How to fix overheating problem on iPhone XS after iOS 13 update

Updates on devices are usually meant to fix bugs and glitches in order to bring out the best performance. However, it is inevitable that issues suddenly occur right after an update like overheating. This might be due to incompatibility issues or faulty updates. Random bugs may also cause disturbance on the phone’s system and could result to overheating problems. 

Mapped out on this article are common workarounds to help those iPhone XS users who encounters an issue after updating to iOS 13 where their devices overheats after an update. Find out more about the procedures written below. 

Before we move on to our troubleshooting, if you happen to find this post while looking for a solution to a different problem, 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 an iPhone XS that keeps overheating after iOS 13

In this guide, we will consider all possibilities as to why your device keeps overheating. After that, we will rule those possibilities out one after another until we can determine the cause and hopefully be able to fix it. Here’s what you need to do…

First solution: Quit all apps running in the background on your iPhone XS. 

Multitasking is made easy by keeping recently opened apps running in the background. However, this could be the main cause why your phone is overheating after an update. If these apps are left suspended while updating to iOS 13, they could succumb to in-app glitches that greatly affects your phone’s performance. Rogue apps can be easily fixed by simply closing all background apps. Simply refer to the steps below: 

  1. Swipe your finger up and then pause from the Home screen.
  2. Swipe left or right to navigate through the apps preview. 
  3. Then swipe up on each app’s preview to close individual background apps. 

After clearing all apps that are running in the background, use your phone as usual to check if it fixes the issue. 

Second solution: Reboot your iPhone XS that’s overheating. 

Post-update issues are usually caused by incompatibilities on the new software version. In general, updates may take time to be fully implemented on your phone’s system and might result for such issues to occur. Mere reason why sometimes a phone overheats is due to the system still adjusting to the recent changes. To help you expedite the application of changes towards your phone’s system, performing a reboot might help. Doing this procedure will also help in clearing erratic apps that’s affecting your phone’s performance. 

First reboot process that you can perform is through soft reset. Here’s how: 

  1. Press and hold the Power/Side button and either of the Volume buttons simultaneously for a few seconds. 
  2. Release both buttons once Slide to Power off prompt appears on the screen.
  3. Drag the Power off slider to the right to turn off your phone.
  4. After 30 seconds, press and hold the Power/Side button again until you see the Apple logo.

If the phone becomes unresponsive once it overheats, soft reset might not be feasible. The alternative option if that’s the case is to perform a force restart. This process involves hardware keys to reboot your device. Here’s how it’s done: 

  1. Press and release the Volume Up button quickly.
  2. Press and release the Volume Down button quickly. 
  3. Lastly, press and hold the Side button for a few seconds until you see the Apple logo.

Just wait for your phone to complete the boot up process. Once it’s up and running, use it and check if the overheating issue has been rectified. 

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Third solution: Perform a reset all settings on your iPhone XS. 

Software overrides has been a norm especially on major updates like iOS 13. If the overheating issue started right after installing iOS 13, there’s a great tendency that some settings on your phone has been altered automatically. These invalid or incorrect settings might affect your phone’s overall performance, causing relevant symptoms to occur. Performing an all settings reset provides a holistic approach in clearing invalid settings by reverting all customized information to its default values and options. You can go ahead and reset all the settings on your iPhone XS with these steps: 

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen. 
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down to and then select Reset
  4. Tap the Reset All Settings option.
  5. Enter your device passcode once prompted.
  6. Then tap to confirm all settings reset. 

Your phone will reboot automatically after the reset process is complete. Once it boots up, you may check if your phone still overheats or not anymore. 

Fourth solution: Reset your iPhone XS to its default factory settings. 

Stubborn glitches might have built up on your phone’s system and the previous procedures might be ineffective in resolving the overheating issue. If you’re device still overheats after performing all the steps indicated above, you might need a stronger solution to help you deal with the problem. Doing a factory reset or master reset will wipe out all data on your device, including those glitches that causes complex system error. You’ll need to save all personal information by creating backups through iTunes or iCloud before executing this process. Once everything is set, follow the lists indicated below to carry out a master reset on your iPhone XS: 

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen. 
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down to and then select Reset
  4. Tap the Erase all contents and settings option.
  5. Enter your device passcode once prompted.
  6. Then tap to confirm all settings reset.

After the reset is done, your iPhone will reset automatically. Just set it up like the first time you bought your phone in order to use it again. Once everything is okay, you may use it to check if the overheating problem has been resolved. 

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Fifth solution: Restore your iPhone XS via iTunes. 

If all else fails and you’re still having an overheating issue after doing a factory reset, you might need to restore previous backups that you’ve created prior updating to iOS 13. This will help you in fixing the overheating problem as your system’s software will be restored back to the previous version. 

In order to carry out this process, you’ll need to prepare a Mac or Windows computer with the latest iTunes installed. Also ensure that your computer runs on the latest operating system that is compatible with your iPhone XS Max. If all requirements are met, connect your device to the computer using the Apple-supplied USB/lightning cable. Then allow iTunes to sync with your iPhone and backup files, if possible. Once the backup is secured, follow these steps to put your iPhone XS Max in recovery mode and then restore iOS in iTunes:

  1. Press and release the Volume Up button quickly.
  2. Press and release the Volume Down button quickly.
  3. Then press and hold the Power/Side button once prompted with Connect to iTunes screen. Do not release the button when Apple logo appears as you will need to enter recovery mode state.
  4. Once you enter the recovery mode, you’ll see either Update or Restore option.
  5. Select Restore if you want to reinstall and download iOS on your device without erasing data. 

Do not disconnect your phone and keep it connected until the entire restore process is finished.

The steps listed above are proven effective in fixing overheating problems on iPhone XS devices. If ever they’re unsuccessful in rectifying the problem on your device, you might need to escalate this issue to Apple support. They can provide you with more information and advanced solutions to fix the problem. 

Should the issue be related to hardware problems already, you can also go to the nearest Apple service center in your area and have their onsite technician check your device. 

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