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Want to prevent your phone overheating this summer? Read this!

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Many places around the world (the UK included) (opens in new tab) are currently experiencing soaring temperatures, and the latest heatwave is making it difficult to use our devices as we normally would. Summer is a time when we typically want to be out capturing low-light landscapes, portraits of friends, holidays and lifestyle shoots, but even the best camera phone (opens in new tab) can overheat quickly in direct sunlight.

As we face the hottest temperatures on record this week, many of us will be wondering how to protect our tech items from overheating and facing long lasting damage. Fortunately, some clever experts (opens in new tab) have shared their best advice for keep your phone and other devices cool in this heat. Let's cool it and take a look!

phone in heat

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1. Remove your phone case

Keeping your phone in one of the best phone cases (opens in new tab) is a great way to protect it from damage, however, a case can be a form of insulation and will keep in any heat from your phone, increasing the risk of your phone overheating. Taking your phone case off will let heat dissipate quickly and keep your phone cooler. Naturally, phone cases are important in the way of protection to your phone, but even taking it off for a few minutes in a safe environment can do your phone the world of good.

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2. Take your phone out of your pocket

Whilst it can be useful to keep your phone in your pocket, pockets are small spaces and they end up pressing your phone to your skin, meaning your phone will take in a lot of your body heat. If you don’t have a bag to keep your phone in when you’re on the go, a looser pocket such as an oversized shirt pocket can also be a good place to keep your phone.

phone in heat

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3. Change your phone’s settings

There are a few changes you can make in your phones settings that can reduce the battery and energy that your phone is using and subsequently keep your phone cool. Firstly, you should turn off any data settings when you don’t need it, or even go one step further and put your phone on airplane mode when you’re not using it. 

This can save your phones battery which is closely linked to your phone’s temperature. Another setting you can change is your phones brightness. Turning down the brightness will reduce the amount of battery being used and subsequently lessening how much your phone heats up.

phone in heat

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4. Don’t overuse your phone

Some bits of software – particularly gaming and video apps – can use up a lot of battery on your phone and warm it up considerably. If you’re already in hot weather, it would be wise to avoid using these apps unless absolutely necessary – even if that means finding shade or a cooler spot to use your phone, it will make a big difference to your phone’s temperature.

phone in heat

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5. Keep your phone out of the sun

It may seem obvious, but preventing your phone from overheating is far easier than repairing your phone from overheating. Simple things such as keeping your phone in a cooler room or moving into the shade can go a long way in terms of protecting your phone. Next time you’re out and about, or even if you're in your garden, be conscious of where you’re leaving your phone and make sure it’s in a shady or cool spot. And lastly, don't keep your phone too near to naughty puppies like in this shot, but that could be a whole other tips post... 

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Lauren Scott
Lauren Scott

Lauren is the Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, having previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) magazine, a practical-focused publication that inspires hobbyists and seasoned pros alike to take truly phenomenal shots and get the best results from their kit. 


An experienced photography journalist who has been covering the industry for over eight years, she has also served as technique editor for both PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine and DCW's sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)


In addition to techniques and tutorials that enable you to achieve great results from your cameras, lenses, tripods and other photography equipment, Lauren can regularly be found interviewing some of the biggest names in the industry, sharing tips and guides on subjects like landscape and wildlife photography, and raising awareness for subjects such as mental health and women in photography.