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How To Restart a Frozen Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8 is the upcoming flagship android smartphone from Samsung. The Galaxy S8 comes with a non-removable 3000 mAh battery with fast charging technology. The battery is non-removable which means that if the phone is frozen or hangs occasionally then there is no way to reset the phone. The phone may hang during a software update. The battery of Galaxy S8 and S8+ is now safe and doesn't explode or burn. The phone also supports reverse charging support with USB type-C 3.1 connector.

Well it isn't so, as the Galaxy S8 / S8 Plus comes with a safety feature as when the phone freezes and becomes unresponsive then it restarts automatically within few seconds. This feature can be found in almost every Samsung Mobile or tablet having a non-removable battery. This automatic reboot is present to save your phone's battery and from unwanted hardware damage.

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However some situations may arise in which you will find that the phone is completely frozen and the touchscreen becomes unresponsive and the Galaxy S8 isn't restarting itself besides having the safety feature. Then in this situation manual override comes in to play in which you will restart the Galaxy S8 on your own, however this is not Hard Reset which is done only when the phone doesn't perform well even after restart and fixing everything.

How to Restart A Frozen Galaxy S8 / Galaxy S8+ Plus

  • If your Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+ Plus is frozen and the touchscreen becomes unresponsive then wait for few seconds at least 40-50 seconds to see whether automatic restart is initiated or not.
  • If your frozen Galaxy S8 doesn't restart within few seconds then its time that you have to do the manual override.
  • Just press and hold the "Power Button" and "Volume Down" button simultaneously (at the same time) for more than 7 seconds to restart your Galaxy S8.
  • After restarting, the phone will boot to home screen thereby fixing the frozen Galaxy S8.
Read restart a frozen Galaxy Note 8.

How To Hard Reset Your Galaxy S8 / Galaxy S8 Plus

You should be aware that Hard Reset is only done to reset the phone to factory settings and is only done to reverse any software problems, cache problems, full storage problems and partition problems. Also be aware that in a Hard Reset the entire data stored on your Galaxy S8 will be wiped out and you can't recover anything from your phone's internal storage later. So its a wise decision to always have a backup of your data stored on your phone. To hard reset your Galaxy S8 / S8 Plus follow the steps below.

Warning: Doing a Hard-Reset will initiate factory reset protection on your phone. After this you can't use your phone for a whole day or 24 hours. Make sure that you should only perform hard reset after removing all the Google accounts from the phone. Read more about Google's 24-hour lockout. To be on a safe side go to 'Settings>Backup & reset>Factory data Reset' if you don't want to initiate FRP.

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  • Turn off the cell phone. 
  • Press and hold "Bixby" button, and "Volume Up" button first followed by the "Power" button simultaneously for few seconds until you see the splash screen.
  • When you see the splash screen, release the "Power" button while keeping the "Bixby" and "Volume Up" button pressed.
  • Release the buttons when you a blue screen with android logo.
  • Now your phone will search for any updates or commands. If no updates or commands are found the Galaxy S8 will automatically enter the recovery mode.
  • Use volume up/down to navigate and press power button to select the option.
  • After a factory reset the phone will take a long time to boot to home screen.

You have successfully learnt to restart a frozen Galaxy S8/ S8 Plus and doing a Hard Reset on it.

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  1. Sometimes my S8 won't wake up. I reset the phone twice, only to have it happen again. I got tired of re-installing my apps and starting over. I also just tried the normal restart, didn't work. Then, I tried the restart with the "power button" and "volume down" button and so far, it's worked!