Why Is My Nexus 5 Overheating?

n5batDoes your Google Nexus 5 feel hot to the touch? All smartphones are expected to produce some heat from the battery, processor and other hardware components, and Google’s flagship mobile device is no exception. However, too much heat can cause critical damage to the Nexus 5 if left unaddressed. So, what causes the Nexus 5 to overheat and how do you stop it?

Using Unofficial Charger

There are a number of possible reasons why your Nexus 5 is overheating, one of which is the use of a non-Google power charger. The Nexus 5 is packaged with an official micro USB to USB charger. You might assume that any micro USB to USB charger will work, but this isn’t the case. Even if your device charges with an official power cable, it may cause the Nexus 5 to overheat. This is why you should only use the official charger with your Nexus 5.

Excessive Gaming

The Nexus 5’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor paired with 2GB RAM make it a powerful mobile gaming device. It’s important to note, though, that excessive gaming for long periods of time may cause the device to overheat. Playing games uses a significant amount of processor power, which subsequently produces heat. You may feel the rear of your Nexus 5 become warmer as you play, and it can become so hot that’s it’s painful to touch — a sign of overheating. Does this mean you should stop playing games on your Nexus 5? Not necessarily, but you should limit your gaming sessions to a reasonable amount of time (avoid all-nighters).

Apps Running While Charging

According to TechnoBezz.com, running apps while the Nexus 5 is charging may also cause it to overheat. It’s unknown why exactly this phenomenon occurs, but dozens of users have reported similar experiences on Google’s help forums. So if you’re going to charge your device, try limiting the number of apps you run until the battery if full. There’s nothing wrong with using the dialer app, text messages, etc., but avoid hardware-intensive apps like video games and YouTube.

Hopefully, this will give you a better understanding of the Nexus 5’s overheating issue and how to fix it. The Nexus 5 remains one of the market’s leading smartphones, but it’s still prone to overheating. Using the official charging cable, limiting your gaming sessions, and limiting the number of apps you run while your device is charging, however, can prevent this from occurring.

Did these work for you? Let us know in the comments section below!

3 Comments

  1. Barbara Holland

    February 2, 2015 at 5:07 am

    I was making a phone call and the phone kept getting hotter no apps were running.

  2. Richard Herbst

    February 2, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    I had mine in my pocket, it got hot over the space of an hour

  3. Charles Fernandez

    February 3, 2015 at 6:08 am

    Facing the problem of overheating while playing games on nexus 5 now it solved Thanks

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