It's summertime and you're trying to enjoy yourself, but your iPhone 7 Plus is getting hot. Once it gets hot, it stops working so you can text your friends to tell them to meet you by the pool. In this article, I'll explain why your iPhone 7 Plus is hot and recommend some fixes that will help cool it off.
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My iPhone 7 Plus Is Hot! Here's The Real Solution.
"iPhone Needs To Cool Down Before You Can Use It"
If you've seen this message, it means that your iPhone 7 Plus is hot — too hot to function properly. Apple designed the iPhone to function from 32 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, so anytime your iPhone is too warm or too cold, it may stop working unexpectedly.
When you see this message on your iPhone 7 Plus, the best thing to do is move it to a cooler area. Putting your iPhone in the shade or leaving it in an air conditioned room for awhile will cool it off in no time.
Troubleshooting For Software Issues
When your iPhone 7 Plus is hot, the problem may be the result of a software or hardware issue. A lot of the time, an iPhone will get hot when the CPU is working at 100% capacity.
The steps below will help you fix any potential software issues with your iPhone 7 Plus that keeps getting hot. I'll also wrap up this article with a couple of repair options if you're dealing with a hardware issue such as a faulty battery.
How To Fix An iPhone 7 Plus That Keeps Getting Hot
1. Close Out Of All Of Your Apps
Closing out of your apps is like turning your iPhone off and back on — it gives your apps a fresh start. If one of the apps that you have open crashes in the background, it may prevent other apps you have open from functioning properly. It can be difficult to identify which specific app or apps are malfunctioning, so we'll close them all to save time.
How Do I Close Out Of All Of My Apps?
- Double-press the Home button to view the apps your currently have open.
- Use your finger to swipe up on the apps to close them.
- You'll know all your apps are closed when you only see a preview of your lock screen.
- You can close two apps at a time by using two fingers when swiping up from the bottom of the screen.
- Don't worry — apps automatically save information, so you won't lose any data or progress when you close them.
- Having many apps open at the same time can slow your iPhone down and cause your battery to die more quickly, so it's always a good idea to close out of the apps you aren't using.
2. Turn Your iPhone Off And Back On
Why Should I Turn My iPhone Off And Back On?
When you turn off your iPhone, the operating system shuts down all the little background programs that keep your iPhone running. When you turn your iPhone back on, all those little background programs start fresh, and sometimes that’s enough to fix a simple software glitch.
How Do I Turn My iPhone Off And Back On?
- Press and hold the power button until “slide to power off” appears on the screen.
- Use your finger to swipe the red power button across the screen from left to right.
- Wait for your iPhone to turn all the way off. This may take up to 30 seconds.
- To turn your iPhone back on, press and hold the power button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
- Let go of the power button and wait for your iPhone to turn on.
- In Apple jargon, the power button is known as the Wake / Sleep button.
3. Update Your iPhone Software In The Settings App
Why Should I Update My iPhone Software In The Settings App?
Apple puts out new software updates to improve efficiency, fix bugs, and introduce new features. Updating iOS can fix problems with your iPhone's software.
How Do I Update My iPhone Software In The Settings App?
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap General.
- Tap Software Update.
- Tap Install Now.
- Enter your passcode.
- The update will begin once it is verified.
- The update is complete after your iPhone restarts.
- You'll know there's a new software update if you see a red circle with a white "1" in it next to Software Update in Settings -> General.
- To install the latest software update, your iPhone will either need to be plugged in or have 50% battery.
4. Reset All Settings
Why Should I Reset All Settings?
Many iPhone problems are caused when Settings isn't set up correctly or by corruption within individual Settings app files. Restoring the Settings app back to factory defaults doesn't fix every iPhone software problem, but it is a go-to fix for Apple technicians because it does solve a lot of problems that would be very difficult to to track down by hand.
How Do I Reset All Settings?
- Go to the Home screen.
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap General.
- Use your finger to scroll down to Reset. It will be the last option in Settings -> General.
- Tap Reset All Settings.
- Enter your passcode.
- Tap Reset All Settings. You'll be prompted twice.
- A progress bar will appear on the screen.
- Your iPhone will automatically turn back on when the reset finishes.
5. DFU Restore Your iPhone
Why Should I DFU Restore My iPhone?
