How to fix iPhone Xs/Xs Max overheating, getting hot

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Overheating is one of the popular problems encountered by most iPhone owners no matter what iOS version is running on their iPhone. This occurs when the temperature on the phone goes beyond 35° Celsius. It’s not a serious issue especially when the update includes a huge file size or when you play games. The bigger is the file size, the longer it needs to be installed completely on your phone. However, after installing the update successfully, your iPhone should go back to its normal temperature ambient. In case it does not happen, then you have to do something.

All you need is simply doing some workarounds to fix software-related issues triggering your iPhone to overheat. Here are potential solutions and methods to resolve the overheating problem on your new Apple iPhone Xs/Xs Max.

Solution 1: Force close all background apps

Rogue apps are the primary culprits especially when they directly affect your device processor. Apps going rogue are those that run in the background (also known as background apps). Although background apps play an important role in multitasking mode, they might cause troubles, especially when getting crashed or becoming corrupted. So, to fix this problem, you should try clearing all apps running in the background on your iPhone Xs/Xs Max by following these steps:

  1. On the Home screen, swipe your finger up from the bottom and pause a second.
  2. The apps preview menu will now appear. Swipe right or left to navigate through it.
  3. Swipe up on an app to close it.
  4. Do the same to close the rest of the background apps on your iPhone

Once you clear all background apps, you should check if it’s still overheating. If it does, then move to the next method.

Solution 2: Force restart your iPhone Xs/Xs Max

Performing a force restart is also a good option to reset your phone temperature back to normal. In fact, it also clears out all errant apps including those that are causing your iPhone to get overheating. Performing a force restart will not affect any data stored on your phone, so you don’t need to back up files beforehand. Here’s how to get it done:

  1. Press and quickly release the Volume Up button on your phone
  2. Do the same with the Volume Down button.
  3. After that, press the Power button and then release it when you see the Apple logo screen.

A force restart will be helpful to fix an unresponsive iPhone and to get rid of minor software glitches that cause the overheating problem on your iPhone Xs/Xs Max.

Solution 3: Remove bad apps and services on your iPhone

If you notice your iPhone Xs/Xs Max started to get overheating after installing a new app, that app could be the reason. So, you should temporarily disable the suspected app on your phone. If the overheating problem does not happen while the app is disabled, it means the bad app is the trigger and you should remove it. You can disable apps by enabling restrictions on your iPhone. Here’s how to do so:

  1. Launch Settings app on your phone.
  2. Tap on Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  3. When prompted, enter your passcode to confirm.
  4. Toggle the switch next to Content & Privacy on
  5. Select Allowed apps.
  6. Note the suspected app and toggle the app switch to disable it.

To uninstall the problematic app on your iPhone Xs/Xs Max, do the following steps:

  1. On your Home screen, tap and hold on the icon of the app you want to delete.
  2. When you see its icon starts wobbling, tap on the X icon on the top-left corner to delete it.
  3. Tap on Delete to remove that application from your iPhone system.

After that, you can check if your iPhone Xs/ Xs Max is still overheating or not.


Solution 4: Reset all settings on your iPhone


You can customize your iPhone settings based on your preferences. If your iPhone gets overheating after applying some changes to your settings, it could the underlying root of the problem. If you can recall options and settings changed, you can revert them back to your phone previous configurations. Resetting settings on your iPhone does not affect any saved data on your device, so you will not lose any personal information. Here’s how to get it done:

  1. Open Settings app on your phone
  2. Tap on General > Reset > Reset all settings.
  3. Enter your passcode when you are prompted.
  4. Tap the popup to confirm all settings reset.

Your iPhone will then restart automatically after all settings and options are restored to the default settings. Check if this method fixes the problem.

Solution 5: Update your iPhone to the latest iOS version


Sometimes, software bugs can trigger your iPhone to overheat. To delete such culprits, you should install the latest iOS version on your iPhone. A new iOS update usually contains a fix patch to address existing issues caused by random bugs. To check a new iOS update on your iPhone XS, just go to SettingsGeneralSoftware Update.

Wait for the update notification on the screen. However, before updating your phone, back up your important data for safekeeping. To install the update, your iPhone Xs/Xs Max must have at least 50% battery life left as well as a Wi-Fi connection. After you’re all set, just go to the Software Update section again and follow the onscreen instructions to install the new iOS update (at the time of writing, the iOS 12.0.1 is the latest update). After the update process is completely completed, your iPhone Xs/Xs Max will automatically reboot to apply the new system changes. If you don’t see any update notification, it means your iPhone is up-to-date.

Other potential solutions that you should do if the overheating problem still persists, are factory resetting your iPhone, restoring your iPhone through iTunes, recovery mode or the deepest type of restore, called DFU mode. All these methods will cause the data loss, thus making a full backup is recommended beforehand.



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