How to fix your iPhone XS Max that’s overheating in iOS 13 [Troubleshooting Guide] 

Everything on your iPhone XS Max was working as usual until you installed the iOS 13 update. If you’re reading this post, then it’s most likely because you ended up dealing with overheating problem after updating to iOS 13. Read on to find out what to do if your iPhone XS Max is overheating in iOS 13.

Unwanted bugs from software updates could ruin many things on your device. Software bugs could directly or indirectly affect certain apps and system services hence, cripple system functions. One of the commonly raised problems inflicted by a post-update bug is on overheating. This issue has been affecting many iPhone owners ever since the prior iOS update releases. And the iPhone XS Max handset is not exempted. Luckily, workarounds were uncovered and made available to help others deal with similar issues after installing software updates on their respective iOS devices. If you happen to encounter an overheating issue on your iPhone XS Max after iOS 13 update, find out how you can deal with it with a few simple procedures.

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Troubleshooting an iPhone XS Max that’s overheating in iOS 13

The common triggers of overheating issues in smartphones are rogue apps. That said, apps that have gone rogue from the latest iOS update installation must be among the first factors to eliminate. If that won’t solve the problem, then it’s more likely attributed to some faulty hardware. Try these subsequent solutions before rushing to a service center.

First solution: Close all apps running in the background on your iPhone XS Max. 

A simple gesture as closing the background apps can help you in resolving the overheating problem on your iPhone XS Max. The reason why is that conflicts can be avoided once apps are cleared in the background. Also, those apps that are running in the background while software update is happening could accumulate bugs. Closing them gradually removes those glitches and improve the phone’s memory. An improved memory could equate to a better performance and might fix the overheating problem. To close suspended apps, follow these steps: 

  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. 

Use your phone as normal once apps are cleared in the background to check if your phone still overheats or not anymore. 

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Second solution: Reboot your iPhone XS Max. 

A crappy performance that’s causing your phone to overheat might be due to incompatibility issues as the new software is not yet implemented to its full glory. This is normal after an update as it’ll take time for some changes to kick in. One way to expedite the implementation of changes is to reboot the device. Dump cache and rogue apps will also be cleared along the process as well as your phone’s system can get a quick refresh. Performing a force restart should handle that for you. Here’s how it’s done: 

  1. Press and release the Volume Up button quickly.
  2. Press and release the Volume Down button quickly. 
  3. Lastly, press and hold the Side button for a few seconds until you see the Apple logo.

Allow your phone to complete the reboot process. Once it’s up and running, use it to check if the issue has been resolved. 


Third solution: Install pending app updates on your iPhone XS Max. 

Incompatibility issues could also extend to outdated apps on your iPhone XS Max. Major software update like iOS 13 contains major changes and might affect some apps on your device. This might result to an overheating iPhone. To possibly remove glitches on the app and align them with new software on your system, updating all apps is the answer. Also, these updates contains patches that caters in-app issues and might add more help in fixing the overheating problem on your iPhone. Here’s how to manually update apps on your iPhone XS Max: 

  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 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. 

Just restart your device once the updates are installed to implement changes and remove unwanted cache files on your system. 

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Fourth solution: Reset all settings to fix your iPhone XS Max that’s overheating in iOS 13. 

Overheating problems can also be associated to invalid settings on your system. If you’ve recently customized some settings on your phone, some information might have been saved incorrectly. To add up, iOS override is a common thing on a major software update like iOS 13. Settings might have been altered automatically, causing relevant symptoms to occur. A perfect way to deal with this problem is to reset all settings on your iPhone XS Max. Doing so will delete all customized options including iOS overrides on your settings and restore them back to the default values and options. If this is something that you would like to give a shot, here are the steps: 

  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 is done, your iPhone will restart automatically. Do not worry as this will not delete any data on the phone’s internal memory so your personal data should remain intact. 


Fifth solution: Factory reset your iPhone XS Max. 

You might be dealing with a complex system error if the previous procedures did not do any good in resolving the problem. If that’s the case, you’ll need a stronger solution that will help you deal with the problem and that is restoring your iPhone XS Max to its default factory configurations. Performing a factory reset will delete all contents on your device, including stubborn glitches that might be causing your phone to overheat. It is recommended to create backups beforehand so you can restore your personal information after the reset process is done. iCloud or iTunes will be perfect to create those backups. Once everything is set, follow these steps to execute a master reset on your device: 

  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 all settings reset.

Factory reset will reboot your device automatically when the process is completed. Since your phone is restored to its default factory settings, you’ll need to set it up like a new one in order to use it again. 

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Shortly after the major iOS update was released, Apple pushed follow-up updates in the form of minor versions iOS 13.1.1, 13.1.2 and 13.1.3. Each of these updates were programmed to address problems that exist from the previous updates. You can check your phone to see if any of these minor updates are already available.

  • To check for available updates, just go to Settings-> General-> Software Update menu. There you see a notification containing information of the latest iOS version available for your iPhone.

Just follow the onscreen instructions to download and install the latest update on your iPhone. And don’t forget to reboot your iPhone after updating to ensure that all new system changes and fix patches are properly applied.

Is your iPhone XS Max still overheating in iOS 13?

If your iPhone XS Max still overheats after applying the previous solutions, then it might be due to some fatal system errors that caused the processor to become exhausted. Performing recovery mode restore or DFU mode restore can be considered among the last possible solutions to try if you wish to troubleshoot further. You can refer to a comprehensive guide on how to perform a recovery mode restore or DFU mode restore on iPhone Xs Max, found on this site’s tutorials section. Just visit the iPhone XS Max troubleshooting page for more information.

Otherwise, you can take your iPhone to the nearest Apple-authorized service center your place and have it scrutinized by a technician for any possible indications of hardware damage. Your iPhone might have already obtained some sort of physical or liquid damage even before the new update was installed and the symptoms might have just instigated from the iOS 13 update. If hardware damage is present, then your iPhone needs some repair.


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