How to cool a hot phone
Warmer weather means outdoor activities. And chances are, your phone will be by your side during all those activities, whether it's taking pictures or accompanying you with your favorite Spotify playlist. If we always take precautions against sun and heat damage (hello SPF 50), are you taking the same steps to protect your phone? If not, you should add it to your checklist.
Why does your phone get hot?
The internal temperature of your phone is based on the temperature of its environment. If your phone gets too hot, it can experience problems such as battery drain, forced shutdown, and even a total meltdown (no joke, your phone's CPU is capable of melting if it reaches extreme temperatures). It's also possible that your phone won't restart if it was forced to shut down due to overheating.
There are many reasons why your phone can overheat unrelated to the high temperature outside, and several of them involve your battery. Do you have a bunch of apps running in the background? Many apps consume a lot of battery, which can drain it quickly. And, as a result, end up heating up your phone.
Another problem can be how often you use your phone. If you are constantly on your phone, your phone's battery is working overtime, which increases the temperature of your phone. Do you like to leave your phone on the charger even after it reaches 100 %? This could also be the cause of the problem. Overcharging can cause your device to overheat.
5 tips to prevent your phone from overheating
AVOID EXPOSING YOUR PHONE TO DIRECT SUNLIGHT.
The easiest way to avoid overheating is to keep your phone out of the sun. Your phone catches the sunlight and heat and retains it, getting hotter the longer it is in the sun and heat.
DEACTIVATE UNUSED APPLICATIONS ON YOUR PHONE.
Open and unused applications running in the background make your phone work harder, causing it to heat up. The solution is very simple: on an iPhone, for example, just press the home button twice and make the apps disappear. Bonus: this will also increase the battery life of your phone.
AVOID INCREASING THE BRIGHTNESS OF YOUR SCREEN.
Like running apps in the background, increasing the screen brightness forces the battery to work harder and generate more heat. Instead, look for an anti-glare shield for your device. This inexpensive solution can help you see your screen in the sun.
PUT YOUR PHONE IN AIRPLANE MODE.
Airplane mode allows you to continue using the basic functions of your phone, but disables other non-essential functions that can drain your battery.
REMOVE YOUR CASE.
If your phone overheats, your case doesn't help you. If you remove the shell, the phone's vents will be able to do their job without being blocked, allowing your phone to cool down faster.