Talking Tech: Watch out for (literally) hot smartphones this summer

Welcome to Thursday, Talking Tech readers. The final Thursday in July, which means we’re a step closer to the back-to-school season. (Yay, parents! Sorry, students.) It’s Brett Molina back with more tech headlines.

Talking Tech: Watch out for (literally) hot smartphones this summer
Talking Tech: Watch out for (literally) hot smartphones this summer

Just back from vacation, where I learned what can happen if your iPhone starts to get too hot. It started when my youngest child and I discovered a renewed interest in Pokémon Go. (Remember the mobile game that had people wandering through grocery stores and dog parks searching for Pikachu back in 2016?)

It was a warm and humid day out, and as we were playing I noticed my phone warming up. Not only that, but the flash on my camera as well as the iPhone’s flashlight were disabled.

Turns out the iPhone does this when it senses your device is getting too hot, a bigger problem especially now as many parts of the U.S. have faced record high temperatures.

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If my iPhone got any hotter, it would have completely shut down – only allowing emergency calls – and displayed a warning to let your phone cool before using it.

Luckily, we were only searching for Charmanders when this happened and not using Google Maps or other navigation tools to get to a new destination.

So what to do if your phone gets this warning? A couple tips for cooling it down:

  • Turn off your phone, of course.
  • Take off the case, so your phone can breathe a bit.
  • Get it away from heat and sunlight.
  • If you’re charging it, unplug or take it off a wireless charger.

Ever had a similar experience?

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