How to fix an iPhone XR that is overheating in iOS 13

Is your iPhone XR overheating in iOS 13? If you do, then feel free to refer to this walkthrough before opting for service. Read on to find out why this happens and what must be done to get your iPhone’s temperature back to its normal operating level.

Battery draining and overheating are just two of the most prevalent problems emerging from minor and major iOS updates. And the iOS 13 implementation is no exception. To help you deal with overheating problem in iOS 13, this post highlights some helpful workarounds and potential solutions you could refer to. Prolonged usage, intensive gaming, streaming music and videos online are just a few common factors that could trigger overheating problem in mobile devices. These however are just normal reaction of the device as its processor has become very exhausted. Giving the device enough time to cool time is most likely what’s needed to get its temperature back to normal in these cases. On the other hand, overheating problems attributed to update bugs may require some fixes and tweaks. Addressed in this post is a similar issue on the iPhone XR that is suddenly experiencing the same problem and easily overheats after updating to the iOS 13 platform. 

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Troubleshooting an iPhone XR that’s overheating in iOS 13

Contrary to what many people have thought of,  the problem on iPhone overheating is not always due to a bad battery or other damaged hardware. Most of the time, the underlying cause is from within the phone’s software components like rogue apps, malware, and software bugs. The following procedures will help eliminate common software-related factors that might have triggered your iPhone to easily heat up and overheat in the iOS 13 platform. Try these solutions before taking your iPhone to an Apple Genius bar for hardware repair.

Before you begin, remove any phone cover or casing from your device. Many iPhone accessories that aren’t made by Apple don’t actually fit. That said, it is possible that some of them are too tight and hence, leave no proper heat run through.

 

First solution: Clear all apps running in the background. 

Apps that you’ve opened recently and left suspended during the update are likely to end up going rogue from a major system update. As these apps are acting up, they might have triggered to processor to work continuously until it gets exhausted. As a result, your device gets warmer and warmer until it eventually overheats. To fix this problem, you need to force close all background apps on your device. Clearing out all background apps could also remove other minor post-update glitches and thereby helps in resolving the problem. Just follow these steps to force close background apps on your iPhone XR:

  1. Swipe your finger up and then pause from the Home screen.
  2. Swipe left or right to navigate through the apps preview. 
  3. Then swipe up on each app’s preview to close individual background apps. 
  4. Do the same to the rest of the background apps.

After all background apps have been cleared out, use your phone as normal and see if it is still overheating.

 

Second solution: Force restart to fix your iPhone XR that’s overheating in iOS 13. 

A force restart can be considered as the next option if clearing all background apps did not solve the problem on your iPhone continues to overheat. Overheating problem can also trigger other performance issues like random lags and freezes. If this is what happens to your iPhone XR as it overheats, then it needs a force restart. Doing so forcibly closes any corrupt apps and system services from the recent iOS update that triggers the device to easily heat up and overheat. Just follow these steps, to force restart your iPhone XR.

  1. Press and release the Volume Up button quickly.
  2. Press and release the Volume Down button quickly.
  3. Lastly, press and hold the Power/Side button until the Apple logo appears.

Just let your phone complete the reboot process and use it as you normally do to check if the overheating issue has been resolved. 

ALSO READ: How to fix an iPad Air 3 that keeps lagging and freezing in iOS 13

 

Third solution: Update apps then reset your iPhone XR. 

The recent iOS update provides a whole new experience to iPhone users with new and enhanced features. Given that it is a major overhaul to the existing platform, it is inevitable for some existing third-party apps to become unsupported or incompatible. While most app developers push updates soon before or after a new iOS version is released, other apps don’t get any. And these outdated apps are usually the main culprits that trigger various types of post-update issues on many devices. To make sure this isn’t the underlying cause, try to access the App Store and see if there are any pending app updates you’ve missed to implement. Just follow these steps:

  1. From the Home screen, tap on App Store to open it. 
  2. Tap on Today tab at the bottom. 
  3. Then tap on the user profile icon (Apple ID header) on the top right corner of the screen. 
  4. You should see the account details. 
  5. Scroll down to the Available Updates section. 
  6. Tap on Update next to the app to update individual apps.
  7. Tap on Update All to update all apps simultaneously. 

