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5 Surefire Tips to Fix Overheating Issue on your Smartphone

Updated on September 14, 2020
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Nikhil is a freelance tech writer and smartphone enthusiast. He is following the Indian smartphone industry for around four years now.


Most of us have experienced the overheating issue on our smartphone at some point or another.

It gets more embarrassing when you’re out with your friends and you want to capture selfies or show them your favorite game.

At times, the smartphones get overheated when sitting idle without even touching it. I’m sure you must have also faced these problems with your smartphones.

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Fix overheating issues on your Smartphone | Source

So, to solve this common problem of overheating of your smartphone, I bring you a quick guide.

I hope that in this article, you will find plenty of effective and working tips and hacks to prevent your smartphone from overheating:

1. Install Only Essential Apps

This may seem obvious, but some people neglect this in their smartphones. You should only download and install those apps that are essential for you.

These may include apps for communication, document management, banking app, third-party video player, etc.

When you install too many unnecessary apps on your smartphone, your phone’s internal memory becomes full. The RAM needs a little free space to keep all the apps working smoothly.

So, when you install too many apps, it becomes difficult for RAM to manage them all, leading to slowing down and then overheating problems.

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Keep only important apps in your smartphone | Source

Pro Tip: To save your smartphone from overheating, you should make sure that you’re using not more than two-three apps at one time.

Sometimes, switching between apps and heavy multitasking may also lead to overheating.

2. Avoid Using Your Smartphone in Direct Sunlight

Using your smartphone, especially when it’s a little old, can heat up quickly in the direct sunlight.

If the mobile data is switched on and then you’re using it in direct sunlight, it can cause more overheating.


So, whenever possible, you must avoid direct sunlight to your smartphone, especially for longer times.

One good solution for this could be using your smartphone in direct sunlight for shorter periods. This way, you can save it from getting overheated.

As an additional tip, I’d recommend that you not use your smartphone outdoors in very high brightness. Using your smartphone in high brightness settings can sometimes trigger the CPU power too much.

3. Review the Apps in Your Smartphone

Sometimes, the overheating of your smartphone could be due to any app that you installed recently.

The app may have some bug or malware due to which it is triggering the sensitive sensors and components in your smartphone. So, it is suggested to review all the recent apps you installed in the past couple of days or weeks.

Try uninstalling them one by one and see if the smartphone still gets heats up.


Pro Tip:

You should also review the apps that are heavily using your smartphone’s power. These may include heavy online games, photo or video editor, document apps, or other large apps.

The heavy usage of these apps for a longer duration can overheat your smartphone. Further, it is recommended that you must refrain from using your smartphone while charging it.

4. Switch Off or Put Your Smartphone in Airplane Mode

It may not be possible for you to switch off your smartphone or put it on airplane mode during the day. However, you can do so at night when you’re sleeping.

Now, I know you must be thinking that a smartphone is a machine, and it doesn’t need any rest. So, why am I asking to switch it off? Well, you’re correct.


Your smartphone is not a living being like us. But if you want a machine to run at its full potential, you must switch it off for some time.


When you put your smartphone or airplane mode or switch off at night, you turn off every component or apps.

In this way, your smartphone will use only the basic apps and services in the background.

5. Update the OS of Your Smartphone

Sometimes, even after following many tricks and hacks, your smartphone doesn’t cool down.

In that case, there might be some software bugs or issues in your smartphone’s OS. Therefore, you should check regular system updates on your smartphone and if there are any available, you should update it right away.

At times, smartphone makers try to solve the overheating problem through an OTA (over-the-air) update.


To update your smartphone, go to settings, and under ‘About phone’ or advanced settings, you will find ‘System Update.’

You can check for the update and if it is available, you can click and download the update on your smartphone.

A Few Important Things You Should Know

  • As mentioned earlier, the overheating of a smartphone is a very common issue. Almost everyone faces this issue once in a while.
  • But if your smartphone gets too hot without doing anything or with normal usage, you should get it repaired in the authorized service center.
  • Your smartphone may be overheating due to any hardware issues.

  • You should also make sure that your phone doesn’t have a faulty or non-genuine battery.
  • Use only trusted components and accessories with your smartphone.

Wrap Up

Fixing the overheating of your smartphone is something that takes some time.

Make sure you look after your smartphone both from the inside (software) and outside (hardware). The perfect balance between the two will make your smartphone at a normal temperature.

By following these tips and hacks mentioned above, I’m sure you will minimize or fix your smartphone's overheating issue.

Do let me know if any of these tricks help solve the overheating issue or improve your smartphone's overall life. Thanks for reading!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Nikhil Sharma


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    • sachnikh profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sharma 

      2 weeks ago from India

      Delighted to know that you found this article helpful, Liz.

      Yes, overheating is such a big and common issue faced by almost everyone. And yes if you protect your smartphone from overheating you will also keep the attackers away from it.

      Thank you for sharing your valuable thoughts, Liz.

    • sachnikh profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sharma 

      2 weeks ago from India

      Hi, Ms. Sowrabha.

      Thank you so much for your kind appreciation. Your comments have helped me boost my confidence to write even more such informative articles. So, thank you for that.

      Glad to know that I was able to give you new information through this article and that you're feeling confident talking about smartphones. Thank you for being a consistent reader, Ms. Sowrabha.

    • sachnikh profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sharma 

      2 weeks ago from India

      Thank you, Danny, for your kind words. I'm glad to know that this article was able to give you some useful tips to keep your smartphone on par.

      Yes, you're right. We shouldn't overcharge our smartphone, although many smartphones stop taking power after they're 100% charged.

      I'm sure your comment will help more readers tackle the overheating issue on their smartphone. Thank you for sharing your detailed thoughts. Stay connected!

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      This is a very helpful article. I sometimes wonder how big a part phone covers play too in heating up mobile phones. There's probably a fine balance between protection and overheating.

    • Danny Fernandes profile image


      2 weeks ago from India

      sorry its Nikhil :)

    • Sowrabha Mahesh profile image


      2 weeks ago from Bengaluru

      Hi Nikhil , another well written and useful

      article from our techie. Particularly points 2 and 3 were unknown to me. Thanks so much for helping us up our knowledge.

      I generally sleep with the phone in airplane mode. Thanks to your previous articles was introduced to the concept of RAM.

      Suddenly I feel a fluency when talking about my phone. Thanks so much !

    • Danny Fernandes profile image


      2 weeks ago from India

      Very useful tips Sachin. One more thing which people overlook is overcharging after 100% and that too is a factor that increases the inner temperature, I mean hardware to a very large extent.

      Keeping the phone in close vicinity to other electronic gadgets and at temperatures above 35 degrees or for eg: indirect light for a long time can make it susceptible to damages.


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