Summer is here and so is the inescapable heat. India is a tropical country, which means that the sun is relentless around here. But if the summer has made things difficult for us, you imagine how much worse the condition could be for the metal-plastic smartphones in your pockets? Mobile phones tend to overheat by themselves when subjected to resource intensive applications. However, the environmental heat tends to add onto that as well. Combined, the internal and external heat the smartphone faces are enough to cause heat damage to the device. Things like forced shutdown, faster battery ageing, data loss/corruption, and even a complete meltdown are known to happen! Yes, excessive heat can literally melt the CPU when the phone overheats – a primary reason why manufacturers have built-in fail-safes to slow a smartphone SoC down when temperatures above a certain level are detected on-board. But as the adage goes, ‘Prevention is better than cure’. So instead of lamenting about your phone being literally too hot to handle, let’s look at five ways in which you can prevent your phone from overheating this summer.

1) Don’t charge in direct sunlight

Charging is a process during which the internals of a phone tend to heat up. During this process, the last thing you’d want to do is place it in the sunlight. The high ambient temperature combined with the heated internals can severely damage your phone.

2) Kill unused applications

This might sound like a simple suggestion but is helpful. Often, we forget to kill apps that we use and let them stay open in the background. When heavy applications and games remain open in the background, they end up using a lot of resources. This, in turn, causes smartphones to overheat and drain their batteries.

3) Let your smartphones breathe

After finishing any race, athletes cool themselves down by catching their breath. And just exactly like that, when smartphones get hot, they need some space to breathe. This means that you should take the case off the phone when it's hot. Also, if it's in any confined space, like in a pocket or under the pillow, consider removing it from such spaces and put it in a cooler place. This is where basic physics will help your phone to stay cool.

4) Don’t leave your phone in the car

The interior of a car, when locked, gets extremely hot since there is no air circulation. Additionally, cars usually have a metal chassis, which makes them excellent conductors of heat and prone to overheating themselves when left idle. If the car is placed under direct sunlight, the temperatures inside can skyrocket. So, if you forget the phone in your car when it’s not in use, you’re inviting damage to your phone. Also, never place the phone on the dashboard. The dashboard is usually exposed to sunlight and gets supremely hot.

5) When it's hot already

But what if your phone is hot already? For starters, refrain from putting it immediately in an extremely cold environment, like the fridge. Rapid changes in temperature are equally bad for your phone. So, when your phone gets hot, remove the phone’s cover and put it on airplane mode and shut all open applications. In most cases, this should work. But if it doesn’t, you can switch off the phone and keep it away from sunlight.

6) When it’s not getting any cooler

You’ve tried everything and yet, every time you start using your phone, it feels like a hot piece of coal in your hands in no time. This might be because your phone is dated or simply incapable of handling modern day applications and operating systems. Every major system upgrade across smartphone platforms heralds the loss of official support for certain older handsets – which basically means that going forward, software won’t be designed with those phones in mind. At this point, it is time to say your farewells and upgrade to a new device. Check out our collection of latest smartphones on Tata CLiQ. To ensure that your phone does not get too hot, PiQ a device that has the right hardware to handle the heat. Like this article? Also read: How to keep your laptop from overheating Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

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