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How to Fix Samsung Galaxy S5 that Shuts Down / Turns Off Automatically

Hi droid guy! My Samsung Galaxy S5 shuts down on its own and it happens randomly. It started after I downloaded lollipop update. How can I fix it?

That’s just one of the typical emails we received from our readers after the Android 5 Lollipop update was rolled out. Many of those who encountered this problem and contacted us were Verizon customers but when we tried to dig deeper, the problem is not exclusive to one variant.

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In the U.S., some S5 owners from the Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile were also having this problem. For units that started shutting down after the update, it is apparent the firmware is to blame but that doesn’t mean you had a bad update. More often, caches and data get corrupted during and after a major update but it’s not limited to just the firmware.

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There is also a possibility that a third-party gone rogue is causing the problem or it could be a hardware issue that’s just starting to manifest.

I will guide you on how to troubleshoot your Galaxy S5 that shuts down or turns off automatically. So, read on and see if your issue is the same as one of the problems I addressed in this post. If not, then feel free to contact us at mailbag@thedroidguy.com and rest assured we’ll look into it.

  1. Galaxy S5 shuts down randomly after lollipop update
  2. Galaxy S5 turns off while using an app
  3. Galaxy S5 turns off while charging
  4. Galaxy S5 shuts down while playing music
  5. Galaxy S5 heats up then shuts down
  6. Galaxy S5 started shutting down after soaked in water
  7. Galaxy S5 shuts down, turns on & vibrates 

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Galaxy S5 shuts down randomly after lollipop update

Problem: Hi! I actually downloaded the lollipop update for my Galaxy S5 about a couple of weeks ago but after that the phone started to turn off randomly. There are times when the screen just turns off without apparent reason while most of the times the phone would lag, then freeze and then shut down. I didn’t try to troubleshoot it thinking it might just go away somehow. It didn’t, so I’m asking if you could help me fix this problem as I really need this phone for my job. Thank you! — Jasmen

Related Problem: Hello guys. How can I fix my phone that constantly reboots? It’s a Galaxy S5 and the problem started after I upgraded it to the latest update. It didn’t have a single problem prior to the update so it seems lollipop has messed up my phone big time. Help! — Trillo

Troubleshooting: Hello Jasmen and Trillo. Based on both your descriptions, it seems like the cause of the problem are some corrupt caches or data. It was a major update so some dependencies may have been changed and some files used by Kitkat may not already be compatible with Lollipop.

The first thing I want you to try is wiping the cache partition and observe if the phone still randomly shuts down after that. If so, it’s time you backed up all your data and proceed with full hard reset.

Galaxy S5 turns off while using an app

Problem: Hi guys! Before anything else, I just want to say thank you for all your effort in helping us. Your website is one of the most helpful ones I found so far. I’ve actually spent a couple of hours now reading through your Galaxy S5 troubleshooting page but I haven’t found something related to my problem.

I update my Sprint Galaxy S5 4 days ago to lollipop. I think there were 2 updates and I downloaded both of them. As far as installation is concerned, everything went smoothly. However, yesterday, there were some errors that kept popping up saying an app has stopped or something like that. There’s no other option but to touch OK and I do that every time. But when I open the app, the phone screen turns off and I think the whole device shuts down because it won’t respond after that and I have to press the power button and it will restart. So now, I can’t use the app I’ve been using before the update. Do you know how to fix this? Thank you! — Jade

Troubleshooting: Hello Jade. It could have been better if you mentioned what app is causing this problem. But anyway, since you specifically mentioned that it’s an app that’s triggering the auto shut down with your Galaxy S5, then try the most basic of troubleshooting rogue apps–clearing the cache and data.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If the app is a game, all your progress will be lost and everything will be reset back to original settings. You may have to login with your account again.

If clearing the cache and data couldn’t fix the problem and if the app is a third-party, uninstall it and download a fresh copy from the Play Store. Issues like this can often be fixed by reinstallation, however, if the problem persists after that, then the app needs to be updated to work well with lollipop. You have to contact the developer and report the issue.

Galaxy S5 turns off while charging

Problem: Good morning. I have a very weird problem with my Galaxy S5. Every time I plug it in to charge, it turns off all by itself. I really don’t know when it started but I did notice it just after the lollipop update. Not really a tech person so I’m hoping you could tell me how I could fix this or what I need to do to address this problem. Thank you! — Rob

Troubleshooting: Hey Rob! Yeah, the problem seems weird and to be honest, I never encountered this issue before. But let’s consider what you said that it started after the lollipop update. If it’s really the case then it’s more of a firmware issue than anything else. If it were my phone, I would immediately do the master reset to give it a fresh start with its new firmware and clear whatever it is that might be causing some conflicts.

