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Why does my Galaxy S20 get hot?

Don’t worry, it shouldn’t explode.

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Quick Answer: There are several reasons why your Samsung Galaxy S20 may overheat, such as running power-hungry apps in the background, using your phone while charging, or operating it in hot weather conditions

The Galaxy S20 and S20 Ultra – Samsung’s 2020 flagship smartphones featured powerful internals, a vivid screen, and a crystal-clear camera.

With smartphones growing more powerful every year, many of us spend more time than ever using them to work, browse social, play games, and more.

During some of these extended periods of use, you may notice that your phone starts to warm up a bit. Sometimes, it may feel downright hot.

Is this normal, or is it a cause for concern? Let’s find out why your Samsung is S20 getting hot

Why does my Galaxy S20 get hot?

Short answer: It’s simply due to your usage

Honestly, not trying to be funny here, but that’s seriously what’s happening. Allow me to explain.

This issue is caused by using the S20 or S20 Ultra for extended periods, particularly if you use your phone for multitasking or watching HD videos and playing high-definition mobile games.

In most cases, power-hungry apps are the most likely culprit for your phone running hot.

Using your phone while charging it can also contribute to heating up the device.

Charging naturally generates heat, so combining it with other activities mentioned earlier can increase the heat your phone emits.

Finally, thick cases can restrict airflow, which can cause your phone to heat up more than normal, but none of these should cause concern.

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Tips you can take to prevent your Galaxy S20 from overheating

Now that you know why your Galaxy S20 is getting hot, here are some ways to reduce its temperature:

Check if there is a software update available for your device.

Go to battery settings and check which apps are consuming the most power. Close all the apps not in use to prevent them from running in the background and taking up CPU.

In the display settings, adjust the refresh rate from 120hz to 60hz and the resolution to 1080p/720p.

Turn on the battery saver mode.

As a last resort, backup your data and perform a factory reset.

Unless the phone is literally too hot to hold, you’re probably ok. If you feel it is overly hot for extended periods, it may be best to contact Samsung.

Is it normal for Samsung phones to get hot?

In most cases, yes it is normal for Samsung phones to get hot, especially during extended periods of use or when running power-intensive apps in hotter weather.

Can overheating damage the Galaxy S20?

When your phone is exposed to extreme temperatures, it can seriously mess with the internal components. If your phone gets too hot, you could lose or corrupt data. And if you’re constantly exposing it to heat, your device could slow down permanently. And let’s not forget about battery leakage, which can be a real danger to you.

How do I check the temperature of my Android phone?

You’ll have to download an app to achieve this. We recommend CPU monitor. The app monitors everything from CPU, memory, and battery temperature. It can even send an alarm when it reaches a certain threshold.

What do you think? Have you noticed your Samsung S20 getting overly warm when using it? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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