It’s not fun picking up your iPad and finding that it’s hot to the touch, even when you weren’t using it. Why is your iPad Pro so hot? There are several reasons why your iPad Pro is overheating, and you can fix or prevent all of them. Keep reading to find out why your iPad Pro gets hot and how to fix it.
Oftentimes, iPad users panic when their device get hot after playing games or streaming movies. The higher temperature after completing battery- and performance-draining tasks is quite normal.
However, an excessively hot iPad Pro can become a real safety hazard. So you need to look for ways to cool it down before the unfortunate happen.
This article will step you through possible fixes for when your iPad Pro is overheating and how to prevent it overheating in the future.
Why is my iPad Pro getting hot?
Your iPad Pro gets hot because the battery and other hardware inside generate heat whenever your device is working, even if it’s just charging. Your iPad is designed to dissipate heat, but an old battery, too many apps running, and even direct sunlight can make your iPad Pro overheat.
A little warmth is fine, but it’s another thing if your iPad Pro feels like it’s about to melt. The battery might be affecting internal components in your iPad, or a software issue could be making the processor run at full power.
Some of the reasons your iPad Pro gets hot include:
- Faulty battery. A bad battery outputs energy irregularly. It might overwork itself unnecessarily, and heat is definitely one indication of that. If you get a notification that your battery should be replaced, heed the warning. Navigate to Settings > Battery > Battery Health to check this.
- It’s been left out in the sun. Direct sunlight can increase the air temperature a lot. Couple that with all the heat generated by everything your iPad is designed to do, and you’ve got an overheating iPad Pro.
- Too many apps running. Having tons of processes running concurrently makes your iPad Pro work harder and hotter.
- Heavy streaming. Keeping your screen awake is one of the most power-hungry activities your iPad can engage in. Unsurprisingly, online streaming leads to excess heat.
- Suboptimal settings. Your iPad should adjust its brightness automatically according to the ambient light. Lower brightness, often used when inside, is easier for the iPad to handle than high brightness.
- Software or apps that haven’t been updated. Updates can deliver critical security patches and improved functionality. You might be running an outdated version of an app that can overload the processor.
Take the device off the charger, and read on to see what you can do to stop your iPad Pro from overheating.
18 Tips to fix iPad Pro Overheating issue
The best methods for cooling down your iPad Pro are easily manageable and mostly involve removing the instigating factor (heat source or software problem) and letting it sit. Anything more drastic will only make things worse.
If your iPad Pro is getting hot, follow these steps to cool it down:
1. Take the iPad Case off
If your iPad Pro is overheating, your case isn’t helping. Taking the case off will allow the iPad’s heat vents to do their job fully without being blocked, allowing your iPad to cool down quicker.
Device safety is always a concern to the users. Using the iPad case provides an additional layer of safety that is by no means unnecessary. But it is always a good idea to use branded phone cases from popular manufacturers. It will be costly but they won’t be badly constructed or made of unnecessary thick material that interferes with your iPad’s cooling system.
So, when your iPad Pro is overheating, removing the cover is a great way to begin.
2. Unplug the iPad and Reboot
If your iPad Pro is overheating while charging, you need to unplug the device and then reboot it.
3. Use a Different Charging Cable
If you still think that your iPad Pro is overheating while charging, you can try using a different charging cable.
A damaged cable may be responsible for an uneven power supply which may be causing the iPad Pro to overheat. It can also damage the battery permanently.
So, you can use a different cable for charging. If the problem is still there after replacing the cable then at least you can be sure that the issue wasn’t cable-related.
4. Turn the brightness down.
Brightness can be controlled through the Control Center on the iPad using the brightness toggle or through the Display & Brightness section of the Settings app. It’s a good idea to turn on the auto-brightness setting to make sure your screen isn’t overly bright in darker rooms by default, but some manual adjustment may be necessary in brighter rooms and in the sun. Launch Control Centre and drag the Brightness slider to the bottom.
5. avoid direct sunlight to your iPad
The easiest way to prevent overheating is to keep your iPad Pro out of the sun. Your iPad catches light and heat from the sun and retains it, getting hotter the longer it remains in sunlight and heat.
Now, we all have a specific place in our homes where we place our iPads.
And you may not have noticed but that place is right beside the window and every day, your iPad takes an hour or two of sunlight directly.
This will make your iPad Pro hot and as long as it is under the sunlight, you won’t be able to cool it down. Some people even had the bright idea of putting the iPad inside the freezer. Please, do not do it.
