How to protect your phone in hot weather

Hot tips to keep your phone cool this summer...
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.

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