Avoid Your Smartphone Overheating : Warmer weather means more time spent outside. And, more than likely, your phone will be by your side during the festivities, taking photos or providing a soundtrack with your favourite SpotifyTM playlist. While we always take efforts to protect ourselves from UV and heat damage when we’re out in the sun (hello, SPF 50), are you doing the same for your phone? If not, make a note of it on your to-do list. Asurion experts explain why, as well as how to prevent your phone from overheating and fast cool it down if it does.
What causes your phone to overheat?
The internal temperature of your phone is determined by the temperature of its surroundings. When your phone becomes too hot, it might suffer from issues such as battery loss, forced shutdown, and even a total meltdown (yes, your phone’s Central Processing Unit can melt at severe temperatures). If your phone was forced to shut down due to overheating, there’s a chance it won’t restart.
There are various causes for your phone to overheat that are unrelated to the outdoor temperature, and several of them revolve around your battery. Do you have several apps open in the background? Many programmes consume a lot of battery, which can quickly deplete it. As a result, your phone will become hot.
Another factor to consider is how often you use your phone. If you’re always using your phone, your battery is working overtime, raising the temperature of your phone. Do you like to keep your phone plugged in even when it’s charged to 100%? That could be the issue as well. Overcharging your gadget can cause it to overheat.
5 ways to prevent your phone from overheating
1. DO NOT USE YOUR PHONE IN DIRECT SUN.
Keeping your phone out of the sun is the easiest approach to avoid overheating. Your phone absorbs light and heat from the sun and stores it, becoming hotter the longer it is exposed to it.
2. ON YOUR PHONE, TURN OFF UNUSED APPS.
Running in the background, open, unused apps make your phone work harder, which causes it to heat up. On an iPhone, for example, all you have to do is press and hold the home button twice before swiping the apps away. Plus, your phone’s battery life will be extended.
3. DO NOT INCREASE THE BRIGHTNESS OF YOUR SCREEN.
Turning your brightness up, like running background apps, will make your battery work harder and generate more heat. Instead, opt for a device that has an anti-glare cover. This inexpensive solution will allow you to see your screen in direct sunlight.
4. SELECT AIRPLANE MODE ON YOUR PHONE.
Airplane mode allows you to use basic tasks on your phone while turning off non-essential features that can drain your battery.
5. REMOVE YOUR CASE.
Your case isn’t helping if your phone is overheating. Taking off the case allows the phone’s heat vents to function properly without being obstructed, letting it to cool down faster.
How to keep your hot phone cool
Here are 5 ways to cool down your phone if it’s already hot, so you can get back to utilising the technology you love.
1. KEEP UP WITH YOUR APPLICATIONS.
Many software updates include bug fixes that might help your phone run more efficiently, which means it will consume less battery.
2. KEEP YOUR PHONE AND OTHER TECH APART.
Stacking your phone, tablet, and computer in a bag while running makes them more prone to overheating. Keep them apart to help them keep their calm.
3. REMOVE UNUSED APPS.
If your phone continues to overheat, you should assess how many superfluous stuff, such as ringtones, games, backdrops, or programmes that you never use, are taking up space on your phone.
4. BLOW ON YOUR PHONE OR FAN IT.
It may seem stupid, but blowing or fanning your phone can help. A breeze can assist cool down your gadget when it gets too hot, much like fanning keeps your body cool.
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5. AVOID SUDDEN TEMPERATURE CHANGES.
You might be tempted to put your overheating equipment in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes, but we don’t encourage it. Extreme temperatures put a strain on your phone’s components and puts it at danger of accumulating moisture, which is a guaranteed way to break it.