Just remove the iPad from direct sunlight and keep it at normal temperature for a while. After a few hours your iPad should cool down.
6. Disable Bluetooth and Reduce Camera Use
Stop using Bluetoothfor too long or at least, turn it off when you are not using with it. Some people have the habit of leaving Bluetooth activated on their iPads.
This habit is bad for the battery. Bluetooth is battery hungry and in some cases, prolonged use is known to overheat iPad Pro.
The second culprit is the camera. There are multiple forums dedicated to this particular issue. Now, if you are someone who takes one or two photos now and then, you shouldn’t be worried.
However, the problem appears if you are spending too much time capturing long videos. So, if you are doing something similar, you need to limit your camera use.
7. Close Performance-draining Applications
When the internal temperature of your iPad Pro is getting out of hand, you need to keep the performance-draining apps in check.
These are the apps that push the processor to the brink and by doing that, consume too much battery. Focus on the games on your mobile and streaming apps like Netflix.
Try not to play games for too long. Most importantly, close the apps when they are not in use. Otherwise, it will continue to run in the background, consume battery and make your iPad Pro hotter.
8. Restart iPad
There could be something running in the background that is causing your iPad Pro to overheat. If something is continuously running in the background, the quickest and easiest fix is to turn your iPad off for 30 seconds and then turn it back on. You can do this by navigating to Settings > General > Shut Down.
9. Update iPadOS and Apps
To get optimum performance, both the iPadOS and applications should be up-to-date.
Many app updates include bug fixes that can improve your phone’s efficiency, meaning they’ll use up less of your device’s energy.
To check for app updates: open the App Store and tap your profile icon. Under available updates section, tab update all.
If you are done with the app update, it is time to move your focus on updating the iPadOS. An outdated operating system can cause a lot of issues. And this could be one such issue that is making the entire system go haywire and heating the iPad Pro.
So, if you think the iPad Pro is still overheating, Give this one a try. It’s easy.
Navigate to the iPad Settings and tap on General. Select Software Update.
If an update is available, tap on Download and Install.
10. Use Wi-Fi whenever possible
Using Wi-Fi demands less power when compared to being on cellular data. Keeping Wi-Fi on at all times will help in preventing iPad Pro from overheating.
11. Disable Background App Refresh
The more tasks the processor performs, the more heat it generates. To relieve the processor of tasks and thus to cool it down, you need to disable Background App Refresh. To do that, head over to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and then tap on Off.
12. Turn Off Location Services
This is another feature that causes iPad Pro to overheat. If the location services are turned on, your iPad will consistently update the location of the iPad, thereby generating a lot of heat. To fix it, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and then toggle it Off.
13. Separate your iPad Pro from other tech
Stacking your running iPad, phone, and computer together in a bag makes them more susceptible to overheating. Help them keep their cool by keeping them separated.
14. Turn on airplane mode
Airplane mode allows you to continue to use basic functions on your iPad, but turns off other non-essentials that can take a toll on your battery. Go to settings and turn off airplane mode toggle.
15. Fan your iPad, or blow on it
It may sound silly, but fanning your iPad Pro or blowing on it can help. Just as fanning keeps a body cool, a breeze can help cool off your iPad Pro when it’s getting a bit too toasty.
16. Avoid sudden change in temperature
You may be tempted to place your overheating iPad Pro in the refrigerator or freezer for a minute or two, but we wouldn’t recommend it. Exposing your iPad to extreme temperatures strains the components and also puts it at risk of collecting moisture, a surefire way to break your device.
17. Reset All Settings
Another tip to help fix the iPad Pro overheating issue is to reset all settings. There is a possibility that the issue lies in the settings that you are not familiar with and hence, it would make sense to reset all of them. To do that, go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPad > Reset and then tap on Reset All Settings.
18. Restore iPad as New
If nothing else works and the iPad Pro overheating issue is persistent, you can hard reset your device to clear any potential errors that might be persistent due to a corrupt file. Once you reset your iPad, all of your data and settings will be deleted and your device will be as good as new. However, be sure to create a backup of your data before you proceed with this step. Head over to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPad > Erase All Content and Settings.
iPad Pro overheating? Problem fixed!
We hope your iPad Pro is not feeling the heat anymore and the tips we have provided have worked.
After trying all of the above software troubleshooting options, if your iPad Pro is still overheating — giving you sluggish performance and draining your battery — then your device may be having a hardware problem.
The best way to determine if that’s the case, and to get it fixed, is to make an appointment with the Genius Bar at your local Apple store and have them check out your device.