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7 simple tips to help protect your phone from overheating even in extreme heat

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun28,2024

7 simple tips that will help protect your phone from overheating even in extreme heat

Summer heat can be a real test for a smartphone. As the temperature rises, the risk of the phone overheating increases, which can cause it to break or degrade performance. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to protect your device from overheating.

This is written by RBC-Ukraine (Styler project) with reference to TechRadar, which publishes news and reviews of technology products and gadgets.

Keep your phone from overheating

On a hot day, you'll probably want to hide in the shade to escape the heat. Your phone wants the same. Try not to leave it in direct sunlight, as sunlight can heat it up very quickly.

So if you are at home, don't put it near a window. Also, don't leave your smartphone in a car or any other place that naturally heats up on a sunny day – it will cause your phone to overheat and break

Remove the case

The case can be insulating, so if the phone gets hot, the case will keep the heat inside. You need to take it off so the heat dissipates as quickly as possible.

Of course, if you have a good case that does more than just protect your phone, such as a built-in credit card wallet or external battery, you can leave it on . But if you're just relaxing at home or on a picnic in the park, it doesn't hurt to remove the case for a few minutes.

Tweak your phone settings

If you want to cool down your phone, there are some useful settings you can change so that it does not overheat.

First, reduce the brightness of the screen as much as possible. While this may make it harder to read the screen, it will use less battery power, meaning the device will heat up less.

If your phone has an auto-brightness feature, it can automatically set the maximum brightness outside, so consider turning it off.

Second, turn off data when you're not using it, and maybe put your device on Airplane mode if you don't need to talk to people for a while. Similar to screen brightness, turning off these features saves battery life, which directly affects the phone's temperature.

Some phones, especially gaming phones, have overclocking modes that boost the phone's performance but drain the battery faster. Of course, this should also be abandoned.

If you don't know if your phone has this mode, chances are it doesn't, as game modes are usually only found on some specialized models.

Don't push your phone to the limit

Regardless of the weather, there are activities that heat up the phone: demanding games, editing videos or photos, as well as fast charging.

If it is already hot outside and the phone is already heating up, it is better to avoid such activities . Two heat sources can cause overheating very quickly.

So if possible, put your games on hold, charge your phone more slowly, and put off photo editing until you're in a cool place.

Don't keep your phone in your pocket

Pockets can be pretty hot places to phone – they often press the device right against your body, absorbing all your heat.

The best way to get your phone out of any tight pants or shirt pockets. Coats or jackets with pockets may be an option, but you're unlikely to wear them on a hot day.

If you're out and about, it's best to keep your phone in your bag because it'll be further away from you. And if you're sitting still, you might want to take your device out of your pocket and put it where you can keep an eye on it.

Don't use extreme cooling

The most common thing to try is to cool your phone down dramatically can do more harm than good to it.

Firstly, submerging your phone in water is not recommended, even if your phone is IP68 protected. You can drop it, leave it under water for too long. Also, these methods are not always very effective.

Also, don't leave your phone in the fridge or freezer – rapid cooling of smartphones can cause condensation to form inside the device, damaging it and potentially voiding the warranty.

Place it facing a fan

Turn on the fan and position the phone so that the air flow is directed at it.

This will cool the phone down slowly enough to not damage it, while reducing heat generated by hot weather and normal device operation.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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