Tips and tricks to keep your phone from overheating

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Your smartphone overheating is a problem most, if not all, people face on hot sunny days. This can make it hard to take pictures, navigate around places, or call your friends and family when you’re about the place. Some people may choose to grin and bear the difficulties this brings, or – shock horror – go without using their smartphone. There’s no need to do that though, and it’s very easy to keep your handset cool – or, an appropriate temperature – without putting it down.

Why does your phone get hot?

Your phone’s internal temperature is based on the temperature of its environment. If your phone gets too hot, it can experience problems like battery drain, forced shutdown, and even a total meltdown. There’s also the chance that your phone will not restart if it was forced to shut down due to overheating. There are a lot of reasons your phone can overheat that aren’t related to the outside high temperature, and several revolve around your battery. Do you have a bunch of apps running in the background? Many apps use a lot of battery, which can drain it quickly. And, as a result, end up heating up your phone. Another issue can be how frequently you use your phone. If you’re constantly on your phone, your phone battery is working overtime, which raises your phone’s temperature. Do you like to leave your phone on the charger even after it’s reached 100%? That could also be the problem. Overcharging can cause your device to overheat.

Tips on how to stop your phone from overheating

  • The easiest way to prevent overheating is to keep your phone out of the sun. Your phone catches light and heat from the sun and retains it, getting hotter the longer it remains in sunlight and heat.
  • Open, unused apps running in the background cause your phone to work harder, which in turn causes it to heat up. The solution is super simple – on an iPhone, for example, all you have to do is press your home button twice and swipe the apps away.
  • Just the same as running background apps, turning your brightness up will force your battery to work harder and create more heat. Instead, look for an anti-glare cover for your device. This low-cost solution can help you see your screen in the sun.
  • Airplane mode allows you to continue to use basic functions on your phone, but turns off other non-essentials that can take a toll on your battery.
  • If your phone is overheating, your case isn’t helping. Taking the case off will allow the phone’s heat vents to do their job fully without being blocked, allowing your phone to cool down quicker.
  • Many app updates include bug fixes that can improve your phone’s efficiency, meaning they’ll use up less of your device’s energy.4
  • If your phone continues to overheat, you might want to consider the number of unnecessary items on your phone that can add to its workload—like ringtones, games, backgrounds, or apps that you never use.
  • It may sound silly, but fanning your phone or blowing on it can help. Just as fanning keeps a body cool, a breeze can help cool off your device when it’s getting a bit too toasty.

Even if they are, they sort of act as a layer of thermal insulation that prevents heat from dissipating. If you notice that your phone is overheating, try taking it out of its protective case to give it a little bit of breathing room. This could help the heat dissipate quicker.

 

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