How To Fix a Fire Tablet That Keeps Restarting
Every device has its quirks and common issues, and Fire Tablets are no exception. If your Fire Tablet keeps restarting erratically, there are a few things you can try to solve the issue. Then, you can get back to enjoying your device to the full.
This article will explain how to fix a Fire Tablet that keeps restarting.
Perform a Hard Restart
The first thing to try is a hard restart of the device. To do so, press and hold the Power button for at least forty seconds until the screen indicates a device reboot. Hopefully, this fixes the problem and there’s no need to try anything else.
Close Any Extra Apps Running in the Background
Close extra apps that are running in the background. These may be overloading the operating system. Use the square button on the screen at the bottom to see what apps are currently running on your device. Then swipe up to close any apps that you don’t immediately need.
If closing extra apps doesn’t stop the rebooting, then combine the closing of extra apps and a hard reboot to see if this does the trick. If closing apps and a hard reboot in succession don’t fix the random restarting, you can contact Amazon’s support team. But before you do that, there are a couple of other things to try.
Give the Device a Little Extra Juice
Some users report that if you plug in the device for 30 minutes before doing another hard reboot, this can cure the problem. Be sure to use an Amazon brand charger to rule out any extra issues involved with battery charging.
Update the Fire OS
Is it possible your operating system isn’t up to date? Check to see if any updates or patches are available to download to your tablet. Maybe an update is enough to resolve any performance issues.
Bring the Apps Up to Date as Well
Maybe an app update across the board is the solution. To update the apps all at once, follow these steps:
- Open “Settings.”
- Choose “Apps and Games.”
- Select “Amazon Application Settings.”
- Tap “Appstore.”
- Tap “Automatic Updates” and make sure they are enabled.
- Connect to Wi-Fi and plug your device in, and let it update any apps that are due.
Clear the Cache
A Fire Tablet’s cache can get bogged down with extra information that you don’t need anymore. Clear the cache to see if it’s processing too many things and is shutting down as a result.
- Open “Settings.”
- Select “Apps and Notifications.”
- Choose “Manage All Applications.”
- Tap “See All.”
- Select “Storage.”
- Choose to “Clear Data” or “Clear Storage”, and then “Clear Cache” if the option is given.
Restart the tablet to see if all your random restart problems have been solved.
Check Your Storage
Just as the cache can junk up your OS, so can storing large files that take up all the tablet’s memory.
- Open “Settings.”
- Tap “Storage.”
- Click on “Internal Storage.”
Take a look through your tablet’s storage information. Huge movie files that you no longer need stored on your tablet could be taking up large amounts of data. Another sneaky data hoarder are strings of old text full of videos and pictures that your tablet is still storing. Perhaps you have loads of books downloaded from Kindle that you’ve finished reading but have never removed. Delete anything extra that will free up some data for your busy system.
Check for Settings Issues
If you’ve accidentally disabled some of the systems features, it’s possible that this is the cause of your trouble.
- Open the Settings menu and tap “Application.”
- Scroll through the System Applications to see if any are disabled.
If you see disabled apps, do a little web searching to see what each app does and if this could be the cause of the random reboots. Alternatively, if you’re feeling brave, enable them one at a time and see if it irons out any rebooting issues.
Search for Viruses or Malware
If malware has got into your system somehow, it could be making the tablet reboot at inconvenient times. Anti-virus software can check to see if you have software on your tablet with mal intent. Run the software yourself to remove any viruses or take the tablet in to a software specialist to debug it.
The system software can also be corrupted and cause problems just as if it were a software attack from the outside. If this is the case, the best option is to reset the tablet to factory settings. This means a loss of data on the tablet, so you’ll want to backup anything that’s important to you. But if all else fails, a reset will probably fix the issue.
- Go to “Settings.”
- Select “Device Options.”
- Select “Reset to Factory Defaults.”
- Tap on “Reset.”
Usually, a reset will return the device to its original condition.
Check for an Overheated Battery
If a battery overheats, this can cause a device to restart over and again. If your device or its charger have been left in the heat too long, or if they overheat due to use, allow them to cool off and consider replacing any parts that are damaged permanently. Remember to give your device plenty of ventilation to maintain a safe temperature.
If you suspect an overheating problem, power off your device, and allow it to cool down. Once cool, plug it in to a working charger. Allow the device to charge to 100% without turning it on. When it’s fully charged, turn it on and see if the restart dilemma is fixed.
Verify That the Battery Connection Is Not Loose
A Fire Tablet can restart uncontrollably if the charger connection is loose, and it has a hard time holding the appropriate amount of charge. Test with another charger to see if this fixes the restart issue.
Disconnect External Devices
If none of these ideas has worked yet, check to be sure you don’t have external devices attached to your tablet. Even if they’ve worked flawlessly in the past, a USB drive or other hardware can cause conflicts in the system and make the Fire Tablet restart.
Check the SD Card
SD card trouble has reportedly been the cause of Fire Tablets rebooting uncontrollably. Most tablets should be able to run without the SD card in place, so remove the SD card and power up the device. Test it to see if this fixes the restarts. Iff it does, replace the SD card. You can also try reinserting the old SD card to see if it will operate correctly going forward.
Look Into Hardware Repair
If the hardware is broken, this can cause restarting issues. Broken pixels or flawed hardware connections can cause repeated restarts. This will require an expert to diagnose and repair it. If nothing else works, take the tablet to someone who can investigate hardware issues.
Contact Customer Support
Finally, if you can’t figure out how to keep your Fire Tablet from rebooting over and over, it may be time to contact Amazon Customer Service. They will be able to direct you in the next steps to solving your restarting problems.
Fire Tablet Restarting Woes
The Fire Tablet is a powerful device, but that doesn’t mean it won’t experience issues from time to time. When your Fire Tablet restarts for no apparent reason, there are plenty of troubleshooting ideas to try. After rebooting, charging, and updating your tablet, chances are the problem will be fixed. If not, there are several ways to clean up a bogged down system to fix the restarting issue. When none of these options work, Amazon Customer Care can work with you to solve the issue once and for all.
Have you ever had a Fire Tablet that restarted over and over? If so, did you use any of the tips and tricks featured in this article to resolve the issues? Let us know in the comments section below.