Device overheating

If your phone is getting hot or overheating, there are a number of possible reasons why. Whether you’re using an iPhone or an Android device, find out what’s making your phone get so hot, how to fix the problem, and how to stop it from happening again.

When phone temperature rises, the most probable culprits are either the battery, processor, or screen. Each of these components can generate heat; chemicals inside your phone’s battery create electricity, the processor transfers information at high speeds (like a computer), and your phone’s screen emits light. So how can you pinpoint what’s causing the problem? While not an exact science, you can make an educated guess about why your iPhone or Android phone is heating up based on where the heat is coming from.

1. Gaming for long periods of time

If you haven’t found yourself hours deep into a Candy Crush or Snake vs. Block marathon, then you’re either lying or you’ve somehow never had to take public transit. The sheer breadth of available mobile app games is arguably one of the top reasons for buying a smartphone. However, high-intensity gaming apps use your phone’s central processing cores in addition to the graphics processing unit, which can make your phone warm up.

2. Streaming content

Similar to the gaming scenario, watching YouTube or Netflix for hours via your Android or iPhone is another surefire way to overwork your phone’s processor, as it has to load the video data and keep the display active for a prolonged period of time.

3. Your settings aren’t optimal

Your phone’s settings also impact how much energy it’s using. Screen brightness on full blast? Animated wallpaper? Widgets, widgets everywhere? Consider turning off (or down, in the case of screen brightness) unnecessary settings to lighten the load on your phone’s CPU.

Other reasons may not be related to your phone’s normal processes, but are still relatively easy to fix:

4. Environmental factors

Prepare to have your mind blown, but leaving your phone sitting outside in the sun or in your car on a hot day can cause it to overheat. This will also prevent the touch screen from working properly and cause the battery to drain faster. In addition to sun and heat exposure, water damage can also be a possible cause of phone overheating.

5. App updates

If an app has a bug or other problem, it may cause your phone to overheat by overusing your device’s processor. Keeping your apps updated is important because updates often include bug fixes.

6. Software updates

Rarely, a phone may overheat either after an update, or because there was a bug in the OS that required fixing through the update.

If you’re not sure what is causing your device to get warm or overheat then let the experts here at IntelliFix assess your device.

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