Pokémon GO: Tips to prevent phone overheating while playing

Tips to prevent phone overheating while playing Pokemon GO

Summer is in full swing, with temperatures rising well above 30 degrees Celsius and air conditioners working overtime to keep our daily habitats nice and cool.

Over the years, we’ve learned how to stay safe under the sun, especially during peak hours, but we’re not the only ones in danger of overheating: if it’s hot for you, it’s also hot for your phone!

Since the release of 0.67 update, players have reported several cases of their phones overheating.

In order to prevent any damage to our readers’ phones, we’ve put together a shortlist of tips and tricks on how to keep your phone cool during summer time. The list is for Android and iOS players alike, although some apps are platform exclusive.

Tips to prevent phone overheating while playing Pokemon GO

  • Don’t charge your phone during Gym Battles and Raids
    As you’re probably aware, charging your phone increases its temperature dramatically. As Pokémon GO uses Unity for 3D rendering, the combined thermal output of charging, network usage and rendering 3D imagery can cause phones to reach dangerous temperatures and shut down.
  • Turn off non-essential background processes
    Turn off any background tasks and apps which utilities background processing for updates. This will improve your battery life, reduce CPU usage and improve long term gaming experience.
  • Stay out of direct sunlight
    This one is fairly straightforward. Direct sunlight will increase your phone temperature and make it uncomfortably hot to use. Not to mention that it’s not too healthy for you either.

Limit FPS on Android

Trainers with HTC, Samsung and Huawei phones can limit application rendering performance and lock their framerate to 30 FPS. Players have reported significant battery life improvements and reduced heat output, with the only downside being reduced visual fidelity.

We’re not aware of any similar functionality on iOS, if our readers are aware of a workaround on iOS, feel free to share it in the comments section.

Phone Cases and cold gel packs

  • Remove your protective case
    Some Trainers saw significant thermal improvements when they removed their protective case, as it kept the heat trapped and reduced the natural cooling properties of their phones.
  • Cold gel packs
    Although cold gel packs certainly work, we’d advise caution while using them. Water condensation can occur on the surface that’s in contact with your phone, and thus water damage can occur. We suggest using a paper or cotton towel in between.
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