what to do if your iphone overheats
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Have you seen Apple temperature warning? But what should you do if your iPhone overheats?

The recent hot weather in the UK is not just leaving people overheated, many are reporting their iPhones are struggling to deal with the heat.

Some iPhone owners have been taking to social media to report their encounters with a safety measure built into Apple’s iOS operating system which stops users accessing their phone when it gets too hot.

Who knew this was a thing?

On the company’s own support pages, Apple warns that iPhone handsets can become overheated in a range of ways, including being left in direct sunlight for an extended period or in a car on a hot day.

What to do if your iPhone overheats

Those who do encounter the temperature warning message are given a simple message by the tech firm: “To resume use of your device as quickly as possible, turn it off, move it to a cooler environment, and allow it to cool down.”

The warning message appears when the iPhone’s operating temperature is exceeded, which Apple says is an ambient temperature of between 0 and 35 degrees Celsius, while users are also encouraged to store the device in temperatures between minus 20 and 45 degrees Celsius to avoid overheating.

But when that temperature threshold is exceeded, the warning screen will appear – warning users they need to cool the phone before they can use it for anything other than emergency calls.

Another reason to take note is that the company also warns that using the device in “very hot conditions” can also permanently shorten battery life.

Even if the iPhone overheating alert doesn’t appear, some devices will cut down on the features it uses to help regulate the temperature. This could include slowing down or stopping charging as well as phone performance on some graphics-heavy features and disabling the camera flash.

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  1. A few versions of the iPhone ago, a fix for a frozen phone was to heat it up with a hairdryer until it displayed the message (too hot) and then rapidly cool it.

    The best way to cool it (back then) was to put the phone in a freezer bag (food bag) and leave it in the freezer for 30 mins

    The food bag kept the phone dry and the hot then cold usually resolved the problems for a while


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