If you’re facing iPhone overheating issues, you’re not alone. Many users are experiencing the same so we’re here to share how to prevent your iPhone from excessive heating. But before we get on with the solutions, it is essential to know why is there an overheating issue on the iPhone? Let’s take a deeper look!
Why Does iPhone Get Hot?
As there are several reasons why the iPhone tends to overheat, pinpointing the one that could be at the heart of the issue is a little tricky. For instance, a bulky case with no heat dissipation, a fake charger, power-hungry features, and faulty battery are some of the well-known culprits. Not just that, even a software bug, cluttered storage, long exposure to the hot and humid condition, and extensive usage (i.e. action-packed gaming or hours of video streaming) are also known to play spoilsport.
So, when you are up against the overheating problem, you need to take all these aspects in mind. So long as the problem is related to the software or for that matter the style of usage (the dos and don’ts to avoid overkilling), you can get rid of the overheating issue of your iPhone.
What if the problem is related to the hardware? Well, in this case, you might need to replace the battery or replace other damaged/faulty hardware components. For now, let’s check out the viable solutions to fix the overheating issue of your iPhone.
How to Fix iPhone Overheating Issue
- Avoid Hot Environment Conditions
- Get Rid of the Faulty/Fake Charger
- Turn Off Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Cellular Data and Personal Hotspot
- Disable Location Services
- Turn On Low Battery Mode on iPhone
- Force Close All Background Apps
- Reboot Your iPhone
- Update iOS
- Reset All Settings
- Declutter Your iPhone
- Contact Apple Store
#1. Avoid Hot Environment Conditions
Apple recommends that you use your iPhone in the temperature range of 0º and 35º C (32º to 95º F). But in countries like India and most tropical regions, the temperature is well above this. Now, you do not have to stop using or buying iPhones in these countries. But it is a good idea to wait and let the device cool down periodically if you have been using it in very warm conditions.
Also, never leave your iPhone in a parked car as the temperature inside rises exponentially. It is a safety hazard!
#2. Get Rid of the Faulty/Fake Charger
One of the first things you should do when faced with the overheating problem is to check the charger. And if you are using a fake charger to power up your iPhone, simply remove the charger to save your device from the hazards of the heating issue.
While there is a ton of iPhone chargers in the market, very few are MFi certified and fully support the device. They are not only incompatible but also insecure and therefore may even damage your smartphone.
Side Note: Also, ensure that the Lightning port is clean and free of any dirt or lint. Use a toothpick to gently clean the port as the piled-up lint might be preventing the charger from charging your device properly; resulting in the overheating issue.
#3. Turn Off Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Cellular Data and Personal Hotspot
Though it’s not a solution per se, turning off Wi-Fi, cellular, Bluetooth, and even Personal Hotspot could help the iPhone cool down. So, whenever you find your iPhone a little over the top, disable all these features until the device has returned to normal.
- To turn off Wi-Fi on iPhone: Open Settings → Tap on Wi-Fi → and then turn the toggle off.
- Disable Bluetooth of your iPhone: Open Settings → Tap on Bluetooth → and then turn the toggle off.
- Deactivate Cellular Data on iPhone: Open Settings → Tap on Cellular Data → and then turn the toggle off.
- Disable iPhone’s Personal Hotspot: Open Settings → Tap on Personal Hotspot → and then turn the toggle off.
- Turn Off AirDrop on iPhone: Open Settings → Tap on General → AirDrop and select Receiving Off.
#4. Disable Location Services
Many apps and system services constantly use location in the background. It requires a lot of battery and may cause heating problems. Turning it off for some time may help. To do so, open Settings app → Privacy → Location Services → turn the toggle off.
#5. Turn On Low Battery Mode on iPhone
I guess you may be wondering why I have included “Low Power Mode” as the solution to fix the heating issue of the iPhone. Well, let me tell you that it’s designed to cut down power consumption by turning off several power-hungry features like auto-downloads and mail fetch.
With the significant reduction in power consumption, the battery won’t have to put extra efforts and that may play a vital role in keeping the iPhone cool even during extensive usage. Got it?
Open Settings app → Battery → turn on Low Power Mode.
#6. Force Close All Background Apps
Are too many apps running in the background? If yes, they may be the reason your iPhone overheating. Closing these apps will help. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and hold. Now, drag all app cards up to force close them.
#7. Reboot Your iPhone
#8. Update iOS
The user base of the iPhone is huge, and whenever a widespread problem occurs, Apple is swift to address it with a software update. Therefore, it is a good idea to run the latest iOS version on your device. For this open Settings app → General → Software Update. If you have a pending update, tap on Download and Install.
#9. Reset All Settings
In case none of the above solutions worked for you, then resetting your iPhone to factory settings might help. This will erase all Wi-Fi passwords, added Bluetooth devices, VPN configurations, etc. However, it won’t delete any personal data. Still, before you proceed, make sure you have a backup of your device so that you can restore it later.
Open Settings app → General → Reset → Reset All Settings → Enter your iPhones password and confirm.
#10. Declutter Your iPhone
A cluttered iPhone is home to several problems like rather sluggish performance and overheating. If you haven’t cleaned up your iPhone for a while, chances are pretty high that the storage may be full of storage-hogging files, which could be creating chaos.
In this case, track down all the redundant files which you may have downloaded from the internet and forgot to wipe out later, delete the old iCloud backups that are no longer necessary, uninstall the outdated apps, and eliminate every single screenshot, photo, and video that you don’t need anymore.
If you find the manual deletion a tedious task, check out these best iPhone storage cleaning apps to help you get rid of the unnecessary files comfortably.
Sticky Note: A cluttered RAM often tends to escape our eyes for being out of sight. Whether you are a power user or a normal joe, you shouldn’t fail to clear the RAM from time to time so that the device can continue to run smoothly or stay away from issues like sluggishness or heating.
#11. Contact Apple Store
Finally, contacting Apple Support is the last resort to address such issues. If none of the above fixes and precautionary steps help, then there may be a manufacturing defect with the battery or other components inside the iPhone.
Taking it to an Apple Store or authorized service center will definitely help. They might even replace your phone and give you a new one if your iPhone has a valid warranty.
These were the most logical ways to address your overheating issues. Which method(s) worked for you? Mention it in the comments down below. If you have a new solution or hack, please share that with us too.
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