How to fix Google Pixel 3 that keeps rebooting by itself?

Random and/or frequent reboots are always a sign of a firmware issue and some owners of the Google Pixel 3 have been complaining about this problem. It doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a serious issue with your phone if it reboots by itself; most of the time the issue is minor and you can fix it by yourself.

So in this post, I will walk you through in troubleshooting your Pixel 3 that reboots by itself. I personally encountered this problem before so I know a thing or two that could help you fix the problem and believe me, the procedures you have to do to make your phone work perfectly again are pretty basic. So, if you have this kind of problem on your phone, continue reading as this article may be able to help you one way or another.

Before we move on, if you found this post while looking for a solution to a different problem, then visit our Pixel 3 Help Guides page for we have already solved some of the most common problems with this device. Find issues that are similar with yours and feel free to use the solutions.

Now, going back to our troubleshooting, here are the things you have to do if your Pixel 3 keeps rebooting by itself…

  1. Run your phone in safe mode.
  2. Uninstall applications that are causing the problem.
  3. Factory reset your Pixel 3.

The first thing you need to do is to reboot your phone in safe mode to temporarily disable all downloaded applications. This will tell you right off the bat if the problem is caused by one or some of them. If the reboots continue to occur while the phone is in this mode, then the problem could be with the firmware. However, if the problem seems fixed, then you have to find out which of your apps is causing the problem and get rid of it. Here’s how to reboot your phone in safe mode:

  1. With the device powered on, press and hold the Power button (located on the right-edge) until the Power off prompt appears then release.
  2. Touch and hold Power off until the “Reboot to safe mode” prompt appears then release.
  3. Tap OK to confirm.
  4. The restart process may take up to 45 seconds to complete.
  5. Upon restart, ‘Safe mode’ appears in the lower-left of the unlock/home screen.

Assuming that the reboots don’t occur while the phone is in safe mode, try to reboot your Pixel 3 back into normal mode to see if the problem is fixed. There are times when rebooting the phone in safe mode will make it work perfectly again. If the problem continues however, then find the app that’s causing the problem and then uninstall it. You may have to uninstall more than one app.

If the reboots occur even in safe mode, the problem could be with the firmware so at this point, it’s necessary to reset your phone to bring it back to its default settings and configuration. But before the reset, make sure to create a backup of your important files and data that are stored in your phone’s internal storage as they will be deleted. Here’s how to effectively reset your Pixel 3:

  1. Make sure your phone is turned off completely. So, press and hold the power key for a few minutes until the device powers down.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Down button and the Power key together for a few seconds.
  3. When the Fastboot Mode shows on the screen, release both keys.
  4. Using the Volume keys, highlight Recovery Mode and then press Power key to boot the phone into it.
  5. If you see the Android on the screen, press and hold the power key for a couple of seconds and then press the volume up key once.
  6. Once you’re inside the Recovery Mode, use the Volume keys to navigate through the options. Highlight “wipe data/factory reset” and then press the power key to select it.
  7. You need to confirm that you really need to wipe the data of your phone so highlight Yes and then press the power key to choose it.
  8. Wait until your phone finished doing the reset, which may take several seconds to a couple of minutes.
  9. When the reset is complete, highlight and choose ‘Reboot system now’ to complete the process.

After the reset and your Pixel 3 is still rebooting by itself, then you need to bring it back to the store or shop so that a technician can further test it to know if the problem is with the hardware or the battery.

I hope that this how-to post has helped you one way or another. Please help us spread the word by sharing this post to your friends or people who may also have similar problems. Thanks for reading!