Wait for the apps to finish installing the updates. After updating the apps, perform a soft reset on your iPhone XR to implement necessary changes. Doing so will also clear out memory cache and refreshes your phone’s system. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Press and hold the Power/Side button and either of the Volume buttons simultaneously for a few seconds. 
  2. Release the buttons once the Slide to Power off prompts on the screen. 
  3. Drag the Power off slider to the right to turn off your phone.
  4. Wait for 30 seconds, then press and hold the Power/Side button again until the Apple logo appears. 

When your phone is finished rebooting, use it as you normally do and see if the overheating problem has been rectified. 

Fourth solution: Reset all settings on your iPhone XR. 

What was used to be a properly configured device could end up having incorrect or invalid settings following a major system transition. This is usually what happens if the recent iOS update overrides your existing settings automatically. If the automatic overrides resulted in some errors, adverse symptoms could be triggered. And overheating is just among the possible outcomes. To clear this out, resetting all settings on your iPhone could help. Doing so will wipe out all customized settings including errant overrides and restore the default options and values. This reset doesn’t affect any saved information on the iPhone storage, so there’s no need to create backups beforehand. Just follow these steps whenever you’re all set:

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen. 
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down to and then select Reset
  4. Tap the Reset All Settings option.
  5. Enter your device passcode once prompted.
  6. Then tap to confirm all settings reset. 

Once the reset process is complete, your iPhone XR will reboot automatically. Just wait for your phone to boot up and then use it as normal to check if the overheating issue has been resolved. Don’t forget to re-enable necessary features, particularly those that are disabled by default so you can use them again on your phone.

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Fifth solution: Factory reset (master reset) your iPhone XR. 

If you’re still facing the same problem on your iPhone XR that’s overheating in iOS 13 after exhausting all prior methods, then the problem you’re dealing with could be very complex and therefore requires more advanced fixes. To deal with stubborn software bugs that caused your device to overheat persistently, a factory reset is usually needed. This procedure will wipe out all contents and data saved on your phone’s internal memory along with some stubborn iOS bugs and glitches. This process often provides a higher possibility in fixing the problem. If you wish to give this a try, it is recommended to create backups of your important files through iTunes or iCloud beforehand. Once backups are created, simply follow the steps below to perform a factory reset on your iPhone XR:

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen. 
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down to and then select Reset
  4. Tap the Erase all contents and settings option.
  5. Enter your device passcode once prompted.
  6. Then tap to confirm master reset. 

When the reset is finished, your device will restart automatically. Just wait for it to finish rebooting and then proceed to the initial setup process to configure everything using automatic settings and use your phone as new.

ALSO READ: What to do if your iPhone’s battery percentage indicator went missing? — iOS 13 battery indicator bug

 

Is your iPhone XR still overheating in iOS 13?

If you’re still experiencing the overheating issue up to this point, then you may have to resort to a more advanced solution. And you’ve got two remaining methods to choose from and that would include a recovery mode restore and DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode restore. Both of these methods require the use of iTunes on a computer, so better have your equipment ready if you wish to troubleshoot further and try any of these remaining solutions. Also ensure that you’re using the latest version of iTunes software to avoid bumping into system conflicts. A more detailed walkthrough on how to execute each of these restore methods can be found on this site’s tutorials section. Feel free to browse through the iPhone XR troubleshooting page for more information.

You can also report the problem straight to Apple Support for further assistance and official recommendations. Doing so will let them know that such a problem exists from the recently rolled out iOS 13 update and that likely requires immediate fix patches.

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