Talking Tech: Watch out for (literally) popular smartphones this summer

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Welcome Thursday, Talking Tech readers. The last Thursday in July, which means that we are one step closer to the school season. (Hooray parents! Sorry students.) It’s Brett Molina back with new tech headlines.

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Just got back from vacation where I found out what can happen if your iPhone gets too hot. It started when my youngest child and I discovered a new interest in Pokémon Go. (Remember the mobile game who had people wandering around grocery stores and dog parks looking for Pikachu back in 2016?)

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It was a warm and humid day and while we were playing I noticed that my phone was heating up. Not only that, but the flash on my camera as well as the iPhone’s flashlight were disabled.

Turns out The iPhone does this when it senses that your device is getting too hot, which is a bigger problem, especially now that many parts of the US are facing record high temperatures.

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If my iPhone got any hotter, it would shut down completely, allowing only emergency calls, and display a warning that the phone needs to cool down before use.

Luckily, when this happened, we were only looking for Charmanders and didn’t use Google maps or other navigation tools to get to our new destination.

So, what to do if your phone gets this alert? A couple of cooling tips:

  • Turn off your phone, of course.
  • Remove the case so your phone can breathe a little.
  • Keep it away from heat and sunlight.
  • If you are charging it, unplug or remove it from the wireless charger.

Have you ever had a similar experience? Let me know on Twitter.

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