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Five Reasons Why Your Phone Constantly Feels Like A Hot Potato

March 29, 2019

Have you ever wondered why your phone is burning up? Especially, when you haven’t even been using it?

In some cases, it’s normal for your phone to get a little warm. For instance, if you are playing games or streaming videos, your phone is working a little harder than usual or if you are out in direct sunlight, it’s naturally going to warm up once it comes in contact with the sun. There’s no need to fret over these types of situations. All you have to do is give your phone a little break and you’ll be good to go!

Now, if you ever pick up your phone and it honestly feels too hot to handle or you’re in the process of using it and it starts to overheat at a faster rate than you can say “hot potato,” then clearly there’s an issue. Houston, we have a problem!

So, here are five reasons your phone could be so hot:

  • Too many of your apps are open and active at once.
  • Many of us are guilty of leaving all our apps open and remaining active after we are done using them. This has your phone working all the time and it can be a major indicator towards the heat when you haven’t even been using it.

    Whether you have an Android or iPhone, go into your settings and manually switch certain apps off that you are done using. Both Android and iPhone have an App Refresh capability within settings. You can turn this capability off which is stop your apps from refreshing once their own. Click here for steps on how to turn off your background app refresh.

  • You are due for a software update and app updates.
  • Are you one of those people that hits “Remind Me Later” like 100 times before you actually update your phone with the newest software? This could very well be why your phone is overheating because it isn’t backed up properly!


    When you don’t update the software or even just the newer versions of your mobile applications, your phone is working harder because it’s not configured with the best version anymore. Software and app updates are implemented to fix glitches and bugs that happen within the backend of our phones. Don’t wait to update these- always have the latest and greatest!

    Candywirez phone charging cable charging iphone on couch

  • The charger you’re using is cheap and sucks.
  • Okay, sorry for the brutality but considering our knowledge of this tech accessory… you can understand our frustration! This happens to be one of the most common reasons for a phone to overheat.

    So it’s recommended to use chargers that are either directly from your providers such as Apple and Android or providers that are compatible with your device. Not to brag, but all of Candywirez cable chargers, power banks, and wireless chargers are compatible with iPhone and Android products!

    It goes back to the common phrase, you get what you pay for! If you’re one of those that buy a new $5 charger every two weeks at the local convenience store because it’s “cheaper,” well guess what- $5 every two weeks adds up… it’s smarter to invest in a more expensive charger that will last you in the long run. Check out our charging collection now here!

  • Your case is hurting your phone more than protecting it!
  • Hmm, didn’t think of that, now did ya? Phone cases are a huge way to express your style but some cases are not best suited for the overall health of your phone. If a case is preventing your phone to ventilate properly, that can result in overheating. Next time you feel your phone getting hot, try taking off the case for 30 minutes to see if it helps. If so, you might want to invest in a new case!


    Who needs a case anyways? We specialize in tempered glass screen protectors so that your phone isn’t compacted to anything. Learn more about our variety of tempered glass screen protectors here!

    Person putting tempered glass screen protector on iphone
  • You have a defective battery which is really, not good.
  • Alright, worst case scenario, if none of these solve your hotter-than-a-hot-potato phone, you probably need to have it inspected because you may have a defective battery. This can get dangerous so if your phone is EXCESSIVELY hot- be smart and take it to your provider so they can see what the problem is.

    Candywirez power bank dual charger charing iphone on desk

    We hope this brought some value to you! We like to help answer the questions you have when it comes to your everyday tech! We’re not only here to provide you with the best tech accessories but also to keep your tech at it’s best and of course, fully charged.

    Do you have a certain topic that you’d like us to write about? Comment below so we can help you with all your tech needs and concerns!

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