How to fix iPhone XS that is overheating after iOS 13.2

Overheating in an iOS device is a common symptom when your phone is extremely exhausted or overused. Thus, there are also other factors that prompt your device to turn hotter while being used. Among these are the phone being distracted by random software, bad apps, misconfigured phone settings, and tough iOS bugs. The mentioned triggers are most likely to become visible after a major software update.  In this article, we have listed attainable fixes for iPhone XS device that is overheating after iOS 13.2. So if your iPhone is overheating after installing the latest iOS version, read on and learn how to address the issue.

Before we proceed, if you’re looking for a solution to a problem with your phone, try to browse through our iPhone XS Help Guides page to see if we support your device. If your phone is in the list of our supported devices, then go to the troubleshooting page and look for similar problems. Feel free to use our solutions and workarounds.

Troubleshooting iPhone XS that is overheating after iOS 13.2

The environment that you’re at can also lead to iOS overheating. Technically, your phone can work between 0-35 degrees in temperature. With that being said, you need to make sure that your phone is in a ventilated area, without a cover, and away from direct sunlight. But if your phone remains hot even when not exposed to the above mentioned instances, then there might be some factors that are affecting your phone’s software or processor and are keeping your phone to become way too hot. Let’s get started, eliminate those possible factors, and address the overheating issue on your iOS 13.2 iPhone XS.

First solution: Force close all the running apps in the background and then restart your iPhone device.

The running background apps can also drain your phone’s battery life faster. Thus, making the phone extremely hot. Not only that, these apps will likely become corrupted after the iOS update which may result for the phone’s functions to act up. To rule this out, close the running apps in the background using the following steps:

  1. From Home, swipe your finger up and then slightly pause.
  2. Swipe left or right to navigate through the app previews.
  3. Swipe up a certain app to close the individual background app.
  4. Do the same to the remaining background apps.

After closing all the running apps, restart (soft reset) your iPhone XS device to completely clear out junk files from the corrupted apps which are saved in your phone’s memory. Doing so will give your phone a complete fresh and clean restart. Here’s how:

  1. Press and hold the Side/Power button and either Volume button simultaneously for a few seconds.
  2. Release both buttons once the Slide to Power Off command appears.
  3. Then drag the power off slider to the right to turn off your phone.
  4. After at least 30 seconds, turn your phone back on by pressing and holding the Side/Power button until the Apple logo appears.

Wait until your phone has finished booting up. Then navigate your phone, browse the web or open any apps and observe if the phone becomes hot while in use.

Second solution: Check for and install pending apps updates to fix overheating issue after iOS 13.2 on your iPhone XS device.

Bad apps can also trigger your phone to become extremely hot. These bad apps are referred to as out-dated apps. After implementing a new software version on your iOS device, these apps will tend to act up since their classifications are not designed to work with the current iOS version. To clear this out, update the in-apps on your phone. Here’s how:

  1. From the Home screen, open the App Store.
  2. Select your profile icon.
  3. Scroll to the Updates section to view the list of available apps updates. If you’re seeing no update at all, refresh the page by dragging the screen downward.
  4. Once you are prompted with pending apps updates, tap Update All to install all the pending apps updates simultaneously.

Make sure to reboot (soft reset) your iPhone XS device after installing the apps updates to guarantee that the updates will be implemented successfully.

Third solution: Search for and delete troublesome apps on your iPhone XS.

Troublesome apps often drain your battery life quickly and making your phone undesirably hot. Apps that creeping much of your phone’s memory storage are what we consider as troublesome apps and these should be removed from your phone’s system to resolve the overheating issue on your iOS device. Here’s what needs to be done:

  1. To search for buggy or bad apps installed on your device, head to Settings->General->iPhone Storage.
  2. Scroll down to the list of apps.
  3. Select the app you want to get rid of and then tap Delete App. 
  4. Follow the onscreen prompts to confirm the deletion.

After you have successfully deleted the troublesome apps, reboot (soft reset) your iPhone XS to dump out junk files from those bad apps. Then use your phone and see if it is no longer overheating.

Fourth solution: Reset all settings to fix overheating after iOS 13.2 on your iPhone XS.

If your phone is still extremely hot after deleting the suspected bad apps, might as well delete the current phone’s settings to eliminate possible misconfigured values and options caused by the automatic settings conversion transpired after the new iOS implementation. To revert your phone’s settings to default, perform an all settings reset on your iPhone XS using these steps:

  1. From the Home screen, open the Settings app.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down to and tap Reset.
  4. Select Reset all settings option.
  5. If prompted, enter your device passcode and then continue.
  6. Then select the option to confirm all settings reset on your iOS device.

Your phone will reboot by itself after the reset and loads the default values and options. You can then start configuring your phone’s settings according to your preference and then re-enable necessary features to use them again. While doing all these stuff, check the temperature of your phone to see if the overheating issue has been addressed. But if it continues to become hotter while doing something on your device, move on to the next possible solution.

Fifth solution: Restore your phone to factory default settings for a clean iOS restore.

Dealing with complex and tough iOS bugs is never that easy. And in point of fact, those basics provided above will not suffice to fix the overheating issue. Thus, a more-refined solution is needed to fix the fatal system errors caused by the iOS 13.2 bugs. Being said, you need to carry out a factory reset on your iPhone XS device. Doing so will eliminate devastating iOS bugs and sustain your phone to have a clean iOS restore. Note that this reset will result in a complete data loss so make sure to back-up your important files with either iCloud or iTunes beforehand. Then proceed to factory reset your iPhone XS device. Here’s what needs to be done:

  1. Go to Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll to and select Reset.
  4. Then select the option to Erase all content and settings.
  5. Enter your device passcode to continue.
  6. Then select the option to confirm the factory reset.

Once the factory reset is done, follow the onscreen prompts to set up your iPhone device as new again. Once you have completed the setup process, check the status of your phone and see if it is no longer overheating.

Things to do next when overheating issue persists

In the event that neither of the given solutions was able to address the overheating issue on your iOS 13.2 iPhone XS device, you can continue troubleshooting by doing a back-to-back recovery mode and dfu mode restore. 

However, if you think about what you’ve done is enough and instead, you want to escalate the overheating issue, you can contact Apple Support to seek for further assistance and recommendations. You can also bring your phone to your nearest local office for them to make some assessments on your device.

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