I’ve used many smartphones over the past years, and honestly, it’s been a good ride so far. However, there were some issues/hiccups I wished were not present, such as my phone getting hot while I’m using it or not. That was when I realized and asked myself questions like “Why is my phone hot? Why does my phone keep overheating? Is it normal for my phone to be hot?”, and a host of others. But thankfully, I got to the root of the issue and fixed it!
And in this article, I'll be sharing with you what causes your phone to be hot, as well as revealing to you the tips to keep your phone cool when it should be. Shall we?
Why is my phone hot while using it or not?
Straight up, you need to understand that it's normal for your phone to increase the temperature while using it. Just like any other electronic machine (yeah! See your phone as a small machine), smartphones work on various components that generate heat while being used.
And according to experts, your phone temperature may go high and still be considered as the “normal temperature”. So, you need to get that right first.
However, if your phone is getting hot (like "really" hot that you can feel it), that's when you need help. Over here are factors that make your phone hot.
- Intensive gaming
- Full-screen brightness
- The temperature of the environment
- Heavy (background) usage
- Outdated/buggy/problematic apps
- Software bugs
How to prevent your phone from overheating
1. Optimize your screen brightness
Although having high nits of brightness is a sought-after smartphone feature today, you still don't have to crank your screen brightness to the maximum level when not needed. Your phone may overheat and drain the battery faster when the screen brightness is too much.
So, if you’ve ever asked yourself, "Why is my phone hot and losing battery?" it's possible because of your screen brightness.
Reducing your screen intensity from the Quick Settings panel would reduce your phone temperature and save more battery. Better still, you can turn on "Adaptive brightness" to adjust screen intensity based on your current environment.
2. Close or uninstall apps you’re not using.
Why does my phone get hot when I'm not using it? Well, it could result from many factors such as too many background processes, spy apps, heavy bandwidth usage, and more. But for now, you can focus on closing or removing apps you're not using.
Running many unnecessary apps in the background can clog up your phone memory and make it overheat when there's not enough RAM/memory to run the active ones. So, we advise you to close those apps if you don't need them right now.
- Open the Recent Apps menu on your phone.
- Tap the “X” or Trash button to close all running apps.
- You can also swipe the apps away one after the other to close them.
Besides closing the apps you're not using, we recommend you uninstall the ones you don't need anymore. Better still, most TECNO, Infinix, and itel phones feature "Freezer," allowing you to freeze apps you don’t need now.
3. Reduce intensive gaming sessions
Among others, gaming is a persuasive reason we buy smartphones these days. And while some phones are made for that, your phone may still get warm while playing games.
I once asked myself, "Why does my phone get so hot when playing games." But later, I realized that graphic-intensive games like Call of Duty Mobile use the phone's GPU and CPU extensively, causing it to get warm.
So, if you play graphic-intensive games for several hours, your phone is likely going to become hot. You don’t need to eliminate gaming; of course, you probably bought your phone for that. However, ensure you take breaks between your gaming sessions, and more importantly, ensure you play games in a temperate (and well-ventilated) environment.
4. Charge your phone the right way
It's normal for your phone to get warm while charging it. But if it gets too hot, then something is wrong somewhere.
To keep your phone cool while charging it, ensure you use a high-quality charger, preferably the one boxed with your phone or a replacement gotten from your manufacturer or another trusted accessory brand. For instance, Oraimo makes high-quality chargers for TECNO, Infinix, and itel devices.
Also, ensure to charge your phone under room temperature. If the room is warm or hot already, your phone may overheat while charging it.
5. Check if your battery is causing the issue.
Asides from the tips mentioned earlier, bad hardware components may cause your phone to overheat. And talking of that, the battery is the most culprit here. If your phone gets hot from the backside while using it or not, that's a sign your phone battery is bad.
We already covered a guide on how to know if your phone battery needs to be replaced. You can check that to identify if your battery is causing the whole issue. If yes, take the step to replace it at your earliest convenience to avoid further damages.
6. Keep your apps and phone system up to date.
Additionally, if you'd like your phone temperature to remain optimal most of the time, always keep your device and apps up to date. Over every system or app update, there are usually bug fixes, security patches, performance improvements, the introduction of extra features, and many others. And since bad/buggy apps could cause your phone to run temperature, updating them could be the only way to fixes such issues.
To prevent your phone from overheating, always ensure you update your apps from the Play Store and your device from the System Update section.
7. Avoid the temperate area and direct sunlight.
If you also love taking pictures under direct sunlight, you probably have encountered the "Temperature too high" warning while using the camera. That's because the sun is too hot and your phone can't handle the temperature anymore, hereby shutting down the camera.
If you've ever wondered and asked yourself, "Why is my phone overheating while using it outdoors," kindly note that it's usually because of the direct sunlight. And not just that, using or charging your phone in a temperate environment like a bakery could lead to overheating. Avoid using or charging your phone in such scenarios.
As earlier said, your phone getting hot could result from software issues like too many background processes, hardware issues like a bad battery, and environmental issues like scorching sunlight. However, following the tips in this article would help keep your phone's temperature at bay.
If your phone is still hot after practicing the tips above, you may need to visit the service center for professional assistance.