For many Apple fans, the iPhone is a steady, reliable and overall awesome smart phone. However, there have been consistent reports of iPhones overheating in recent years which may cause concern with users who have either felt the back of the phone being just a touch warm, or so hot they could use it as a stove top. Alongside this issue, battery drain has been reported as well. Here, we will take a look at some common causes and solutions to why your iPhone is getting too hot to handle.
How to Fix Your Hot iPhone Method #1: Tell Your CPU To Chill
For most overheating issues, your CPU is at least partially to blame. Apple tends to put a very powerful chipset into the iPhone models which can, if they run constantly at 100%, become remarkably hot very fast. Under normal circumstances, this should almost never happen. In fact, most apps only take about 3-5% of your CPU at any given point, so what we should look out for is any rogue app that could be stealing power and causing overheating.
One of the easiest solutions to this problem requires a bit of memory. Did you notice a sudden increase in heat after downloading a certain app (Don’t include Pokemon Go in this list, as it’s exceptionally hardware intensive and for most phones will cause them to run hot when in use) ? If so, simply deleting this and waiting for an update before downloading again may be your best option. If you are not so sure, you can go to Settings, then Privacy, Diagnostics and Usage, and then select data. You should see a list of reported crashes, which would be indicative of a rogue app that should be updated or deleted.
How to Fix Your Hot iPhone Method #2: Reset Your Settings
It can sometimes occur that either a phone or connection setting can cause your iPhone to start having battery drain and excess heat. To solve this, it’s best to take the blanket approach and reset everything. Go to Settings, then General, and then select Reset All Settings. This will require you to input your WiFi password again (if you are using it) and may delete your wallpapers, but should otherwise cause no real change to the user experience. However, some internal settings that will be restored may solve your heat issue.
How to Fix Your Hot iPhone Method #3: Disable Sync
As with Android phones, sometimes the iPhone runs into a sync error that causes recursive calls to both the phone and server caused by asynchronous attempts to update data. To stop the constant call-backs and overheating of the phone, go to Settings, then iCloud, and press disable sync for Safari. Given about 20 minutes, your phone should resume normal temperatures and have a much more extended battery life. Be sure to regularly back up to iTunes using a wired connection if this happens to be a solution, as auto-backup will not occur.
How to Fix Your Hot iPhone Method #4: The Standard Update
Sometimes, it’s not an app or your data connection that is taking up your phone’s CPU power, battery life and causing it to overheat. Instead, the iOS software package can be the culprit for a multitude of reasons that would be unneeded to list here. If this happens to be the case, merely plugging your phone into your computer and doing an iOS update through iTunes should be the cure you seek.
How to Fix Your Hot iPhone Method #5: A Fresh Start
If all the aforementioned methods have ended in dismal failure, your last and best bet may be starting from scratch. After performing a backup using a direct connection to iTunes, go to Settings, then go to the bottom of the menu. You should be able to see an option to Reset, go ahead and select that and tap Erase iPhone. Then wait a few minutes while everything is wiped from the device. There should be a Hello message when the reset is complete, and you can then restore your data using iTunes again. From here on out, your iPhone should be as cool as it looks.