How to fix an iPhone X that is overheating after installing a new firmware update (easy steps)

Aside from rapid battery draining, many iPhone X users also ended up facing an issue on overheating after installing the most recent iOS version on their respective devices. This makes them wonder what exactly is with the new firmware update that caused their new iPhone to succumb into such a dilemma. If you’re one of the affected users, then this post might be able to help you out. Read on to learn more.

Post-update issues are inevitable. While some devices are able to blend well with the newly installed platform changes, others don’t. The reason for this is because of the diverse configuration end-users applied to their respective devices prior to the update installation. While software developers did the best they could to make the final software as bug free as possible, they still cannot be able to perceive how each of the receiving devices is exactly configured by their respective owners.

Before we move on, if you have other issues with your iPhone, visit our iPhone X troubleshooting page for we have already addressed some of the most commonly reported issues with the device. Browse through the page to find issues similar with yours. If you still need our assistance after that, then fill up our Android issues questionnaire to contact us.

What to do when your iPhone X is overheating?

Before you start doing any of the highlighted procedures, try to let your iPhone X cool down a bit like about 20 to 30 minutes. Just power it down then wait until it cools down. To shut down your iPhone X, go to Settings-> General-> Shut Down, then slide to power off. Alternatively, you can just press the Side or Power button for a few seconds until the phone turns off.

Also, if you are using any third-party casing or iPhone covers, try to remove them and see if that makes any difference when it comes to your iPhone’s operating temperature. If none of these helps, then you may go ahead and start troubleshooting your iPhone X software with these subsequent methods.

First method: Restart or force restart.

Your iPhone or any other smart devices can accumulate minor errors and glitches in time. And a simple fix for this is a reboot. If ever one of these software issues was causing your iPhone X to get hotter than usual, then restarting the device can likely solve the problem.

To restart your iPhone X, simply follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the Side/Power button and either Volume buttons until the slider appears.
  2. Drag the slider to power off your iPhone X completely.
  3. Wait for about 30 seconds then press and hold the Side/Power button again until the Apple logo appears.

Wait until your iPhone has booted completely then try to use it the usual way to see if it’s still overheating or not anymore.

Second method: Quit background apps.

While it’s recommended to keep your apps open and running in the background for multitasking purposes, there are times when you really need to quit them. Quitting background apps can potentially resolve the problem especially if any of the background apps crashes or gets corrupted. Corrupted or crashing apps can affect the overall system operation and results to various types of issues including overheating. You can rule this out from the possible culprits by quitting the background apps on your iPhone X. For starters, here’s how it’s done:

Here’s how to force an app to close on iPhone X:

  1. Swipe up from the Home screen and then pause.
  2. Firmly touch and hold the app.
  3. Tap on the minus (-) icon in red circle to close an app.
  4. Alternatively, you can also swipe up to close the app as soon as you see the same minus (-) icon.

After you quit all your background apps, reboot your iPhone X one more time and then try to see if that fixes the problem.

Third method: Remove rogue apps.

Apps that are taking the most of your battery are likewise the possible culprits. The new update might have caused conflict with a certain app and eventually triggered the app to get rogue and drained more of your iPhone power.

To check on this, go to Settings-> Battery-> Battery Usage section. You’ll see a list of apps with the battery usage percentage.

If you see any unusual power consumption, then you might as well consider uninstalling the app as it could be causing your iPhone to heat up or overheat.

Fourth method: Check for available software updates or app updates to install.

App developers often roll out app updates to fix bugs affecting the app’s normal operation. This is why it’s also important to keep your apps up to date. As mentioned earlier, overheating problem can also be inflicted by rogue apps. Hence, aside from completely removing the suspected app from your iPhone, you have an option to update the app instead.

  1. To check for apps updates on your iPhone X, just head straight to the App Store, then tap Updates at the bottom of the screen. If multiple apps updates are available, you may opt to upgrade your apps individually or all at once.
  2. To update apps individually, just tap on the Update label next to an app.
  3. To update all apps at once, tap Update All.

Aside from apps updates, also check for available iOS update for your device. Again, Apple usually releases follow-up updates (minor iOS versions) that contain fix patches to certain bugs causing issues to arise on various iOS devices. So if your iPhone X started to overheat after installing a new update, app, or content that embeds some bugs, that should be rectified by the new iOS update.

To check for available iOS update for your iPhone X, go to Settings-> General-> Software Update.

Before you download and install any software update available, be sure to create a backup of all your critical information stored on the phone. This is recommended for safekeeping.

By then you may opt to download and install the software update wirelessly through your iPhone settings or update your iPhone X through iTunes instead. You will need to use a computer if you wish to proceed with the latter method.

Fifth method: Reset All Settings.

It is possible that the new software update overrides and messes up your current iPhone settings, thus resulting to certain apps to misbehave and eventually triggers the processor to stay up and working all the time. An overworked processor can eventually cause the device to overheat in time. As potential solution, you may opt to try to reset all settings on your iPhone X.

To do so, navigate to your iPhone Settings-> General-> Reset-> Reset All Settings.

Tapping the option to Reset All Settings will then instigate clearing of Wi-Fi passwords, wallpapers, and other settings then restore their defaults within the Settings app. No data will be deleted in the process though. Misbehaving apps are most likely be fixed in the process too.

Last option: Restore your iPhone X in DFU Mode.

This should be regarded as your very last option should all prior methods failed to fix the problem and that your iPhone X is still overheating. Nevertheless, this is just optional. Note that it’s possible for you to end up having a totally dysfunctional iPhone is a DFU mode restore fails or not completed. This is why experts discouraged performing a DFU mode restore if your iPhone has physical or liquid damage. Any sort of damage can prevent the restore process from completing and hence results to a corrupted operating system on the device. If you suspect that hardware damage is causing your iPhone X to overheat, then you might as well forget about DFU mode restore and take your device to a service center instead. It’s still safe to have an Apple technician diagnose your iPhone and do some necessary fixes himself. Otherwise, you may opt to avail for warranty.

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