How To Fix iPhone Overheating and Getting Hot Issue

Having an iPhone as a smartphone is one of the coolest things in the world. Whatever the version is, when it comes to iPhone, it always sounds classy. However, if your iPhone getting hot when you are using it, that isn’t fun anymore. This issue will not only disturb your phone activity but can also lead to iPhone damage. You are not alone struggling with this issue because many iPhone users reported the same thing. Here, we are going to share the solutions to get rid iPhone overheating issue.

Why My iPhone Gets Hot?

We do various activities on our iPhone, from making a phone call to playing games. That’s why there are various reasons why your iPhone overheats, including playing a heavy game or watching high-quality videos. Mostly, a bad quality battery can be responsible for this problem. The other thing can be the suspect of this issue is the surrounding temperature, such as the place you put the iPhone or the hot weather.

Solutions To Fix iPhone Overheating Issue

Avoid The Heat

Don’t put your iPhone in the place with too much heat, such as a car dashboard. Your car dashboard gets strong sunlight directly. If the weather is too hot outside and you find the iPhone get hot as well, bring your device to the shade. Let it cool down a bit before you start using it again. No matter how hot the iPhone is, don’t put it in a refrigerator. Let the iPhone cool gradually.

Stop Charging

If your iPhone gets hot when charging, stop this activity right away. Observe what happens after the charging activity is stopped. If the issue disappears, check the cable and its adaptor. Maybe it’s not the original one.

See also: How To Fix iPhone / iPad That Won’t Charge

Shut Down iPhone

iPhone getting hot can indicate there is something wrong with your device. Before you start wondering “why my phone getting hot?”, turning off the iPhone would be the best thing to do. Shut down the iPhone by pressing and holding the power button until you see the red slider. Slide it from the left to the right. Wait for a minute and then turn it back on again by pressing the same button for a few seconds.

Remove Case

Third party accessories may cause some common issues on iPhone, such as battery life problem and iPhone overheating issue. So does the iPhone case. The design and material of the case can cause the problem. Remove the case and leave it like that until the phone cools down. Once your device cools down, you can use it again.

Turn Off Personal Hotspot

If you share the Internet connection with the other devices using the iPhone Personal Hotspot, turn this feature off. It allows you to share the Internet from your iPhone Cellular Data with other devices. To turn it off, open Settings >> Personal Hotspot. Here, tap the box next to “Personal Hotspot” until the color turn into gray.

Turn Off WiFi and Bluetooth

Check if your WiFi and Bluetooth on your iPhone are On. If so, it can be the reason behind your iPhone overheating issue. These features will keep searching for WiFi or Bluetooth device around. Turning off both when you don’t need them may help you reduce the heat issue. Go to Control Center by swiping up the bottom of any screen of your device. Tap a WiFi icon of you see it’s ON. Do the same thing with Bluetooth.

Toggle Airplane Mode

When you turn On the Airplane mode, all wireless components are deactivated including the ones that may increase iPhone overheating issue. To turn it On, access the Control Center and tap the Airplane icon until you see the light is On. Wait for one minute, then turn it back off.

Turn Off The Location Services

Location Services is a great feature. It can detect the location where you are now. It is super useful when you want to find nearest WiFi hotspot. This feature uses GPS to find the locations and it will keep searching for it all the time. Your iPhone getting hot? Try turning off this feature when you don’t need it. To disable it, go to Settings >> Privacy >> Location Services.

Check Battery Usage

The Battery Usage feature allows you to see which apps eat a lot of battery life and cause iPhone overheating issue. Here are the steps to check Battery Usage on your iPhone:

  • Go to Settings >> scroll down, tap on Battery
  • On the Battery screen, wait for a few second for the feature to load. Then, you will find the Battery Usage feature and some apps and services.
    • Tap the “Last 7 Days” to see the proportion of battery used by each app in the last 7 days.
    • Then, tap the time
  • Now you are able to see the essential information
  • At this point, you can decide to update or remove the apps.

Update iOS

Updating iOS can help you to get rid this issue because it always comes with bug fixes and new features. The iPhone overheating issue may be caused by the bug. The steps to update iOS are:

  • Make sure the battery of your iPhone or iPad is fully charged, or charge the battery during the updating process
  • Make sure you have at least 1.5 GB free storage. You can check your free storage by going to Settings >> General >> About >> see on the Available section.
  • Open Settings >> General >> Software Update
  • If the Software Update is available, tap Install Now.

Reset All Settings

This process will reset all the settings of your iPhone, but it won’t delete the data. So, this method is quite safe. These settings include the home screen layout, language, keyboard, location, privacy, etc.

  • Head to Settings >> General >> Reset >> Reset All Settings
  • You will be asked to enter the passcode
  • Tap Reset All Settings
  • Your iPhone will restart and reset all of its settings

Erase iPhone

This method will erase all data and contents on your iPhone. We suggest you to backup your data before we start the process. You can follow the instruction below.

  • Open Settings >> General >> Reset >> Erase All Settings
  • Tap Erase iPhone
  • iPhone will restart
  • Follow the steps to set up your device as new.

Restore iPhone

This process will wipe everything – data, apps, settings, the OS, the firmware, etc. We suggest you to backup your iPhone data first.

  • Open the iTunes Software on your Mac/PC
  • Connect your iPhone or iPad to Mac/PC by using a lightning cable
  • On the Summary tab, click Restore
  • iTunes will download the firmware first
  • Once the process is completed, set up your device as new.

How To Fix iPhone Overheating Issue After iOS Update

Give your phone some time

Give your iPhone some time to finish the process completely. The updating process will change the configuration of your iPhone. Wait at least for a day for your iPhone to back normal is a good idea.

Hard Reboot

If you gave your phone some time but the iPhone overheating issue still appears, try to perform a hard reboot. This method will wipe everything that stuck in memory. To do it, press the home and power buttons simultaneously for a few second until you see the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Downgrade iOS

You have a chance to downgrade the iOS if you don’t like the update or in case there’s any issue appears. Apple gives this chance within 1 – 2 weeks after they release the new update.

Wait For The Next Update

If for some reason you cannot do the downgrade, you can wait for the next iOS update. Usually, if Apple gets lots of complaints related to iOS update, they will release the new one with fixes very soon.

Restore iPhone

In case you have done all the methods above, but not get the solution yet for your iPhone overheating issue, seems you have to restore it to factory defaults.

These problems / solutions are found and effective on iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad, iPad Mini, iPad Air and iPad Pro.

If your iPhone overheating issue still appears even though you tried these solutions, it may be a hardware problem – contact Apple or visit one of their stores.

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