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If your phone overheats, this is what you can do to cool it down

Hot temperatures can cause long-term damage to your phone if you’re not careful.

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WITH TEMPERATURES RISING (even if it’s not necessarily sunny all the time), your phone is going to get a lot of use

It’s generally recommended that you keep your phone as cool as possible, something that’s usually achieved by not giving your phone too much to do, but with warmer weather, the chances your phone will overheat rises.

This can have a negative effect on your battery, reducing its capacity, and can harm some components of your phone. Thankfully, this is simple to avoid provided you keep some things in mind.

Avoid exposing it to direct sunlight

An obvious one but since you’re going to take out your phone regularly every day, how long and where can be a problem. If you’re in direct sunlight, then don’t hold it out there for long periods as it retains the heat from it.

Give it room for ventilation 

If you’re wearing jeans and you’ve stuffed your phone into your pocket, the tight space will give it little room to breathe. If you have to store it away, it’s better to put it into a bag (your own or a friend’s) or somewhere else for safe keeping.

Worth mentioning are protective cases which can have good ventilation but can trap heat too. If you can, it’s better to remove it for the time being.

Also, don’t leave it in a parked car during hot days as the interior can heat up very quickly.

Turn off unused apps

Outside of hot days, one of the reason why a phone would overheat is down to it doing too much at the one time. If that’s the case, it’s recommended you turn off the background applications on your phone to help it cool down.

If you need additional help with that, you can download specific apps for Android like Cooler Master which will do the hard work for you.

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And whatever you do, if it gets hot…

Don’t put it into a fridge to cool down. An extreme change in temperature is bad for anything, especially electronics where doing that will wear it down quickly.

If you do need to cool it quickly, try getting a fan and hold it in the breeze. Failing that, fan it yourself. Just don’t put it into the fridge, we cannot stress that enough.

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