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calendar icon14 May 2024

Keep your gadgets chilled this summer and save yourself the repair bill

The warm summer months are nearly upon us, bringing with them all the joys of the season - leisurely picnics, ice cream by the sea, and backyard barbecues. Who doesn't love summertime? Well, your mobile phone might not be quite as enthusiastic.

You see, it's no secret that glorious sunshine can be detrimental to electronic devices, especially smartphones.

When your phone gets too hot, its internal processor tries to prevent overheating, which can unfortunately make everything run much slower.

The hot weather can also cause your phone's battery to work overtime, diminishing its efficiency over time.

Experts at Increditools have shared their top tips for keeping your phone and other gadgets cool in the summer heat.

Remove your phone case

Keeping your phone in a case is a great way to protect it from damage. However, a case can be a form of insulation and will keep in any heat from your phone, increasing the risk of your phone overheating.

Taking your phone case off will let heat dissipate quickly and keep your phone cooler. Naturally, phone cases are important in the way of protection to your phone, but even taking it off for a few minutes in a safe environment can do your phone the world of good.

Take your phone out of your pocket

Whilst it can be useful to keep your phone in your pocket, pockets are small spaces and they end up pressing your phone to your skin, meaning your phone will take in a lot of your body heat. If you don’t have a bag to keep your phone in when you’re on the go, a looser pocket such as an oversized shirt pocket can also be a good place to keep your phone.

Change your phone’s settings

There are a few changes you can make in your phones settings that can reduce the battery and energy that your phone is using and subsequently keep your phone cool. Firstly, you should turn off any data settings when you don’t need it, or even go one step further and put your phone on airplane mode when you’re not using it.

This can save your phones battery which is closely linked to your phone’s temperature. Another setting you can change is your phones brightness. Turning down the brightness will reduce the amount of battery being used and subsequently lessening how much your phone heats up.

Don’t overuse your phone

There are apps and software’s, particularly gaming apps and video apps that can use up a lot of battery on your phone and can warm up your phone. If you’re already in hot weather, it would be wise to avoid using these apps unless absolutely necessary – even if that means finding shade or a cooler spot to use your phone, it will make a big difference to your phone’s temperature.

Keep your phone out of the sun

It may seem obvious but preventing your phone from overheating is far easier than repairing your phone from overheating. Simple things such as keeping your phone in a cooler room or in the shade can go a long way in terms of protecting your phone, so next time you’re out and about, be conscious of where you’re leaving your phone and make sure it’s in a shady or cool spot.

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Caroline Chell

Caroline has worked in financial communications for more than 10 years, writing content on subjects such as pensions, mortgages, loans and credit cards, as well as stockbroking and investment advice.

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