android-heating

Smartphone manufacturers are constantly upgrading their products in order to stuff the best hardware available in the market. We’ve reached a stage where phones are running on 6GB of RAM and incredibly powerful processors. At the same time, designers are diminishing sizes and creating astonishingly thin smartphones. Hence, this eventually leads to inconsistent and awful heat management that causes a vast number of issues, making the phone dysfunctional and futile in some cases. That’s why when your Android smartphone or tablet heats up, you start to worry and ask different questions:

  • what have I done?
  • should I buy another phone?
  • does Android suck?
  • Why my Android device heats?
  • what can I do to prevent my device from heating?

However, in certain scenarios, these issues occur over a lengthy course of time when the smartphone begins to age. In most instances, the only way out is to buy a new smartphone, although there are some rudimentary solutions and methods which can reduce the risks and problems at some level. Hence, in this article, we discuss about what actually seeds an overheating issue on a smartphone and more importantly, how you can avoid those.

What Causes Overheating on Android Phones?

Though the article concentrates on Android devices, the logic should hold good with any smartphone/tablet.

Stressing Your Gadget While it Recharges

This is probably the leading source for heating issues on smartphones. The majority of users game on their handhelds while it is connected to a power source but they shouldn’t, never. You see, gaming is a resource-hungry task and consequently, results in the CPU and GPU doing a lot more work than they normally do, hence, they tend to get warmer. Additionally, the battery is getting charged concurrently which also emits heat. Both combined, you can imagine the repercussions. In fact, using the phone in general while charging is also not advisable unless it’s something important.

Excessive Gaming

More on playing games, you shouldn’t constantly stress the internal cores, they need intervals to cool down every once awhile as smartphones aren’t primarily made for playing applications like Modern Combat or Fifa. Once the motherboard gets burnt or damaged, it is almost impossible to restore unless you’re ready to pay a hefty sum. Unlike Laptops, there aren’t vents to dissipate heat, and most smartphones don’t come with cooling gels which can help overheating issues to an extent.

The Environment Factor

Android Smartphones are more prone to overheat when operated in hotter regions or used under direct sunlight. Moreover, you should avoid keeping the handset on your car’s dashboard for obvious reasons. I’m not saying you need to place only in air-conditioned rooms, but if there’s a better option, go for it. But the important thing to remember when your device running Android overheats, is to check the external climatic conditions before looking for internal issues.

Inconsistent Charges

Even if your phone comes with a terrible battery life, charging it constantly shouldn’t be an everyday activity. In a day, the number of charges should be limited to two at most. This not only severely affects the battery life but also can completely ruin your phone internally over time.

You can check your battery health by dialing “*#*#4636#*#*” and tapping the “battery information” option. If it is not showing “good”, you may wanna get it replaced.

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Also, it’s  a vicious circle with battery and high temperature. When your Android smartphone or tablet is hot, then it will drain your battery faster as it will make then ion movement much faster. Also, try and avoid full discharges and don’t recharge only when your Android gizmo has already gone dead. Partial, quicker recharge series are better for the health of your batteries and it will also save you of the stress.

How to Avoid the Over-Heating

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Now that you know what are the most common factor that drive overheating issues on smartphones, here are some straightforward practices you can adopt in order to avoid them.

Do Not Use Everything at Once

A plethora of apps running in the background, location services set to the highest access level, 4G data connection turned on (maybe hotspot too), NFC/Bluetooth device connected and you’re still expecting the phone not to boil? I understand that if OEMs are including these features on smartphones, there shouldn’t be any harm in whether someone uses them all together or not. But your phone probably isn’t optimized enough for such labor. Hence, keep it light for some days to check if things get better. If they do, you know who to blame (I meant the OEM!).

Also, I would suggest turning off vibration entirely if it’s not a necessity, especially the vibrate on touch option on Android. Brightness is another such component you can minimize in order to improve condition. The key is to ensure your processor (and GPU) aren’t overstressed so that Android heating is minimal as far as possible.

Identify and Remove Rogue apps with DU Phone Cooler

This is an Android application available for free that essentially terminates tasks that are creating havocs for your smartphone’s temperature. It won’t considerably enhance the state, but can assist to an extent. It has been proven useful for quite a lot of people given the ratings and comments. When I tried it, DU Phone Cooler managed to reduce about 6-7 degrees which is still decent as my phone wasn’t really overheating per se. The best part about DU Phone Cooler is that it lets you identify rogue apps which is boosting Android temperatures, and you can probably get rid of them completely.

