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Is your phone overheating regularly? Here's how you can fix it

If it’s happening often, it’s recommended you fix it asap.

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SOMETIMES YOUR PHONE will heat up a little. When it does, that just means it’s busier than usual and isn’t anything major to worry about.

When it becomes prevalent, even when it’s dealing with basic everyday tasks, that’s when it becomes a problem. A phone that’s hot for too long can end up damaging it in the long run so it’s worth nipping it in the bud as soon as possible.

The likely reason why this happens is because you have far too many apps running in the background, putting an unnecessary strain on your phone’s CPU.

Checking battery usage in settings can give you an idea of which apps are causing the problem, but you should go further than that.

What you want to find out is when your phone started overheating, and what apps you installed or updated during that time.

If you’re an iPhone user, you can check the diagnostics section to see what apps have been crashing on your phone.

Go to Settings > Privacy > Diagnostics & Usage > Diagnostics & Usage Data for a list of every situation where an app crashed.

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There will be a few entries here already, but if a specific app keep appearing regularly, then it’s likely you have a problem with it.

If you want to keep it, it’s better to turn off background app refresh – both for offending apps and those you don’t use – and location settings so they only run when required. Otherwise remove it entirely.

If you’re on Android and you feel this is too much work, downloading an app like Cooler Master or EaseUS Coolphone can make the process a little easier. 

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