iPhone too hot? How to cool your smartphone in summer weather

Scorching temperatures don’t just leave people hot and bothered. They can affect our iPhone or Android phones, too.

Millions of Americans living in the Northeast faced excessive heat warnings on Sunday as temperatures jumped to near-record levels.

Both Boston and Philadelphia broke daily heat records on Sunday, as both cities reached a high of 99 degrees.

Using an iPhone or Android phone outdoors can create strain on devices forcing them to shut down if the phone gets too hot.

Obviously, you’ll feel your smartphone get warmer to the touch when using it. But what can lead to smartphones heating up more quickly in hot weather? And what can you do to cool your phone down?

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What causes your phone to warm up?

Both the iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy line of smartphones are built to operate in temperatures ranging from 32º to 95º Fahrenheit.

Apple notes using your iPhone in very hot conditions “can permanently shorten battery life.”

No surprise here, but hot weather plays a significant role in how warm your phone gets. Whether it’s sitting in your pocket, in your car, or somewhere near direct sunlight, the higher temperatures cause your phone to heat up more quickly than usual.

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