How to Prevent Overheating on Your Phone

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techno.rentetan.com – It might be a pain to deal with a heated iPhone or Android; here’s how to keep things cool. We’ve all been there: you’re using your iPhone or Android when it suddenly gets heated. A little warm quickly becomes a bit hot, then a lot hot, to the point of becoming dangerously hot. “Should my phone be so hot that I can’t use it?” you might wonder. No, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s what you should do if your phone overheats—and how to avoid it in the first place.

What causes cellphones to get hot to the touch?

As with other computers, your smartphone creates heat when in use. That’s generally OK; the issue arises when the image has too much heat. The system is designed to take precautionary actions when overheated to cool itself down in order to avoid harming the internal components of your device.

This includes lowering the maximum display brightness (which is why your phone dims as it overheats), slowing down the CPU to make your phone seem slower, and, if necessary, locking itself up. In such scenario, you’ll see a notification telling you that your phone is too hot and that you need to let it cool down before using it again.

You won’t have to worry about overheating difficulties leading to anything disastrous, like an exploding battery, because your phone has a built-in cooling mechanism. Overheating on a regular basis, on the other hand, is inconvenient and not natural. Let’s look at various scenarios in which your phone may overheat and what you can do to prevent it.

Remove it from the sun

One of the most prevalent causes of phone overheating is the same thing that causes you to overheat while sunbathing on the beach: the sun. The temperature control of your phone is harmed by direct sunlight. Your phone’s display, which is a black mirror, absorbs all of that direct sunlight and quickly warms up. The entire gadget becomes extremely hot to the touch, the display dims, and the OS eventually locks you out.

The only way to avoid this is to avoid using your phone in direct sunlight—or even in a heated area if possible. Get your phone to some shade if you’re in the middle of an overheated issue. Fun fact: Most phones are built to work in temperatures between 32 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

When charging, be cautious where you put it

You should not charge your phone in a careless manner. When you connect your phone to the power outlet, it creates heat, especially if the power adapter is big. Normally, this heat shouldn’t be enough to cause your phone to overheat; it only becomes an issue when it’s combined with other variables, such as the location where you’re charging it.

Allowing your phone to charge while under a blanket or other soft material is not a good idea. Those materials, just like you, might enable heat to build up within your gadget. Instead, place the gadget on a flat, cool surface such as a table or counter. That material will make it more easier for heat from charging to disperse.

Make sure you’re using the appropriate charger for your device.

The charger you use for your phone is very important. We sometimes connect our gadgets into whichever port is available, but this might cause your phone to overheat.

Take a look: Some phones, like the iPhone SE, have large batteries that require more power to charge. If you use low-wattage power adapters (like Apple’s 5W adapters), the battery will take much longer to charge than it should. The phone will create a lot of heat if it tries to do something intensive while charging.

On the other hand, the charger that appears to be in good working order might be producing issues. If your smartphone supports quick charging, it will heat up the battery considerably faster than a standard charger. If your gadget can handle it, you might want to try reducing the size of your power adapter.

Check with the maker of your gadget to discover what wattage it was intended for.

Reduce the number of applications you use for a while.

As they function, the internal components of your phone create heat. What makes such components operate more difficultly than applications, then? If you’re playing a graphically demanding game or live broadcasting yourself through your phone’s camera, such activities may quickly heat up, especially if you’re also charging your phone.

Give your phone a little vacation from the power-hungry applications if things become too heated, and if you can afford it. Check your phone’s battery use settings to determine if any apps are running in the background that are draining the power. If they’re running in the background and you don’t want them to, switch them off.

Don’t forget to take it out of your pocket.

This advice is simple to grasp, yet it can be difficult to implement. Most of us don’t plan to go about with our phones on, yet it occurs all of the time. Maybe we triggered the camera by accident from the Lock Screen, or maybe we believed we hit the power button when we didn’t.

In any event, your phone will heat up in your pocket if it is active, especially if it is performing something intense. It’s the same reason why you shouldn’t charge your phone under a blanket: the heat has nowhere to go in your pocket’s fabric.

Take care of the situation.

It’s also possible that the casing of your smartphone is retaining heat. If you have a lot of problems with overheating and can’t find a solution, consider replacing the casing with one that is more heat resistant (silicone or plastic are ideal). To genuinely troubleshoot, try using your phone without the case for a bit to see if it reduces the amount of heat generated by the phone. For obvious reasons, take additional caution with it.

In any event, your phone will heat up in your pocket if it is active, especially if it is performing something intense. It’s the same reason why you shouldn’t charge your phone under a blanket: the heat has nowhere to go in your pocket’s fabric.

Take care of the situation.

It’s also possible that the casing of your smartphone is retaining heat. If you have a lot of problems with overheating and can’t find a solution, consider replacing the casing with one that is more heat resistant (silicone or plastic are ideal). To genuinely troubleshoot, try using your phone without the case for a bit to see if it reduces the amount of heat generated by the phone. For obvious reasons, take additional caution with it.

Turn it off.

If you’re in a hurry and need a heated phone to cool down, turn it off. This will let the device to shut down any intensive operations or functions that are causing it to heat up, allowing the heat to escape the device more quickly than if it were still turned on. Just wait a minute for it to cool down before restarting it.