Did you know the heat can cause cell phone damage? When exposed to high temperatures, the internal components of your phone can become damaged, causing data loss, dead batteries, and in some cases the lithium battery will leak, or bubble up and expand or explode. Not only is this damaging to your device – for obvious reasons – it can be damaging to you. You will find that these days many smartphones have a warning screen to let you know before the worst happens, but it is still important to be aware and prepared.
Here’s what you can do to avoid cell phone damage from the heat:
- Avoid direct sunlight to your phone. While leaving it easily accessible may be better for you, it is not good for your phone. Your phone will catch light and heat from the sun and retain it, causing it to get hotter the longer you remain in the sun.
- Turn off unused apps on your phone. Apps running in the background use the battery and will increase the heat on your phone. Closing down unused Apps not only saves battery life but also decreases how hard your phone works, which decreases heat.
- Buy a glare screen. Don’t turn your brightness up, just like running background apps, this will affect your battery, forcing it to work harder. Rather than turning up your brightness, buy a glare screen. This will enable you to use your phone in the sun no matter how bright it is.
- Turn off or use airplane mode. Putting it in airplane mode will allow you to keep time and play music, but that will be it. These two options make it easier to save your battery and prevent it from overheating.
- Take your case off. Taking the case off will allow the phone’s heat vents to do their job fully without being blocked. This will help your phone cool down quicker.
What to Do if Your Phone Has Been Exposed to Heat
If your device does overheat make sure you do not touch it. It can burn you. Let it cool down before handling it. Battery leaks and explosions are rare, but you don’t want to test the odds. If the battery does leak, you will begin to notice corrosion coming out of the battery compartment, or on the battery itself inside the compartment. The bad news is after battery leakage occurs it’s difficult to ensure no other part of your phone is damaged.
Cleaning so close to the inside is likely to cause water damage – and where you can’t reach with your cleaner, the acid probably did already and is causing damage to your phone’s components. Your best bet in this scenario is to consult a professional to help assess the damage and provide any necessary repairs in a timely fashion.
North Georgia Cell Phone Repair offers assessment and repair services for cell phone problems. Need to know more about cell phone damage from the heat? Call 770-569-2002 to get a free estimate. We can fix that phone!