How to fix iPhone XS that is overheating after iOS 13.2

Is your iPhone XS suddenly overheating after iOS 13.2?

Overheating is a state wherein your phone’s battery has become drained and exhausted. In some instances, phone’s battery overheats due to the running background apps that are consuming a huge amount of battery life. Other than that, random software glitches and iOS bugs can be the main culprits. In this post, we have mapped out potential solutions to fix an iPhone XS that is overheating after an iOS update. 

Before we start to apply the fixes we have listed below, if you are also having other issues on your iOS device, then visit our iPhone XS Help Guides page for we have already addressed some of the most common issues with this device. We may have already published articles that could help you fix your problem. Find issues that are similar to yours and feel free to use our solutions.

Troubleshooting iPhone XS that is overheating after iOS 13.2

If the overheating occur just after installing the iOS 13.2 version on your iPhone XS device, it’s possible that your phone’s battery system has just been inflicted by random malwares and iOS bugs. If you are certain that your battery condition is still perfect and the underlying cause of the overheating issue is not due to defective battery or hardware damage, then the overheating issue is still rectifiable using the possible fixes we have listed below. Read further and learn how to fix the overheating issue on your iOS 13.2 iPhone XS device.

First solution: Reboot your iPhone XS. (soft reset or force restart)

The overheating issue can be corrected by simply giving your phone a fresh start. Any software glitches that are affecting your phone’s system can be eliminated by this reset. Here’s how:

  1. Press and hold the Side/Power button and either Volume button until the Slide to Power Off command appears.
  2. Drag the power off slider to the right side to turn off your iPhone SX.
  3. After 30 seconds, press and hold the Side/Power button again until the Apple logo appears.

In the event that your phone’s screen is not responding properly due to overheating, you can refresh your phone’s system by doing a forced restart. This process will also force closed all the running apps in the background. Here are the steps:

  1. Quickly press and release the Volume Up button.
  2. Quickly press and release the Volume Down button.
  3. Lastly, press and hold the Side/Power button until the Apple logo appears.

Wait until your phone has booted up completely. Then check if your phone is still overheating. If it does, continue troubleshooting.

Also read: How to fix cellular data not working after iOS 13.2 on iPhone X

Second solution: Install pending apps updates to fix iPhone XS that is overheating after iOS 13.2.

In-apps that are running in their out-dated versions will likely to become corrupted after new iOS implementation. And if your phone’s battery life and performance has been ruined by these out-dated apps, updating these apps might as well help fix the overheating issue. Here’s what needs to be done:

  1. From the Home screen, launch the App Store.
  2. Select your profile icon.
  3. Scroll down to the Updates section to see the list of pending apps updates.
  4. Select Update All to download and install all pending apps updates at simultaneously.

After installing all the pending apps updates, restart (soft reset) your iPhone XS to make sure that all updates are properly applied. Then use your phone as you normally do to check if it continues to overheat. If it does, try the next solution.

Third solution: Check battery usage and delete bad apps.

Bad apps usually cause your phone’s battery to drain quickly and eventually results to overheating. These bad apps also consume a large amount of power when used or left running in the background. To check for possible apps that are causing your phone to overheat, follow these steps:

  1. From the Home screen, go to Settings.
  2. Select Battery.
  3. Scroll to Battery Usage By App.
  4. Select Activity By App to see the list of the apps and their corresponding battery usage.

Delete or uninstall bad apps when needed.

Also read: How to fix iPhone XS Max that keeps restarting by itself after iOS 13.2

Fourth solution: Turn off Background app refresh to fix iPhone XS that is overheating after iOS 13.2.

One of the advanced features on iOS device is the ability of the in-apps to refresh themselves while running in the background. Suspended apps can even receive updates for as long as the Background App Refresh option for the said apps is enabled. Thus, taking up your phone’s system resources and triggers your iPhone XS to overheat. To rule this out, turn off the Background app refresh option to pause automatic app updates. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open Settings from Home.
  2. Select General.
  3. Tap Background App Refresh and tap the switch to disable the feature. All apps that are set to automatically refresh and update will no longer update automatically. 

Restart (soft reset) your iPhone XS after the settings update. Then observe your phone if it no longer overheats after disabling the Background App Refresh option.

Fifth solution: Restore your iPhone XS to factory default settings. (master reset)

The overheating issue on your iOS 13.2 iPhone XS could have been triggered by fatal iOS bugs that neither of the given solutions above successfully fixed the issue. To eliminate these complex bugs that invaded your phone’s system and by then ruined your battery system, restore your phone to factory default settings. Make sure to back-up your files beforehand as the factory reset will result in a complete data loss. Once you are set, perform the master reset. Here’s how:

  1. From the Home screen, launch the Settings app.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll to and select Reset.
  4. Select the option to Erase all content and settings.
  5. If prompted, enter your device passcode.
  6. Then select the option to confirm the factory reset.

Wait until the process has been completed. Then follow the onscreen prompts to set up your phone as new again.

Also read: Fixes for Pandora that keeps crashing after iOS 13.2 on iPhone XS Max

Is your iPhone XS 13.2 still overheating?

Fixing the overheating issue on your iOS device is not that difficult as long as the main triggers are software-related. But if your phone is still overheating up to this point, there is a tendency that your phone’s battery has already aged. Thus, its battery life has become progressively worse. With that being said, you need to set up an appointment to visit your nearest Apple store for possible repair or phone replacement. You can also contact Apple Support for further assistance and recommendations.

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