Android Phone Overheating ! How to Prevent it

How to SYour Android Phone Overheating ? Your phone overheats. But is it happening all by itself, or do you have apps running in the background that you don’t know about? Perhaps you’re gaming too much, or the environmental conditions are too extreme… the fact is, it’s difficult to pinpoint just why your smartphone is overheating. Is there any solution for Phone overheating while charging ?

Perhaps the device becomes sluggish when hot, or perhaps it shuts down until it has cooled. Either way, it has to stop. So let’s have a look at the various causes and help you to work out just what is going on.

Android Phone Overheating

Cell phones can get warm. So if you are a new smartphone owner and are concerned about your warm cell phone then your phone might be ok, but cell phones shouldn’t get HOT. If your cell phone it getting hot and your concerned that your cell phone might be overheating to the point of becoming damaged or causing damage to something or someone else, especially yourself, then you’re in the right place and you should certainly try to figure out what is causing this to happen and how you can stop it from happening any more.

Let’s Get Past the Obvious Stuff

Usually when you’re looking for a reason for your phone overheating, you’ll determine the cause as something obvious, such as overuse, or remaining connected to your Bluetooth speaker for too long. The chances are that you’ve also hit the Web and Googled a few phrases based on error messages that you’ve seen. You might even have checked particular apps.

Almost every time you will have come across a collection of the same old reasons for your phone overheating. “Your display brightness is too high,” or, “Your Wi-Fi has been connected for too long.” “You’ve been playing too many games,” is another (often with the additional “it’s not a game console” advice).

By 2016, no one should be using a phone that overheats under normal use. Perhaps Wi-Fi is an issue, but it won’t be the connection itself that is the problem — rather, the way it’s being used. We’ll come to that later. But first…

Don’t Forget High Intensity Camera Activities

I’ve been using a Sony Xperia Z5 for some months now. It’s only in this past week, while recording a video with the front facing camera, that I’ve found the device overheating — to such an extent that a warning notice was displayed.

To summarise the scenario, the phone was in its flip cover faux leather case, which features a basic friction stand. The phone was also situated in direct sunlight, although shielded from this by the case.

Android Phone Overheating

While I was using the highest quality settings on the camera, and the video lasted around 20 minutes, it was nevertheless a surprise to receive a warning that the phone would shut down due to overheating.

So, while the connectivity options, high display brightness, and regular gaming can impact your phone’s temperature, where it is situated and how high your camera settings are can also play a part.

Don’t Forget Viruses

Malware on your Android device may well be a problem that causes excessive heat. After all, the developers of the malware aren’t exactly interested in the health of your device; they just want your data.

Is Your Case Suffocating Your Phone?

But following up on that is the issue of the case, a common factor that many smartphone owners overlook.

Almost every case is constructed from plastic or has a large amount of plastic, and even those that are made with leather have the same problem: the phone is insulated, keeping heat in and cold out.

Android Phone Overheating
Android Phone Overheating by Case

But for safety reasons, as the phone gets warm (particularly during high performance tasks), it needs to radiate the heat away, and the presence of a case made from an insulated material prevents this.

It’s like exercising in a duffle coat.

Your options here aren’t great, however. Removing your phone from the case is a good start, but if you’re uncomfortable with this, then it is not a viable long term option. With regards to the example I made above, using a standard smartphone tripod with the phone out of its case would have been preferable.

Could another factor be involved?

Check Your Battery and Charger Cable

Another thing to consider is the state of your battery and the charger cable. If you have an older phone that has been regularly overcharged (you should never charge to 100%, for instance, and regularly charge to 80-90% to increase battery life), then smartphone overheating can occur.

Android Phone Overheating
Android Phone Overheating by Battery

However, you should also check the quality of your charger cable. Phones should not get hot when charging (certainly not hot enough to cause problems), and when this occurs, the reason can be either a damaged battery (and swapping these out on modern phones is a problem) or a poor quality charging cable.

An easy way to deal with this would be to replace the cable.

Could it Be Wi-Fi After All?

Well, no. But it could be that your smartphone is overheating due to the way in which Wi-Fi is being overused. Android users in particular are susceptible to apps running in the background and drawing on resources, such as CPU and Wi-Fi or mobile Internet. If apps are allowed to run in this way, things can heat up.

Android Phone Overheating
Android Phone Overheating App

One way to put an end to this is with Greenify, a free Play Store app that enables you to identify resource leechers and put the misbehaving apps into hibernation.

While this puts background functionality out of service, you can be confident that it will also mean reduced resource use, which can help to keep your smartphone from overheating.

Other Possible Reasons

Water Damage

Do you listen to music from your cell phone while taking a shower? Do you keep your cell phone in a sweaty pocket all day? Or has your phone simply had an accident where it was exposed to liquid? Power issues and overheating are common problems that a water damaged cell phone can experience.

You might want to try and locate the LDI (Liquid Damage Indicator) sticker(s) on your phone to just make sure that your cell phone is not experiencing any side effects of moisture or liquid damage. Your phone might have moisture damage and you might not even know it.

No rest

When was the last time your cell phone got to rest for a few minutes? Does your cell phone remain turned on constantly throughout the day then remains on and plugged into a charger all night? It might just need to be powered off to rest for a little bit.

As Androids get used apps and processes can start to run and continue to run until they are manually stopped or the phone reboots (which was mentioned above) but being constantly powered on can also cause minor software problems which can often be solved by simply restarting the phone, so I thought I would add this little tip to the list.

What NOT TO DO when your phone is overheating

Do NOT put your cell phone into the fridge or worse a freezer. Exposing your cell phone to extreme temperatures coupled with moisture is just a bad idea all around and I definitely don’t recommend it for any reason.

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