Heatwave: how to avoid overheating your computer or smartphone

It's hot for everyone!
Why should you cool your computer?
Unplug it
Reduce the number of tabs and applications open
Ctrl+Alt+Delete
Let the air circulate
Use support with ventilation
Dust off your computer
Set fan speed
Clean up your hard drive
The coin trick
Smartphones
Don't expose it
Nothing around
Check which apps are using the most battery
Disable WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC and GPS
Use the official charger
It's hot for everyone!

When dealing with hot weather or a heatwave, it is important to keep an eye on our electronic devices. The heat can hurt computers, tablets, and phones up to the point of breaking them. Here we give you some tips to minimize this overheating.

Why should you cool your computer?

A computer is made up of parts that nearly all release heat. If it gets too hot, the performance of these parts and the computer as a whole can be reduced. You can recognize problems from the incessant noise of a fan blowing in the machine, at full power, to regulate overheating.

Unplug it

If you're using a laptop, don't leave it plugged in all the time. While this may deteriorate the battery, it also prevents overheating.

Reduce the number of tabs and applications open

The more applications or tabs you have running at the same time, the more your computer will have to work and heat up.

Ctrl+Alt+Delete

To know which applications require the most work from your software, you just have to take a look at the task manager. To do so, press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously.

Let the air circulate

You also need to remove any obstacles that prevent airflow around (and below) the computer. Leave 5 to 8 cm (2-3 inches) of empty space on each side and remember to lift up the machine. Specially designed supporting products are available for this purpose.

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Use support with ventilation

In a laptop, the case is smaller than in a PC, which causes the heat to become less dispersed. One solution is to place it on a special, ventilated support panel connected via USB. Its fans will help reduce the heat.

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Dust off your computer

Dust is your computer's nightmare. It gets absorbed directly, after which it settles on the fan and other machine parts. The dust causes poor ventilation. To remove it, you will need a dry air pump and a microfibre cloth. Monthly cleaning is sufficient. Don't forget to dust the USB ports.

Set fan speed

You can manually adjust the fan speed of your computer. For Macs, the easiest way is to install software for it. For PCs, you will have access to it from the settings.

Clean up your hard drive

The fuller your hard drive is, the more your computer has to work and will overheat. A good opportunity to sort things out.

The coin trick

This is a curious trick that seems to work. The heat is mainly concentrated in one place, between the keyboard and the screen. Take coins and line them up between the screen and the top of the keyboard, where the heat is strongest. The copper pieces will distribute the heat rather than leaving it concentrated in one place.

Screenshot Twitter @akinori_suzuki

Smartphones

Mobile phones do not like heat any more than we do. The components are designed to operate between 0 and 35°C (or 32-95ºF). A phone in direct sunlight and switched on (or charging) can easily reach 50°C (122ºF). To check the battery temperature, you can download a specific app.

Don't expose it

It is good to remember to keep your device out of direct sunlight. If you are outdoors, leave it in your bag, for example.

Nothing around

If you use it, it is also better to remove the shell or any accessory that surrounds your phone, as it tends to increase the heat.

Check which apps are using the most battery

These apps will make the phone work more intensely and therefore lead to overheating. Find out which apps are using the most battery by going to Settings > Battery > Use details.

Disable WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC and GPS

These internal chips can cause your device to heat up unnecessarily. If you're not using them, turn off WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, and GPS to gain a few degrees in temperature.

Use the official charger

Finally, try to use as much as possible the official charger supplied with your phone. Other chargers may increase the temperature of your device and damage the battery. This will cause it to overheat faster.

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