A guide to chill with your overheating smartphone

It is normal for smartphones to get warm while they’re charging or being used continuously. After all, the phone is an electronic device, and it may warm up due to electricity. However, it gets serious when they turn too hot to handle – literally!

Whether you’re streaming videos back-to-back or when it’s too hot outside, here we’ve listed down possible mobile overheating reasons and ways to fix them.

Most likely causes of mobile overheating

Technically, there are several causes due to which your mobiles warm up to some extent in a bid to utilize more power than usual. Let’s look at some of the most common ones:

  1. Can’t get enough of gaming?

Given the high intensity of certain gaming apps, they tend to use your phone’s central processing core along with the graphics processing unit. This results in your phone to overheat.

2. Untamed phone settings

Mobiles getting hot depend a lot on the way phone settings are managed. Whether it’s your screen brightness turned to the max, dozens of widgets, or you’ve got an animated wallpaper set, these factors lay an unnecessary impact on your mobile’s CPU and cause it to get hot.

3. Netflix & ‘no’ Chill

Streaming online content from popular platforms like YouTube and Netflix hampers the phone just like gaming apps do. When the display is active for several hours together, it inevitably fires the phone.

Quick ways to cool down mobile overheating

If you cannot really stay away from your phone for most of the time, try these quick and simple ways to at least cool it down.

Low Power Mode – iPhone users could switch on Low Power Mode to prevent phone overheating, while Android users can keep their devices cool by enabling Battery Saver Mode.

Lower screen brightness – Setting your screen brightness at a considerable level can surely take much load off your phone’s battery.

Disable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth – Toggle off features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, etc. to prevent battery draining and keep your phone cool.

Phone restart – Try restarting your phone frequently to avoid it from getting overheated due to apps and software issues.

Junk cleaners – Installing junk cleaner apps identify and clear out unwanted files from your phone. They also aid in the phone’s performance and extend its battery life.

Prevention is Better than Cure – even for Phones!

Here are some of the basic phone care tips and tricks you can follow to prevent your phone to overheat:

Correct phone charging – Maintain a proper place for charging your phone. Mount it on a hard surface, which wouldn’t transmit or conduct heat.

Apps update – Keeping apps updated fixes mobile overheating issue to a great extent. If it still persists, try uninstalling recently installed apps as they might have bugs.

Protect from heat – Avoid leaving your phone at places where temperatures are considerably high. Better cover your phone so that it doesn’t come in direct contact with hot surfaces.

In case your phone is still facing an overheating issue, it is advisable to get it checked professionally checked. Book a mobile repair with HelpforSure today!

The DIY guide to common laptop problems

With the amount of workload our laptops face every day, it’s bound to run into a few hiccups now and then. After all, it is just a machine. So, we thought to put together a list of common issues most people have and ways you can troubleshoot/resolve these laptop problems yourself.

Problem: Your laptop refuses to start no matter how many times you try

Reason: Although a booting issue can be caused by myriad reasons, the most common ones can often be traced back to the battery.

Troubleshoot: Check your power cable and adaptor for any signs of damage. If they seem good, the next step would be to check the battery. Depending on the make and model, battery replacement is often simple and the method would be mentioned in the instruction manual that came along with your machine. 

Problem: “I spilt coffee on my laptop!”

Reason: Clumsy hands!

Solution: Quick action is key. Immediately remove the power cable, switch your laptop off with the physical button and dab the excess liquid from the keyboard and wherever else there might be a spill. Avoid using hair dryers or any sort of heat to dry the water at all costs. It can damage your components further. Give it a few days to dry before attempting to power on your device.  

Problem: Laptop gets hot enough to make a dragon wanna retire

Reason: Lack of ventilation and an overworked laptop will cause overheating of the system.

Solution: Give your laptops some space to breathe. Work in cooler environments, prop it up a little to give the base some ventilation and make sure the cooling vents at the sides are left open. Cooling pads are also a great option.

Problem: Battery running out sooner than expected

Reason: Overheating, erratic charging, a rouge software or simply: an old battery.

Solution: We’ve already covered overheating above and an old battery can be replaced. Erratic charging can be caused due to a faulty charger or wall plug. As for the software issue, malware and viruses scan can help.

Here’s a quick video on how you can recalibrate the battery life estimates on your windows laptop.

Problem: You can make a cup of coffee by the time your laptop opens Google Chrome

Reason: An over-occupied RAM and a cluttered HDD are usually the culprits for this issue.

Solution: Try decluttering your hard drive by clearing unnecessary files with CC Cleaner (Not a promotion, just a recommendation!). Defragmentation can also help but your best bet would be to look into upgrading your RAM and your HDD to an SSD. And if the recent predictions are accurate, it might be the best time to make this decision.

Problem: Poof! Your data is gone

Reason: A corrupted, damaged or dead HDD can cause a lot of grief through data loss.

Solution: Sometimes, it could be a bad cable instead of a dead drive. Replace the power/data cable. In case of data loss, you can find data-recovery software online. Although, these often cost a ton of money and require some basic software knowledge. It’s always best to leave this issue to experts.

Problem: Can’t get online

Reason: Getting online might be a problem for a lot of laptops, especially with wireless internet.

Solution: Check the router positioning. WiFi works best when there is an uninterrupted line of sight between the laptop and the router. The “Troubleshoot” option in windows will also auto-resolve many network problems you face.

Problem: You can hear your laptop’s fan from across the room

Reason: Apart from the overheating problems mentioned above, dust can also lead to the laptop fan to overwork.

Solution: Clean your device regularly and avoid keeping them in a dust-prone environment. You can use compressed air or a small air blower to clean out the insides through the small vents in your laptop.

There may be a lot of other laptop problems that you might face, the Solutions to which may not be as easy as those suggested above. Well, you still have HelpForSure which offers superior laptop services and repairs in Hyderabad and Bengaluru. Give us a call on 9980879514 or book a service request on our website and relax as we fix all your laptop problems.