Some of the most common technical issues that surround phones include system lagging and hanging, which are not only limited to old but also new phones. One of the technical issues that stands out though is overheating.
Besides the nuisance, overheating can hinder your smartphone’s optimal performance and even damage some of its parts.
Battery drain and CPU meltdown are just some of the issues that are caused by overheating. In the worst case, your smartphone can shut down completely after a long duration of overheating. When this happens, you have to learn the causes and tips on how to deal with phone overheating.
What Causes Smartphone Overheating?
Smartphones get warm whenever you turn them on, and that’s normal. Your Samsung phone for example is said to have overheated once its temperature rises beyond a certain threshold.
Once this happens, the operating speed of your smartphone reduces, making it slow in navigation and operation. Even for users who don’t know how to use a smartphone, the new android phones in the market notify you about phone overheating beforehand, so users can stop using it until it cools down.
Technology is ever-evolving and the best android phones will not only serve as phones but also as other gadgets such as projectors. Whenever you turn yours into a smartphone projector, be sure to put up with an overheating phone. Dedicated gadgets best serve some of these functions.
If you need to project a presentation for your lesson, its best that you use a projector rather than your smartphone.
Multitasking is a common behavior among smartphone users, who often find themselves opening several apps in an instance and even leaving others running in the background.
These apps demand too much of the CPU and the phone overheats as a result. Smartphone connectivity, either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, if left on for several hours, also causes phone overheating since they also require processing power.
Poorly optimized hardware can also be the cause of smartphone overheating. Remember the infamous Snapdragon 810? This flagship processor will be remembered for all the wrong reasons.
Soon after its launch, it was plagued with cases of overheating, forcing devices to slow down their performance. Whenever overheating persists, then it could be a sign of hardware malfunction. This can be rectified through a simple phone repair before you can think of replacing your smartphone.
Another reason for smartphone overheating is playing games for long periods. Smartphones with good CPU coolers can be used to play some of the most graphic intensive games. Though it might be fun to play games, smartphones that lack such coolers are not suited for gaming. If anything, play high-end games on gaming consoles.
Long periods of exposure to direct sunlight also causes phone overheating. Most phones, when exposed to direct sunlight, will heat up and retain the heat.
It gets worse when your phone’s color is a dark one, say black. Such colors are good at retaining heat for long periods. This heat from the surrounding goes on to raise the internal temperature of the phone, interfering with its normal operations.
Now that we have established some of the causes of smartphone overheating, what are some of the ways to prevent it?
Tips for Preventing Smartphone Overheating
- Keep Your Smartphone Off Direct Sunlight
We have established direct sunlight as one of the causes of smartphone overheating. Avoid this by all means, even if it means using your phone less when there is too much heat outside. This is the easiest way to prevent smartphone heating among the many solutions.
- Close Unused Apps
Apps running in the background play a substantial role in smartphone overheating. First, they use up your phone’s background data and in turn drain your battery.
Second, they also require the phone’s processor to run, therefore, keep it occupied even when the apps are not being used per se. You can prevent overheating by closing all the apps that are idling in the background to avoid extra processor activity.
- Avoid Too Much Screen Brightness
Just as background apps, turning the brightness of your smartphone up will demand more of your phone’s battery and the phone works harder than normal. Rather than turn the brightness excessively up, you can choose to use a glare screen to help you use your smartphone even in the sun.
- Avoid Intensive Use of the Camera
Photography lovers often encounter smartphone overheating, especially when they use their phone to take photos for a long time.
This is not common, though, and can only come about given several reasons. A high frame rate, high camera resolution, and extra brightness when using your camera can easily cause phone overheating. Try and use a moderate resolution and frame rate whenever you are using your camera to avoid overheating.
- Scan Your Smartphone for Malware
Malware is harmful to your smartphone’s system and can easily cause smartphone overheating. Most of it corrupts the phone’s registry and files, forcing the phone’s processor to work extra hard in running apps and performing other functions. Always ensure you install apps from trusted sources such as Google Play Store as apps from untrusted sources could easily be infected with malware.
- Update Your Apps and Firmware Regularly
With the latest versions of your smartphone’s firmware and apps, you can rest assured that your processor works optimally while running these apps. With the software running efficiently, smartphone overheating becomes uncommon.
- Poor Mobile Network Connectivity
How about it? Mobile communications experts will tell you that whenever you are in a poor signal location, your processor and battery work extra hard to search for available channels for connection. If this search continues for some time, your battery drains fast, and the phone eventually overheats.
Smartphone overheating is nothing new to users. As such, you should be well aware of the common causes of overheating and how to avert them. If not properly addressed, smartphone heating could damage the processor and other hardware components of the phone. Check your battery’s temperature (normally 30C – 40C) regularly so that you can notice any changes.
Have you encountered this issue of smartphone overheating before? How did you overcome it? Feel free to share your experience by leaving comments.
Author’s Bio: Alex Green is a software developer for smartphones over the past few years. While working, he did quite a few familiarity with the work of the phones in order to be able to say exactly how to optimize their work.