What the technology? Protect your smartphone from summer heat

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Don’t be surprised if your phone suddenly plays Kool and the Gang’s Too Hot or Bananarama’s “Cruel Summer”. Nothing damages the phone like hot weather and water.

You may have already forgotten your phone in the car. In normal weather, that might not be a problem, but in summer, when temperatures can rise above 100 degrees in a few minutes, the phone’s battery can be permanently damaged.

I purposely left an old iPhone in the car for only 45 minutes and came back to a scary warning on the screen that the phone is too hot to be operational.

So what do you do? Better yet, what not to do?

Get out of the heat first, of course. Bring it in and set it aside. Try not to use it. Apple warns that you shouldn’t charge it because that adds even more heat to the working parts of the phone. Do not use the phone even if the warning screen disappears.

Do not play games or call anyone asking what to do about your overheated phone. Remove the case and turn it off for an hour or so.

Unlike extremely low temperatures, which can drain your phone’s battery faster. Heat permanently damages the phone battery. A cold phone battery heats up and doesn’t cause permanent damage like the heat can.

How hot is too hot?

Apple says the operating temperature for its devices is between 32 and 95 degrees. Samsung, Google and OnePlus phones are similar. So only using the phone outside can cause problems.

If you are going to be out for a while, turn off notifications and location services. Don’t post pictures or play games. Keep it away from direct sunlight.

Splashing water from the pool can also damage the phone if water gets in. If a drop goes through the speaker, there is a quick trick to eject it. Just ask Siri. You must first add the iPhone shortcut “Water Eject” which you can find here:

Shortcut Eject Water

Once installed, you can ask Siri “Water Eject” and you will be prompted to run the shortcut. Follow the prompts and the speakers will play a tone strong enough to eject any drops. It’s similar to how the Apple Watch ejects water when you go swimming with it.

All the rules also apply to Android phones, although there is no Android shortcut to eject water. However, there is a website that will play a similar note on an Android phone. You can find it at www.fixmyspeakers.com.

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