We are becoming more and more dependent on our smartphones, as they seem to become a universal device that we use for everything that is so important nowadays. This isn’t a bad thing, but when you depend this much on your smartphone, you need to start being responsible with it. That’s why when your Android smartphone starts to heat up it can cause a real issue for both you and your smartphone.
One of the main questions that go through our head when we notice the sudden spike in the temperature of our phone is “what causes the overheating of our phone and whether we can fix it.”
What Causes the Over-Heating and How to Solve it
Overheating of Android phones is not at all a normal situation. On average almost every Android device has a tendency to overheat during heavy CPU and GPU usage. Als while using Android hardware resources heavily by means of heavy apps then your smartphone is going to overheat.
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The main types of overheating are:
- CPU & GPU overheating
- Battery overheating
- Overheating due to a software upgrade
CPU & GPU Overheating
This is the most common type of overheating for every Android phone and tablet. This type of overheating is not at all a problem and you can control your device to produce less heat by controlling your usage of apps, the way how you use it.
- Uninstall Unnecessary Apps: The more apps installed, the more heat will be produced by your phone. Simply uninstall those unnecessary apps that you do not use because these apps always run in the background and increase the heat generated by the CPU & GPU during heavy usage.
- Clear The Cache & Junk Files: Use any clean master app to frequently clean junk and cache files from your Android phone or tablet. If the cache is full all the time then the CPU will have to work harder to access the data, resulting in unnecessary heat.
- Use 4G/LTE/3G Networks smartly: If you are using 3G or 4G networks on your device then make sure that the network reception is good. Because low network signals mean the Android device CPUs and Radios will work harder, which will make the battery drain faster and get hotter. So use 3G/4G/LTE only in an area if good coverage or use Wi-Fi whenever possible as it consumes lesser battery as compared.
The battery may tend to overheat while using 3G/4G and Wi-Fi networks. However, if your battery is always hot then that can be a serious problem. A constantly heated battery means it’s damaged. A normal battery won’t get hot while charging, but a faulty battery will. A faulty battery also bulges out from front and back. But also remember a bulgy phone battery doesn’t always mean that it is faulty.
If your battery is faulty, you should replace it with an OEM battery only! Faulty batteries may explode anytime and completely damage the Android device. The life cycle of a typical smartphone battery varies from 300 to 500 charging cycles. You don’t have to count how many times your recharge your smartphone, but if you charge the battery once every day, then you should change your battery once in at least 1-2 years. It’s a good investment and should increase its life and decrease the level of heating, as well.
Overheating Due to Software Upgrade
This problem is rare but isn’t unnoticed on Android phones and tablets with an Android software upgrade. There are recent examples like the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, AT&T Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy Note 3 among others wherein the users had complained that their phones started overheating without any heavy usage. Both AT&T and Verizon had released subsequent OTA updates to fix overheating issues.
If this is the case with you then you can either wait till the new update arrives or you can downgrade your Android phone to prevent overheating.
Tips to Cool Down Android Devices
- Avoid overusing your phone.
- Playing games for hours might also cause the overheating issue.
- Don’t charge your phone every now and then, especially while using your device.
- Try removing the phone case you are using for your phone’s protection as it doesn’t let your device cool come in direct contact with outside air.
- Keep an eye on your phone’s battery behavior. For that, you can use an app like Battery Repair Life.
- Some apps and games have had an adverse effect on smartphone’s CPU and battery as they not only devour your phone’s hardware resources but also keep consuming them even when you are not using them. You must find out the culprit apps and uninstall them.
- Besides, you also need to control apps and processes running in the background. You can find some handy tips to stop background apps here.
- Keeping WiFi, hotspot, and Bluetooth for a very prolonged time may also heat up your Android smartphone. Therefore, you should avoid doing that.
- I have never used apps that claim to cool down the CPU, GPU and Battery temperature on Android devices and tend to refrain from them, but the numerous feedbacks from users of such apps point to a different direction. You can try phone cooling apps to find out if they really work for you.
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