Why Is My Phone Heating Up?

Why your phone gets so hot, and what you should do when it overheats.

Every now and then it’s worth remembering our smartphones — which can feel a bit magical — are really sophisticated machines. And with all the chips, processors, batteries, memory, and other components working hard to power our digital lives, it’s inevitable our devices will get warm with regular use. But sometimes, they get hot. Like, “is this thing broken?” hot. Here are some of the reasons your phone’s temperature might be spiking.

Important! If your phone is overheating, smoking, or showing signs of charring, turn it off immediately and take it to your nearest store.

Cut the App (Usage)

We all have a ton of apps on our phones, and we typically keep a lot of them open after use. But having too many apps open at once can strain your phone’s processing power and make it feel warm. Make it a habit to close out your apps every day when you’re done with them.

  • If you’re on an iPhone 6/7/8: Unlock your phone, go to the Home screen, and double tap the home button to bring up a carousel of open apps. Swipe up on the preview to close the app. You can also use Force Touch. Press and hold on the left side of your screen until you feel haptic feedback. Swipe to the right to bring up the app carousel and swipe up on the preview to close that app.
  • If you’re on an iPhone X: Unlock your phone, go to the Home screen, swipe up about halfway and hold your finger in place to bring up the app carousel. Swipe up on the preview to close the app.
  • If you’re on an Android: Tap the Multitasking icon at the bottom of the screen to open the app carousel. Tap the X on the preview to close the app.

Too Much Time in the Sun?

If you leave your phone in direct sunlight or in a warm area, it will become hot. But sometimes, even minimal exposure to heat and sunlight — like at the beach, for instance — can turn your device into a hot potato. Leave your phone in a cool (not cold) place for 30 minutes to let it cool down.

Does Your Phone Feel Warm While Charging?

Something else that can lead to a hot phone is charging the battery. If your phone feels warm (or warmer than usual) when you have it plugged in, check to see if there’s damage to your phone, its charging port, or even the cable you’re using. Also ensure you use a manufacturer approved charger — they are designed to work with your phone, and there’s no guarantee that cheapie charger you bought at the local drug store is up to your phone maker’s standards.

One other note while we’re on the topic: We don’t recommend talking on your phone while it is charging. That can also warm up your phone, and if there’s a physical problem with your phone or its battery talking while charging could lead to other, more serious problems.

Is Bluetooth On?

Bluetooth is great for connecting your phone to speakers or other smart products. But if it’s on and you’re phone isn’t using it, your device will constantly scan for something to connect with. Not only will that drain your battery, it’s forcing your phone to work harder than it should and that can cause it to warm up.

Here’s how to turn Bluetooth off:

  • iPhone: Go to Settings > Bluetooth and turn Bluetooth off
  • Android: Go to Settings > ConnectionsBluetooth and turn Bluetooth off.

Stuck in a Low Coverage Area?

If you’re phone is struggling to find a reliable cellular signal, it will work overtime to give you a connection. In these moments, it’s best to enable Airplane Mode to turn cellular usage off until you get back to an area with stronger signal access.

Here’s how to turn on Airplane Mode:

  • iPhone: Swipe to open the Control Center, and tap the icon that looks like an airplane to turn Airplane Mode on.
  • Android: Go to Settings > Connections > Airplane Mode and turn Airplane Mode on.

Did Your Phone Get Wet or Damaged?

If your phone has recently come into contact with water — or it took a particularly bad fall — it’s possible the battery was damaged or has begun to malfunction, which can cause your phone to heat up. In this case, there’s not much to do but get your phone serviced and repaired, so visit www.phoneclaim.com and file a claim to have your device replaced.

Tried Everything?

If you’ve attempted every fix and cool-down trick and your phone is still way too hot, you can always try resetting your phone. But remember: This will erase all of your data, apps, and preferences and restore your device to its original settings. So only do this as a last resort and only after you’ve backed up all of your data.  And, hopefully, you can get your phone back to being cool as a cucumber!

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