Nobody wants their phone to overheat in VR, and we've got the tips to help keep it from happening.
Updated on 12/1 with new information!
There is nothing quite as frustrating as being in the middle of an awesome VR game and having your phone overheat and shut everything down. Gear VR can overheat, and when it does, it's never at an opportune time. Thankfully there are a fair few ways that you can get around this problem, and we've got the details on them.
Prepare for VR
Before you go jumping into that awesome new VR game that you just picked up, it's a good idea to prepare to play. These are little things that you can do to help make sure that your phone won't try to overheat while playing.
Charge your phone before jumping into VR — When you charge your phone while playing, your phone is going to heat up substantially. This is especially true if you're using a quick charger. So by making sure that you've got as close to a full battery as possible before jumping into VR you can make sure you aren't putting any undue pressure on your device.
Close extra applications — When your phone is running multiple apps, it's working harder than if there is only one thing that is open. By closing all of the apps that you aren't using in VR, you can make sure that your phone is only concentrating on one thing at a time. You can also turn on Airplane mode, to help make sure that you aren't getting constant notifications.
Make sure that you don't have the rear cover attached — While the cover can help if you're playing in a particularly sunny room, it also makes it much more difficult for your phone to vent the heat that is created when running VR apps. Essentially you're just making sure that your phone has room to breathe, and to vent off any serious heat it may create.
Once you are in VR
There are also a few things that you can do to help with overheating once you have opened Oculus Home up. These are just as small as the precautions we outlined above, and will continue to make sure that your phone doesn't get too hot and stop working.
Turn on 'Do not Disturb' mode — This will make sure you don't get a pop up notification every time you get a notification on your phone, and can be found from within the settings menu.
Adjust your screen brightness — A brighter screen is going to drain your battery faster, and can contribute to heat buildup, and your Gear VR brightness is actually different from the brightness on your phone. To adjust your brightness head to the settings menu in Gear VR. You'll see a slide bar where you can adjust how bright or dim you want the screen to be.
Have you had issues with Gear VR overheating while you are using it? Did you use a particular method to help? We want to know about it, so make sure that you drop a comment below and let us know about it!