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17 Phone Overheating fix that works (Easy Guide)

Phone Overheating Solutions

Overheating phones can be rather uncomfortable to use. I have once tried keeping my phone in the fridge to cool down the hot temperature. 

Did it work? Yeah, it did (at first). 

Unfortunately, I was doing a lot more damage to my phone than I knew. (Don’t blame the 14 years old boy). The phone got faulty the next month with more problems than I could fix.

So here’s the big question, is there any other safe way to stop a phone from getting hot?

Yes! There’re many ways to stop your phone from getting hot, and I’m not talking about keeping it in your fridge (which is a bad idea, could be disastrous, and I won’t recommend it). 

This guide is super-packed with 17 effective fixes for an overheating phone. So if you’re wondering – Why is my phone overheating so quickly? Why is my phone hot and losing battery? – We’ve got you covered. 

Relax, we’re not getting all techy here to fix your phone overheating problem. Instead, these are simple but effective methods that even my 65 years old granny can apply to stop her phone from overheating.

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Why is my phone overheating?

Your phone could be overheating as a result of overuse and too much stress on the battery–which is most common, or a bad charging cable. 

Other secondary causes include malware on your Android phone, using your phone while charging or direct exposure to sunlight for too long. 

Still, you shouldn’t mistake warm for hot (the former is normal and expected). So, if your phone is running hot even when not in use and becoming uncomfortable to use, then you need to look out and apply the following solutions real quick.

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How to stop your phone from overheating

Remove your phone case

When your phone starts getting hot, your phone case isn’t doing any good. So the first thing you want to do is remove the case or phone pouch. 

Smartphones usually produce warm temperatures considering the amount of processing it does. This is normal. However, when it starts dissipating more heat than usual, your case could be holding the heat in. So, remove that pouch to help your phone cool down faster. 

Turn down your phone brightness

When your phone brightness is up, this automatically makes your battery use more power and produce more heat. You need to lower the screen brightness, and if possible reset your screen timeout to a shorter duration. 

In short, aside from minimizing the risk of eye problems for you, turning down your phone brightness will help manage your phone battery life and cool down your phone by using less power. 

Close unused apps on your phone

This is a habit of many smartphone users. When you have many apps running in the background, this will make your phone use more power (technically draining your battery) and in turn, produce more heat than usual. 

The solution here is to go to your phone menu of running apps and close or remove the ones you’re not using at the moment. This functionality might be accessed differently on various devices. Still, the menu should look similar to the one shown below.

Fan your phone to cool it down

This might sound odd or funny but it works. Also, it is a safer option to cool down your hot phone, compared to keeping it in your refrigerator.

Just as you enjoy the cool breeze of your fan, your mobile phone can equally cool down when it gets hot and uncomfortable to use. Another option is to keep your phone in a well-ventilated area.

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Remove your charger when your phone is fully charged

Another reason your phone may be overheating is overcharging. See it as how you’d get uncomfortable after overfeeding, your phone can get uncomfortable when overcharged. 

Normally, electricity flows through your phone when it’s plugged in, and may warm up your phone temperature a bit. 

However, overcharging or leaving your phone plugged in after charging the battery full can be quite disastrous and cause your phone to get abnormally hot.

Turn on airplane mode

If your device is running hot already, turning on airplane mode will help cool it down quickly. 

Moreover, when you’re in a place with little or no signal, your device puts in extra effort in searching for a signal, which can make it heat up. Simply turn on airplane mode till you’re in an area with better network coverage.  

If you’re out at the beach, at an event or at the cinema where you won’t be using it for long hours, turning on airplane mode is an excellent way to save battery. 

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Avoid exposing your phone to direct sunlight

Do you know that excessive heat can damage your phone screen and other parts?

While some phones will notify you when the temperature is getting abnormally high, other phones don’t come with this functionality.

Your phone can get hot when it’s under direct sunlight. For instance, keeping your phone on your vehicle’s dashboard or charging it close to an open window may expose your device to direct sunlight and excess heat. 

The simple solution here’s to keep your phone in your bag, or somewhere cool, away from the hot sunlight. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean you can’t use your phone outdoors under the sun. Yes, you can! 

However, your phone is built to handle a level of temperature. Just as you get uncomfortable when you stay too long in the sun, your phone also may not be able to handle the high temperature. The deal here is to keep your phone in a cool place when not in use.

Keep your apps up-to-date

If you’re wondering how keeping your apps up-to-date affects your phone temperature, it’s simple. Some apps come with bugs. 

These bugs could make processing difficult for your phone, and can also result in the “device overheating” message and apps closing issue.

Your phone has a built-in advanced processor which automatically improves your experience using apps on the device. So, the harder it is for your processor to do its job (caused by the bugs), the higher your device temperature may get. 

