Apple iPhone overheating: Causes, Symptoms, How to Fix

Is your new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus already showing symptoms of overheating? Well that must not be good but if so, this post might be able to help you out. Read on to learn more about the possible causes, symptoms, and fixes to an issue on overheating affecting Apple's new iPhone devices.



The normal ambient temperature for iOS devices including iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and prior iOS devices is between 0 and 35 degree celsius. Using any of these devices in an environment with temperature below or beyond these temperature ranges may cause adverse effects to some components or the phone itself. For example, using your iOS device (iPhone or iPad) in very cold ambient can likely shorten the battery life and cause the device to power off unexpectedly. The same thing can happen when using it in an extremely hot place. Quick battery drain, sluggish or slow performance, freezing or not responding are just a few of the common symptoms to manifest during this state.

Having this issue on such a new powerful iPhone may sound bizarre but it's inevitable. Read on to find out what other factors can cause your iPhone to overheat, what happens when your iPhone overheats and how to deal with your iPhone that is overheating. All these will be addressed in this posting.

Causes: Why is your new iPhone overheating?


Overheating is a state when the device has reached a temperature reading beyond normal range 36 degrees higher . At this point, you will likely feel that your iPhone is unusually very hot. Aside from the hot surface, pertinent device issues affecting the iOS device's performance usually occur. Why do this happen and what should be done during this state to avoid causing any further damage to your iPhone? Keep reading to find out the answer to these questions.

The main reason as to why your iPhone gets very hot is because its processor might have been completely revved up. It's somehow similar to a computer when used extensively for different purposes like gaming and multitasking with complex programs. While the new iPhones are built to withstand multitasking pressures, they also have limits. Pushing the device beyond its limit can lead to overheating.
Other factors that can likely cause your iPhone to overheat are corrupted apps. There are also some apps that  can push the processor to keep working until it's completely revved up. So be careful when choosing which apps to download and install on your iOS device.
A bad battery can also trigger similar issue to arise on an iOS device. Although this is less likely to happen in new devices, there are also some reports have found a linked to battery issues.

Fix: How to fix an overheating iPhone?

The following solutions are based on the possible causes. To obtain a quick fix, try to isolate the problem by determining what has happened before the onset of the very first symptom. Otherwise, you may try the subsequent solutions.

1. Let your iPhone cool down.

Basing on the causing factors, the issue on overheating can simply be dealt with. Since your iPhone will not be functioning normal when it is overheated, all you've got to is heed its prompt that is to let the iPhone cool down for a while. In normal circumstances, your iPhone should be up and working fine again once it has cooled down.

2. Check and ensure the battery is okay.

Check the battery and ensure that the problem is not triggered by a bad battery. Other cases of iPhone overheating are tied to a damaged battery. Although this is not likely to happen considering that it's a new iPhone and therefore it has battery is new. But this must also be considered when troubleshooting the problem.

3. Disable or uninstall faulty apps.

However, this may not be the case when a rogue app is to blame. In the case where a faulty app is causing your device to overheat, you will need to deal with that app in the first place. You can either uninstall or disable the problematic app and then see what happens.

If you suspect that an app is causing you this trouble, you can head over to your iPhone Settings-> Privacy->Diagnostics & Usage Data menu, and then review the details on which apps have been crashing on your iPhone.

You will normally see a few entries in this list since log files end up here as well, but if you see the same app listed over and over again, then most likely that app has a problem.

4. Update iOS.

In case the overheating issue has been going on for a while and you're not sure of which app triggered it, then you may resort to updating iOS instead. Apple releases software update to address any existing device issues so installing the latest iOS update on your iPhone might be able to remedy the issue.

To check for available updates, go to Settings-> General-> Software Update. If an update is available, try installing it and see what happens afterwards. Just follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation process.

5. Reset All Settings.

Another possible solution is by resetting all settings on your iPhone. It's another method you can use to deal with misbehaving apps that may have caused your iPhone to overheat.

As the name implies, the process will basically erase all your personal information including Wi-Fi passwords, and wallpapers. As a result, your iPhone restores all settings to their defaults. But it does not delete any data on your iPhone.

To reset all settings on your iPhone 7/7 Plus go to Settings-> General-> Reset-> Reset All Settings. If prompted, enter the correct passcode to proceed.

6. Restore your iPhone.

The process will wipe your iPhone and restores it to factory defaults. This method can be the key solution should the problem is triggered by software glitches that could not be resolved by any other workarounds. But you have to note though that this method will erase everything on your iPhone, so be sure to backup your device before you proceed.

You can restore your iPhone 7 to factory defaults using iTunes. After the restore, you will need to set up your iPhone again.

Hope this helps. If not, contact Apple Support or your carrier for other options. You might as well consider availing for warranties, especially if your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus is still under warranty.

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