The Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are very powerful and capable Android flagship devices, but they come with their own fair share of problems. A lot of users have reported of their Pixel 7 heating issue on various support forums and Reddit, but it seems there is no fix to this problem yet. Not just other users, I have been through this very issue on my Pixel 7 Pro as well while using it for Internet browsing.
The new Pixel 7 series is powered by the latest Tensor G2 chip, which is Google’s own processor for their mobile line-up. We all know what a mess was the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro last year with all it’s overheating, connectivity, screen and camera issues. In this guide, we will discuss what causes the Pixel 7 Pro / Pixel 7 heating issue and how to fix it.
What Causes the Pixel 7 Pro / Pixel 7 Heating Issue?
Before we get to the fixes, let’s look at some of the common reasons why your Google Pixel 7 is getting hot (overheating) and causing problems. In some cases, the phone completely powers off due to the heating issue and this is something you do not expect from an Android flagship that you paid hundreds of dollars for.
There are several reasons why the Google Pixel 7 may experience heating issues, but the most common ones are:
- Heavy usage: If you use your device heavily for gaming, streaming, or other resource-intensive tasks, it can cause the device to heat up.
- Charging: If you charge your Pixel 7 using a non-certified or incompatible charger, it can cause the device to heat up. This is why we always suggest to buy USB PD compatible chargers only.
- Overuse of location / Bluetooth services: If you use location services extensively, it can cause the device to heat up. Also if you try to transfer large files over Bluetooth, that will make your Pixel 7 to overheat.
- Software issues: Bugs or glitches in the latest Android update or badly-coded apps can cause the device to heat up.
- Direct sunlight: Have you been using the Pixel 7 in direct sunlight for a long period of time with heavy camera usage? This can also cause the device to overheat.
- Connectivity issues: If you are using the Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro in an unstable network environment, that also heats up the device. If you are facing call drops and slow network, check out some tips here.
How to Fix the Google Pixel 7 Heating Issues
We have had the Google Pixel 7 Pro for a while now, and have been through the device overheating several times. In most cases, we have been able to fix the issue by following these tips and we believe will be helpful for you too.
Restart Your Phone
This is the first thing you should try. If you have been using the Pixel 7 or the Pixel 7 Pro for gaming or watching movies for a very long time, then you might face the device heating up. The best fix to try out is to restart your phone. In most cases, that should fix the Pixel 7 overheating issue – it always worked for us at least.
Restarting helps you get rid of any stuck process that may be causing the device to heat up or clear up other temporary problems in your phone. Once the device gets back on, you will notice it is not heating up any more. If it starts to overheat again, move on to the next fixes as that might help you.
Disable Adaptive Charging and Adaptive Battery
These new Adaptive features were introduced in Google Pixel devices a few years back, and unfortunately, it is not a very stable feature for most users. It has caused heating up or phone burning feeling for a lot of users while charging or when playing games, hence we suggest to disable it completely in most cases.
Adaptive Charging is a feature that allows the Google Pixel 7 to optimize its charging speed and prolong the battery life of the device. Adaptive Battery prolongs the battery life by optimizing the battery usage. These features use machine learning algorithms to analyze the user’s charging habits, app usage and adjust the charging speed and battery usage accordingly. On paper, this should help you increase the battery life, but it is better to turn it off until Google rolls out a new software update to fix this feature.
This is how you can disable Adaptive Charging and Adaptive Battery on the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro:
- Go to “Settings” on your phone
- Tap on “Battery” settings and look for “Adaptive preferences” in the options
- You will see two options here, “Adaptive Charging” and “Adaptive Battery“
- Disable both of them from the toggles as shown above
If you’re using a case on your device, remove it to allow for better air circulation, which can help prevent overheating. Newer phone cases these days are very thick and bulky for better protection for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro against drops and falls from heights. However, this might also cause the phone to heat up when exposed in direct sunlight or warm places.
The back cover adds an extra later, so always remove it when you plan on playing high-graphic games for long periods.
Disable Physical Activity Permission
Do you use a smartwatch with your Pixel 7? If yes, then you might have granted the phone permission for track your physical activity. This permission let’s the phone track your steps, heart rate and other functions depending on your smartwatch model. But this also keeps the Health app running in the background which can cause the device to overheat in some cases.
To disable this permission, follow these steps on your Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro:
- Go to “Settings” on your phone
- Go to “Apps” and tap on “See all XXX apps“
- From this list, open your smartwatch app. For us, this app is “Samsung Health“
- Next, go to “Permissions” and look for the “Physical activity” option
- You will see that the physical activity access has been allowed. Select the “Don’t allow” option to disable this access.
Once this is disabled, you should check for the results over the next few hours. If your phone doesn’t heat up, then this app was the culprit.
Avoid Intensive Usage in Warm Temperatures
If you are traveling at a warm country and using the camera to take pictures very often, you should avoid doing that. The camera on the Google Pixel 7 series uses a lot of processing power, so each shot you take uses significant battery / energy which could cause the device to heat up. Also if you shoot long videos on the phone in direct sunlight, that would overheat the device and it might shut down completely until it cools off.
Also Read: How to Remove Search Bar on Google Pixel 7
Restrict an App’s Battery Usage in Background
Social media apps are known to run aggressively in the background to collect user data and patterns. At times, this leads to using excessive battery drain on the Pixel 7 and it causes the phone to heat up. To avoid this, you should restrict some apps’ battery usage in the background.
You can do that by following these steps:
- Go to “Settings” on your phone
- Tap on “Battery” settings and look for “Battery usage” option
- From the list of “App usage since the last full charge“, look for the app that uses most amount of background time
- Tap on the app, and then select “Restricted” from the list of options
This will restrict the app’s battery usage while in the background. But you are warned, that this app might not work as expected as you may face some notifications delay.
Use Official Charger Only
You should always use an official / genuine charger to charge your Google Pixel 7. These new phones do not come with a charging brick right out of the box, so you should buy a good brand, high-quality charger that also supports USB Power Delivery.
If you are looking for an official Google charger, there is one available on the Google Store: Google 30W USB-C Power Charger. You can also buy other third-party adapters from Anker, Nomad, Aukey etc.
This was everything you need to know if you are facing the Google Pixel 7 heating issue with your device. We discussed several tips how you can fix this problem, so if it did help you, do let us know in the comments below.
If the issue persists, contact the device manufacturer or a professional technician for further assistance. You can also read up more about why your Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro might be heating up.