A DFU restore has the potential to fix software problems by completely erasing the code which may be causing your problem. The code is rewritten as if your iPhone is brand new, so the software problem may get solved.
Think of it like a house that has cracks in the foundation. Rather than try and fix the cracks, we are building an entirely new foundation.
How Do I DFU Restore My iPhone?
Watch our DFU restore video walkthrough on YouTube, or follow the steps below:
- Using a Lightning cable, plug your iPhone into a USB port on your computer.
- Open iTunes. It doesn’t matter if your iPhone is on or off.
- On an iPhone 7 or newer, press and hold the power and volume down button.
- After 8 seconds, release the Power Button, but continue to hold the volume down button
- Let go of the volume down button when iTunes says “iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode.”
- Your iPhone’s display will be completely black if you’ve successfully entered DFU mode. If it’s not, try again from the beginning.
- Restore your iPhone using iTunes.
- If you can, back up your iPhone before completing a DFU restore. Any time you do a restore, it erases everything from your iPhone. However, after the restore is completed, you restore all your backed up data back onto your iPhone.
- Learn more about DFU restores in our article: How To Put An iPhone Into DFU Mode, The Apple Way.
- A damaged component can prevent your iPhone from fully completing the DFU restore. If your iPhone is damaged in any way, a DFU may break your iPhone.
- In Apple jargon, the power button is also known as the Sleep / Wake Button.
6. Repair Your iPhone With Apple
Apple repairs iPhones at the Genius Bar in Apple Stores and through their online mail-in repair service. Apple repairs are high-quality, but out-of-warranty repairs can be much more expensive than third-party solutions. If you're looking to save some money you're not covered by Apple's warranty, you may want to check out our other recommendations.
How Do I Repair My iPhone With Apple?
How To Repair Your iPhone With Apple's Mail-In Service
- Visit Apple's support website to begin the online mail-in repair process.
- Alternatively, call 1-800-MY-APPLE (1-800-692-7753) to set up a repair.
How To Repair Your iPhone At The Genius Bar Inside Your Local Apple Store
- Visit Apple's website to make a Genius Bar appointment before you go into the store. Apple Stores are extremely busy, and if you don't have an appointment, you may have to wait for hours or end up being turned away. (Editor's note: I'm a former Apple tech and we're not exaggerating — please, do yourself a favor and make an appointment first!)
- When you arrive, go to the Genius Bar to check in for your appointment.
- Genius Bar appointments always include free diagnosis. If you're under warranty, many repairs can be done on the spot, but it all depends upon which parts are in stock. If you're not under warranty, the Genius will give you a quote for the cost of a repair.
- If you're not sure whether your iPhone is still under warranty, you can find out on Apple's website.
- Apple repairs are covered by a 90-day AppleCare warranty.
- If you've ever used a 3rd-party service to repair your iPhone, or if you've ever replaced a part of your iPhone with a non-Apple part, then the Apple Store may not repair your iPhone. (Shhhh!)
- In some cases, Apple will not repair devices that are older than five years old. These devices are classified as vintage or legacy.
7. Repair Your iPhone With Puls
Puls is a “we come to you” iPhone repair service that will meet you at your home, office, or Starbucks to repair your iPhone in as little as 30 minutes. Every Puls repair is backed by a lifetime warranty and their prices tend to be a lot less than Apple's.
Puls repairs broken iPhone screens, batteries, speakers, cameras, charging ports, and more. The only drawback at this point is that Puls isn't available everywhere (they're mostly in major US cities).
How Do I Repair My iPhone With Puls?
- Visit Puls.com.
- Select iPhone.
- Select the model of your iPhone.
- Enter your ZIP Code.
- Select the color of your iPhone.
- Select the repair you need completed and fill out any additional information you want the technician to know.
- Schedule a repair time and date.
- Enter your address and personal information.
- Click “have a coupon code?” right above Submit Repair Request.
- Enter the coupon code PF10ND18 to save at least $10 on your repair.
- Click the button that says “Submit Repair Request”.
- Every certified Puls technician has passed a background check, so you'll know they'll do a great job!
Cool As A Cucumber!
You've cooled off your iPhone and you can finally start enjoying your day again. It's incredibly frustrating when an iPhone 7 Plus is hot and won't work, so make to share this article on social media so your friends and family can avoid similar issues. Thanks for reading, and feel free to leave a comment down below if you have any other questions for the iPhone Help Experts.