How to Fix Overheating Android Phone or Tablet

Introduction

Your phone will normally get warm while you use it or charge it. If you play a graphics intensive game, stream high quality audio or video, or use processor intensive apps, your phone may even get hot. If your phone is so hot it feels like it burns your hand or doesn't cool off when you let it rest you may have an issue with your battery, case, or CPU.

If your device gets too hot you'll notice these changes:

  • Charging, including wireless charging, slows or stops.
  • The display dims or goes black.
  • Cellular radios enter a low-power state. The signal might weaken during this time.
  • The camera flash is temporarily disabled.
  • Performance slows with graphics-intensive or augmented-reality apps or features.

This guide will help you cool off your phone or determine if you need it repaired.

1 Tips to Cool Down

  • The ambient temperature in the area could cause your phone to overheat.
    Hot temperature clip art
  • Avoid having your phone in direct sunlight.
    Do not put in direct sunlight.
  • Your phone's bezel is designed to dissipate heat.You may need to remove the case to help that.
  • Your phone will warm up while it charges.
  • Your phone will heat up from regular use.

? Did letting your phone cool down help?

  1. Yes
  2. No, it's still really hot

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Your phone will normally get warm while you use it or charge it. If you play a graphics intensive game, stream high quality audio or video, or use processor intensive apps, your phone may even get hot. If your phone is so hot it feels like it burns your hand or doesn't cool off when you let it rest you may have an issue with your battery, case, or CPU.

If your device gets too hot you'll notice these changes:

  • Charging, including wireless charging, slows or stops.
  • The display dims or goes black.
  • Cellular radios enter a low-power state. The signal might weaken during this time.
  • The camera flash is temporarily disabled.
  • Performance slows with graphics-intensive or augmented-reality apps or features.

This guide will help you cool off your phone or determine if you need it repaired.

  • The ambient temperature in the area could cause your phone to overheat.
    Hot temperature clip art
  • Avoid having your phone in direct sunlight.
    Do not put in direct sunlight.
  • Your phone's bezel is designed to dissipate heat.You may need to remove the case to help that.
  • Your phone will warm up while it charges.
  • Your phone will heat up from regular use.

Turn off your device until it cools down. Go ahead and take the case off as well so it cools down faster. If your device does not cool down while it is off, there could be a hardware issue.

To turn off your device:

  • Push and hold the power button, then select Power off from the menu.
    Power off dialog with Power off highlighted.
  1. Turn your phone back on by pressing and holding the Power button for a few seconds, until the screen lights up.
    Side of Android phone with Power button highlighted.

If you aren't using a particular feature on your phone, it makes sense to disable it either temporarily or permanently in order to reduce the amount of heat that is generated.

  1. Open Settings on your phone or tablet.
    Android Settings.
  2. Select Location.
    Settings with Location highlighted.
  3. In Location, switch the toggle at the top to Off.
    Location with toggle switch highlighted.

After making changes, check the temperature of your phone after 5 or 10 minutes to see if the changes have had any effect.

It is recommended to try each solution presented, first. This can help you determine if there is a simple software solution, or if this is a hardware problem.

  1. Open Settings on your phone or tablet.
    Android Settings.
  2. Select Battery.
    Settings with Battery highlighted.
  3. Here you'll see an overview of battery use for your phone. Select the 3-dots menu in the top-right corner.
    Battery settings with menu highlighted.
  4. Select Battery optimization.
    Battery settings menu with Battery optimization highlighted.
  5. It tends to be best to allow the Android system to manage and optimize the battery for you. At the top, select Not optimized.
    Battery optimization with Not optimized highlighted.
  6. Select All apps.
    Battery optimization with All apps highlighted.
  7. Your Android phone will begin watching apps closely, and monitoring how they use power. This will decrease the battery use, and heat generated.
    Battery optimization turned on.
  1. Open Settings on your phone or tablet.
    Android Settings.
  2. Select Connected devices.
    Settings with Connected Devices highlighted.
  3. Set the toggle switch for Bluetooth to Off.
    Connected devices settings with Bluetooth switch highlighted.

Switching Wi-Fi off will save battery that would normally be used by the Wi-Fi antenna, and can help save battery and generate less heat if the Wi-Fi signal is low, or you are not using Wi-Fi.

Turning off Wi-Fi will not lose your settings.

  1. Open Settings on your phone or tablet.
    Android Settings.
  2. Select Wi-Fi.
    Settings with Wi-Fi highlighted.
  3. Select the switch at the top to turn off Wi-Fi.
    Wi-Fi settings with switch highlighted.

Switching Wi-Fi off means you will be using your cellular connection for all data for your phone. Be sure to be cautious of this so you don't use too much data and end up with extra charges from your cellular provider.

Airplane Mode turns off all radios on your phone. You will not be able to make calls, send or receive texts, receive push notifications, or use any online data as long as Airplane Mode is turned on.

You can still use basic apps (timers, clocks, calculators, etc.), watch movies or listen to music already saved on your phone while in Airplane Mode.

  1. Open Settings on your phone or tablet.
    Android Settings.
  2. Select More.
    Settings with More highlighted.
  3. Set the switch next to Airplane mode to turn it on.
    Wireless and networks with Airplane Mode switch highlighted.
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