Hotter temperatures mean hot phones. Depending on the demands you place on it, your phone may run the risk of overheating during the summer, resulting in major problems like draining your battery too quickly or even permanently damaging your device.
Last summer we shared several ideas to keep your phone from overheating, and just in time for a heat wave, here are five more tips to prevent a summertime phone meltdown:
- Keep your applications up-to-date. This one might seem counter-intuitive, but many app updates include bug fixes, and that can improve your phone’s efficiency.
- Separate your phone from your other gadgets. Keeping your phone, tablet and computer stacked up (even worse, stacked inside a bag!) might help you keep track of your devices, but if one running electronic device is stacked on top of another running electronic device, overheating is more likely. Keep that stuff separate and you’ll keep it cool.
- Trim unneeded apps. If your phone continues to overheat, you might want to consider the number of unnecessary items on your phone—like ringtones, games, backgrounds, or apps that you never ever use. Delete apps and functionality you’re not using and you’ll reduce your phone’s workload.
- You’ve already stepped out of the sun, shut down unneeded apps or turned off your phone, right? Try this, too: Fan your phone, or blow on it. You might feel silly fanning your phone, but physics doesn’t care. Just as fanning keeps a body cool, a breeze can help cool off your device when it’s getting too toasty. Wave your hand or a sheet of paper to make a breeze, or even blow on the back of your phone to help it cool down.
- Avoid sudden changes in temperature. If you’re really worried about the temperature of your phone, you might be tempted to place it in the refrigerator or freezer, just for a minute or two. This is what experts in the field might call, “a terrible idea.” Exposing your phone to extreme temperatures strains the components and also risks collecting moisture, a surefire way to break your device.
Remember, most devices on the market today are pretty tough, but if it’s too hot out for you, it probably doesn’t feel great to your phone, either.
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