Galaxy Note 8 is (almost) perfectFrom the extra-large display touting Samsung’s revered Infinity Edge display technology to the state of the art hardware specs and fine-tuned software, Galaxy Note 8 is Samsung’s comeback to the premium Android smartphone market. Despite the dimming confidence of users after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, the Galaxy Note 8 was pre-booked 2.5X faster than its predecessor. However, the 2017 phablet from Samsung misses the mark of being perfect by a few points. Whether you consider Samsung’s stubbornness on keeping the fingerprint sensor out of comfortable reach or the typical software glitches that most smartphones come with, Galaxy Note 8 issues are quite obviously prevalent. The good news is that most Galaxy Note 8 problems that you’ll face can be easily troubleshot with the right steps, so don’t plan your visit to the nearest Samsung service center just yet. To save you the time of sifting through your phone’s user manual or wasting hours with the Samsung technical support, we’ve done the work for you. By listening to the plight of all the users and the problems they’ve been facing, here’s a list of all the common Galaxy Note 8 issues and the straightforward ways on how to fix them.
1. How to fix Galaxy Note 8 charging problemsFollowing in the footsteps of most flagship Android devices these days, Galaxy Note 8 counters the short battery life problem with fast charging technology. The smartphone is Qualcomm Quick Charge certified and comes with Samsung’s very own Adaptive Fast Charging right out of the box. While Samsung has put forth a number of software and hardware restrictions that prevent the battery from overcharging, the device is still capable of packing up juice in a matter of minutes. If you find yourself waiting too long for your Galaxy Note 8 to charge up, the fast charging capability of your device may not be already active.
- From the home screen of your Galaxy Note 8, head over to the Settings app or pull down the notification window and tap on the Settings gear icon.
- In the Settings app, scroll down to find the Battery menu option and tap on it.
- Within the Battery menu screen, you’ll be able to find Fast Cable Charging option, so press the toggle switch next to it if the feature isn’t active already.
2. How to fix Galaxy Note 8 display issuesIf you’ve done your research before buying the Galaxy Note 8, one of the most prevalent issues that the users have reported is regarding the red tint on the display. Despite packing an AMOLED display that is above the average standard for smartphones, the display of your Galaxy Note 8 still needs to be fine-tuned to make it look right for your eyes. The good thing is that you don’t need to head over to the Samsung service center to calibrate your phone’s display, thanks to its built-in Screen mode.
- Navigate your way to the Settings app on your Galaxy Note 8, scroll down to find the Display option and open it.
- In the Display menu option, move down to find the Screen mode tab and access it to begin calibrating your phone’s display.
- The Screen mode option gives you the ability to choose between four different presets, so you can select the one that suits you best.
- Moreover, you can use the slider and move it between the Cool and Warm options to precisely set the right color tones.
3. How to fix Galaxy Note 8 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth problemsConnectivity issues to start popping up even on a brand new Android device isn’t exactly unheard of. Galaxy Note 8 is no exception, as many users have reported poor or no Wi-Fi connectivity, issues with Bluetooth pairing and low-latency when using GPS-oriented apps such as Google Maps. The fact of the matter is that connectivity issues on mobile devices are mostly software related, and can be easily resolved. Simply follow each of the steps listed below to successfully diagnose and fix connectivity issues with Galaxy Note 8 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
- For poor Wi-Fi connectivity, make sure that your wireless router is connected to the internet first. Turn off the Wi-Fi router for at least a minute and then reboot it to make the connection.
- Head over to Settings > Wi-Fi and hold down the wireless network you’re trying to connect until you see the Forget option pop up. You can then re-enter the password for the wireless network and connect successfully.
- If the Wi-Fi connection issues still persist on the Galaxy Note 8 device, you might need to perform a network settings reset. Head over to Settings > Backup and reset > Reset network settings and confirm your action.
- Since Galaxy Note 8 comes with Bluetooth 5.0, you get faster streaming and 4 times the connectivity range. However, if you still face issues with the Bluetooth driver, simply head over to Settings > Apps > Bluetooth and select Clear Cache for a quick reset.
