Some users have reported that their iPhones get hot during use or when charging the battery. An iPhone getting too hot is a serious problem, most likely a sign of a software or hardware glitch. In this post, we’ll look at the most common reasons why your iPhone may get warm or hot and explain what you can do to fix iPhone overheating problem.
It is normal for your iPhone to get warm when you are using it or charging the battery. But it is not normal to get too warm and hot.
Apple has included some features on an iPhone to protect the battery and circuit board. If your iPhone gets too warm, it automatically disables some of its function so that it doesn’t get damaged. For instance,
- Charging will stop or it will be slow.
- The flashlight and camera flash on your iPhone will be disabled.
- Your iPhone’s display may dim or go black.
If your iPhone gets too hot, this is very rare, your device will automatically go into temperature mode. This is to avoid component damage. You might see a warning message that says:
Temperature. Your iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it.
In this mode, your iPhone will stop working. Your device will be unusable apart from making emergency calls. Your iPhone will disable all functions apart from emergency calls.
Why your iPhone gets hot?
There is no single answer. Your iPhone may get warm. This is normal. But it should not get too hot. iPhone gets hot quickly because of many factors. . You may have a faulty hardware problem. For instance, it could be triggered by a battery problem.
A virus or malware can cause a phone to overheat, however, it’s very rare for an iPhone to be attacked by viruses.
Here are some causes:
- Streaming for a lengthy period of time. This means that your iPhone has to load your content and keep the display working. This forces your iPhone to work harder which consequently generates more heat.
- Gaming. Resource-intensive video games with high-end graphics may cause your iPhone to get hot.
- You may notice your iPhone gets warm when you are downloading a huge number of apps at the same time while you are using your device.
- Your iPhone may get warm when you are charging the battery.
How to prevent iPhone from getting hot
These tips will not only prevent your iPhone from getting too hot but also increase the longevity of your device and battery.
Please make sure that your device is running the latest version of iOS. Also, make sure that all of your apps are up to date.
- Update iOS: head over to Settings > General > Software Update. If an update is available, download and install.
- Update apps: Launch the App Store and then navigate to Today > Your Profile > Update All.
There are simple steps that may help you to prevent your iPhone from overheating.
- Avoid leaving your iPhone in your car on a hot summer day. Temperatures in a parked car can be intense.
- Avoid leaving your iPhone on warm or hot items like radiators.
- Avoid gaming while charging your iPhone (more so graphic-intensive games) or streaming.
- Avoid leaving your iPhone in direct sunlight.
- has your problem started recently? You may want to delete any apps you downloaded shortly before your iPhone started to hit up.
- Always use the correct charger to charge your iPhone. Always use the original accessories. If it is a third party charger or cable, ensure it’s Apple certified.
How to cool down your hot iPhone
If your iPhone gets hot, or you notice a Temperature screen, here is how you can cool it down.
- Put your iPhone in a cooler place immediately. It’s recommended to place it in a shady place, away from direct sunlight.
- Turn on Low Power Mode. To do this, head over to Settings > Battery.
- Turn on Airplane Mode. To do this, head over to Settings > Airplane Mode.
- Take your case off, if you are using one. Removing it will help your iPhone to cool down quicker.
- Disconnect it from the power outlet, if it is connected.
- Lower the display’s brightness. Start the Settings app and go to Display & Brightness.
- Force quit all apps.
- iPhone X or newer: Swipe up from the bottom of the display. This will bring up the app switcher. Swipe up on all of the apps.
- iPhone 8 or older: Double press the Home button. This will bring up the app switcher. Swipe up on all of the apps to close them.
- Don’t try to put it in a fridge or freezer. This might look like a clever idea, but do not do it. Just like heat, low-temperature conditions might damage your iPhone.
If your iPhone overheats during normal use
If your iPhone consistently gets too hot during normal use, there may be hardware or software glitch. But in most cases, the problem is software related. Here is how you can fix the problem:
It’s important to try the steps below in their order. After trying each step, use your iPhone a few days to test to see if your problem was fixed.
Reset All Settings
On your iPhone, head over to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. This will restore default iPhone settings without deleting content. Your data will not be erased.
On your iPhone, head over to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. This will clear all of your network-related settings like your Wi-Fi passwords and VPN settings.
Reset Location & Privacy
On your iPhone, Start the Settings app and go to General > Reset > Reset Location & Privacy. This will erase all of your location and privacy settings.
Backup and then restore
If your iPhone is still overheating, try to back up your iPhone and restore it. It will only take you three steps.
- Backup: You can backup using
by heading over to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup > Backup Now. Alternatively, simply use your computer to back up your iPhone. Build a connection between your iPhone and computer using a USB cable, launch Finder (Mac), or iTunes (PC) then click your device and select Back Up.
- Erase your iPhone. Start the Settings app and go to General > Reset > then tap Erase All Content and Settings. Follow the onscreen prompts.
- Restore. Depending on your backup, you can restore your device from an iCloud backup or from a backup on your computer. When you erase your iPhone, you will see a Hello screen, As you setup your iPhone, choose Restore from iCloud Backup or Restore from Mac or PC. Then follow the onscreen prompts.
Contact Apple Support
If you are still experiencing problems and If your iPhone regularly and excessively gets hot under normal use, your device might be suffering from a hardware glitch. It is a good idea to
make a Genius Bar reservation.
You can also contact
Apple by live chat.