Why is your smartphone getting overheated and what can you do about that?

by Kate Norton
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Sometimes your smartphone can get hotter than usually. In some cases it is natural and is not an indication of anything serious. Yet, if you notice a high temperature occurring too frequently or it gets to the point when you feel your phone is burning your hands, it is the high time to find out the reason for it and address it.

What temperature is normal for smartphones?

In order to understand what is overheating, you should first understand which temperature is normal for your phone.

The temperature of surrounding in which you can use your phone safely is between 0 and 35 °C, however, the temperature inside the phone is different. Normally, it can be between 37 and 45 °C as the internal elements are working releasing temperature.

When overheating is normal?

Overheating is not an indication of a problem if you are customising your phone’s system for the first time after purchasing. This process includes a lot of background work not visible to the user, hence the phone can naturally get hotter. Yet, there is nothing wrong with it and it will get back to its normal temperature soon.

The same can happen if you are using a copy of your files for getting them back.

The only things you can do in such a case is simply not add any extra tasks to the system and wait patiently till it finishes the things it is currently doing.

Analyse the programmes you are using

It is not a secret that different programmes working on your device need a different amount of resources. Some of them are using a moderate amount of recourses whereas some tend to be rather consuming. If such programmes are running, it does not necessarily make your phone freeze. Sometimes, the productivity of the device is not impaired, however, you will find it heating up.

Certainly, the thing you can do in such a case is reducing the usage of resource-consuming apps. This will decrease the intensity of using the processor and video elements of your smartphone. At the same time, you will be able to save your battery more efficiently.

Just like in the case of computer programmes, apps using the energy in particularly are various 3D-games as well as advanced editors. Yet, pay your attention to other programmes working simultaneously with the apps you are actually using at the moment. Do not keep your Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or GPS turned on all the time if you do not need them.

Note that it is also possible that your phone might be using an app which was poorly optimised. Not all of the programmes available on smartphones are featured with an optimum design. Some of them might have some bugs or a code which was not created in an optimised way. As a result, such apps might cause the increase of temperature in your phone because they are not using the resources of the device rationally.

Certainly, choosing a better designed alternative will be a sensible idea in such a case, if it is possible. Pay your attention to the fact that it is possible that your app might be optimised by the developer, so do not turn off the actualisation process for this programme. You might find it working better after an upgrade.

Limit the external factors causing overheating

Needless to say, external factors can make your smartphone overheat as well. If the temperature outside is rather high, it is possible the temperature of your phone will start growing as well. Of course, it will not be possible for you to stop using your phone just because it is summer. Yet, you can certainly limit the exposure of your device to the sunrays. Another thing you can do during a hot weather is getting your phone out of a tightly fitting etui or pocket. You can even use your phone without an etui while playing energy-consuming games or downloading large files.

Check the temperature while charging your phone

The process of charging your phone can make the temperature rise as well. Usually, using an original charger which does not have any damages will not cause the temperature rise in your device unless you are using it during charging.

Using a damaged charger can cause a serious damage in the smartphone itself. Of course it is also advised to use exclusively an original charger designed exactly for the model for the phone you are using.

Of course, the phone can also get overheated because of more serious problems with OS and internal elements.

Decrease the temperature of your smartphone quickly

Sometimes, you might need to drop the temperature of the device pretty quickly. In such a case you certainly need to detach the charger and turn off all of the programmes you have been using. Hide the smartphone from sun. You should also activate the flying mode and set the minimum parameters for the brightness of the screen. If it is possible, simply turn the phone off.

Note that the only external source of cold air you can use for your phone is a vent. Never use a fridge for decreasing the smartphone’s temperature!

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