Five Reasons Your Smartphone Overheats—And What to Do About Them
Millions of Americans now rely on their smartphones for business or personal reasons, and these minicomputers are increasingly robust and durable. Nonetheless, like any other computer, smartphones can overheat, and if your phone shuts down when you most need it, you will probably want to understand what caused the problem. Learn about five possible causes of overheating and find out what you can do about them.
1. Software upgrades
Smartphones use mobile operating systems that developers regularly update to fix bugs and offer new features. While these upgrades undergo rigorous testing, problems can still occur, especially if you are using an older handset or if you have certain applications on your device. When overheating problems occur, developers will often quickly put out a new software patch, but if you don't download these updates, you may still get problems with overheating.
You can normally find details of these issues online, and many technology websites publish information to warn users about specific issues. In some situations, you may need to delete or close certain applications until an upgrade becomes available.
2. Wrong ambient temperature
Modern smartphones are certainly built to last, but every device has its limits. Indeed, most manufacturers publish acceptable operating temperatures. For example, one of the most popular devices on the market operates effectively between 32 and 95 degrees.
Outside these temperatures, manufacturers cannot guarantee that the handset will function properly. You will normally get a warning on the smartphone that the temperature is too high or low. As soon as you see this, power down your device until you can move to a place that is within the ideal temperature range.
3. The wrong type of case
It's important to use the right type of case to protect your smartphone, or you may cause problems with overheating. Sometimes you should just simply remove the case when the handset is charging because the case may over-insulate the extra heat the device creates while the battery charges. Alternatively, some accessories always trap heat. For example, rubber cases are more likely to trap heat than other materials. Talk to an accessories specialist about the different types of protective case available. For more information about charging, speak with a company that sells charging cases.
4. Power-hungry applications
Certain applications on your smartphone use more processing power. When this happens, the CPU in the smartphone has to work harder. For short bursts, this probably isn't a significant problem, but over longer periods, these power-draining applications may cause the smartphone to overheat.
For example, games often need a lot of processing power. High-definition images and graphics can use up a lot of processing power, and these games may also draw on other resources. Online games will also put pressure on your Wi-Fi or a Bluetooth connection, and if the game interfaces with your social media accounts, you can see how the energy drain could become unmanageable.
You should always close down background apps when they're not in use. You may even want to invest in special applications that keep control for you. You can download applications that monitor the handset's temperature and automatically close power-hungry apps to help the CPU stay on top of things.
5. Environmental conditions
Your smartphone probably has to cope with a variety of environmental conditions every day, some of which may increase the risk of overheating.
For example, smartphones in pockets are more likely to overheat because of the combined effects of poor ventilation and excess body heat. Similarly, a phone left in a locked car or in direct sunlight will often struggle to stay cool. Make sure you store your handset carefully, keeping in mind the need to control the ambient temperature. Dust doesn't help, either. Over time, an accumulation of dust will block the handset's tiny air vents, making it harder for the device to keep cool. In this instance, you may want to invest in a cleaning kit from an accessories supplier.
Water damage is a common problem, too. Water-damaged smartphones are often unable to work effectively within the normal ambient temperature range. Most smartphones have liquid contact indicators in the battery compartment, which change color when they detect moisture. If you find an activated indicator, you should take the device to a repair shop, as the water damage could cause the overheating issue as well as other performance problems.
Overheating can cause problems for smartphone users. Make sure you look after your handset and consider any additional accessories and applications that can help prevent the issue.