How to Fix an iPhone X that Overheats after Installing a New Firmware

Since Apple began releasing new iOS versions rapidly, several cases have been raised about the 2018 iPhone X lineup overheating. The overheating was mostly observed after most users attempted to install a new firmware. These several reported occurrences instigated us to compile a guide on the possible solutions for the overheating of these gadgets. Therefore, if your iPhone X starts to overheat as soon as you install a new firmware, then this guide might help you to fix the problem.

What to do before attempting the highlighted solutions

Before anything, you should ensure your iPhone X is cooled down. To achieve that, here is a list of operations you should consider doing before attempting to use the solutions we’ve provided below:

  • Switch off your device. You can either navigate to Settings > General > Shut Down. Alternatively, you can long-press the power button on the side of the device to turn off.
  • If your iPhone X has an extra casing, consider removing it, to reduce the overheating.

Now you can proceed to use the following guides to prevent your iPhone X from overheating. It’s advisable to study the possible cause of overheating, to help you choose the correct solution to use. Try all the first four solutions, before sorting for the last option – at number five.

1. Try restarting your iPhone X

restarting your iPhone X

It could be that your device is overheating due to its accumulated minor software issues over time. In such cases, a simple restart to your iPhone X will fix the problem. Once you restart, all the minor software changes will be rolled-back or rather eliminated. If any of them were causing your iPhone X to overheat, then your device will be okay, thereafter. Here’s how to restart:

  • Long-press both the side power and the volume up buttons, release once the slider option appears on the screen
  • Slide to turn off your device
  • Wait for 30 seconds before long-pressing the side power button to reboot. Release the button once an Apple logo appears.

2. Quit all background apps

Quit all background apps

Most iPhone X users prefer keeping several apps running in the background for easier multitasking. In some occasions, leaving several newly updated apps to run in the background simultaneously could result to overheating of your device. Therefore, to solve this issue, you need to quit all background running apps. Here’s how you can achieve that:

  • Swipe up from the home screen and pause to access background running apps
  • Now long-press on the individual apps until you see a minus icon (-) engraved in a red circle – click on it to quit the app
  • Repeat the process until all background apps are cleared

Once you are done with this process, restart your device to wipe any settings that might have been altered by the background apps.

3. Try erasing misbehaving apps

erasing misbehaving apps

Apps that tend to drain your battery are likely to be the cause of overheating. A newly installed firmware might conflict with such apps – thereby prompting the apps to misbehave. You need to remove all these rogue apps.

You can check the list of apps that are consuming the highest battery percentage. To check, navigate Settings > Battery > Battery Usage. If you find any app overusing the standard battery percentage, then you should consider uninstalling it. Doing that will solve the overheating problem.

4. Check for available apps and software updates to install

apps and software updates

Most app developers, once they realize a recently-released update is misbehaving, they’ll try to roll out another update to try and fix the issue. Therefore, we advise you to constantly check for update releases for both your apps and software to ensure you’re up to date. And while we may have advised to uninstalling misbehaving apps, you should first consider updating them to the latest available versions – an option that could solve the problem.

If you want to check for app-updates on your iPhone X, open to App Store on your home screen, then scroll down to the Updates button at the bottom of the page. If you find available app-updates, then you should consider updating them. You can either Update them individually or Update All at once.

You should also check for software updates. To check for the available iOS update, go to Settings > General > Software Update. A newly installed firmware could in most cases cause your iPhone X to overheat. Apple software developers have always observed a culture of first releasing a beta version of each iOS update, before unveiling the actual update. The beta version will act as a testing tool, and they will use feedback and complaints raised by users to release an even better software update.

However, it’s highly recommended to back up your iPhone X data, right before updating to the latest firmware. If you end up facing unbearable issues with the updates, then you can always roll-back the changes using the backup file.

5. Sort to reset all settings – Last option

reset all settings

New firmware overrides can severely interfere with the normal settings and operation of your iPhone X – thus, triggering some apps and functionalities to overwork than usual. This upset in the normal operation can cause your iPhone X to begin overheating. In such instances, you may be forced to perform a complete reset of all settings of your device.

Resetting all settings of your iPhone X – means you’ll wipe all network configurations, wallpapers, keyboard settings, home screen settings, other rogue settings – restoring them to their defaults. To reset all settings, navigate Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings.

Wrap up!

Any software update has a possibility of post-update issues. And while some devices might integrate well with the new updates, some will occasionally resist the change. Therefore, we recommend that you diagnose the possible reason behind your iPhone X’s overheating, before using the guides to try and fix the problem.

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