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7 ways to stop your Android phone from overheating

7 ways to stop your Android phone from overheating

By  Adeline Belluz 2018-02-28 28700 4

Why your smartphone gets hot? How to handle your hot cell phone? Try the tutorial guide to keep your mobile phone from overheating! In this post, we will show you the reasons why phone heats up and their correspondent solutions.

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What to do if the phone is overheating?

An overheat smartphone usually run slowly, run out of battery fast, shorten its life span, or even explode. So, take it seriously once your phone is extremely hot.


#1. DON'T leave your phone in the sunlight too long.

In other words, avoid using your cell phone at high temperature. Sunlight, especially summer's sunlight, will heat up your mobile phone if you put it under sun directly for a long time.

If the phone is extremely hot in sun, stop using it and move it to cold it, do not use the phone until it cools down. The phone will cool down faster after taking the protective case off.


#2. Close hardly used programs in the background.

You may don't know so many apps are running on phone background, as you haven't used any of them. These apps not only consume RAM storage, but also consume battery power, and generate heat in long time processing.

The program isn't closed if you tape Home button to back home page, it will run in the background. Generally, tape the return button twice to close the program, or click Exit from the app menu to quit running the program. Certainly, you may forget to end the app, or haven't time to quit the app. In this case, you can check your phone frequently and close the apps at one time.


#3. Stop using the phone if you have used it too long.

People are easy to addict to their mobile phones so that often forget the time when using the phones, or continue to play with the phones while charging. It's no doubt that long time of using and using while charging will make the phone gets hot. For example, the heat arise when you play game or make a call for a long time, because a game requires many parts of phone work at the same time and thus the phone's CPU cannot meet your demand.

playing game with an Android phone

Stop using your phone when you feel it's hot. If you can't control yourself, just download an app like Offtime, Moment to restrict the using time.


#4. Remove malware from your phone.

Malware goes wherever they can, so be careful with them when using your mobile phone. When your cell phone is infected by the virus or other types of malware, it will spread malicious content, send your data to the malware developer by using the phone's resources. Thus, your phone gets heat suddenly.

Therefore, run the virus scan tool on your phone to find the malware source, then uninstall the app. However, though the phone hasn't infected by malware, you should remember:

Download apps from an official site or known market store, instead of unknown source.

Do not click pop up advertisement while surfing the internet.

Do not click unsafe, strange links from others.

Install an anti-malware tool and scan your phone frequently.


Related: Android Masterclass | How to remove Malware like a Pro


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#5. Update the firmware and apps to the latest version.

Developers are dedicated to offering their users new firmware version, because outdated apps or software run inefficiently or have some bugs which overuse the cell phone's processor and thus cause your phone overheats.

Update your phone: Go to Settings - About phone / My device - Check for updates, update your phone if it's not the latest version, then restart your phone.

Update your apps: head to the app store on your phone, click your Account, check if there are any available updates for your downloaded apps. Generally, when you open an app, it will notify you to update the app if it has a new version.


#6. Avoid using your phone while the signal is poor.

If your phone's signal is poor, the phone will change to a better network type automatically, and struggle to find strong signal while you are surfing the internet, which results in the mobile works harder and begins to heat up.

Avoid surfing the internet or making a call when the signal is poor. If you are urged to call someone, the easiest way to obtain better signal is to change a place to check if you get better reception.


Related: How to check the actual signal strength on YOUR phone


#7. Charge your Android phone properly.

If the overheating problem is caused by phone battery, the back of your mobile phone will be obvious hot. Press and hold the power key to turn off the phone, then check your phone battery temperature. Android phone battery's temperature is about 30 centidegree, sometimes go up to 40 centidegree. You could check the battery temperature of your smartphone in settings:

Check Android phone's temperature in settings

There are two main reasons that why the battery is overheating: you charge the phone with improper charging cable, or the phone is too old. Charge your phone with its original charging cable or branded USB cable. If the battery is overheating though you didn't use the phone for long, maybe the battery is aging seriously. Therefore, you should replace a battery for your phone, or just purchase a new mobile phone.


Wrap up

Above are some common reasons and solutions for resolving a hot Android phone. However, the overheating problem can be caused by personal settings, which you can try disabling unneeded features and functions, and restart your phone (or factory reset) to fix the problem.

The solutions work on almost all Android phones. If the overheating problem cannot be fixed by trying all above methods, go to a local mobile phone repair shop or contact the seller to solve the problem.


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