How to fix iPhone XS iOS 13 overheating problem, why does my iPhone easily get warm in iOS 13? [Troubleshooting Guide]

Is your iPhone XS getting very hot and overheats after updating iOS? If that is so, then this post might be able to help you. Keep reading to figure out how to deal with iPhone XS iOS 13 overheating before opting for service.

Overheating problem in mobile device are often tied to a damaged battery or other relevant hardware components. But there are also many instances when the same problem occurs following an update. Tackled in this post is a similar issue on the iPhone XS that’s overheating after installing the iOS 13 update. Read on to find out why this happens and how to fix your device.

Prolonged usage like extensive gaming, streaming videos and music online are one of the main causes why a smartphone overheats. However, there are also some software-related errors that can cause overheating problem, especially right after updating to a new software version. Rogue apps are usually the main culprits as they started to act up following the recent system transition. These along with any possible iOS power bug from the recently installed update must therefore be eliminated in order to fix the problem.

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Troubleshooting your iPhone XS iOS 13 overheating problem

The following procedures will likely be able to fix the problem for as long as hardware damage is not present. These will eliminate software-related factors that are usually tied to overheating issues in various iOS devices that also manifested in the previous iOS update releases.

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

Incompatibility issue with the new software can cause some apps to go rogue and behave oddly. When this happens, rogue apps could trigger the processor to work continuously and get exhausted. As a result, the phone gets warmer and eventually overheats as the processor isn’t resting. Those apps that were left running in the background might have been corrupted and affects your iPhone’s processor directly. To ensure that they are not the reason on why your iPhone XS is overheating, try clearing all apps running in the background with 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. 
  4. Do the same to the rest of the background apps.

After clearing all background apps, use your iPhone as usual and check if the overheating issue has been rectified. 

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Second solution: Force restart to fix your iPhone XS iOS 13 that’s overheating. 

Performing a force restart allows your phone to clear errant apps that might have been inflicted by the recent software update. This works similarly to a soft reset but differs on how they’re executed. If you wish to give this a shot, then 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 Power/Side button until the Apple logo appears.

Doing a force restart will not erase any of your personal files so there’s no need to worry about creating backups. Allow your phone to complete the reboot process, then use it as normal and check if it still overheats. 

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

The recent software update might have caused glitches to outdated apps and resulted to the overheating issue on your iPhone XS. In order to cure random bugs on these apps, you’ll need to update them. Installing new updates for your apps will provide patches necessary to fix certain bugs and glitches. If you have not set your phone to automatically update apps, follow the steps below to manually update them:

  1. Open and access the App Store from the Home screen. 
  2. Navigate to the Updates section at the bottom part of the screen. You’ll then see a screen with the list of apps with pending updates.
  3. Tap the Update option next to the name of the app to update individual apps.
  4. If multiple app updates are available, you can update all apps simultaneously by simply tapping the Update All button. 

Allow your apps to finish updating. After the updates are completed, soft reset your iPhone XS to implement changes and refresh your phone’s memory. Here’s how to do a soft reset:

  1. Press and hold the Power/Side button and either of the Volume buttons simultaneously for a few seconds. 
  2. Release the buttons once the Slide to Power off prompts on the screen. 
  3. Drag the Power off slider to the right to turn off your phone.
  4. Wait for 30 seconds, then press and hold the Power/Side button again until the Apple logo appears. 

After the reboot process is done, check if the overheating issue is fixed. 

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Fourth solution: Reset all settings on your iPhone XS. 

You can customize your iPhone’s settings the way you want. However, improperly configured settings can cause dreadful symptoms like overheating. There’s a great tendency that the software update have overridden some settings on your device causing it to overheat. Since it’s not possible for you to determine which settings have been altered, it is best to revert them back to its default configuration through reset all settings. Do not worry as you will not lose personal information with this process. Here’s how it’s done: 

  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. 

After the reset all settings is done, your iPhone XS should restart automatically then will apply all default values and options. After that, check if the problem still exists. 

Fifth solution: Factory reset (master reset) to fix iPhone XS iOS 13 overheating problem. 

Advanced solutions may be needed if the steps above did not help in fixing your iPhone XS that’s overheating. Fatal system errors caused by the iOS 13 update might have been the reason why your phone acts up and overheats. Since the previous procedures did not fix the problem, doing a factory reset is your next option. This process will delete all saved data on your phone’s memory and revert all values and options to default. Any complex errors that has been causing the overheating issue will likewise be removed. Just be reminded that performing this solution will delete all your personal data so it is recommended to create backups via iTunes or iCloud beforehand. Once backups are created, simply follow the steps indicated below: 

  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. 

Just follow the on-screen prompts to finish factory reset. After the reset process, your iPhone will reboot automatically and then restore default settings and configurations. Set up your phone first in order for you to use it again. You can utilize the start-up wizard to set up your iPhone like a new one. 

In the case where your iPhone XS gets stuck or freezes as it overheats, you will need to use iTunes to carry out the iOS restore. To do this, you will need to secure either a Windows or Mac computer that has the latest version of iTunes software in it. Connect your iPhone to your computer using the Apple-supplied USB/Lightning cable, run iTunes on your computer and start restoring iOS. You may opt to restore your device from a previous iOS backup or set it up as new. The former option can be considered as downgrade but usually the only way to resolve the issue. You can deem it as a temporary solution while waiting for Apple to roll out a dedicated fix patch to address this issue.

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Is the iPhone XS iOS 13 overheating problem continues?

If factory reset did not do any good and your iPhone XS still overheats, you might need to resort to a stronger solution including full system wipe and restore. Stubborn errors that have ruined your phone’s power system can be eliminated by performing either a Recovery mode restore or a DFU mode restore. Doing so will allow you to restore your device from a previous backup or the recent one that you’ve created. 

You can also contact Apple support to report the problem for further assistance and official recommendations. If you happen to know the nearest Apple service center in your area, then you should also consider taking your phone there and have it checked by an iPhone technician. Doing so will rule out hardware damage from the underlying cause. While the overheating symptoms instigate from the iOS 13 update, it doesn’t always imply that an update bug is to blame. Your device might have already acquired some sort of physical or liquid damage before updating and the symptoms had just coincidentally occurred after installing the iOS 13 update. If the problem is confirmed to be attributed to a damaged component, then service/repair is needed.

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