How to protect your phone in hot weather

Hot tips to keep your phone cool this summer...
by
How to protect your phone in hot weather

Whether it’s a rare UK heatwave over the bank holidays or a siesta to Spain to relax, we Brits love it when it’s warm. Your smartphone however, isn’t so keen. It can overheat, and your phone’s battery could take some serious damage from being left out in the sun for too long. Keep your phone cool in hot weather with these essential tips.

Why you need to keep your phone cool?

While topping up your tan and basking in the glorious sunshine, it’s easy to forget about your phone baking away next to you but keeping it cool is important.

Prolonged exposure to heat can cause the battery life to take a hit, and your phone can feel slower to use as well. Here’s some things you can do to keep it cool.

Don’t let your phone get sunburnt

Just like you, your phone shouldn’t stay out in the sun for too long. There’s some simple things you can do though. On the beach? Put a towel over it! Chilling in a beer garden? Then find a shady spot or, better still, put your phone in your pocket when you’re not using it. Just find any way you can to get your phone some shade.

Don’t leave it in the car either

Like the familiar warnings about not leaving your pets in the car on a hot day, the same goes for your phone. Your car can quickly reach high temperatures inside with the windows closed, extreme heat could damage the battery and even the processor, with potentially permanent results.

friends using a phone on the beach

Set your phone free from its case

When we get hot, we sweat, which helps us cool off. Your phone doesn’t have that option, so it just gets hotter, especially if it’s inside a case. Removing your phone from its case will let it breathe (in its own, inanimate way), and cool down faster. You wouldn’t like to be wearing a jumper on a hot day, would you?

Turn off any apps you’re not using

Running apps take up memory and make your processor work hard to keep up with what’s happening on your phone, even in the background. The more apps you have open, the harder your processor has to work so it makes sense to close any apps you’re not using.

Turn on airplane mode

If it’s too hot and you don’t need to use your phone for a while, another good way to keep it cool is to put it in airplane mode. This switches off your mobile data, Bluetooth, and other connection settings when you’re not using them. You’ll save on battery life, and your phone will stay much cooler.

Try not to charge your phone

You’ve probably noticed that your phone gets a little heated while it’s recharging, so we’d recommend delaying charging it, unless it’s essential.

Google Pixel 3a

For a phone that will last all day, the Google Pixel 3A XL has an amazing battery life so you won’t have to worry about charging it during the hottest part of the day, unless you forget the night before. But, even if you do, the super-fast charging will give you the juice you need in no time, with no overheating worries.

Interested? Get the Google Pixel 3A XL today.

Turn down the backlight

Even turning down the brightness of your phone can prevent overheating by reducing battery usage. You might have it set to automatic, but you should still be able to turn it down a little. The battery life of your phone may even last a little longer. Result.

Play fewer games

You’ve probably noticed your phone getting warm while playing your favourite games on your iPhone or Android. That’s because some games use up a lot of processing power, which makes your phone go into overdrive.

Try to limit how much you’re playing if it’s warm outside. There’s no need to stop altogether, just keep and eye on how warm your phone is getting and stop if you feel it’s getting too hot.


Got any more tips for keeping your phone cool in hot weather? Then share them with us in the comments below.

What are your thoughts? Join the conversation here…

comments powered by Disqus
From the outstanding Huawei P20 Pro to the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, we take a look at the best smartp
Japanese phone maker Kyocera has wowed MWC 2015 by showing off a concept for a solar powered smartph
The LG G Flex is one of those phones that really stands out from the crowd, and its all down to that

28 July, 2019
We often take our high-speed broadband connections for granted, but where did it...
25 July, 2019
With faster speeds, less lag and more devices, how could 5G transform the gaming...
28 June, 2019
If you use dating apps, use our tips to secure your match, from creating a great...
5 June, 2019
Here’s the lowdown on exactly what Google Lens is, what it can do for you and how...
31 May, 2019
Done with your old phone? Help the environment out by using it for something completely...
26 May, 2019
As much as we love the hot weather, it can cause your phone to overheat faster. Keep...
20 May, 2019
From AI camera technology to wide-angled selfies, here are our top five tips for...
10 May, 2019
Summer holidays are all about making great memories, so make sure you’ve got the...
8 May, 2019
The Google Pixel 3a is giving you the best of Pixel at a fraction of the price. This...
26 April, 2019
Here's a roundup of some of the best photo-editing apps for stunning puctures and...
18 April, 2019
Thinking of moving over to Apple’s iconic handset? Or just considering a new iPhone...
11 April, 2019
The bokeh effect can make your photos look like they were taken by a pro photographer,...