Don’t Let Things Heat Up: 5 Ways to Keep Your Phone Cool While Gaming

Overheating isn’t just an inconvenience that temporarily affects your mobile gaming. Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can cause long-term, or even permanent, damage to your phone’s battery, as well as the chip powering your device and the adhesive holding it together./p>

So, given how important it is to keep your phone at an optimal temperature, what should a mobile gamer’s strategy be to best keep their phones cool while gaming? Here are 5 important steps every mobile gamer should take.

1.   Choose your phone case wisely.

A durable, high-quality phone case is a necessary accessory for every smartphone—after all, accidents are inevitable, and your phone case is often the last line of defense between a falling device and the cold, hard ground. However, did you know that some cases can also cause your device to overheat more quickly? Luckily, certain cases may help counteract the heating effects of excessive use.

ThermoLine® technology helps keep your phone running at peak performance in even the most extreme temperatures. Featuring innovative design and durable construction, smartphone cases made with ThermoLine insulation—like Lander’s Torrey®, Moab®, and Sego™ cases—work to regulate your device’s temperature, while also providing durable protection and a 10-foot drop rating.

If your device’s case was not made with ThermoLine technology, it’s recommended that you do one of two things—either remove your phone’s case during prolonged use or switch to a ThermoLine-insulated case.

2.   Adjust your phone’s settings.

Every smartphone user is different. Some prefer a bright screen display while others would rather have it be on the dimmer side; some want the best possible graphics while others are totally fine sacrificing some quality in favor of game performance. That’s why your smartphone boasts almost infinite customization options.

However, your phone settings do affect device functionality, performance, and temperature. So, when playing games on your device, consider lowering the display brightness or adjusting your graphics settings—not only will gameplay improve, your device will be less likely to overheat.

3.   Take a break every once in a while.

As with just about everything else in life, mobile gaming is best done in moderation—the longer you play without stopping, the hotter your device will get. With that in mind, remind yourself periodically throughout the day to give the game a rest. Go for a walk, read a book, meditate … however you choose to spend your time away, your device will be waiting for you when you come back.

Playing a game on mobile phone with protective case and lanyard

Put your phone in a Lander case with ThermoLine insulation and get the extra couple minutes you need to take your game to the next level.

4.   Shield your device from direct sunlight.

Heat + heat = more heat. Therefore, it stands to reason that additional heat would only compound the heating effects of mobile gaming. This could cause your device to overheat that much faster, negatively affecting performance along with potentially damaging your device and its components.

With nicer summer weather, people are spending more time outdoors. If you find yourself popping outside for some fresh air while mobile gaming, do your best to avoid direct sunlight. For the good of your device (and yourself), seek out some shade if you’re planning to be playing on your phone for any significant amount of time.

5.   Close any unused apps.

Have you ever noticed that when you have several computer programs open all at once, your machine tends to run slower? The same goes for smartphones. Many mobile gamers forget to close apps when they finish using them, which can negatively affect device performance (and lead to device overheating). To be on the safe side, it’s recommended that you periodically close all unused apps on your phone—especially during prolonged use—to keep your device running at peak performance and to prevent overheating.

Reliable Mobile Gaming for All Ages

Cell phones have come a long way since first being introduced to the public in 1983. The Motorola DynaTAC—the first mobile phone available to consumers—weighed in at just around two and a half pounds, measured approximately nine inches tall, and allowed just 30–35 minutes of talk time on a 10-hour charge. Today, though, phones are lightweight with long-lasting batteries. However, even with all the technological advancements of modern cell phones, barely anyone uses them to even talk on the phone. In fact, studies have shown that millennials would rather text than talk 90% of the time. Perhaps the most obvious difference is the processing-power advantage today’s phones have over their predecessors—and nowhere is that difference more evident than in the world of mobile gaming.

Gaming consoles, too, have come a long way since the days of Space Invaders and Frogger. Mobile gaming, in particular, has been taking the world by storm. There are 2.2 billion mobile gamers worldwide (and over 20% of all Android and iOS apps downloaded are games). However, as popular as mobile gaming has become, it can lead to unintended consequences, chief among them being device overheating.

Chase that High Score to Your Heart’s Content

From mobile gaming to GPS navigation, from 24/7 internet access to video calling, smartphones are truly modern technological marvels. Shouldn’t we do everything in our power to protect the mini supercomputers we carry around in our pockets? If you’re an avid mobile gamer, you’ll be on the right track by following these easy steps—and by getting a ThermoLine-insulated case for your smartphone.

About the Author

Since 2011, Jamie has contributed countless articles to companies across a wide range of industries including tech, travel, energy, education, and more. When not crafting scintillating prose, Jamie is adding to his record collection, getting tattooed, and cheering on the Bruins. Jamie lives just north of Boston with his wife, daughter, and two cats.