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How to stop your phone overheating

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Now we're heading into summer, some of you will start experience the 'smartphone overheat'. If you've ever left your iPhone or Android phone in a car on a hot summer day for an extended amount of time, you likely know what we're talking about.

It's getting hot in here - smartphones overheating!

While a phone can overheat while you're using it, that's a relatively uncommon occurrence. It's more likely that internal temperatures will rise when you're spending a day at the beach after it's been in the sun for too long.

If you find yourself staring at a warning message that your phone is too hot, don't freak out! It only takes a few minutes to get it back down to a suitable temperature.


How to cool an overheated phone

If your phone gets hot enough to display a warning message, here's what you need to do:

  • Turn the phone off.
  • Remove it from direct sunlight (put it under a beach towel, for example).
  • Take your phone out of its case, if you're using one.
  • Remove the charging cable if it's plugged in.
  • Place your phone in a cool place (next to an AC fan).

How to avoid overheating your phone

There are some precautionary steps you can take to minimize the potential for your phone to get too hot:

  • Don't leave your phone in your car on a hot day.
  • Don't leave your phone in direct sunlight.
  • Take breaks while gaming or streaming video.
  • Avoid charging your phone while gaming or streaming.

If your phone overheats during normal use

Phones can get warm when we are using them. For example, if you're using a resource intensive video game with high-end graphics, your phone will likely heat up. It should never get too hot to touch, nor should it ever get hot enough that it displays a warning.

However, if you feel uncomfortable with how hot it is, you should immediately close the app or game you're using and give the phone a chance to cool down. Unplug the phone if you are charging it. Temporarily decreasing the display's brightness will also help it cool down. Again, removing the case will help speed up the cool down process.

If your phone consistently gets too hot, there's likely something wrong with it and it's a good idea to contact the support department for the company that makes your phone.

Will it be okay?

Keep in mind that phones, despite being miniature computers, don't have the same cooling systems that computers do. If your phone is getting too hot, sometimes it needs help to get back to a normal temperature. The good news is, that most of the time, even if your phone overheats and displays a warning, once it cools off there's no permanent damage.

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