Troubleshooting Guide: iPhone Overheating

Is your iPhone getting unusually hot? Excessive heat can impact device performance and even cause damage. Follow our troubleshooting guide to identify and resolve the causes of iPhone overheating.


Table of Contents

    • Check Environmental Conditions
    • Normal Range of iPhone Temperatures
    • Close Background Apps
    • Remove Protective Cases
    • Manage Location Services
    • Update iOS


Check Environmental Conditions

Ensure that your iPhone isn't exposed to extreme temperatures or direct sunlight. High temperatures can lead to overheating. If you're in a hot environment, move to a cooler place and allow your iPhone to cool down before using it.


Normal Range of iPhone Temperatures

iPhones are designed to operate within a specific temperature range. Normal operating temperatures for iPhones typically range from 32°F to 95°F (0°C to 35°C). Operating outside of this range may lead to overheating or performance issues.


Close Background Apps

Running too many apps in the background can strain your iPhone's resources and lead to overheating. Follow these steps to close background apps:

    1. Double-click the home button or swipe up from the bottom of the screen (for iPhones without a home button) to access the App Switcher.
    2. Swipe left or right to navigate through the open apps.
    3. Swipe up on each app's preview to close them.


Remove Protective Cases

Some protective cases can trap heat and contribute to overheating. Remove the case and observe if the temperature decreases. If so, consider using a different case that provides better ventilation.


Manage Location Services

Certain apps use your iPhone's location services, which can contribute to overheating. To manage location services:

    1. Open "Settings" on your iPhone.
    2. Scroll down and tap "Privacy."
    3. Tap "Location Services."
    4. Review the list of apps using location services and adjust settings as needed. You can choose to allow location access only while using the app.


Update iOS

Keeping your iOS up to date can address software-related issues that may lead to overheating:

    1. Open "Settings" on your iPhone.
    2. Tap "General."
    3. Select "Software Update."
    4. If an update is available, tap "Download and Install."

Updating to the latest iOS version can include performance optimizations that help manage temperature more effectively.

If your iPhone continues to overheat despite trying the above solutions, it's recommended to contact Apple Support or visit an authorized service center. Overheating could indicate a hardware issue that requires professional assistance.