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What to do if your iPhone X is overheating? [Troubleshooting Guide]

A smartphone can become extremely warm in many different circumstances. Extensive heavy usage like playing mobile games or streaming videos for hours are just two of most common attributes. Software issues like bugs that usually come along with new updates for certain apps or iOS itself also emerged among the common triggers. In worst cases, smartphone overheating has been tied to hardware damage like damaged battery or other relevant components. All these along with other factors are also among the underlying causes of iPhone overheating before and even now.

Overheating has been emerging among the widespread issues that plagued several users of previous iPhone variants and remained to be one of the early issues encountered by some users of the new iPhone X. Here in this post, I’ve mapped out a series of steps and workarounds to deal with and troubleshoot overheating problem on the iPhone X. Read on to find out what to do if ever you’ll get to encounter a similar issue on your new iPhone.

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.

First workaround: Quit all background apps.

Every app you recently opened and used will stay running in the background even if they’re no longer in use. These apps are in standby mode. While keeping apps in standby mode can benefit in terms of multitasking or reloading of similar app on your iPhone, any apps in standby mode can crash or may become corrupted at some point. When this happens, there’s a tendency for other apps or your device itself to misbehave. Several cases of iPhone overheating problems have been attributed to erratic apps in standby mode. To make sure this isn’t what’s causing a similar issue on your iPhone X, try to quit all background apps and then restart your device. Here’s how it’s done:

  • Access the app switcher by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.
  • Then with your finger in the middle of the screen, pause for a second until all of the app previews show up. As much as possible, try not to swipe too fast or don’t hold the screen so as not to return to the Home screen.
  • To end or close an app, just long-press any app’s preview in the app switcher or multitasking interface. Doing so will show a red button marked with a minus (-) sign at the top of each app’s preview.
  • From here, tap the minus button to quit the app(s) you want to close. In this case, try to close out all background apps to rule any of them out from the possible culprits.

After you quit all background apps, perform a soft reset or simply reboot your iPhone X. All other minor software glitches that may have caused your device to become extremely warm are likewise remedied by a soft reset.

There are two ways to restart your iPhone X. With iOS 11, you can shut down your iPhone through Settings. Here’s how:

  1. Tap to open Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down and tap Shut Down. Your iPhone will then power down.
  4. After 30 seconds, press the Side/Power button on the right side of your iPhone to turn it back on.

Alternatively, you can press the Power/Side button and either Volume buttons simultaneously for a few seconds. When the Slide to Power Off option appears on the screen, swipe right on the slider to turn off your device. After 30 seconds, press the Side/Power button again to turn it back on.

This won’t affect any of your important data and personal information stored on the internal memory of your iPhone X.

Second workaround: Verify and delete crashing apps.

If your iPhone X just started to overheat after installing a new app, then that app is most likely the culprit. In this case, the best possible solution is to remove/uninstall the faulty app from your device. Here’s how to uninstall app on your iPhone X:

  1. Tap and hold on any app icon on the Home screen.
  2. When the app icons start to jiggle, tap the X in the edge of the app you want to uninstall.
  3. Tap Delete to confirm action.

If removing the app is not your option, you can also try updating your apps instead. Apps updates bring in new and enhanced features and fix patches to address apps issues inflicted by some bugs.

To update apps on your iPhone X, head over to the Apps Store-> Updates. To update an app, tap the Update button next to the app. Otherwise, tap the Update All button, if multiple app updates are available.

After installing apps updates, reboot your iPhone X then see if that fixes the problem.

Third workaround: Update your iPhone X to the latest iOS version.

The most current software version available for iPhone X as of March 29, 2018 is iOS 11.3. This new update brings in bug fixes and security improvements along with other enhancements.

To check if the new iOS update is available on your device, navigate to Settings-> General-> About menu. You will see a notification if an update is available. Before you download the update, back up your iPhone data for safekeeping. Then follow the onscreen instructions to proceed.

This could be the key to fixing the overheating issue on your iPhone X if it’s inflicted by some software bugs.

Fourth workaround: Reset all settings on your iPhone X.

Incorrect settings can cause conflicts and overheating can be among the symptoms. Note that some updates automatically alter your device settings. For example, some options or features might be disabled or enabled automatically, triggering the processor to work until it’s overloaded or exhausted. As a result, your device gets warmer and eventually overheats. In this case, resetting all settings on your iPhone will help you deal with it. For starters, here’s how to reset all settings on your iPhone X.

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Reset.
  4. Select the option to Reset All Settings.
  5. If prompted, enter the correct passcode for your device.
  6. Tap Reset All Settings to confirm.

Resetting all settings won’t affect any important data stored on the internal memory of your iPhone X so there’s no need to worry of data loss in the process.

Fifth workaround: Master reset/restore your iPhone X.

Performing a master reset or full system reset might be necessary if the overheating issue on your iPhone X is attributed to a more intricate system error, which could not be resolved by any prior workarounds. But it’s also worth to note that while this reset might offer the ultimate solution, it also wipes out all important data from your iPhone X. That said, creating a backup of your personal information and other critical data would be necessary beforehand. If you’re all set and willing to give a full reset a shot, then you may do so by heading to your iPhone X Settings-> General-> Reset-> Erase All Content and Settings. If prompted, enter the correct passcode for your device and then tap the option to confirm system reset. After the reset, your iPhone reboots and restores to factory defaults.

Repair options

If none of the previous methods is able to help and your iPhone X is still overheating, then at this point you should consider opting for service. There might be some hardware issues that need to be fixed by an Apple technician. Don’t forget to avail for warranty, if your device is still eligible for one.

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If you need more help with the use of certain functions and features of the new Apple iPhone X smartphone, feel free to visit our Tutorial Page. There you can find a list of how-to contents, step-by-step tutorials, as well as answers to FAQs regarding iPhone 8. If you have other concerns or encountered some troubles while using the phone, you can reach us through this form. Just be sure to tell us more details of the problem or device issue(s) you may have and we will be more than happy to assist you further.

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