What to do if your iPhone SE 3 2022 is Overheating [Quick Fixes]

This post highlights simple solutions to the overheating issue on the new 3rd generation special edition iPhone. Read on to find out what to do if your new iPhone SE 3 2022 is overheating.

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What causes iPhone overheating?

One of the prevalent issues reported by iPhone users is overheating. Normally, an iPhone temperature would reach up to 35 degree celsius from extensive power usage. This usually happens when streaming videos or music and likewise when playing games. The longer you use the device, the more it heats up. 

Another instance wherein the iPhone tends to heat up is when charging. This is apparent when you hold your iPhone while or after several minutes or hour(s) of charging. An increase in temperature is also noticeable when using the iPhone camera for recording videos or taking photos. The same thing when updating apps, installing iOS updates, and playing mobile games, especially online versions. All these are deemed normal circumstances when an iPhone becomes hot.

If the temperature goes beyond the normal range (35°C) and it continues to heat up while in use, then there’s a good chance that the device is overheating.

There are a lot of factors that can trigger the iPhone temperature to rise and oftentimes, the underlying cause is from within the software layer.

Among the usual triggers include rogue apps, faulty updates, enabled settings, data corruption, and faulty networks.

Environmental factors such as when using your device in an extremely hot environment or leaving it inside the car are likewise among other causes.

In worst cases, overheating can be directly attributed to a defective battery or other relevant components in the iPhone’s hardware layer.

Before opting for hardware check-up and repair, there are some helpful tweaks you can try on your end to rule out software-related factors that might have triggered the iPhone to heat up quickly. 

Feel free to try the outlined solutions below if you need additional input on how to deal with this iPhone issue.

Potential solutions to the iPhone SE 3 2022 that’s overheating

Performing the following solutions will help eliminate software-related factors that can trigger an iPhone to become hot and eventually overheats. Try these before seeking hardware solutions for your overheating iPhone.

Solution #1: Restart or force restart the iPhone.

If the problem does not occur all the time, then it could be just a temporary issue tied to some faulty apps and/or system services. Minor software flaws like these are typically rectified by a system restart.

That said, restarting the iPhone either through a soft reset or force restart is the first suggested potential solution. This should help fix the problem if it’s tied to some malfunctioning or crashing apps in the system.

To soft reset/reboot the iPhone SE 3, just follow these steps:

  • Press and hold the Side button on the top-right edge and then release when the Power off slider appears.
  • Drag the Power Off slider to the right. Doing so powers off the device.
  • After a few seconds, press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears.

To do a forced restart on the iPhone SE 3, follow these steps instead:

  • Press and quickly release the Volume Up button then press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
  • Finally, press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears.

Performing a forced restart is usually needed to end/terminate any stuck applications and system services that are continuously running in the background.

Alternatively, you can just Power off the device for a few seconds and then turn it back on.

Both these methods do not affect any saved data in the iPhone storage so you won’t lose any critical information afterwards.

Solution #2: Adjust iPhone settings.

Making some adjustments to the iPhone settings can also help stop the device from heating up so quickly. This tweak involves enabling and disabling certain iOS features.

1. Adjust display settings.

The brighter the iPhone screen, the more power it consumes and thus the more it likely heats up and drains the battery.

As recommended, keep the brightness level to the minimum. If you think your iPhone screen is way too bright, then you can reduce the brightness level through settings or drag the screen brightness slider straight from the control center.

2. Disable wireless services that are not in use.

Wireless connectivity features such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Cellular data connections that are enabled can likewise make the device warmer as it continues to search for signals in order to stay connected.

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That said, turning these features off when they’re not in use is recommended not only to reduce power usage but likewise to prevent the device from heating up so quickly.

Disabling other automatic iOS features like background app refresh can also help as it would stop the iPhone processor from carrying out more tasks.

  • To access and manage this feature, just head over to your iPhone Settings-> General-> Background App Refresh and then toggle the switch to turn the feature off.

Do the same to Location Services because keeping these services enabled will prompt the device to constantly update the location. 

  • To manage this feature, just go to Settings-> Privacy-> Location Services and then turn the switch OFF.

You can always turn these features back on when needed.

Solution #3: Check and manage battery usage.

If you see any apps with unusual power consumption, then that app is most likely the trigger. It’s possible that this app atypically runs in the background. 

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When this happens, that app is not only consuming more power but also pushes the iPhone CPU to keep running. The more apps are in this state, the more workload the CPU has to carry out. As a result, the device continues to heat up.

To check and see if any of your apps is showing such an atypical behavior, check the iPhone’s battery usage.