Metal/Glass Body? Get a Plastic Cover

Phones sporting metal builds will always get harm no matter what you do, therefore to escape that, you’ve two options – ask the OEM to replace your phone’s entire build with something cooler or get a plastic case. The latter seems more plausible and can positively impact heating levels. Speaking of cases, don’t get something that is made out of suffocating material like leather and wraps up your phone entirely, that can also cause temperature elevations. Perforated cases FTW! Hola HTC!

Rooting

That’s right, rooting is an extremely effective solution for Android overheating, but it’s definitely not everyone. The major highlight through gaining root access is that if you fiddle around forums, you can actually throttle the CPU to work less. Moreover, a different ROM installation can repair these problems if it is really a software issue.

Clean Your Smartphone/Tablet

No, you don’t have to wash it, but cleaning the battery contacts and puffing it for dust will surely be a great help for it. Obviously we are talking about those rare android phones which come with removable back and removable battery. Dust can infiltrate inside your device through the microphone fan and even infiltrate using the recharging orifice. If you are not sure how to open your Android smartphone or tablet and to pack it back, then run to a phone service nearby and ask them to clean it up.

Just Turn it Off

Have you ever tried turning your phone off during the day? It may sound crazy, but when you don’t necessarily need your phone, why don’t you shut it down? There are many people out there who find it hard to turn off their computers, which eventually makes them addicts. But, learn to separate your life from technology and use it only when you really need it. When you sleep, power it off. When you are in a business meeting, power it off. It will keep your techno friend “fresh” and ready for work when you need it. It’s the best solution to the problem but is a healthy and effortless one.

That’s it, those were some of the tips we feel can improve your Android phone’s overheating issues. If nothing works, you can always throw it in water and get a new one!

The article was redone by Shubham Agarwal on 18th Sep 2016.


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45 thoughts on “What Causes Android Heating Issues and How to Avoid

  1. hi there i m using micromax a110 canvas and sometimes after playing 2 hours gaming phone slightly back panel heat up and i was worried and i found 2 sites very helpful and it turned out every android phone has this call it issue or result etc and even big brands giving this problems like motorola , sony xperia , samsung galaxy series so after reading this article i m tottaly happy that this is not a manufactored fault its a Common issue

    Thanks for helping

  2. but my phone(xperia L) is just 10 days old, as soon as i get connected to internet it gets hot within 1 minutes,,,pleae help…………..

    • Hmm, maybe your internet is slow and your phone need to working more than usual to get the internet connection .. i’m not too sure .. please check your phones specification at another sites .. maybe it’s can help you

  3. My LG 2 also over heats. I wake up in the morning put it in my pocket. Then I arrive at school and during lessons it will suddenly feel very hot and after of 1 hour or so it cools and 2 minutes later it gets very hot again. I wake up at 7:45 and my better ran out at 3:15 (and that is when school finishes and I want to use my phone). How can phone over heat when it is not used…. Help! It happened to my nexus 4 too.

  4. I completely disagree with anything that is written on this article. First of all, do you mean to say that Heating issues is only on Android phones? If not, you must say that if you browse and game excessively, move out of Android and go to other platforms.

    Small size – does that mean bigger phablets have no heating issues?
    Excessive gaming and browsing – Isn’t that the purpose of a smart phone? If I don’t do it, why would i need that device?
    Turn off? – Is that even a solution to heating problem?
    Upgrade? – If you upgrade to a quad core phone, heating issues are more prevalent!

    Let me put my thoughts. Heating problem is 90% not due to the user’s way of handling the device. Its the device’s architecture and design that is the reason. I have seen users who had bought Nexus 5 and it heats upto 48 degree for no reason. I can give you logs and reports to support this. At the same time, my N5 doesn’t go beyond 40. Get a replacement, if your device is heating up unusually.

    The 10% user issues is due to installing any and every application in the device. There are many applications out there with bad code and memory leakage issues. They cause excessive heat. There are malware apps which run in bg and collect user data. Its upto the user to know what applications to install and what not to. If your device is heating up suddenly, decrementally start uninstalling the apps that you have installed recently. There are apps to monitor resource consumption by apps. Make use of them. Beware and Be aware.

    and the few points that I agree in this article are around taking care of your device.

    • Appreciate your thoughts and effort to put them across. Some clarifications:

      First of all, do you mean to say that Heating issues is only on Android phones?
      No. From third paragraph -“Though the article concentrates on Android devices, the logic should hold good with any smartphone/tablet.”

