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Google Pixel 3 overheating issues are causing some phones to shut down

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Google's Pixel 3 has seen its fair share of issues since its October 18 launch, including problems with saving photos, memory management problems and appearances of a horrifying second notch.

Now, we can add yet another hiccup into the mix: an overheating issue is causing Google's latest flagship to completely shut itself down while charging, as reported by 9to5Google (opens in new tab).

Numerous users across Reddit (opens in new tab), Pixel User Community forums (opens in new tab) and on social media have reported the issue, stating that the overheating problem is seemingly triggered when the phone is performing an action while charging.

The heat is on

Users are first hit with a notification informing them that the 'Phone is getting warm' and that some features will be 'limited while phone cools down', followed by a considerable slowdown in charging speed. 

If the problem fails to resolve itself, the phone will shut itself down entirely, with a 'Phone turned off due to heat' message showing upon reboot.

Based on user reports, the issue seems to occur regardless of whether the Pixel 3 is being charged on the Pixel Stand, a third-party wireless charger or by USB Type-C cable. 

Google has yet to issue a statement on the matter, though we expect that a firmware update will eventually address the issue. At present, the only solution to the overheating problem seems to be a replacement handset (opens in new tab).

Stephen Lambrechts
Senior Journalist, Phones and Entertainment

Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming in both print and online for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, consoles and gaming PCs, and has a deep-seated desire to consume all forms of media at the highest quality possible. 


He's also likely to talk a person’s ear off at the mere mention of Android, cats, retro sneaker releases, travelling and physical media, such as vinyl and boutique Blu-ray releases. Right now, he's most excited about QD-OLED technology, The Batman and Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga.