Overheating iPhones can be a worry. Here are essential tips to cool down a hot smartphone and check it’s not about to explode. When smartphones get too hot they can start to misbehave and may suffer long-term damage. There have even been a few cases where phones have exploded or burst into flame.
The latter is extremely unlikely to happen to you, but troubleshooting your iPhone’s overheating problems now should give you some peace of mind, while helping it to operate smoothly. In this article we offer simple tips to cool down a hot iPhone, and make sure it isn’t likely to blow up.
Tips to keep an iPhone cool:
If your iPhone keeps overheating, you should look into where and how you are using it. These tips will help remove the case. Sounds obvious. Is obvious! But this will help. Don’t leave it in a car. Temperatures can rise in parked cars quite rapidly. Take the iPhone with you when parked. You may need to avoid direct sunlight entirely if you’re somewhere extremely hot. If you’re on holiday somewhere fiercely sunny, keep the iPhone in a bag or in the shade. Refrain from using the phone if possible.
Avoid playing games. Games, and particularly graphically advanced games, tax the processor, which heats up the device. AR apps can be particularly taxing. Stop using Bluetooth, because it provides an additional source of heat. You can do this from the Control Centre: swipe up down from the top right on a series iPhone and tap the Bluetooth icon.
Turn off Location Services. GPS is probably the single function that heats up an I Device the most. Turn it off using Settings Privacy Location Services. Avoid using Maps turn-by-turn directions. This mode generates a lot of heat. Avoid charging until you get somewhere cooler, or until the iPhone has had a chance to cool down. Charging heats up the device.
Turn on Airplane mode. This turns off GPS, Bluetooth, WI-FI and Cellular data. It’s in Control Centre tap the plane icon. Turn the iPhone off entirely. It’s a bit extreme but if you’re worried about overheating then keeping the iPhone switched off when not in use can help. Hold down the Sleep/Wake button and slide to power off the device. If you’ve got an X-series, hold down the power button and one of the volume buttons.
There are some products on the market that claim to cool down hot phones, such as the Cooling Pad and Gaming Controller & Phone Cooler; both incorporate fans. We’ve also found that Moshi’s Magnetic Car Mount, which slots into your vehicle’s air conditioning vents, tends to cool down a handset as a side-effect if the AC is turned up high.
What happens when an iPhone overheats?
When the iPhone overheats severely it will display a warning message that the iPhone “needs to cool down before you can use it”. Normally this will be displayed on a black background, although if you’re using navigation it will appear as an overlay alert. To resume use of your device as quickly as possible, turn it off, move it to a cooler environment, and give it a chance to cool down. The following things will happen when your iPhone is in cool-down mode:
The device stops charging. The display dims or goes black. Cellular radios will enter a low-power state. The signal may weaken during this time. The camera flash is temporarily disabled. This can be a bit unnerving when you first see it. But aside from the inconvenience of not being able to use the phone temporarily, there are usually no further problems.
Apple advises users that it is normal for an iPhone to get warm when performing demanding tasks such as updating, restoring from backup, analyzing data in Photos face tags, for instance running an AR app. It should go back to the normal temperature after the task is complete.
In this case the phone was damaged previously, and the ‘explosion’ seems to have happened when the owner pressed down on the broken screen to show what was wrong with it. But this was not an unprecedented incident, even at that a similar mishap happened with an iPhone When they blow, they smoke like that because the two chemicals in the battery. It set the whole bin on fire.