      Small size – does that mean bigger phablets have no heating issues?
      No. It just means, phones (unlike laptops) don’t have enough space for air ventilation.

      Excessive gaming and browsing – Isn’t that the purpose of a smart phone? If I don’t do it, why would i need that device?
      Absolutely. Although we’re just listing the reasons, not discouraging you from using it for gaming.

      Turn off? – Is that even a solution to heating problem?
      As the author mentions, that’s a crazy option to take. But hey, it does cool down your phone, and it’s not the only solution presented anyway.

      Upgrade? – If you upgrade to a quad core phone, heating issues are more prevalent!
      Now you’re putting words into our month. Where was the mention about quad-core/higher-cores? The suggestion was to update to a phone which can handle heat dissipation better.

      And yeah, I agree with your thoughts. But they’re invalid once you’ve bought a phone which heats up a lot. What will you do then? Other than returning the phone, you can try following one of these suggestions, which includes changing the usage pattern.

      • Makes sense. All quad core phones dont heat up if the design architecture takes care of it. But there are certain devices, which have this manufactuing defect and this defect is seen more in quad core mobiles. I am not saying this out of air, directly quoting it from a conversation I had with Google Nexus Support India. Infact in this particular case, the mobile was replaced at no extra cost, TWICE. The third nexus 5 we received didn’t have heating issue.

        Turn off. Must have been reworded to restart. This will kill any unknown services running in the background.

        Imagine I have spent half a lakh on a phone and later realized it is heating up. I am forced to change my usage pattern and the mobile is doomed. It can play game, can’t browse… change usage pattern and do what? make calls and sms? Man, there must be some other solution to this.

  5. Amm no. Heating has nothing to do with user gaming a lot, and usage of device has insignificant impact on heating issue. There are games I can play till the device shuts down and no overheating. It’s just particular app and game that you’re using, that’s all. Some say that they ‘support’ your device, which in the right world would mean ‘using this app wiuld cause no issue for your device’ but it actually means ‘you can get it running on your device’. And you run, and it looks fancy, and then oopsie my fingers burn.

    • Turning on mobile data can cause the phone to heat up and eats up battery life try using WIFI instead as it uses less power

  6. becoming blue color while pressing the screen 4 or 5 times what to do overcome this problem plz solve this problem and also strucking why

  7. You can also download a free app such as clean master… It warns you about the device temperature if it gets to high and takes necessary steps to drop the device temperature.

  8. Hi,

    Am using honor6 am not using mobile at night but suddenly morning i woke up its get very heat and why it gets heat and what to do on that time??? how to avoid that kindly please help me out of this problem…

    • M Y R E C O M M E N D A T I O N !!!
      If buy a new smartphone or tablet , charge it for 12 hours or more .
      If u are the heavy gamer (the one who likes the big games around 2GB) , reduce the brightness of your smartphone/tablet . Even in chatting , you must reduce the Brightness of your tablet / smartphone .
      I have Dell venue 7 3740 lte , At first , i didn’t charged it for 12 hours because of my laziness 🙁 . After some time , I began to worry about my tablet’s overheating . It’s cause was that i didn’t charged the Tablet . I downloaded ”GTA SAN ANDREAS”
      on my tablet . I started to play it on my tablet . I suddenly feel like the tab is melting .
      Even the screen seemed to be melting .
      I reduced the brightness .
      By reducing the brightness it gave me 4 benefits which are below :-
      1. I can play huge game without overheating of tablet .
      2. I can chat on tablet without overheating .
      3. I can browse web with overheating .
      4. The Tablet’s battery never drains fast , like 5% in 5 minutes .
      now it drains 1% after every 10 minutes .

  9. The root of the overheat issue is the manufacturers and/or the operating systems. They are UNable to ANTICIPATE the overheat. Blame it on them; not on users.

