A number of iOS device users have already complained about a common problem they experience with their device. No matter how careful they are about their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, there is still a problem of it overheating. If this is a problem you experience with your device often, it’s time to understand why your device overheats.
Why does your device overheat?
iOS devices don’t have an internal fan to cool it off when it has overheated. Since iOS devices are typically too thin, having a fan inside won’t be able to fit in the hardware of the device. Instead of using an internal fan, iOS devices have been programmed to lower its performance so it can regulate heat on its own through a chip, battery, wireless radio, and any other equipment.
Common reasons why your iOS device overheats:
- After being left too long in a car with an outside temperature that’s too hot
- After being left in direct sunlight for too long
- After using a hardware-intensive feature for too long (such as GPS or graphics-intensive game)
- Combination of any of the above
iOS devices should not be operated in temperature below 0º Fahrenheit or higher than 92º Fahrenheit. It should also not be stored in temperatures lower than -4º Fahrenheit or more than 113º Fahrenheit as this could decrease the device’s performance or even pose a danger to you.
Once your device overheats…
Once your device overheats, this basically means the hardware on your device is starting to throttle itself so it won’t overwork and will produce less heat. During this time, the device is in “safety” mode where does one of these things:
- The display dims or shuts off completely
- The battery won’t charge
- Wireless performance is throttled because of the lower-power state of the wireless radios
- Unusable rear-facing LED flash
Normally, once your device enters one of these phases, it will simply take a few minutes to cool down on its own before you are able to operate it once again.
The good news is, you can easily prevent your device from overheating by simply storing it properly. Here are a few tips to address overheating issues:
- Avoid putting your device in direct sunlight. You can even keep your device inside your bag so it won’t be affected by the heat.
- If your device overheats because of a hardware-intensive feature like GPS or an intense game, give your device frequent breaks. You can lower screen brightness at a comfortable level and avoid plugging your device while you use it.
Remember, an overheated device can be dangerous. If you don’t address this issue carefully, it could lead to a battery explosion or swelling. If your iOS device overheats, you can simply switch it off and leave it alone for a few minutes or until it has cooled down. This will ensure that your device is safe to use again.