Overheating: Is it a Charger Issue or a Phone Issue?
Like most electronic devices, cell phones do produce a little heat. But when you have an Android in your hands that's burning up, it's time to act!
When your cell phone is overheating, it’s often difficult to tell if the battery or the charger is responsible. However, the heat’s location can help to determine the culprit. If the back of your device is getting hot, then the battery is probably to blame. But it’s more likely the charger’s fault if the bottom of your phone is becoming too warm during charging sessions. This, of course, isn’t an exact science. You may have to try various troubleshooting methods before you can resolve the issue. Still, one way that you can quickly cool down your device is to use the CPU Cooler feature:
When It’s a Phone Issue
- You’re using your phone too intensely. Normal use shouldn’t affect an Android’s temperature. However, if you’re using battery-draining apps for hours upon hours, eventually your phone won’t be able to keep up. So, why not give both of you a breather?
- You’ve left your Android in the hot summer sun. Ideally, your cell phone should be kept at a moderate temperature between between 50°F and 86°F. Lithium-ion batteries are prone to swelling, leaking, and even exploding at high temperatures.
- Your phone is infected by a virus, malware, or other malicious bot. These threats to Android security are also known to compromise a phone’s physical health. Since they can cause an excess in data activity, overheating may occur as a symptom of that. Run a Full Virus Scan on your device to check for malware:
- You’re not using the official charger. No matter the brand of Android, it’s always recommended that you use the original charger that came with your phone. If that charger breaks, you should order a new one from the company. Cheap chargers are known to cause overheating problems.
- You’re leaving your phone charging for too long. For optimal performance levels, you shouldn’t actually charge your phone to 100% capacity. Going from 30% to 80% is far easier on the battery and helps to maintain its life. If you’re regularly charging your phone for long periods, such as overnight while you sleep, this can cause the battery to overheat as it’s being left at 100% for hours. Make sure that you don’t overcharge your phone — and damage your phone’s battery.