  10. The post above is Bullshit . Why do we by smartphones ?
    1. For Web browsing .
    2. For Gaming .
    3 . For chatting .
    —————————————————————————-
    The post above says that we should not play Games , web browsing or chat etc on SMARTPHONES in order to reduce the overheating of the smartphone .
    —————————————————————————-
    M Y R E C O M M E N D A T I O N !!!
    If buy a new smartphone or tablet , charge it for 12 hours or more .
    If u are the heavy gamer (the one who likes the big games around 2GB) , reduce the brightness of your smartphone/tablet . Even in chatting , you must reduce the Brightness of your tablet / smartphone .
    I have Dell venue 7 3740 lte , At first , i didn’t charged it for 12 hours because of my laziness 🙁 . After some time , I began to worry about my tablet’s overheating . It’s cause was that i didn’t charged the Tablet . I downloaded ”GTA SAN ANDREAS”
    on my tablet . I started to play it on my tablet . I suddenly feel like the tab is melting .
    Even the screen seemed to be melting .
    I reduced the brightness .
    By reducing the brightness it gave me 4 benefits which are below :-
    1. I can play huge game without overheating of tablet .
    2. I can chat on tablet without overheating .
    3. I can browse web with overheating .
    4. The Tablet’s battery never drains fast , like 5% in 5 minutes .
    now it drains 1% after every 10 minutes .

  11. I guess I must say I am not surprised in the least. It really makes sense if you think about it. I am not computer savy In way. My daughter had to set my email and Facebook up. I found out I loved to play mahjon games and love to research history. I have Samsung Galaxy mega G5. Everything was fine till about 3 months ago and it started overheating. My daughter and her husband got it for me December 2013 as a Xmas gift. I just hope it doesn’t die before the contract is up. I love the phone, but it makes sense what reasons were stated as to why they are overheating.

  12. Pretty poor article. Obviously the phone will heat up if you are using it constantly for heavy tasks! What about when it gets warm in your pocket? What do you do then? No mention of a task manager?

  13. Worst article ever.Its some poorly built applications that heat up your phone, because they eat up all the resources.First thing you should do is try to get rid of any suspected applications.

  14. Everyone here is commenting on the poor article. I didn’t even read it: I got as far as “an universal” and I had to stop. This person doesn’t even know english.

    • Its good to Samsung idk about iphone , but iphone is a weak phone . Either way if your phone is crack do not stick in the frezzer

    • I once left my phone in direct sunlight and an overheating message came up. I put it in the fridge for 20 mins or so and it cooled and was ok again.

  15. There can be multiple reasons for the phone to heat up.

    Battery: If the battery is not working fine then the phone may get heated

    Charging port: If the heat is at the charging port then there may be chances that the charger is at fault.

    Too much of downloads: If you are used to continuously download something or the other then there are chances of the phone been heated due to excess load on processor

    No rest even at the time of charging: love to stay connected and not letting the phone charged then you are harming the life of the battery.

    Loads of apps and widgets that run round the clock- more pressure on phone: uninstall unnecessary load from the phone to avoid excess use of battery and processor

    Low air flow: keeping the phone in pocket where the airflow is less can also be the reson for phone heat up

    Phone exposed to moisture: long calls and continuous contact between hand and ear creates sweat on the screen and over exposure to moisture can also be the reason for hardware fault and thus heating up

  16. cant believe i wasted three minutes to read this article. btw you may want to consider a new proof reader/editor, the grammar needs a really good over-haul. How can you expect your reader to take your tips seriously if they are not presented in proper grammatical structure?

  17. Thank you for your article and insight. Bad grammar and spelling are everywhere. What you meant was clear enough. We buy these over priced gadgets but what we don’t realize is that we really can’t use them for everything we want to. Do either minimize your usage or prepare to buy new every year. This is first time I tried to stretch my phone for two years……didn’t make it. It’s unfair we pay at least 3 times for what they really are worth but right now there is no option. All Corporate businesses cheat the consumer…..well…the majority. Till there is …..yes I know…..dirty word….REGULATION it will continue this way.

  18. yeah, buy it and then don’t use it, just clean it and switch it off, now that is fu*king “brilliant”!!!

  19. This is the most ridiculous advice I’ve ever read. Why buy a smart phone only to be advised to use it in moderation?! iPhone don’t have this issue. Seems to me this speaks to the quality of Android devices. I had to return FIVE Blackberry Privs to ATT because they got too hot to hold without gloves after moderate use. Finally got smart and switched to Apple. Many people use their phones for gaming. Your advice? Only play for a short time? Come on, you can do better than that. Don’t make stupid excuses for inherently inferior devices.

  20. I think Lollipop onwards, the phones go into a deeper sleep and stay cooler / last longer on a charge.
    Phones with overwrite UI’s like Samsung, HTC & Huawei seem to labour more than vanilla androids.
    I root mine & have added the same low Kb apps for years. Taking off location, drm, gps, bluetooth, music, radio, sim, telephony etc certainly helps!
    This is it for my mobile:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/70341cb0a68bffe6622d869f445d61126c01df8e39911414b2265d4333fc4036.png

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