How to fix iPhone overheating after iOS 13.3 update

Overheating is one of the common issues faced by iPhone owners after installing a new firmware update and several factors have been tied to the problem. Mapped out below are potential solutions you can use to eliminate common factors that makes your iPhone overheat after an update. Read on to find out what to do if your iPhone is overheating after iOS 13.3 update installation.

 

Why does an iPhone overheat from an update?

When a new firmware update is installed, there’s a higher chance that some apps won’t be able to immediately adapt with the recent system changes. As a result, some apps go rogue. And rogue apps could trigger the phone to heat up so quickly and then you would just realize that your iPhone is overheating.

The same thing can happen when the update overrides your current settings and enables the features that can trigger processor exhaustion.

A bad battery is also among the possible causes, especially if the affected device has already been used for a long time. In this case, overheating problem is attributed to wear and tear.

Troubleshooting an iPhone that’s overheating after iOS 13.3 update

The following workarounds are often used to eliminate software-related factors that can trigger an iPhone to overheat after an iOS update.

First solution: Reboot your iPhone (soft reset).

A reboot or soft reset can fix various types of software issues including minor post-update symptoms of overheating. This is usually what’s needed to refresh and rectify glitching apps that caused the device to heat up so quickly. You don’t need to back up files because a soft reset does not affect any saved information on your iPhone.

If you are using an earlier iPhone with a Home button, follow these steps to reboot or soft reset:

  1. Press and hold the Power button for a few seconds.

  2. Release the button when the Slide to Power Off appears.

  3. Drag the slider to the right to power off the device.

  4. After 30 seconds, press and hold the Power button until the Apple logo shows up and then release.

If you are using a new iPhone without a Home button, reboot or soft reset the device with these steps instead:

  1. Press and hold the Side/Power button and either of the Volume button at the side of your phone for a few seconds.

  2. When the Slide to Power Off appears on your screen, release both buttons.

  3. Drag the power off slider to the right to turn off the phone.

  4. Wait for about 30 seconds then press and hold the Side/Power button until you see the Apple logo.

In the case where your iPhone overheats and then freezes or not responding, performing a force restart would be necessary. It is a simultaneous battery removal procedures that’s carried out to restart an unresponsive iOS device. In short, it forces your iPhone to shut down and then restart.

To force restart an iPhone SE, 6s, and earlier model, use these steps:

  1. Press and hold both the Power button and Home button for a few seconds.

  2. Release both buttons when the Apple logo appears.

To force restart an iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold both the Volume Down button and Power button for a few seconds.

  2. Then release both buttons when the Apple logo appears.

To force restart an iPhone 8 or later model, refer to these steps instead:

  1. Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.

  2. Then press and quickly release the Volume Down button.

  3. Finally, press and hold the Side/Power button until the Apple logo appears and then release.

Allow your device to finish rebooting and then see how it works afterwards. If your iPhone continues to heat up so quickly or overheat, continue troubleshooting.

 

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Second solution: Update all apps, if possible.

Apps that are more prone to acting up from an update are usually the ones that aren’t up to date. If you haven’t configured your apps to auto-update, you might have missed to update some of your apps and so they’re misbehaving after updating your iPhone to iOS 13.3.

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If your iPhone is still responsive and functional, try checking for pending app updates with these steps:

  1. From the Home screen, tap App Store. Doing so will launch the app.

  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen then tap on Today.

  3. Tap on the User Profile icon, on the upper-right corner of the screen to load up your account details.

  4. Scroll down to the Available Updates section to view any pending app updates.

  5. Tap Update All to simultaneously install all pending app updates on your device.

Restart your iPhone after updating apps to ensure that all recent software changes are properly implemented and likewise, to refresh the apps.

Third solution: Reset all settings on your iPhone.

To eliminate any post-update settings conflict that might have triggered your iPhone to heat up quickly, performing an all settings reset can help. This reset will erase all current system settings and then restores the default system preferences. It doesn’t affect any saved data on your iPhone’s storage, so there’s no need to back up files.

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Just follow these steps to reset all settings on your iPhone:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings.

