If you are an iPhone user or wish to purchase an iPhone soon, we encourage you to do so. It is truly one of the best smartphones available.
But there is one issue that can happen with your iPhone: it can overheat and it can overheat often.
So what do you do if you experience iPhone overheating?
Unfortunately, there is a likelihood that your iPhone will overheat and can get seriously damaged over time. You want to make sure that you can avoid this possibility.
So how do you do this?
We’ve put together this guide to teach you how to prevent your iPhone from overheating.
The Guide to Prevent iPhone Overheating
If you notice that your iPhone has been overheating, you want to look after it before it gets seriously damaged.
Here’s what you need to do to look after your iPhone and prevent it from overheating:
1. Keep it Out of the Heat
The first step is an obvious one. You need to make sure that your iPhone is always out of the heat. Luckily your iPhone can withstand temperatures of up to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. But we still advise that you keep your iPhone outside of the heat as much as possible.
Unless it is absolutely necessary, do not leave your iPhone outside lying directly in the sun. If your iPhone is in your home, you want to adjust your home’s temperature to avoid it from overheating. We recommend keeping it from 60 degrees Fahrenheit to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Of course, your iPhone should be kept away from your toaster, microwave, etc., or anywhere else that generates immense heat.
Your iPhone can get warm over time. This is normal and nothing to worry about. But if it begins to overheat and you receive a warning on your screen, you need to be careful and take action immediately.
2. Do Not Overcharge
If your iPhone remains charged for a very long time, it can greatly overheat.
One popular habit that many iPhone users do is charging their phones overnight. However, when this happens you are charging your iPhone longer than it needs to be. Long after your iPhone has reached ‘100%’ it is still plugged into its charger.
Not only can this cause issues for your battery life, but it can also cause your iPhone to overheat if it becomes a repeated and frequent habit. Only charge it while you are awake so that you can take it off the charger once it has been fully charged.
You also only want to charge the iPhone only when the battery is running low. If the battery is at 80%, you do not need to put it for charge again until it reaches 100%
3. Background Refresh
One of the features that your iPhone has is the background refresh. It automatically refreshes your iPhone’s applications when you are not using them. It makes sure that you always have the latest update of your applications.
But this can, of course, be very taxing on your iPhone. It can be especially taxing depending on the high number of applications that you have. This constant background refresh will eventually cause your iPhone to overheat.
We suggest going to your settings and turn off your background refresh option. You should only update your apps when you want to. When you do update your apps, make sure you are not doing anything else on your iPhone. You want to allow your iPhone to not be overused.
4. Free Up Your iPhone
You want to make sure that you do not use your iPhone excessively. It is a powerful machine but needs a break.
If you find that you do not use or seldom use an application, you may want to delete it altogether. Every now and then, you should transfer your media (photos, videos, audio, etc.) to your computer or cloud storage system. Then, you should delete them from your iPhone. This way, your iPhone will have more storage space and will not be overused.
You also want to make sure that you clean up emails, text messages, WhatsApp messages, etc., to free up space on the iPhone.
5. Keep Your iPhone Cool
You also want to make sure that you are taking the steps to keep your iPhone cool.
Here is what you should do:
- Turn off your iPhone overnight
- Do not turn it on again in the morning until you actually need to use it
- Keep your iPhone in cool temperatures; keep your home as cold as you can handle it
- Remove your iPhone from its case every now and then and let it rest
- Use your iPhone as sparingly as possible
- If possible, do not use your iPhone at all for one day every now and then; keep it turned off
If you give your iPhone a rest every now and then and take the precautions to keep it cool, it will be less susceptible to overheating.
We would also suggest that you contact Apple Support or go to the Genius Bar at your local Apple store if any of the above precautions are not working. They may be able to provide you with additional precautions to keep your iPhone cool.
6. Bring it in For a Fix
If you find that your iPhone still overheats after taking all the necessary precautions, you should bring it in for a fix.
When bringing it in for a fix, it may be that there are internal hardware issues that need to be repaired. These internal hardware issues are what is causing the overheating.
At worst, you may need to have your iPhone replaced altogether. That is why we suggest that you take the necessary precautions to prevent your iPhone from overheating. If these precautions don’t work, then you should immediately bring it to us for repair. We want to make sure we can fix it before the problem continues to persist.
Look After Your iPhone
Now that you know how to deal with iPhone overheating, you’ll be able to look after your iPhone much better.
To learn more about how to troubleshoot your devices, check out our other content.