How to cool down your mobile: tips to combat overheating in summer

One of the consequences of summer, especially when we go through a heat wave, is that our mobile overheats . Leaving aside the cooling systems that some models integrate and the accessories that can help us cool down our mobile, there are also several tricks that can help us prevent it.

And what can you do if your phone has already reached a very high temperature? Obviously, cool it down as quickly as possible so that no component is damaged (especially the battery). Here are some methods you can try if you have to cool your phone.

Tricks to refresh the mobile

To keep your phone and all its components at the correct temperature, it is important to make sure that it is in a place with optimal conditions for its use : between 0 and 35ºC, approximately, and in a dry environment, without humidity.

When this is not possible, it is very important that sunlight does not shine directly on the mobile and that we do not subject the device to demanding use (video games with a high graphic load or video streaming, for example.)

That said, if your mobile has already overheated, here are some tricks to cool it down quickly and easily without having to resort to an additional accessory:

  • Let it rest . One of the possible causes of overheating is that the processor is working excessively, so close the applications that are consuming resources (3D games or apps that use the camera or GPS, for example) and leave it with the screen off.
  • Completely turn off the mobile for several minutes until the temperature drops. It is a somewhat drastic solution, but sometimes, it is not enough to simply have it locked or in airplane mode to cool down its components.
  • Remove the headphones and the protective case or casing from the device (if it has one). This last accessory protects the terminal from possible bumps and falls, but usually retains the heat generated by the phone itself. By removing it, you will help dissipate it.
  • Don’t put it on charge . The mobile raises its temperature when we recharge it, especially if we use it at the same time. Therefore, if your mobile has enough battery, it is better to charge it later, when you have finished using it and it has cooled down. If not, try to avoid fast charging because it usually brings heat spikes.
  • Put it on a dry and cool surface . The environment can also serve to lower the temperature of the mobile, so try to always place it in the shade. You can also try putting it in front of a fan or the car’s air conditioning, but don’t even think about putting it in the fridge or freezer because such a strong contrast can be more counterproductive than heat.

How to use Google Assistant driving mode

If you have to use your phone while driving, the safest way to do it is through the Google Assistant driving mode , the car interface that integrates most Android phones and successor to the already [defunct Android Auto for phones]( With the closure of Android Auto for phones .

As we will see below, the Assistant’s driving mode offers us a minimalist interface adapted for driving , in which, thanks to its large icons and buttons and integration with the Google Assistant, we can use the most essential functions and applications.

Set start driving mode

To use Google’s driving mode we have to make sure that we have it activated. To do this, the easiest way is to open Google Maps and in Settings > Navigation settings enter the Google Assistant Settings option .

There we can configure when we want the driving mode to start automatically . The options it offers us are:

  • When scrolling on Google Maps: Starting navigation with Google Maps activates the driving mode interface.
  • When connecting to car Bluetooth:
    • Start driving mode: When your mobile is linked to the car’s Bluetooth, driving mode will automatically start.
    • Ask before starting: When your mobile is paired with the car’s Bluetooth, a notification will invite you to start driving mode.
    • Do nothing.

You can also start the Google Assistant driving mode on any screen by saying “Hey Google, let’s drive” , “Hey Google, I want to go to [destination]” or from the shortcut that you can add as we will see later.

The driving mode shows us at the bottom a new navigation bar with direct access to voice search and an application drawer where we will see shortcuts to make calls , send messages and access compatible media applications that will allow us to listen to music and podcasts from its interface adapted to driving.

Add a shortcut

At the bottom of the application drawer we find a suggestion that allows us to add a direct access to driving mode to the home screen of our mobile, so that just by touching its icon we can access driving mode without having to connect the mobile phone to the car’s Bluetooth or start navigation to a destination.

When the Assistant’s driving mode is started without a destination, it shows us a home screen with suggestions for our next destination, music to listen to, or access to send messages or call our contacts.

Allow access to notifications

In order for us to see the messages while driving we have to make sure that the option Show messages in driving mode is activated. This option can be found in the Driving Mode app drawer settings. To activate this option we have to allow access to notifications in the Google application.

Once this option is activated when a new message arrives, the driving mode will show us its notification under a new interface that for privacy will not show the content of the message but we will be able to say “Hey Google, read message” so that it can read us the message and then be able to reply to it as well using Assistant’s voice commands.

What you can ask the Google Assistant

Although the Assistant’s driving mode offers buttons to interact with its interface, if we are already driving, we will have to use its voice commands to interact with the mobile . The voice commands that we can use while driving are:

  • Make a call: Say “Make a call” or “Call [contact].”
  • Answer a call: Assistant will say “Call from [contact], do you want to answer?”.
  • Send a message: “Send a message to [contact]” or “Send a message.”
  • Receive your messages: “Read my messages”.
  • Listen to music: “Pon [artist]” or “Pon [genre]”.
  • Start navigation: “Go to [destination]”.

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