  2. Select General.

  3. Scroll down to and tap Reset.

  4. Select the option to Reset all settings.

  5. Enter your passcode if prompted to continue.

  6. Then tap Reset all settings again to confirm that you want to reset your iPhone’s system settings to defaults.

 

Your iPhone will restart automatically when the reset is finished. By then you can start re-enabling necessary features and options accordingly.

Fourth solution: Erase your iPhone and restore to factory defaults.

Performing a factory reset is usually needed to deal with complex system errors that could not be remedied by any of the initial procedures. Thus, you can consider this among the next options if you wish to troubleshoot a recurring problem on your iPhone that’s overheating from the recent iOS 13.3 update.

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Before you begin, back up all important files from your iPhone storage to your iCloud drive or iTunes for safekeeping. Then continue with these steps to instigate a factory reset through your iPhone settings:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings.

  2. Select General.

  3. Scroll down to and tap Reset.

  4. Select the option to Erase all content and settings.

  5. Enter your passcode if prompted to continue.

  6. Then tap the option to confirm that you want to erase your iPhone and restore factory defaults

If your iPhone is unresponsive as it overheats, the above steps won’t be applicable. As an alternative method, you can use iTunes to manually erase your iPhone and restore its factory settings on a computer. Just follow these steps to proceed:

  1. Open Finder on your Mac (macOS Catalina 10.15) or iTunes in earlier macOS and Windows computer.

  2. Connect your iPhone to the computer using the original USB cable or Lightning cable that came with it.

  3. Click to select your iPhone when it shows up on your computer.

  4. Then click the Restore [device] button. If the button is not clickable or disabled, be sure to sign out of Find My iPhone first so you can click the Restore button.

  5. If prompted, click Restore again to confirm factory reset.

  6. That should prompt the computer to start erasing your iPhone and then installs the latest iOS version available.

Your iPhone will restarts after it restores to factory defaults. By then you can set up everything as new.

Restoring your iPhone from a previous backup is also another option to consider the problem is attributed to an iOS bug that could not be remedied by the previous methods or factory reset. Just follow these steps:

  1. Open Finder on your Mac (macOS Catalina 10.15) or iTunes in earlier macOS and Windows computer.

  2. Connect your iPhone to the computer using the original USB cable or Lightning cable that came with it.

  3. Click to select your iPhone when it shows up on your computer.

  4. Click the Restore Backup button.

  5. Check the date of each backup file and select the most relevant.

  6. Click the Restore button and let iTunes or Finder finish restoring your device.

  7. If prompted, enter the password for encrypted backup.

  8. Be sure to keep your iPhone connected after it reboots and wait for it to sync with the computer. When it’s done syncing, you can disconnect it.

Last resort: Restore your iPhone in iTunes (via Recovery Mode).

If all else failed to fix the problem and you wish to troubleshoot further, restoring your iPhone in iTunes can be deemed as the next option. This will put your device in a recovery state and allows iTunes to repair major iOS flaws that cause overheating problem on your iPhone.

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To get started with a recovery mode restore, load up Finder or iTunes on your computer then connect your iPhone using the original USB or Lightning cable. When your device is connected, refer these steps to enter recovery mode.

On iPhone 8 or later model:

  • Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.

  • Then press and quickly release the Volume Down button.

  • Finally, press and hold the Side/Power button until the Recovery Mode screen (Connect to iTunes) screen appears.

On iPhone 7 and 7 Plus:

  • Press and hold the Power/Top button and Volume Down buttons simultaneously.

  • Release both buttons when the Recovery Mode screen (Connect to iTunes) screen appears.

On iPhone 6s or earlier:

  • Press and hold both the Home button and Power buttons for a few seconds.

  • Release both buttons when the Recovery Mode screen (Connect to iTunes) screen appears.

After successfully entering recovery mode, select your iPhone by clicking on its icon that appears on the computer and then click Update or Restore when prompted.

To reinstall the software without erasing your iPhone data, select Update. Otherwise, click Restore to erase your iPhone data and restore from a previous iOS backup.

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The last option you’ve got if all else failed to fix the problem is to carry out a DFU mode restore. This is the deepest type of system restore you can do on your iPhone to repair major system flaws including those inflicted by an iOS update bug.

Setting up a service appointment with an iPhone technician at the Genius bar is also another option. This is usually needed if the overheating issue on your iPhone is attributed to some hardware damage.

 

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