If you own a OnePlus smartphone, congratulations because you currently own a state-of-the-art Chinese smartphone which has high-end specifications within an affordable price range. With a high-end specification, it is prone to warm up when the user is playing a high graphics game or if he/she is using the phone for a prolonged period. Smartphones are literally smart as the SoC has a throttling mechanism that controls the energy being drawn from the battery to the various components and throttle it in order to keep the core temperature normal. But since there is a flow of energy when any software or hardware component is used, it generates heat which easily radiates out of the phone through vents and ports.
The problem starts when a smartphone begins to overheat. Users have reported the OnePlus overheating problem which may last for a few seconds to a long period thereby endangering the internal components of a delicate smartphone. It can result in white patches on the screen which may not go if its an OLED display. Similarly, the performance of a smartphone is halved if it is facing an overheating problem and that is why, it is said that you need to do certain things before, during, and after overheating problem that will help you eliminate the risk of overheating or bring down the core temperature of a phone before it hits that critical limit.
- Reboot the phone
- Display settings
- Toggle off the features when not in use
- Get your phone scanned
- Take off that case suffocating the phone
- Close background apps
- Scrutiny certain apps that are power-hungry
- Wipe storage cache
- Wipe cache partition
- Restore the phone
- Use power saving modes
- What if the battery or the cable is at the fault?
- The final resort
Reboot the phone
You are using your OnePlus smartphone and suddenly feel that it has started to warm up. Now, that’s normal since every smartphone has the tendency to warm up but there’s a limit. The moment you feel as if the phone is literally getting hotter than usual, you can actually turn off the phone. This method has several advantages such as it will bring down the core temperature of the handset, it will remove the strain on the battery and it will allow the phone to perform optimally because of which, experts recommend to reboot the device at least once a day. You can keep the phone turned off for a few minutes and disassemble it so that all the components can cool down independently.
Every smartphone has its display settings where the user can tweak the wallpaper, screensaver, time to turn off as well as brightness settings. The user can tweak the brightness settings based on the time of the day since nighttime requires low brightness while daytime requires moderate to high brightness on the screen. The user can further extend the brightness settings by installing apps from the play store where you can also get a blue filter that takes the strain off your eyes when using the phone at night.
Toggle off the features when not in use
If you are facing a OnePlus overheating problem, you must know that you should always turn off the features such as Location, GPS, Bluetooth, etc which are high power-consumptive features that will drain the battery quickly. Although people use these services and there are no boundaries on how and when to use it, there is a common sense that if you keep the wifi ON even when not in use, it will still consume power from the battery and might also contribute to the ongoing overheating problem that you are facing.
Get your phone scanned
It’s literally easy to introduce a virus in other’ smartphone using codes and programs. It is possible for a virus or malware to affect an app or several apps at once to consume more battery power which translates to more heat generation and thus, it leads to the increased core temperature of the device which isn’t good for your phone. You can get an antivirus program from the Play Store or buy it on your computer and connect it to the phone to scan and get rid of any potential viruses.
Take off that case suffocating the phone
Phone case and covers are crucial nowadays since people aren’t too careful with their smartphone causing it to damage after it falls accidentally. There are plenty of materials available with which, the phone case and covers are made which leaves a possibility that the phone case you are using with your phone with a ‘xyz’ material is obstructing how the phone would get rid of hot air rising from the internal components. The best way to confirm if the phone case is actually the culprit or not, simply take it off and check for several hours which must be enough to provide an insight on how the case is interacting with the OnePlus overheating problem.
Close background apps
Most of us never close background apps or those apps which they used but don’t require it for now. Then there are apps that pop up even after closing it which requires to be closed repeatedly in order to free up the RAM. Now, you can close the apps directly by tapping on the ‘recent’ button and close it. Next is to go to Settings >> Apps >> Running and tap on every individual app and press the ‘Force Stop’ button that will stop that particular app until it pops up again or the user starts it on his/her own.
Scrutiny certain apps that are power-hungry
Pay emphasize on which apps are actually sucking in the most power leading to the overheating problem. Now, every Android smartphone including OnePlus has a featuring in Settings >> Battery where the systems show the charging graph, the apps that use the power and how much time it has been active or dormant. This is a great indicator showing the abnormal or power-hungry apps that may be the cause of the overheating problem. The user can either disable or uninstall these apps in the Settings as well.
Wipe app cache
If cache files get corrupted, it can introduce a host of problems including OnePlus overheating problem and that is why it important to wipe the cache files. You can go to ‘Settings >> Apps >> (Click on individual apps) >> Clear Cache & Clear Data’ to get rid of these files. This is actually the first available method, there are two more in this category which is explained below.
Wipe storage cache
Another type of cache files in the storage cache which can be cleared at ‘Settings >> Storage >> Cache Memory’.
Wipe cache partition
The third method to clear remaining cache is through recovery mode for which, the procedure is as followed.
- Firstly, turn off the phone and wait for a second before commencing with the following steps.
- Press the power button + volume down button gently and hold it for 10 to 15 seconds until the phone turns on.
- As soon as the OnePlus or Android logo appears on the screen, you can let go of the buttons.
- When in the recovery mode, you are bound to follow the instructions mentioned on the top of the screen i.e. use volume up/down keys to scroll and power key to select or as otherwise mentioned.
- You need to scroll down the menu and select ‘wipe cache partition’ that will guide you to the next page where you need to select ‘Yes’.
- Once the process is done which could take few seconds, you can reboot the system and verify if the issue still persists or not.
Restore the phone
Well, this is definitely a breakthrough that you can expect that it will resolve the OnePlus overheating problem. You must take a backup of all the files and folders since restoring the phone will erase all the data permanently. Here’s how you can go about restoring the phone.
- Turn off the device is the first step.
- Step two is to press and hold the power button and volume down key together. Note that you must press both the buttons together or else the device will interpret it as a command to turn on the phone and not log into the recovery mode.
- Release the buttons as soon as you see an Android logo on the screen or if its OnePlus’.
- The protocol to follow here is that you need to use volume up and down buttons to scroll and press the power button to select unless it is otherwise mentioned.
- You need to tap on ‘wipe data/factory reset’ and ‘Yes – delete all the user data’ and the process will be done.
Use power saving modes
Almost all major smartphones have a built-in power saving mode that prevents the phone from consuming too much power that prevents it from the draining the battery abruptly as well as help cope up with the increasing temperature by limiting the power drawn from the battery.
What if the battery or the cable is at the fault?
It’s not just the battery or the cable involved in the phone’s charging process. You need to understand that any component involved can develop faults or may damage due to ‘xyz’ reasons. You need to ensure that the battery is properly inserted and it is performing optimally. Next thing to verify is whether the charger and the USB cable is either authentic or it must support your device’s power requirements. There’s much that can go wrong with this one.
The final resort
If the overheating problem persists even after you follow the given guide to fix the problem, report the issue to a service center or an individual technician and get it fixed.
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