Although it doesn’t seem like too many people modern smartphones have to do to work internally to get things done. When you are using your phone, electricity moves from the battery to the various components mounted on the PCB combinedly and that is when the work is done. All the smartphones have built-in throttling system onboard its SoC that works by throttling the power available and being drawn thus, not allowing the phone to overheat. But there are cases when smartphones have been reported to overheat where a number of underlying reasons are responsible. For this post, we are talking about Alcatel Overheating problem which is common on all Alcatel smartphones but it is preventable and avoidable, here’s how you can fix it in the first place.
- #1: Avoid direct sunlight
- #2: Viruses are not healthy at all
- #3: Phone case and how it suffocates the phone
- #4: The Battery & Charger
- #6: Turn off unwanted services
- #7: Close unwanted apps
- #8: Avoid using the smartphone for along duration
- #8: Reboot the device
- #9: Update apps
- #10: Update the Android OS
- #11: Ensure quality signal strength
- #12: Clear Cache memory
- #12: Reset the device
#1: Avoid direct sunlight
This is one of the major cause of overheating when the user unknowingly uses their smartphone in broad daylight under the sun. Although tiny bit exposure to direct sunlight isn’t harmful to the phone, it could turn severe if the exposure is lengthy while there are too many apps running together which means there is a lot of movement which translates to increasing core temperature. Thus, avoid direct sunlight or long exposure.
#2: Viruses are not healthy at all
Viruses are meant to cause harm to the system of which, some viruses are meant to cause system failure, software glitch and even hardware failure in some cases. Viruses can also spike the usage of battery power by inducing apps to become hungry for power and the energy is drawn from the battery. The increase in power drawn translates to increased movement and thus, overheating is an imminent and immediate cause. Thus, you’ll have to fix this issue by putting the viruses and other threats in quarantine.
#3: Phone case and how it suffocates the phone
What do you do to protect your phone from physical or water damage? Most of the people who say they use phone case or cover to protect their smartphones which is a common practice. When a smartphone generates heat, it must radiate somewhere and while a phone without a phone case might not find it difficult to do so, smartphones with cases made up of some specific material might act as an insulator thus preventing the heat to radiate in the atmosphere. This phenomenon will continue until the user takes appropriate steps to prevent and gradually and over time, the phone will overheat which is a condition that must be avoided as it can physically damage the components on the PCB as well as the touchscreen, etc.
#4: The Battery & Charger
We recommend not to use any third-party charger or USB cable but the original one provided by the company. Ensure that you keep the phone fully charged and let it drain completely before recharging it again.
#6: Turn off unwanted services
A lot of people forget to turn off wifi, location, and other services on their phone even when not in use. These are some of the power-hungry features which aren’t good for the battery as it will suck in more juice from the battery contributing to the increased movement and generation of heat. Thus, it is recommended to turn off unwanted services or use dedicated apps that notify users about these power hungry services and apps.
#7: Close unwanted apps
Similar to how you need to turn off unwanted services, you need to keep a keep on apps. As Android OS allows multitasking and can withstand even a good number of apps to be used simultaneously, people forget to close the apps that aren’t required for the time being. You need to keep a tab on apps being used and those which aren’t in use. Close those apps which aren’t required for now as well as uninstall those apps which aren’t required. Avoid piling up apps on your phone unnecessarily as it will further contribute to various performance-related issues while giving you a tough time to keep the battery charged since these apps will still consume power even when not in use.
#8: Avoid using the smartphone for along duration
It mustn’t be surprised as everyone knows overusing smartphones can have an adverse effect on the user as well as the smartphone too. Talking about the effects on smartphones, overusing the device leads to increased resources consumption that translates to increased movement and thus, generation of heat which isn’t good for the phone. GetDroidTips recommends using the phone for limitation duration in a constant burst with intervals of few minutes which is enough for the phone to cool off.
#8: Reboot the device
The moment you feel that the phone is warming up to an unusual temperature, hit the power button and turn off the phone. Let the phone radiate the heat itself where you can dismantle the phone by removing the case, back panel, battery and let the phone stay idle on a cool place for few minutes. After you think that the phone was restored to its original temperature, you can reassemble it and turn it on as the problem is no sorted.
#9: Update apps
This is the most important aspect if you are looking forward to keep the smartphone away from any and every bugs and virus that usually bug outdated apps. SImply, update all the installed apps and you are good to go.
#10: Update the Android OS
Just as updated apps play a vital role as a security shield against viruses, you have to keep the firmware or Android OS update. You can always check for the software updates at Settings >> About Phone >> Software Updates. Also, if there is no update available or your phone has gone out-of-support which is usually two years after its original date of release, you can always roll back to the previous stable Android version to wade off any and every software-related issues.
#11: Ensure quality signal strength
Your phone constantly uses battery power to keep the network or signal strength of your phone to maximum, however, when the phone faces degrading strength, it uses more resources to keep up with the network that you’ll need to make calls, messages, and browse the internet. If you want to take measures and avoid overheating the phone, ensure that the signal strength is high and if there is no network available and you know it, it is better to turn on the airplane mode.
#12: Clear Cache memory
There are basically three ways you can get rid of cache memory on your phone since the system stores cache files in different locations. Firstly, you can wipe off app-level cache files by going to the Apps section of the Settings tool where you can tap on all individual apps and press the ‘Clear Cache’ to perform the said function. Secondly, proceed to the Storage section of the Settings tool where you will find an option on Cache Memory where you can tap on it and confirm deleting it.
- A third way to wipe off all the remaining cache files is to boot into recovery mode. Now, you need to press a specific combination of buttons in order to boot into the recovery mode for which, the procedure is as followed.
- Turn off the phone before commencing this procedure.
- Now, tap on the power button and the volume down button together and hold the same until the phone vibrates and shows the Android logo on the screen.
- Then, release the buttons and let the phone boot into the recovery mode.
- Here, you need to select the option that says ‘wipe cache partition’ and confirm it that will allow the system to clear cache partition.
#12: Reset the device
Before you can think of resetting the phone if it frequently heats up to a staggering temperature which isn’t suitable for a delicate piece of electronics, you must obtain a backup of the data that you might need as the procedure to reset the phone is permanent and irreversible.
- To commence with, switch off the phone and keep it idle for a few seconds.
- Now, press the power button and volume down button which is the same procedure that you used to boot into the recovery mode in the previous method.
- Once you are in the recovery mode of your device, you’ll need to scroll and select the option titled ‘wipe data/factory reset’ from the menu.
- Confirm the actions and set the wheels in motion when the system will itself reset the phone and hopefully, it will relieve the device from the recurring Alcatel overheating problem.
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