How to fix an Apple iPad Pro 2018 that is overheating after updating to iOS 12.1.4 [Troubleshooting Guide]

Overheating problems in mobile devices are often attributed to software-related factors such as system errors, rogue apps and bad updates. In some cases, a damaged component is to blame. To deal with software-related overheating problems, you will need to determine the underlying cause and then get rid of it. If the symptom instigated from an update, finding the trigger would be a challenge.

To give you some inputs, I’ve listed some applicable procedures and possible solutions to a similar issue on the iPad Pro (2018) device. Read to find out what to do if your iPad Pro is suddenly overheating after updating to iOS 12.1.4. You can try these solutions before taking a trip to an Apple Genius bar.

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First solution: Quit all background apps then restart.

When background apps go rogue, there’s a chance for them to trigger the processor to work continuously until the device heats up. While keeping apps suspended in the background may benefit in terms of multitasking or reloading of the same application, the longer you keep apps in this state also increases their chances of crashing. Background apps usually crash and act up following a system update implementation. Should this happens, adverse symptoms would start to emerge. To make sure this isn’t causing your iPad Pro to overheat, clear all background apps on your iPad Pro with these steps:

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the Home screen and then pause slightly in the middle of the screen.
  2. Then swipe right or left to navigate through the app previews.
  3. Swipe up on an app card/preview to close individual applications.

To clear cache from the internal memory and to refresh your iPad apps and services, performing a soft reset is also recommended. And here’s how it’s done:

  1. Press and hold the Side/Power button and either Volume buttons simultaneously for a few seconds.
  2. Release the buttons when the Slide to Power Off command appears and then drag the power off slider to the right.
  3. After 30 seconds, press and hold the Power/Side button again until the iPad reboots.

After the iPad restarts, try using it as you normally do and to determine whether or not the overheating symptom continues.

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Second solution: Install app updates on your iPad Pro.

Apps that would go rogue from an update are usually the ones that are out of date. If you haven’t set your third-party apps to auto-update, chances are that your outdated apps are misbehaving and trigger the device to heat up so quickly. This is when you need to install pending app updates on your iPad Pro. Here’s how:

  1. From the Home screen, tap App Store.
  2. From the App Store main screen, scroll down to the bottom and then tap on the Updates tab. A list of all apps with pending updates will then appear.
  3. Tap the Update button next to the name of the app to update individual apps.
  4. If multiple app updates are available, then you can just tap on the Update All button on the top-right of the screen to install all app updates simultaneously.

After updating apps, restart your iPad to refresh and implement the recent changes to your apps. Then try using your device to see if the overheating symptom recurs.

Third solution: Reset all settings on your iPad Pro.

It is recommended to reset all settings after installing new updates. This will help eliminate adverse system behaviours inflicted by some messed up settings during the updating process. Performing this reset basically clears out all customized options and settings on the device and then restores the default or original options and values. Any adverse behaviour caused by incorrect settings is therefore obliterated. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. From your Home screen, tap on Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down to and then tap on Reset.
  4. Select the option to Reset all settings.
  5. If prompted, enter your passcode then follow the onscreen instructions to confirm all settings reset.

This reset doesn’t affect any saved data on the internal memory, thus all your saved contents are safe. But you will need to re-enable the features that are disabled by default so you can use them again on your phone afterwards.

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Fourth solution: Erase and reset factory default settings on your iPad Pro.

A factory reset or master reset is usually needed to get rid of complex system errors including post-iOS update bugs that could not be rectified by prior workarounds. It works by wiping all data from your iOS device and then restores the factory default settings. That said, backing up contents would be necessary beforehand. You can back up your files to your iCloud drive or to iTunes. Once your backup is set, you can continue with these steps to master reset your iPad Pro through settings:

  1. From your Home screen, tap on Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down to and then tap on Reset.
  4. Select the option to Erase all content and settings.
  5. If prompted, enter your passcode then follow the onscreen instructions to confirm factory reset.

After the reset, your device should reboot automatically and then loads the factory default settings and options. To use your device, you will need to set everything up first. Just follow the onscreen instructions to set up your iPad Pro as new.

Fifth solution: Restore your iPad Pro system in recovery mode.

Restoring your device to a previous iOS backup can be considered among the last options, if the problem continues even after performing a master reset. As your next option, you can put your device in a recovery state and carry out major system repair through iTunes. To get this done, secure a computer that has the latest version of iTunes software installed. Then connect your iPad to the computer using the Apple-supplied syncing cable. Once your device is connected, proceed with these steps to enter recovery mode and restore iOS:

  1. Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
  2. Next, press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
  3. Then, press and hold the Side/Power button until you see the Connect to iTunes screen. This means that your iPhone has entered recovery mode.
  4. When you see the option to Update or Restore, choose Restore.
  5. Then follow the rest of the onscreen instructions to finish restoring your iPad Pro in iTunes.

Do not disconnect your device if the recovery mode restore isn’t finished yet. Otherwise, you would end up having a corrupt system and encounter worse symptoms instead.

Other options

If your iPad Pro continues to overheat and you’re willing to troubleshoot further, then you may resort to the deepest type of iOS restore called DFU mode. In this state, your device will be able to communicate with iTunes even without activating the boot loader. You may opt to downgrade your device system if you’ve got a credible iOS backup to restore from.

You can also use alternative iOS system management and repair tools. Like iTunes, you can download and install any of these tools to a compatible computer and then connect your iPad via USB cable/Lightning cable to start repairing system errors that caused the device to overheat.

If nothing else works on your end, then you should take your device to the nearest Apple service center for hardware assessment. Your device might have obtained some sort of damage that triggers the processor to heat up so quickly. In that case, hardware repair would be necessary.

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