Overheating is common problem among Android smart phones users these days but not a lot of people don’t know what to do about it. The reason why smart devices heat up is no rocket science, it is mainly due to the way it is being used or or should I say “overused” is the right word for it?
We might be overusing our Android device unknowingly, playing games on it all the time but it also happens knowingly. Apart from the fact that the device gets tough to hold, overheating also causes damage to the device itself and its delicate internal circuitry. Then most irritating part is when your phone turns into a heated cannon ball and you have no idea what you did to get it boiling like that.
While we do agree to disagree that overheating is nothing new and happens to the best of devices, we are of the belief that there are some things you can do to prevent it from happening in the near future and also to protect your device. You can start by following these few simple tricks and feel the difference for yourself:
1. Avoid running too many background apps
Let’s start with something that you might not notice right from the onset because apps running in the background is something that majority of us tend to ignore. With the huge amount of RAM in recent Android smart phones, apps run smoothly even when you have a number of active background apps. However, these background apps & services take up CPU resources, thus straining the CPU and increasing the hardware’s temperature.
If you want to reduce your device temperature, you might want to look into the number of apps that you have running in the background and try to reduce this in the future. Be sure to exit apps after using it and restrict auto-start feature if your device permits such. You can also check the RAM allocated to each app in Settings>Memory.
2. Avoid playing Games, using VR & Camera for long durations
If you use apps like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger etc. continuously, your device won’t overheat, however playing games or using the camera will. Add Virtual Reality to that list and you have the trio that is capable of boiling your device.
Games are not like other apps, they are resource intensive and put more stress on your CPU, as well as the battery. Same goes for the camera, as keeping it active to capture long videos or requires additional power from both the CPU and battery, resulting in your device heating up. VR is the latest addition to the things that take a toll on your device.
Using your device with a VR gear might seem pretty cool, but doing so over long periods of time will cause some serious heating, so try to cut back on that as well.
3. Reduce mobile data, Bluetooth and GPS usage
It is no secret that using services like Bluetooth, mobile data and GPS also take a toll on your device’s battery. But what people don’t pay attention to is, how and why this happens. These services drain out your battery fast because they require a lot of power to work. Do the math and you will find out that the faster the battery drains, the hotter the device gets.
If the battery is being overused, it has to provide the device with more power to sustain these wireless services and doing that continuously for a decent amount of time undeniably shoots its temperature up. Using Google Maps and other similar applications too heats up device, as it requires the GPS and the screen to remain active for long duration. Along with these services, WiFi too tends to use up battery but compared to mobile data, it’s a lot more power efficient.
4. Charge Properly
Charge properly, these two words should never leave your consciousness. If you want your device to stay cool and also prolong its battery life, you should make sure to charge it properly. This involves a few basic things, that if adhered strictly will significantly decrease your device’s heating issues.
Use only the proper charger and charging cable with the right voltage rating that was provided with your device, using other chargers will affect your battery.
Do not use your phone while it is charging. This should be an absolute rule, as it is bad for your device and also for you. Do not keep the phone covered while charging. Don’t suffocate it.
5. Keep the Brightness in check
This is pretty obvious, the higher the brightness of your device the more power it is going to require and the hotter the device is going to get. You should do well to keep the brightness of your device down to an acceptable level and you will be surprised with the difference. Screen brightness increase the temperature to a high level, making it to overheat and your device will never be cool to begin with.
6. Buy a good case
Investing in a good case for your phone should be the first thing to do after you get a brand new Android smartphone. A good case is important for your device’s physical protection and also its temperature. Instead of buying a leather case or a bulky one, you should buy a case which will ensure that your device gets the air it needs to remain cool. Leather and rubber tends to trap the heat inside and so do other similar materials. Invest in a good quality hard shell case, which will give your device a cooler look while keeping it cool.
7. Install an anti-malware App
You may not realize this but apps aren’t the only thing that use your device’s resources, viruses and malware do this as well. These notorious apps will keep consuming resources in the background and much like background apps, these too will prevent your device from taking a break. Continuous usage of CPU resources is bound to increase the CPU as well as the battery temperature.
Install a good anti-malware app to make sure your device is safe and does not have viruses keeping it hot. We recommend the app 360 Security for this purpose, as it is a decent anti-malware app, which can also monitor your device’s RAM usage and temperature among other things.
8. Install an app to monitor and cool down your device’s temperature
With overheating being such a common issue with most Android users, the Play Store is filled with apps that monitor and control the device’s temperature. These apps monitor your device’s temperature in real time and have one tap features to cool down a device. We recommend using the CPU Cooler app, which keeps a check on the apps that are overusing your CPU and heating it up. This app also features a one tap feature capable of closing all such resource-consuming apps to allow the device to cool down.