Signs that your phone may be suffering from heat stress
Besides feeling your smartphone a little warmer than usual or you get an alert about it, other behaviors can be a sign that your phone is overheating like, the running processes are slower whereby some apps take a while to open, or they close suddenly. Your camera flash stops working, the battery charging takes longer than usual or it doesn’t charge at all. Another thing that you may notice is that the screen may dim or even turn off, moreover, you have signal failures as the phone goes into low power mode.
Using the phone or leaving it out on a hot dayDespite the fact that this might sound obvious, but avoid leaving smartphone exposed to the sun or inside a car on a hot day. Remember that, this could happen even without realizing it, for example, if we are having lunch outdoors with our phone on the table or if we are taking pictures on the beach. It can also happen that we use the navigator with the cell phone placed on the car windshield for support.
Keep in mind that if the temperature exceeds 95 °F, you should avoid using your phone in direct sunlight.
Carrying your cell phone in your pocket
It will be very hard for you to cool down a phone that is overheating or even prevent it from happening if it is a day with high temperatures and you add to this your body heat. And that’s why it’s not advisable to carry your phone in your pocket at all times, let alone on a very hot day.
You never take the cover off
Although cases protect cell phones from any fall or external damage they may suffer. But unfortunately, not all of them are suitable for the phone to be sufficiently ventilated. If it feels slightly warmer than normal, you can try removing the case. You can also do this when you are charging your phone’s battery. And wherever you know you’ll be in the sun for a long time, you can get a special case to avoid this kind of problem.
Failing to disable wireless connections
Oftentimes our phones are working without us realizing it, and even without us having them nearby. Take for example, if we are in a place with a poor signal or a bad internet connection, our cell phone will keep searching for networks or, in the case of Bluetooth, looking for other devices to connect to. You should try turning off the connections if your smartphone starts to heat up until it regulates its temperature.
Charging the battery incorrectly
The most common causes for your cell phone to overheat is the problems that originates from the battery and its charging. That is why you should avoid making certain mistakes, like using the phone while charging it or using any generic charger. Another mistake that can generate more heat while charging is to place it under a pillow or on a surface with poor ventilation.
Failing to update the apps
It is important to always keep your phone up to date. This is applicable to both the operating system and the applications, because in many cases, these updates serve to fix some bugs and improve the processes in its operation, which could influence the heating of your device.
To add on that, have a habit of cleaning up the apps you don’t use. Maybe some of them are running in the background, which generates more work for the processor and battery of your phone.
What to do if your phone has already overheated
If you aren’t making any of the mistakes mentioned above and your phone is still heating up, you can also try out tips like, turning it off and let it rest until it regulates its temperature or place it next to a fan or in an air-conditioned environment.
Remember that you should never put it in the refrigerator to cool it down, since sudden changes in temperature can be more harmful in the long run and the condensation that could be generated internally moistens your phone.
If you live in a hot area, you may face these kinds of problems more often with your smartphone
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