We have practically passed the equator of summer 2020 and come out of the first heat wave, although according to experts this next weekend we may have another-, these days the temperatures are finally doing justice to the season we are in. And the increase in heat also causes an increase in the temperature of all the electronic devices we use, and unless we are in an air-conditioned place, simply messing with the mobile phone already results in its temperature being above what habitual. And that if we wear it in our pants, we notice that the battery area is hotter than normal.
High temperatures plus the usual overuse -social networks, GPS, never turn it off, apps that consume a lot- can contribute to excessive overheating of our smartphone. Does this happen to your smartphone? Do you notice that by taking it for 5 minutes, the temperature shoots up? Try some of these tips to see if you can reduce the internal heat of the device:
Remove the cover if it is hot
We know how expensive mobile phones are today. That is why we protect them with covers of all kinds and degrees of utility that also speak of ourselves. But in the middle of the summer heat, it is best to remove the terminal from the case, especially if it is black, so that it ‘breathes’, because it must be taken into account that unlike a PC or a console, a mobile phone does not have an internal fan for refrigeration.
If you notice that it is too hot, take it out of the case for a while to lower its temperature. And do it especially if you are going to charge it, at which time the smartphone can reach its highest temperature due to the recharging process. If you can, leave it on a surface other than wood or on a textile material.
Close apps you don’t use
Using the mobile phone to entertain us is a habit, but surfing the Internet for a long time and intensively, playing an app that requires a lot of processing by the mobile CPU or having the GPS activated always not only drain the device’s battery , but also cause the processor to reach dangerous temperatures.
Try doing these things one at a time or give your mobile a break while it cools down. Closing apps that you don’t use and are open in the background is another option – if you’re not going to use Facebook, the web browser or Netflix for example in a few hours, close it. And if you need an external hand, with apps like this from Cooler for Android you can control the temperature of the terminal, avoid overheating and be alerted to the state of the phone.
Clean the dust
In the computer world, a dirty and dusty fan is a common cause of PC overheating. In the mobile world, the same. Poor ventilation and dust accumulation also in the most open areas leads directly to a rise in internal temperature, and in summer that is the worst that can happen to us.
If the smartphone is closed chassis (without cover) we can clean the exposed parts such as the charging port, the audio plug, the speaker with a mixture of water and alcohol. If the cover can be removed, then we will have easier to clean the heat evacuation areas.
Check the battery
Another element of overheating may be in a battery that is not working as it should. Normally the average life of a battery is 300 to 500 charge cycles, between 1-2 years depending on how we use it. After that time you should consider changing the battery to avoid frights, and above all not to buy a cheap one to save a few euros. Go for the model that brings the phone or those Third Party that the manufacturer recommends.
Give your mobile a break
We know it is a device, but although it is made to last, you also have to know how to take care of it. Leaving it in the sun is always a bad idea, and leaving it crazy in the summer that you will check especially if the mobile is metallic. The same if you leave it in a car parked in the sun even if it is ‘safe’, since the temperature inside a vehicle usually rises even 20 degrees above the outside.
But nothing better to cool a mobile phone than to turn it off directly, either when you go to sleep or when you know that we are not going to use it for a long time. Take care of him and he will not give you scares in return this summer.