- Similar to Wi-Fi network issues, Bluetooth connections may also need re-pairing to resolve certain errors. From your Galaxy Note 8, head over to Settings > Bluetooth and hold the paired devices to Forget them and then reconnect with them using the pairing mode.
4. How to resolve Galaxy Note 8 issues with the batteryDespite setting the gold standard with its list of amazing features and rock-solid performance, one area where the Galaxy Note 8 is not above criticism is the 3300mAh battery capacity, which is even slightly lower than the Galaxy S8+. If fast charging just isn’t enough and you need more hours of screen-on time, here’s what you can do.
- The easiest way to get more usage from your smartphone is activating the Power saving mode from Settings > Battery menu option.
- Using the Power saving mode option, select Mid option to a regulatory power-saving device, or go all in with the Max
- The Power saving mode will automatically curb the background processes running on your Galaxy Note 8, reduce data usage and radio connections (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS), and reduce the screen brightness and screen resolution to get you hours’ worth of screen-on time.
- Similarly, you can use the Battery menu option in the Settings to find a power-hungry app that is leeching off your battery. Simply use Force Stop to temporarily bar the app or use the Uninstall option to get rid of the culprit completely.
BONUS: The complete Galaxy Note 8 Reset Guide“Have you tried to turn it off and on again” may seem too simple of a fix for most technical problems, but it’s often the most reliable one. When it comes to mobile devices, most issues pertaining network connectivity, battery life, hardware, and software performance can be resolved with a simple factory reset. Whether you’re trying to clear up your storage or want to defragment the storage hardware by wiping cache partition or boot your device into Safe Mode to find out what apps are messing with your device’s performance, here’s the complete Galaxy Note 8 reset guide.
Soft ResetFound your Galaxy Note 8 unresponsive and app crashing way too often? All you need to do is soft reset your phone and get going.
- Press and hold the Power button and Volume Down key simultaneously until the Galaxy Note 8 turns off.
- You can then press the Power button to turn on the device and begin using it as usual.
Boot into Safe ModeSafe Mode on Android devices essentially allows you to boot up the device into its more barebone state. By disabling all of the third-party apps that you have installed on your device, Safe Mode allows you to test out which app is causing issues with your Android device, or whether there is a hardware-related issue with your phone.
- Press and hold the Power button on your Galaxy Note 8 and turn off the device completely.
- Once your phone is turned off, Press and hold down the Volume Down button and then press down the Power
- You will find the “Safe Mode” button show up on the screen, so tap on it to turn on the device in Safe Mode.
Wipe cache partitionOften times a particular app or file on your Android device can bring up unwanted issues, and removing them simply doesn’t resolve them. This is when you need to wipe cache partition on your phone to get rid of all the temporary files and logs that could be messing with your phone’s operations.
- Once your Galaxy Note 8 is turned off, press and hold the Volume Up button, the Bixby button and the Power button simultaneously.
- You can then release the Power button once the Samsung logo appears, but continue to hold down the Volume Up and Bixby buttons until the Android system recovery screen appears.
- On the recovery menu, you can use the Volume Down button to navigate to the “Wipe cache partition” option and then press the Power button to select it.
- Once the wipe cache partition action is successful, go back to the previous menu and select Reboot system now to exit the recovery menu.
Hard ResetSooner or later, the time will come when your Galaxy Note 8 issues will stump you and all of the above methods simply cannot fix. The sure shot method on how to fix most smartphone problems is using the nuclear option in the form of a hard reset. Hard resets are especially useful when you can’t even make your Galaxy Note 8 turn on to perform a factory reset from the Settings app.
- Once your smartphone is turned off, press and hold the Volume Up button, the Bixby button, and the Power button simultaneously.
- Once you see the Samsung logo show up on the display, let go of the Power button while still holding down on the other two keys.
- The Android system recovery will soon boot up, at which point you can release both the buttons and proceed further.
- Using the Volume Down button as a navigation key, select “Wipe data/factory reset” and then press the Power button to accept it.
- Use the Volume Down button to scroll down to the menu that reads “Yes- delete all user data” and then hit the Power button to confirm your action.
- If you are indeed able to access the Settings app on your Galaxy Note 8, all you need to do is navigate to Settings > Backup & reset > Reset device > Erase Everything
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