Extended use of any mobile or tablet device for long periods of time, particularly when outside and using resource-intensive features like the camera can cause devices to heat up -- slowing down performance, and in some cases, causing devices to overheat. Here's some tips for optimizing your device for lengthy check-in periods, particularly when in warmer temperatures.
Use a modern, powerful device, with the most up-to-date OS. Older devices and less powerful ones may struggle with extended device use, particularly when utilizing the device’s camera for extended periods.
Extended device use of any kind in warm temperatures can cause your device to heat up -- and the device’s processors to slow, impacting check-in app speed and performance. Check-in guests in a cool environment, where possible.
Avoid direct sunlight when using your check-in device for extended periods of time. Consider a tent or canopy for your check-in staff.
Remove your device’s case. Because they can inhibit your device’s ability to cool off, cases can contribute to devices overheating, particularly in warmer temperatures.
Reduce the brightness of your device’s screen. This will extended battery life, and reduce heat.
Have a backup device, and consider rotating between the two when using check-in for extended periods.
Keep you device plugged into an outlet or external battery source when checking guests in. Devices operating on internal batteries for extended periods inherently heat up.
If you can't keep you device plugged in, take a break to charge your device and give it some time to cool down, particularly when checking in guests outdoors.
Considering purchasing a "heat sink" case for your device if operating it in warm temperatures. These cases help your device keep cool and running smoothly.