Save Apple iPhone 3G S from Overheating

By Partho, Gaea News Network
Friday, July 3, 2009

iphone-temperatureIn response to the iPhone 3G S overheating reports, Apple has released a set of guidelines for the users to ensure that their devices run at required operating temperature. This also relates to the iPhone 3GS discoloring story that we had covered recently. The bestselling Apple phone was allegedly suffering from overheating issues - probably producing enough heat to toast breads,lol. On a serious note, the overheating effect turned a number of white iPhone 3G S models pink. The device just gets blazed up when you’re gaming or browsing, especially while charging the batteries, and can give you ear-burns if not tamed down. Well, here’s Apple’s support document and some tips that’ll help you iPhone owners keep iPhone temperature under control.

Suitable Operating temperature

iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS must be operating in an environment with temperature between 0 and 35 Celsius i.e 32 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures above or below the mentioned range might shorten the battery life or cause the device to temporarily stop functioning  properly.

Storage temperatures

iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS must be stored in a place with temperatures ranging between -20 and 45 degrees Celsius (-4 to 113 degrees Fahrenheit). Never leave the device in your car, as the temperatures in the parked cars might exceed the given range.

Symptoms of overheating

  • iPhone display gets dull
  • iPhone will not charge
  • The cell signal becomes weaker
  • iPhone temperature warning screen appears

Tips to keep your iPhone Cool

Here are some cool tips that’ll help you keep your iPhone from overheating

Avoid certain external cases

Don’t use external cases that were designed before the launch of iPhone and not tested. These may hamper proper dissipation of heat. Never go for silicone covers, as they tend to act as insulators.

Airplane mode

Activate the Airplane mode to power down the internal circuitry. To do that move to the Settings menu and slide Airplane Mode on.

Limiting the use of some application

Using certain applications like mapping and gaming for a prolonged period might lead to the iPhone overheating. Reduce the time for such activities. Avoid using too many application on a hot day

Avoid exposing your iPhone to sunlight for an extended period.

Recommendation in iPhone user manual

It provides that you cannot use iPhone while the temperature warning screen is displayed. But you’ll be able to make emergency calls. In case, none of the tips provided above works, iPhone goes into deep sleep mode until it cools down. In this mode you can’t make any emergency calls. You must keep the iPhone in a cooler location before trying to use iPhone again.

Well, with so much said and done, I need to add that don’t panic if your iPhone gets warm. This is a usual phenomenon with all electronic devices. There’s hardly any handset that doesn’t get heated up when you talk on the phone for a long period. In case, your have some iPhone anomalies to share drop in your comments.


Graham Di Cara
May 23, 2010: 2:02 pm

Hi, i might as well drop this in. My Iphone 3GS (black) just overheated and turned of with no warning… and the only thing that is boiling hot, is the camera at the top left and a little bit of area around it, everything else is cool. Really weird, anyone have the same problem? any ideas?

March 25, 2010: 4:02 am

Well yes i agree these tricks are quite beneficial.
Thanks for the time and effort you put into your blog and detailed information you offer!

November 11, 2009: 2:54 am

What if you have already purchased an i-phone, I guess these tips are very helpful for people like me who have an i-phone

July 21, 2009: 11:19 pm

It does not help
The tips are written to help if you experience heating because of yourself
My iphone overheats when connected to pc and wi-fi is on…

July 4, 2009: 4:02 pm

The simple solution is to buy a Palm smart phone instead. The Palm phones are better. IPhones don’t even have keyboards. They make you use that annoying touch screen, which is set up for people with tiny hands.

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