Phones or any electronic devices that explode are no longer uncommon in the news. As our lives become more and more dependent on these state-of-the-art slabs, it’s important to take these precautionary steps to avoid any mishaps. Safety measures go beyond avoiding to use your phone at the gas station or while it is charging. Practice these steps as it is always better to be safe than sorry.
- Avoid direct sunlight
Sure, selfies at the beach are great. But remember that the internal temperature of your smartphone is based on the temperature of the surrounding environment. Your phone catches light and heat from the sun and retains them too. The longer you leave your phone under the sun, the hotter it gets. As robust as your phone is, it’s not stronger than the sun so avoiding direct sunlight is the easiest way to prevent overheating.
- Let it breathe
Our smartphones get hotter when they are charging, so you could try taking the case off as phone cases restrict heat dissipation while charging. Besides that, if you have a habit of leaving smartphones under the pillow to charge, leave the habit straight away as it can cause the smartphone to overheat and catch fire. Charge it in a room with proper ventilation and avoid using it too much while charging.
- Use original chargers
Fake equipment poses the biggest risks. Always use the manufacturer’s original chargers and batteries. It doesn’t just ensure your smartphone functions well and longer, but it can also protect you, other electronic devices and the people around you as well as the original ones are always tested and verified as safe before being released to the stores.
- Update your apps and software
App updates serve your phone in terms of its efficiency. They have bug fixes and can improve performance. At times, malware is the culprit behind the excessive heat from your phone. So always make sure that your software is up-to-date as it is also a form of protection for your phone from any malware. The update also ensures the smooth operation of your phone as you install the latest apps.
- Don’t let your phone work too much
Turn off unused apps on your phone. As apps run in the background, they drain the battery quickly and your phone will slowly heat up. Turn off location services, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when not in use. It’s also a good idea to turn your brightness down or better yet, buy anti-glare screen. This way, you will be able to use your phone in the sun no matter how bright the outdoor is.
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