One of the "hippest" gadgets on the market, the iPhone is a small technological wonder in its own ranks. Although there are a lot of people who complain about how slow their iPhone is running, or how the Internet signal is too low, I'm curious how they would have reacted if someone would have told them twenty years ago about a small gadget that works as a mobile phone, music player, and that also connects to the Internet, all at the same time.
Wrapping so much technology in such a small case can have a few downsides, especially when it comes to ventilation. Although the CPU and RAM encased in your iPhone are comparable (power-wise, not in size) to the ones in your computer, they have far less space for cooling. This is just one of the reasons why your iPhone can, at times, overheat.
iPhone devices get fairly warm when they are in use, but there are times when the heat gets the best of them and they start working slowly, not reacting to commands, or launching wrong application. In more extreme overheating cases, the screen dims or goes dark, the camera flash gets disabled, the signal weakens and the phone will not charge.
If your iPhone is constantly displaying the temperature warning message and you have no idea how to stop this, here are a few tips on the matter:
- Try to charge your iPhone in a cool area: - charging your phone will create enough heat on its own. If you do it in a very warm environment, your mobile will need an even longer time to get back to its regular temperature.
- Remove the casing: - when you remove the casing you provide better ventilation for your iPhone, allowing it to cool faster. Also remove the covers, and any other accessories attached on your mobile.
- Avoid direct sunlight: - probably the simplest solution is to keep your phone out of the sunlight. Especially since most iPhone devices are black, sun rays will create even more heat than normal. Furthermore, try to keep your mobile away from hot car seats or any other overheated surface.
- Turn off the Bluetooth: - Bluetooth is one of these applications that although you rarely use, are almost always open. Not only does it needlessly consume your battery but it also generates heat, so turning it off when not in use is a really good idea.
- Refrain from playing games: - playing games will usually overheat your iPhone by itself. If you add in a hot environment temperature, it's almost certain that your phone won't be in the best functioning conditions.
- Close all the applications that you are not currently using: - the apps that run in the background will still heat your phone, even if your are not using them, so it's best if you just close them.
- Use the "List" feature in Maps: - the turn-by-turn directions function creates lost of heat. If you need to use directions, opting for the list feature will keep your iPhone cooler.
- Stop the Location Services: - GPS is one of the services that generate the most amount of heat in your iPhone. If you don't plan on getting lost, the best thing you could do would be to turn it off.
- Get a new charger / car adapter: - if you have a relatively new iPhone, the heat related problems can be caused by a faulty charger and changing it might just solve the problem. Don't just go and a buy a new one though, first try to use one from a friend and see if it fixes the problem so you don't spend the money for nothing.
- Put your iPhone on Airplane Mode: - this is the simplest solution, but if you don't need your phone for the moment and you are having troubles with heat you can always put it on Airplane Mode or turn it off completely.