If, however, the hard reset won’t work, I suggest you let the tech take a look at it. Perhaps the firmware needs to be reinstalled or there could be an issue with the charging port.

Galaxy S5 shuts down while playing music

Problem: Hello Harold. Your team is really doing great providing this free support for us noobs. I’m new to Android and Galaxy S5 is my first so I kind of trying to learn whatever it is the phone can offer. I have a problem, though. Every time I try to play a music file (regardless what it is), the phone will immediately turn off and won’t come back on until I press the power key. What’s the problem with it and how can I fix it? — Irish

Troubleshooting: Hey Irish! Tech is our passion and helping others makes us feel good, so here we are. Well, about your problem, I assuming that you’re using the stock Music app or the music player that comes native with the device. I encountered this problem before but it was caused by a faulty MP3 file. I was able to fix the problem by the deleting the music track. In your case, however, it seems it’s even related to tracks you’re playing but with the app itself.

For this kind of problem, clearing the cache and data of the Music app should come first since it’s most likely an app-specific problem. If that won’t fix the issue, then I suggest you do the factory reset.

Galaxy S5 heats up then shuts down

Problem: After I installed the latest lollipop upgrade, my phone keeps heating up. The heat isn’t normal but it’s not actually hot. When it heats up, the device will shut down on its own after a few minutes and it’s disrupting everything I’m doing with my phone. Do you know how to fix it? — Rodora

Troubleshooting: If the phone heats up and shuts down on its own, it means that the phone is overheating. Android will shut down the device automatically to prevent further damage to the hardware or components. I don’t really know how extensive user you are but if the phone overheats with average use, just reset it as there could be some rogue apps running in the background and causing the overheating. I also suggest you check the condition of the battery to see if there are lumps or bulges because if so, you need to buy a new battery.

Galaxy S5 started shutting down after soaked in water

Problem: We were at the pool party last week and my phone fell into the pool. In a matter of seconds I was able to get it out of the water but it was already turned off. I assume water got into it despite being waterproof. Now, the phone randomly shuts down on its own even though I totally dried it up before turning it back on. Can this be fixed? — Lisa

Troubleshooting: First of all, Lisa, the Galaxy S5 is just “water-resistant” and not “water-proof.” Meaning, liquid can still find its way into the phone and that seems to be the case with your device. The fact that it was turned off after it fell into the pool is evident water has gotten into it. It’s really difficult to tell if the problem can still be fixed permanently so I suggest you let a technician check on it.

Galaxy S5 shuts down, turns on & vibrates

Problem: My Galaxy S5 was dropped waist high and it fell on a cemented pavement. When I picked it up it was still on but after a few seconds, it turned off. I removed the battery for a minute then placed it back in and the phone turned itself on without me pressing the power key. After a few seconds the phone turned back off again and it’s vibrating every now and then. Is my phone damaged now? — Rose

Troubleshooting: Yeah, it could have been damaged by the drop but the symptoms you cited are actually signs that the power key is stuck…or maybe damaged. Try pressing it multiple times to see if the problem can be fixed, if not, then have it repaired. The power key may need replacement.

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Troubleshooting Procedures

The following are the troubleshooting procedures used in this post. One of these guides may fix your problem so feel free to try one after the other. Just bear in mind that both factory reset and master reset will delete all data saved in the phone’s internal storage.

Clearing App Cache & Data

  1. From any Home screen, tap Apps.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Scroll to ‘APPLICATIONS,’ then tap Application manager.
  4. Swipe right to the ALL screen.
  5. Tap the desired application
  6. Tap Clear cache.
  7. Tap Clear data, then OK.

How to Boot Galaxy S5 in Safe Mode

  1. Turn the device off.
  2. Press and hold the Power key.
  3. When ‘Samsung Galaxy S5’ appears on the screen, release the Power key.
  4. Immediately after releasing the Power key, press and hold the Volume down key.
  5. Continue to hold the Volume down key until the device finishes restarting.
  6. Safe mode will display in the bottom left corner of the screen.
  7. Release the Volume down key when you see Safe Mode.

How Wipe Galaxy S5’s Cache Partition

  1. Turn off the device.
  2. Press and hold the following three buttons at the same time: Volume Up key, Home key, and Power key.
  3. When the phone vibrates, release the Power key but continue to press and hold the Volume Up key and the Home key.
  4. When the Android System Recovery screen appears, release the Volume Up and Home keys.
  5. Press the Volume Down key to highlight ‘wipe cache partition.’
  6. Press the Power key to select.
  7. When the wipe cache partition is complete, ‘Reboot system now’ is highlighted.
  8. Press the Power key to restart the device.

