As temperatures rise, gadget owners have been warned about the danger to their electronics
The rising temperatures baking the UK won’t go away for the rest of the week, forecasters have confirmed. The Met Office’s extreme heat warning is in effect for some parts of the country until Friday. But while most of us enjoy the arrival of summer, it’s a different story when it comes to your electronic devices. Hot weather can cause all kinds of problems with your smartphone and other gadgets.
Virgin Media O2 and USwitch have both warned customers to protect their broadband routers from the heat. Rising temperatures can cause slow download speeds and poor Wi-Fi signal, they warned.
And now it seems that our smartphones can’t handle the mercury of 32ºC very well either. Overheated smartphones can struggle to function properly and can also experience serious battery life issues. And you don’t just have to worry about smartphones, all kinds of devices can be affected, such as iPads, Kindles, laptops and more.
Most of these gadgets are essential for working from home, reading in the yard, calling friends and family and more. So you really don’t want your device to succumb to the blistering heat.
WeSellTek experts shared some essential tips
Most people usually have their smartphone in their pocket when not using it, or in their hand while they are. Normal weather and body heat won’t cause your device to overheat, but the heat wave will. While you’re out in the sun or in a warm room, your device heats up much faster than you do.
Normally, appliances can easily regulate their temperature, but the extreme heat can throw a spanner in the works. If you notice that your smartphone or other device is slower than usual or feels very warm physically in your hand, your device may be at risk of overheating.
Warning of overheating of smartphones and other devices, Paul Walsh, founder of refurbished tech vendor WeSellTek, told Express.co.uk: “In most circumstances you can run as many apps as you want with very little risk of overheating. All changes in extreme heat, which is why it’s so important to keep an eye on your phone’s performance.”
While many users may think that keeping their devices indoors can help prevent overheating, this may not solve the problem. Since temperatures are also rising indoors, your device may not get a chance to cool itself properly there either.
In addition to the warning, WeSellTek has shared some helpful tips to prevent your smartphones from overheating. By following these tips, you can reduce the risk of temporary or permanent damage to your device in the current heat…
Disable unused apps on your phone: Reducing the number of apps running on your device, including in the background, is a quick way to lower your phone’s power consumption and overall temperature.
Turn the screen brightness down: In very sunny conditions, you might be tempted to turn the brightness all the way up to make it easier to see your screen. Avoiding this will help your phone use less energy to power the extra screen, allowing it to run cooler.
Avoid sunlight: While this may seem impossible with the current weather, keeping your phone out of direct sunlight will reduce the chance of the sun heating up your device.
Remove the case: Cases designed to prevent damage in the event of a drop generally retain heat very well thanks to the materials used. Taking off your case temporarily can cool down your phone, just like taking off a sweater.
Don’t be afraid to reboot: Rebooting your device will delete a lot of the local memory it uses. It’s a quick way to reduce your phone’s power consumption and help prevent the device from generating heat.
With all these tips, you might worry that you won’t be able to use your appliances at all in this heat wave. That is not the case at all, you can continue to use your devices. Keep some of this advice in mind to avoid potential problems.
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