  • Simply head over to Settings-> Battery menu and then tap to view more Battery usage details in the Last 24 hours or Last 10 Days.

Oftentimes, outdated apps are the ones that tend to behave in this manner. That said, updating the app will likely fix it. 

You can manually update apps through the App Store on your iPhone SE 3 for as long as your device has stable internet connection, ample storage and sufficient battery.

Solution #4: Update apps and iOS to the latest version available.

Keeping apps and the iPhone system up-to-date is also recommended to ensure all apps and system services are optimized.

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Outdated apps are more prone to bugs, which can eventually make them rogue. When that happens, there’s a great chance that they would adversely affect the power system as they can make the iPhone processor busy. 

To prevent such system irregularities from occurring, install all pending updates for apps and iOS.

Software updates are not only rolled out to bring in new features but more importantly, they contain essential patches to get rid of any bugs and keep apps and the entire system optimized.

  • To manually check for new iOS updates, go to Settings-> General-> Software Update menu on your iPhone SE 3. 

If a new iOS version is available, follow the onscreen instructions to Download and Install.

To manually update apps on the iPhone SE 3, just open the App Store app then tap on your profile icon. On the next screen, scroll to view pending updates and release notes. 

If updates are available, tap the Update button next to an app or tap Update All to download and install all app updates at once.

Don’t forget to restart the iPhone after updating to ensure that all recent software changes are properly implemented.

Restarting also clears out any errant residual data from the iOS cache directory.

Solution #5: Reset all settings.

Restoring the default settings is also deemed among the last potential solutions to deal with software-related overheating problems on an iPhone.

The applicable reset that you can use is the option to reset all settings.

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As the name implies, this reset will delete all recent changes made to the iOS settings including custom networks, app configurations, app preferences and permissions among others. After the reset, all default options and values are restored. 

But unlike factory reset, resetting all settings does not affect any user data. This means that you won’t lose any important information saved on the phone.

  • To reset all settings on the iPhone SE 3, just head over to Settings-> General-> Transfer or Reset iPhone-> Reset and then tap Reset all settings on the succeeding menu. Read the reset details on the next screen and then tap Reset settings to confirm.

After the reset, the phone reboots on its own and then loads up all default values and options. This denotes the need for you to re-enable necessary features that are disabled including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Cellular data networks so you can use them again on your phone.

Is your iPhone still overheating?

If your iPhone gets hot and has already exceeded the normal temperature range, it will prompt a warning message saying that the iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it again.

When this happens, your iPhone stops charging and the screen dims or goes black. The camera flash also stops working as it’s automatically disabled temporarily by the system.

Other automatic system adjustments like low-power state cellular radios will likewise be implemented, making the signal weaker than normal.

As soon as the device’s temperature gets back to normal, everything will also be restored.

But if it isn’t and your device continues to heat up, then that likely denotes there’s something in the system that needs to be fixed. And that something could be a software or hardware issue.

If performing the above solutions doesn’t yield a positive outcome, then there’s a higher chance that you’re dealing with a hardware issue.

At this point, performing the following workarounds will rule out possible tangible causes.

1. Remove protective casing/cover.

If you’re using protective casing or similar accessories, especially those that are made by third-party manufacturers, try to remove them and see if your iPhone heats up without these accessories installed. 

Some iPhone cases are made of certain materials that can make the device temperature rise in just a quick span of operation. Should this be the case, getting a better alternative, particularly an anti-overheating phone case that’s specially designed to help stop the device from overheating during resource-intensive activities. 

2. End background apps.

Closing all background apps can also help minimize CPU usage and thereby keeps your device’s temperature within the normal range.

3. Uninstall errant apps.

Removing and/or fixing problematic apps is also another potential solution if the overheating issue is tied to some rogue apps on your iPhone. 

To check and see which of your apps are frequently crashing, you can then check Analytics Data on your device. Just head over to your iPhone Settings-> Privacy-> Analytics menu and then tap Analytics Data.

Here, you’ll see a list of all rogue apps. Once you’ve identified the culprits, try to remove/uninstall them individually and see if that fixes the overheating problem on your iPhone SE 3.

Seek more help

If nothing else works and the overheating issue continues, then this is when you should consider looking into the hardware components. You can take your device to the nearest Apple service center in your place and ask an authorized iPhone technician to diagnose your device for any possible hardware damage that triggers the device to overheat.

To avail for warranty, contact your carrier or the store where you purchase your Apple iPhone SE 2022 and verify the requirements that you need to submit.

You can also get more help by contacting Apple Support.

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