You need to update your apps. Aside from fixing the glitches and bugs in your app and preventing your device from running at high temperatures, it improves efficiency and user experience.

Don’t keep too many apps

Keeping too many apps can make your phone’s temperature run high, especially when you have many unnecessary apps running in the background. 

These apps make your device consume more power and increase the stress on your device’s battery and processor. In turn, your device starts to get abnormally hot. 

The solution here is to remove or uninstall unused or unnecessary apps on your phone. This is also an excellent method of managing space on your device.

Turn on Bluetooth only when needed

Leaving your phone Bluetooth on while not in use will make your device constantly search for available devices in the area. This will in turn drain your battery and can cause your phone to heat up. 

Ensure you don’t keep your phone Bluetooth on for unnecessarily long hours. A good habit is to disconnect the Bluetooth and turn it off after use. 

There are times when your device auto connects to your car Bluetooth. You may have to disconnect the auto-pairing as well.

Install an antivirus on your Android phone

Malware on your device could be the reason it’s heating up since the purpose of malware is to damage your device’s health and steal your data in the first place, making it uncomfortable to use is just a preamble. 

Unlike iPhones, Android phones are vulnerable to viruses. So if your Android phone is getting uncomfortably hot, a virus on your device could be the culprit. 

You need to install an antivirus. There are many trusted antivirus on the Google play store that you can choose from. However, you can try out 360 Security.

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Take a break from mobile gaming

With the increasing number of mobile games on app stores, mobile gaming is a trend. Nevertheless, mobile gaming for intensive long hours can make your phone hot, especially when playing games with high-quality graphics. 

Games are meant to use a reasonable amount of your phone graphics and core processors to run smoothly, and as a result, warm up your device. 

This is why you need to get a mobile phone with the necessary features for gaming – and try to minimize the amount of time you spend playing games.

You should also close the game apps when you’re no longer playing to ensure the game isn’t running in the background.

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Charge your phone properly

Is your phone overheating when charging? Then, maybe you’re not charging your phone properly. 

The way you charge your phone technically affects your phone’s overall health. Many of us are fond of using our phones while charging – I was too. Unfortunately, this isn’t a great habit. 

For instance, gaming when your phone is charging puts a lot of stress on your phone’s battery and core processor. In turn, your phone starts getting uncomfortably hot.

In case you don’t know, this causes more damage to your phone battery and phone overall health. Plus, the electricity flowing through your device is a bit higher since it’s plugged in, and using it without unplugging it first puts you at risk. 

Use a proper charger for your phone

Using a phone charger that isn’t manufacturer-approved may cause your phone temperature to run high. This is a common case, and it’s pretty simple, the charger isn’t compatible with your phone!

You must remove the charging cable and see if that fixes the problem. If it does, then you need to contact your phone manufacturer and get a proper high-quality charger.   

Also, make sure you examine your charging cable to see if there’s any breakage or other faults. Damaged charging cables can make your phone overheat.

Examine your phone camera

Communities on the web have sections dedicated to this issue, which means it’s a common problem smartphone users face. 

Your smartphone camera may cause your phone to overheat when you’re recording a video for a long time. To fix this, simply close your phone camera app. 

If your phone starts getting hot when the camera is in use, then you need to look out for some things such as the resolution, and phone brightness. 

When these settings are at the highest or best it could be putting more stress on your phone battery, thereby making it abnormally hot when your camera is in use for too long.

So, try to minimize your brightness, and set your camera settings to a reasonably normal resolution.

Avoid abnormal temperature changes

You’ll be tempted to keep your phone in your refrigerator, please don’t! Aside from being risky, you’ll be damaging other components of your phone gradually. 

So, unless you can afford a new phone real soon and willing to take such dangerous health risks, we recommend you go for the fourth solution we outlined in this guide. It’s way safer than using your refrigerator.

Don’t hoard your phone with other gadgets

Stacking your phone with other gadgets while it’s running in the same place such as your bag makes them more likely to overheat, so you need to keep them separated.

Otherwise, you can turn off the gadgets or close all running apps if you must keep them in the same place. This way, your gadgets won’t be susceptible to overheating when they are together.

What to do if your phone overheats and won’t turn on

When your phone overheats and won’t turn on, simply remove the case or pouch, make sure it’s not plugged in (charging), and then keep it in a well-ventilated place away from heat and sunlight. Wait for your phone to cool down then try to turn it on again. 

After turning it on, apply the 17 effective fixes we’ve outlined earlier in this guide. On the other hand, if your phone won’t turn on after several trials, you should take it to an expert phone repairer. The problem may be more technical than you can handle. 

FAQ

Is it bad if your phone gets hot?

When your phone gets hot, it’s a sign that something isn’t right with your device and requires quick attention before it gets bad. Nevertheless, you should be able to differentiate warm from hot, so you won’t have to worry unnecessarily when your phone is functioning at an optimal level.

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