We expect our iPhones and other gadgets to be lukewarm. But so fiery hot that they burn our hands? Nope, that’s definitely not normal and could actually be a sign that your phone has overheated.
Your phone can get overly heated if you use off-brand lightning cables to charge it, hold or place it too close to a source of heat (toasters and radiators are a definite no-no), run too many apps at once, or even if you leave it in a parked car for extended periods of time, says Apple Distinguished Educator Patrick Fogarty. The moment you feel your iPhone has reached the point of no return, the worst thing you can do is continue tweeting, scrolling news feeds, and posting photos to Instagram.
Even if you have yet to see that scary message that pops up on your phone and reads: “iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it,” your first plan of attack should consist of turning off your phone or putting it into Airplane Mode. Place it on a cool or room temperature surface and then resist the urge to use it for at least 10 minutes, Fogarty says.
“The important thing is to simply stop using it and give it time to cool off,” Fogarty says.
Although an overheated iPhone isn’t uncommon or even particularly dangerous, it can obviously cause the phone to cease functioning properly if you don’t address the problem within a reasonable time frame. Twitter can wait — your poor phone is crying out for attention here.
For more tech tips, check out 5 Apps that make your iPhone battery die the fastest and 4 Tricks that will help charge your iPhone faster.