It seems that an overheating iPhone is a problem that many experiences with their devices. To be clear, a hot iPhone is not a good thing so should you encounter a message on your device saying “The iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it” your device is officially too hot and you need to do something about it.

In this article, we are going to be looking at some of the reasons why your iPhone is getting hot and provide you with some viable solutions to the problem.

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Why Your iPhone Is Getting Hot

Just like a computer, your iPhone has and uses a CPU (Central Processing Unit). And just like with a computer, the CPU is the part that heats up the most. The problem is that while your computer does have fans to help the CPU cool down, your iPhone lacks this functionality.

The main reason why your device could be heating up is that the CPU is being utilized to its maximum capacity. This means that you essentially have a software issue, that is unless you dropped your iPhone in water or the screen is damaged, then you could be having a hardware issue. If you didn’t drop your iPhone, then it is very likely that there is an app that is constantly running and hence keeping your CPU at 100% capacity even when you are not using the device.

The fix therefore, may be as simple as finding this app and shutting it down. But let us look at other ways you can stop your iPhone from overheating.

What to Do if your iPhone Gets Hot?

Aside from just finding the culprit apps and stopping them in their tracks, there are a lot of other things you can do to stop an iPhone from overheating. The following are just some of them.

step 1 Remove the Case

There are some iPhone cases that claim to cool down the iPhone. This is simply not true. In fact, many will escalate the problem. Uncover the device to give it room to breathe.

step 2 Don’t Leave it in the Car

Things gets hot inside a locked car so if you are trying to cool down an overheating device, this may not be the best place to leave it. Some cars have great cooling systems but they will do little to help. The bottom line is, don’t leave an iPhone in the car.

step 3 Avoid Direct Sunlight

This one is pretty obvious but we thought we should say it anyway. Direct sunlight will only escalate the problem. Avoid it as much as you can.

step 4 Avoid Playing Games

Games can be fun but they cost your iPhone’s CPU a lot of energy. It also doesn’t help that they are quite addictive and you may end up playing them too often. If you can, minimize the time spent on a game and watch the temperature of your overheating iPhone drop significantly.

step 5 iOS Version Updates

Apple releases a lot of updates for your iPhone and many may even have a fix for the overheating process. So, you might want to check if all the important updates are installed. You can do this by simply going to Settings > General > Software Updates and following the steps to update the device to the newest iOS 11.

iOS Version Updates

step 6 Update the Firmware using iMyFone iOS System Recovery

If all else fails and the device is still hot to the touch a third-party software solution might come in handy. One of the best is iMyFone iOS System Recovery that can help you fix all issues you may be having with your device including this overheating process. The program fixed the problem by updating the firmware. Download it and give it a try. It may be the best solution for an overheating iPhone.

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Update the Firmware

step 7 Reset All Settings

If your device is still overheating, you may need to reset all settings on the device. This action will erase all the contents and settings on your device so you may have to create a backup before doing this. It is however effective since the process may erase some of the hidden settings causing your device to overheat. You can do that by going to Settings > General > Reset> Erase All Contents and Settings.

Reset All Settings