How to Master Reset Galaxy S5

  1. Turn off the device.
  2. Press and hold the following three buttons at the same time: Volume Up key, Home key, and Power key.
  3. When the phone vibrates, release the Power key but continue to press and hold the Volume Up key and the Home key.
  4. When the Android System Recovery screen appears, release the Volume Up and Home keys.
  5. Press the Volume down key several times key to highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset.’
  6. Press Power button to select.
  7. Press the Volume down key until ‘Yes — delete all user data’ is highlighted.
  8. Press Power button to select and start the master reset.
  9. When the master reset is complete, ‘Reboot system now’ is highlighted.
  10. Press the Power key to restart the device.

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  1. Hi. my name is Omaira, i just started having problem with my galazy s5, i woke up today and went to pick up a phone call, but when i was going to, the phone just shut down on me, ever since that happened i cant seem to get in my phone, can you please help me!

  2. Maybe this will help someone else. Too late for me since I purchased an iPhone. My S5 wouldn’t turn on and I couldn’t get the safe reboot to work. Screen was black. Tried removing battery and everything I could find online. Left on vacation, came home, battery was completely dead, recharged phone and it looks to be working fine! What to do with the iPhone??

  3. hie, my samsung A5 keeps switching off and on, the screen freezes at times and some applications refuse to respond at times. What should l do? Please help

  4. Hello, I’d like to ask if anyone can help me fix my galaxy s5. It continuously turns off and on without the power button being pressed and can heat up super fast. It’ll freeze, vibrate, then reset itself without even touching the phone, as well as draining the battery very quickly. I’ve cleared the cliche multiple times, changed the battery twice, tried leaving it alone for weeks, and nothing seems to work. I’ve reset it to factory default but it doesn’t stay on long enough to update or anything. Now all I get is a ‘Start Up Failed’ screen. Some help would be very appreciated, since this is my first Galaxy phone.

  5. I am grateful I found this article and you don’t understand how helpful this was. I was struggling with my phone turning off and on by itself, but after I started it on safe mode its back to normal. Again thank you and best of wishes!!!

  6. hello my samsung galaxy s5 keeps restarting on its own continuasly, untill i start charging it and it stops and starts operation as normal as sson as i disconect i does it all again, do you have any idea of what could be? many thanks
    king regards
    Bruno Da Silva

  7. my 2nd hand htc got turned off after a less use of 45 minites. I sit it to usb charging then i use it on charge . After a few miniute it turned of automaticaly. From the when i try to on it . It vibrate then show the htc icon after that turned of. What to do ?

  8. I have had enough I factory reset my S5 Samsung phone last night every thing was good everything downloaded now my phone turns off restarts Samsung Galaxy keeps going of and on I am looking for help as this is rubbish

  9. I am experiencing the same thing. Not sure if this has happened after an update but my S5 keeps turning off and 9 in 10 attempts will not reboot past the Samsung S5 screen, or if it does it turns itself back off soon after reaching the home screen. Incredibly frustrating. My partner has a mental illness and I need to be contactable. If anyone discovers a solution I will be eternally grateful.

  10. My galaxy S5 Sport is stuck in a boot loop. I have removed the battery. I tried to enter recovery mode, A little blue text appears “RECOVERY BOOTING…”, then it shuts off again. It keeps turning off and turning off. With these problems, everything is leading me to recovery mode, but pushing vol up, home, and pwr, I can’t get anywhere with it. I know that’s how you are supposed to be able to access it, but I am unable to. Someone please help!

  11. I let a software download to happen & now my phone is turning off & on , it occasionally will get to my open screen the switches off , I have removed the battery & started it again as well as holding all three keys in which tells me to press the volume down button to cancel but turns off before it cancels , please help

  12. Comment*iam having problem with my samsung galaxy j5,when i plug in my earphones the phone tends to switch off by itself repeatedly,what could be the problem and how can i fix it?
    please help i love listening to music almost everytime.

  13. Problem…. I charged my phone a school and by doing so when it was time to leave, my phone turned off…. I tried everything I could think of, take take the battery out let it set… had my company restart my phone…. I restarted my phone…. come to find out the school has a shortage…. and now my phone can’t stay on without it keep turning turning off. That’s all it does, I’ll be lucky if it stays on for more than 2 min with out it shutting off again and starting the whole process… Any advice…???

  14. My S5 has been turning off on its own and all now i cant use it for more than 1min. I tried hard reset but the problem is still there.

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