When using your Google Pixel 6a, the smartphone may start to feel too hot. To see how you can fix overheating issues with this phone, you can take a look at this troubleshooting article at Seeking Tech.
How to prevent your Pixel 6a from overheating
In order to prevent your Google Pixel 6a from overheating, you can try taking the following precautionary steps:
1. To start off, make sure you are using the Google Pixel 6a within the recommended operating temperature range of 0°C to 35°C (or 32°F to 95°F). Outside of this range, your device could end up having issues, including overheating at hotter temperatures.
2. In temperatures above the 45°C (or 113°F), you will risk overheating the battery and potentially causing a fire to break out.
3. Do not expose the phone to a heating source such as a heading vent, kitchen stove, fireplace and direct sunlight.
4. If possible, we recommend not using your Google Pixel 6a when it is recharging its battery.
5. Avoid using applications that take up a lot of hardware resources such as the Camera App and video games for an extended length of time.
6. You should also avoid having too many apps opened at the same time.
7. Make sure you also keep the firmware for your Pixel 6a, as well as the software versions of the applications, updated to the latest releases.
These new updates make help your phone run more efficiently, causing less strain on the hardware. This should result in less heat being generated.
How to cool down your Pixel 6a when it is overheating
If your Google Pixel 6a gets too hot, then you can try doing the following in order to cool it down:
1. The best way to cool down your overheating Pixel 6a is to turn it off.
In order to do so, press and hold the power and volume up buttons at the same time. In the power menu, you then need to select the “Power off” option.
Afterwards, you can let it cool down at room temperature (or put it near a fan for better air circulation).
2. If you are charging and using your Pixel 6a at the same time, then you can either stop using your phone or stop charging it.
3. If your phone is overheating while you are recharging it, then we recommend that you stop charging the device and then let it cool down first before trying again.
If the temperatures of your phone keep rising when you are trying to charge its battery, then you can try using a different charging device. You should also make sure that the phone has plenty of ventilation as you shouldn’t be covering it. Finally, avoid charging the phone beyond the aforementioned 35°C (or 95°F) upper limit.
4. If you would rather keep your phone on, then we recommend that you try closing any resource heavy applications that you have opened.
5. If you aren’t using the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and/or mobile connection, then you can try turning them off.
6. You may also want to consider force stopping any background applications that are currently running.
7. Restarting your phone will close all opened applications as well as remove any lingering processes.
In order to restart, press and hold the power and volume up buttons at the same time to bring up the power menu. Afterwards, select the restart option.
8. You can also enable the Battery Saver mode by doing the following:
- Swipe down from the top of the screen with one finger twice to open the expanded Quick Settings menu. Alternatively, you can swipe down from the top of the screen with two fingers once.
- Tap the Battery Saver Mode to turn it on. If you don’t see this mode, then you need to swipe to the right to view the next page of Quick Settings.
9. Lowering the volume and brightness level will also help a little bit in cooling down your smartphone.
What happens if your Pixel 6a continues to overheat
If you let your Google Pixel 6a continue to overheat, then the phone will automatically take actions on its own by going into a reduced-power mode where apps will be slowed down. Eventually, the phone will turn off on its own in order to prevent permanent heat damage.
To see how you can turn off the mobile data for the Pixel 6a, then you can check out this article.