5 Ways To Prevent Your Electronic Device From Overheating

Simple tricks to keep your cool.

5 Ways To Prevent Your Electronic Device From Overheating
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No matter what device you’re using — handheld or desktop — you’ve definitely experienced overheating. This happens when you use your device for long periods of time, when you have several tabs open, or when you’re using a lot of apps at the same time. Playing games, watching videos, and using apps that enable your location and camera are among the dozens of reasons your device may be running hot.

Kevin Beck, Lenovo’s Senior Competitive Analyst, compares a hot device with eating a really spicy hot sauce. The hotter the sauce, the harder it gets for your brain to process things and function properly. Beck explained to Mashable that all electronic components produce heat and have a built in tolerance for it. Nowadays, with laptops and phones becoming smaller and thinner, developers have to figure out ways of preventing and managing overheating in ways that don’t affect performance.

While errors in design or age may affect a device’s propensity to overheat, it helps if you know how to counteract this issue. Here are 5 things you can do to prevent your device from overheating.

Power the device on and off

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By powering off your device, you’ll allow all the parts in it to momentarily shut down and stop producing heat for a few minutes. Wait for your system to feel cool to the touch and then turn it back on. If there are no underlying issues with the device, this trick should bring your device back to normal.

Reduce screen brightness and time out settings

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Sometimes your devices overheat because the screen is on with the highest brightness setting. Lower the brightness to a level that’s still comfortable, and make sure to set your settings so that the screen turns off a few seconds after it stops being used.

Turn off GPS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi

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GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are some of the features that consume the most battery and that lead to overheating. It’s easier to turn off all these features if you’re phone is the one that’s overheating, since you can still use its basic features without them.

Check your battery or task manager

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All phones and laptops offer ways of knowing which apps, websites, and programs are consuming the most battery power. These programs are usually the ones that are also overheating your phone, so make sure to force quit them and check if your phone cools down after a minute or two.

Remove the phone or laptop’s case

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Your phone and laptop case could prevent air from flowing freely in your device, especially when you’re charging them and they’re receiving extra heat. If you think your case might be causing extra heat, make sure to remove it when you’ve plugged in your device to an outlet.

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