This article was written when I got a call from a friend asking: Why is my phone overheating? The cell phone becomes hot when it has been overworked. A phone is a miniature gadget with so many uses. It is used for communication, work, and entertainment. The size and convenience make it a very handy device, thus prone to overheating. When a phone’s battery is stressed or overworked most times, the common consequence is that it begins to overheat. Overheating happens to all phones, android, IOS, etc.

It is normal for your phone to overheat especially at the back because the battery releases heat when in use. It becomes a problem when it stays hot for a long period or when overheats when not in use. The following are reasons why your phone is overheating and how to cool it down;

  • Refurbish Phone: If you are using a refurbished phone, there is a 90% chance that your phone will experience overheating. Refurbished phones most times do not come with the default battery and they are often running on upgraded software in outdated hardware.
  • Malware and Buggy apps: Malware is software designed to damage or disrupt a computer’s normal functioning. In this case, malware could be an app that gets into your phone by mistake, causing bugs in outdated apps or software that can also make your phone overheat. The solution to this is to constantly clear your phone and junk to remove malware. Also, update your apps when due to avoid bugs.
  • High display brightness: When your phone’s brightness is too high, it can overwork your battery causing your phone to overheat. The simple solution to this is to reduce your phone’s battery to keep it from overheating. It will also make your battery last longer.
  • Exposure to direct sunlight: The weather condition you expose your phone to can also affect it. When exposed to direct sunlight or hot environments, your phone can overheat. In this case, you’ll need to take your phone off the case and direct a fan at it to cool it down. This does not mean you put your phone in the freezer or refrigerator as it is not safe.
  • Intensive camera and Wi-Fi use: Using your camera for too long can cause the phone to heat up. Try using your camera and your Wi-Fi when it’s needed. Avoid gaming for too long or streaming video content for too long. This will help your battery last longer and cause your phone not to overheat. Also, switch your airplane on occasionally.
  • Damaged battery: A damaged battery can cause your phone to overheat especially when charging. If you experience this, you need to change your battery as it is damaged. In a situation where your phone overheats when charging, the problem could be your charging cable or charging pot. If you experience this, then you need to take your phone to a professional for repair.


Tips to Avoid Phone Overheating

It is very easy to prevent and occur. Curing is more difficult and consumes more resources. That being said, here are some tips to avoid overheating. These tips will keep your phone safe, make it last longer and keep it from overheating. They include;

  1. Take your phone out of the case occasionally for it to cool
  2. Keep your apps and software
  3. Get rid of apps that are not useful. Always uninstall them and clear the cache afterward.
  4. Charge your phone properly. Always charge it on cool surfaces, making sure it doesn’t charge past its limits.
  5. Turn off unnecessary and battery-consuming settings
  6. Install anti-virus
  7. Always remember to close apps, not in use
  8. Do not put your phone in direct sunlight or on hot
  9. Turn on your airplane mood occasionally or whenever you can

If these precautions are followed to the latter, your phone will not overheat.

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