How to keep your gadgets cool this summer

summer tips

We’re midway into the month of May, but this summer’s heat is still making waves. During this season and because of the quarantine, most of us are on our phones and laptops the whole day. However, all-day use may cause gadgets to overheat, which in turn can result in performance drops.

Save your gadget’s life from the taxing heat and follow these tips to keep them cool and working well.

For smartphones and tablets

  • Close any apps that aren’t in use, especially battery-draining ones like YouTube, Netflix, and games.
  • Turn down the brightness. You can choose to turn off Auto-brightness, too, so your screen’s display won’t fluctuate from bright to dim every so often.
  • Don’t leave your device plugged into the charger when it’s full so it won’t overheat.
  • Give your device some air. Your case will keep your phone or tablet safe from water or impact when it falls, but if you feel like it’s getting hot to the touch, take your device out of its case for a while.

For laptops

  • Use a laptop cooling pad. If you don’t have one, you can purchase online from Lazada or Shopee. Another alternative is to get a laptop stand or lifter so air can go through the vents.
  • Clean the vents. Keep your vents clean so the laptop can blow off any excess heat.
  • Shut it down when not in use. Your computer’s processor may still be running if it’s just in sleep mode, so it’s best if you turn it all the way off once you’re done using it.
  • Pull the plug when it’s full. Laptop chargers can get pretty hot when you’re using them.
  • Don’t place your laptop on cloth or plastic surfaces. These kinds of surfaces block your device’s vents. As much as it is comfortable to use your laptop in bed, it can make it hotter.

Other general tips

  • Don’t leave your devices in your car. Even for a short time, the car’s interior can get pretty hot.
  • Avoid placing them under direct sunlight. This can damage your device. Find a shady area to protect your electronics from the heat.
  • Let it cool down before using it again.

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