Is your iPhone 12 mini overheating? This article explains why your iPhone 12 mini is getting hot and how you can troubleshoot the problem.
Some users report that their iPhone 12 mini is overheating, sometimes as soon as they start playing music, videos, downloading files or any operation that requires a lot of computing power. Others notice iPhone 12 mini overheating when charging it, restoring a lot of data from iCloud, and even when using Facebook.
Also, some users experienced this iPhone 12 mini overheating issue to the point where their devices displayed the warning “iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it!” Well, that’s not okay and isn’t the “Apple Way.”
If your iPhone 12 mini is constantly too hot, it can be bad for the battery and uncomfortable to use. But, there are some simple ways to cool things down.
See also: Charging tips to maximize iPhone battery life
You might notice that your iPhone 12 mini feels warmer in the following situations:
- When you set up your iPhone for the first time
- When you charge your iPhone’s battery, the device might get warm
- When you restore your iPhone from a backup
- When apps reindex or reanalyze data, like Photos tagging for faces, places, or keywords after a software update
It’s normal for your iPhone 12 mini to heat up during these conditions.
If you’re setting your device up for the first time or restoring data via iTunes or iCloud, your iPhone’s processor is doing a lot of weight lifting. As a result, during a set-up or restore your iPhone 12 mini heats up–this is totally normal. Once all your data is restored, you should NOT continue to experience that same level of heating.
Restoring via iCloud tends to generate more heat than iTunes since your iPhone needs to connect to iCloud to download data. With an iTunes restore, that burden shifts to your computer. For that reason, we recommend restoring via iTunes.
Why Is Your iPhone 12 mini Getting So Hot?
- Leaving your iPhone in a car on a hot day
- Leaving your iPhone in direct sunlight
- Using GPS navigation via Google Maps or a sat nav app
- Playing a graphics-intensive app or game
Thankfully, there are some simple solutions for an overheating iPhone 12 mini:
How To Fix An Overheating iPhone 12 mini
If you are having overheating issue on your iPhone, follow the tips below to fix the issue. These fixes works for iPhone 12 mini running iOS 14 or iOS 15:
Close All Of Your Apps
The first thing that you should do when you notice that your iPhone 12 mini starts to get warm is that you should close all of your resource-intensive apps. If you’re playing a high-end video game that used a lot of 3D graphics or processing power in general, then it’s a good sign that that’s causing the device to get warm and eventually hot.
To force close iPhone apps: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal all open apps. Swipe up on each app’s preview to close.
Turn off background App Refresh
Check your Background Refresh settings for your Apps and turn them off. Sometimes these apps take a lot of power and resources from your iPhone 12 mini which could explain why it gets hot all the time.
To turn off background App Refresh: Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh.
Keep your iPhone away from heat sources
Using your iPhone 12 mini in hot climates can often deplete its battery life more quickly. This can be especially true if it’s heating up in the sun. Wherever possible, try not to use your iPhone in direct, hot sunshine. Don’t leave your devices in a hot car, either. Finally, don’t leave your iPhone on warm or hot items such as radiators.
Do not charge and while gaming
Avoid charging your iPhone while playing graphic-intensive games or streaming.
Delete recently installed apps
Did your problem start recently? Delete any apps you downloaded shortly before the problem started.
Stop Charging Your iPhone altogether
If your iPhone 12 mini overheats while charging, then there might be something wrong with the battery. Immediately unplug it to prevent it from causing damage to your battery.
We also recommend that you refrain from using your iPhone while charging it because it puts more strain into its batteries since it’s doing two things at the same time.
Use the right charger
Please make sure that you are using an Original Apple Charger. Sometimes, a faulty charger can cause this issue.
Check Your Cables
Inspect your lightning charging cable and make sure it’s original and NOT a generic one. Try charging with the Apple cable and see if that makes a difference.
If you don’t have an original Cable, you can borrow one from a friend, co-worker, or neighbor. Or visit an Apple Store and try charging it from there.
Take off iPhone Case
Be careful with thick plastic cases or leather- bound cases, too. iPhone 12 mini is designed to dissipate heat through its chassis. Covering the back of your iPhone with a case makes it harder for it to release built up heat. Removing the case will help your iPhone 12 mini to cool down faster.
Lower the screen brightness
The brighter your screen, the hotter your phone can get. Try lowering the brightness until your iPhone 12 mini cools. Go to Settings > Display & Brightness.
Overheating can be an indication that your iPhone 12 mini is working too hard. Often, you can remedy this simply by performing a power cycle. Switch it off completely, then turn it back on. Go to Settings > General > Shut Down.
Use airplane mode
If your iPhone is constantly searching for a network signal in an area with poor reception, it can heat up. As a quick fix to let it cool down again, switch on the airplane mode. Go to Settings > Airplane Mode.
Check for iOS update
Please make sure that your iPhone is running the latest version of iOS. Often, updating your operating system fixes the iPhone 12 mini overheating issues as the updates contain fixes.
To update iOS: Head to Settings > General > Software Update. If there is an update, follow the onscreen prompts to update your iPhone.
Make sure that all of your apps are up to date. Head to App Store > Your Profile > Update All.
Reset All Settings
Sometimes all you need is a bit of a refresh on your settings.
Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset All Settings. This will restore default iPhone settings without erasing content. Your data or media will not be removed.
Reset Network Settings
Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset Network Settings. This will remove all of your network-related settings such as your Wi-Fi passwords.
Reset Location & Privacy Settings
Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset Location & Privacy. This will delete all of your location and privacy settings.
Contact Apple Support
If after you made changes to your settings, cables, and other suggestions and you still experience iPhone 12 mini overheating issue, don’t walk, run to your nearest Apple Store or call Apple Support.
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