache and get rid of minor software glitches.

1. Press Power

Hold the button for a few seconds, then tap on Power Off on the screen.

2. Wait for a Few Seconds

Press Power again and reboot your Google Pixel 2/2 XL.

Note: Your phone might get stuck on a bootloop. It means that the phone freezes after too many restarts. If this happens, keep holding Power for up to 20 seconds to initiate the power cycle.

The Final Restart

These quick fixes are very easy even if you are not a tech-savvy user. Some more advanced tricks may include booting into safe mode to diagnose apps or wiping a cache partition in the recovery mode. It’s not rocket science, though, so don’t be afraid to try them out.

Have you tried some of these methods to stop your phone from continuously restarting? Share your experiences in the comments below.

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