How to fix an iPhone 8 that is overheating after installing new software update? [Troubleshooting Guide]

Ever since the iOS 11 platform was officially rolled out, many iPhone users are plagued with various types of issues. Among the widely raised complains populating pertinent sites and iOS forums is about the iPhone 8 that is overheating after implementing the new iOS version on the phone. Apparently it’s a software issue that can be rectified by some workarounds. Demonstrated below this context are standard procedures that are regarded as potential solutions to iPhone overheating issue. This content should serve as free reference to anyone who needs some more inputs on how to deal with this post-update problem on the iPhone 8 handset. Read on to learn more.

Before we move any further, if you are looking for a solution to a different problem, them drop by our iPhone 8 troubleshooting page for we have already addressed some of the most common problems with this device. Odds are that there are already existing solutions to your problem. Try to find issues that are similar with yours and use the solutions we suggested. If they don’t work or if you need more help, fill up our iPhone issues questionnaire and we’ll help you with you problem.

How to troubleshoot iPhone 8 that is overheating

It is normal for any smartphone to become warmer with extensive usage. Just like computers, your iPhone processor can become exhausted from carrying out tons of loads as you stream videos or play games on your phone.  Eventually, the device will heat up. This therefore denotes the need for you to let your device cool down. That said, take a pause and let your phone rest until its temperature goes back to normal.

Nonetheless there are certain instances when the phone remains very hot even after resting it for some time. In this case, something must have triggered your phone to heat up. It could be some rogue app that keeps the processor busy even when your device is idle or not used. Or worst, it could be due to a faulty component on your iPhone like a bad battery perhaps. Unfortunately if it’s the battery is at fault, the best option for you to end the issue is to have a battery replaced. You may need to visit an Apple service center for this matter. Meanwhile, if it’s a software issue, then you can still try some means to fix the problem on your end and get your iPhone back to its normal state without having to pay for service.  

Highlighted below are generic solutions and recommended workarounds you can try on if your iPhone 8 Plus overheats.

First solution: Clear recent apps.

Keeping recently used apps in the background offers an advantage in terms of multitasking. However, any of these background apps can crash at some point. When this happens, some if not the entire system function will likewise experience troubles as manifested by overheating symptom. To make sure this isn’t the underlying cause, force all your background apps to close then restart your iPhone. Here’s how:

  1. Double-tap the Home button. Doing so will show your most recently used apps.
  2. Swipe right or left to switch between apps previous.
  3. Then swipe up on an app’s preview to close the app.
  4. Follow the same process until all apps are closed.

After quitting all your background apps, perform a soft reset to refresh your iPhone memory.

Second solution: Check and remove crashing apps.

Rogue apps can also cause your iPhone processor to rev up to a hundred percent thus resulting to overheating issue. You can rule bad apps out from the possible triggers by checking your iPhone 8 diagnostics and usage menu and see if there are any app that’s often crashing.

Here’s how to view and access this menu on your iPhone 8:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap Privacy.
  3. Select Diagnostics and Usage.
  4. Tap Diagnostics and Data.

On the next screen, you will see a bunch of apps and data logs. Try to look into each of these data logs and see if which from among your apps is appearing repeatedly more often, like around 10 to 20 times a day. If you see any app with more frequency logs, then that app is more likely at fault. In this case, try to disable or uninstall the app from your device completely.

Third solution: Reset all settings.

It is possible for major updates to override your current settings. But the thing is, some of the new settings may cause conflict or adverse outcomes. To rule this out from the possible triggers, you can reset all settings on your iPhone 8. This will not affect any of your important data and personal information stored on your iPhone. So there’s no need to worry of data loss in the process. But it is also worth to note that your previous configurations will be erased including network settings. That said, don’t forget to take note of your Wi-Fi passwords as you’ll need to set up your wireless networks afterwards. Once you’ve got everything ready, follow these steps to reset all settings on your iPhone 8:

  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.

Fourth solution: Update iOS.

A number of follow up updates or minor software versions have been rolled out since the major iOS 11 revamped. Each of these minor iOS versions brings enhanced features and bug fixes to address common issues afflicted by the prior version(s). Thus it could be the key to fixing your iPhone 8 overheating problem. If you haven’t already, go ahead and check for the latest software version available for your iPhone. Here’s how:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Software Updates.

If an update is available, you will be prompted with an update notification. For safekeeping, back up all your important data beforehand. Once the backup is completed, follow the onscreen instructions to download and install the new iOS update file.

Fifth solution: Reset or restore your iPhone 8.

The main issue you’re dealing with is attributed to system errors. Usually, problems of this types can be dealt with by any of the prior methods. But if this isn’t the case on your end, it is possible that what you’re dealing with is a more intricate system error that requires tougher solution. Your next best option would be a full system reset or iOS restore. But then again, you must note that this method result to data loss. If you go for a factory reset, your iPhone 8 is restored to its factory defaults. Thus all your critical data and personal information stored on the internal memory are likewise eradicated in the process. The same thing when you restore your iPhone 8 to a previous iOS version. If you’re okay with the downsides and willing to take chances in a system reset or iOS restore, be sure to create a backup of all your important files beforehand.

To perform a master reset your iPhone 8, navigate to Settings-> General-> Reset-> Erase All Content and Settings.

Alternatively, you can use reset or restore your iPhone 8 through iTunes on a computer. If you prefer this method, make sure you are using the latest version of iTunes software on your computer to avoid system version conflicts.

A more detailed walkthrough on how to reset or restore your iPhone 8 is available on the iPhone 8 Tutorials section in this site. Feel free to visit our Troubleshooting Page when needed.

Seek more help

If you find success from a master reset or iOS restore, then you’re good. Otherwise, you really need to seek further assistance. You may opt to contact Apple Support to escalate the problem and ask other options or you can seek help from Apple technicians at the nearest Genius bar in your area. If you’re iPhone 8 is still under warranty, then don’t forget to avail for it.

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