Depending on its version, your iPhone 14 has the powerful Bionic A15 or A16 processor. Together with its integrated GPU, your Bionic processor can run demanding apps and games flawlessly. However, if you keep pushing your iPhone to run games at high details settings, it may start to heat up. If it is not able to dissipate heat quickly enough, your iPhone will start to overheat. If this happens, your iPhone 14 will throttle its internal hardware to run at a lower clock. Your apps and games will run significantly slower because your iPhone 14 needs to focus on removing excess heat. If your iPhone continues to overheat, the display will dim down and then it will go completely dark to stop you from using the device further. This is necessary to prevent permanent hardware failure. Here are some things you should do:
Turn off your iPhone: If your iPhone 14 continues to overheat when playing demanding games, it could be caused by high ambient temperature in your area, such as inside a sun-baked car during summer. The most effective way is to turn off your iPhone for at least 10 minutes and let it dissipate heat naturally. Put it in a cool, shaded area, and don’t expose your phone to direct sunlight.
Choose low-power mode: You can also enable low-power mode when doing typical productivity tasks or playing casual, lightweight games. Internal hardware will consume a lower amount of power and they will run cooler. Go to Settings > Battery and enable Low Power mode.
Disable the always-on display feature: The display consumes a large amount of power if it’s constantly on. The always-on feature is convenient if you want to constantly get real-time updates from your iPhone 14. But if you no longer need it, make sure to disable it, because your iPhone 14 is more prone to overheating, especially if it runs hardware-intensive apps. Go to Settings > Display & Brightness and disable “Always-on”.
Don’t run heavy apps when it’s syncing: Your brand-new iPhone 14 will sync to iCloud to transfer your personal files. Depending on the total size of your backup and the speed of your Internet access, this process could take anywhere between a few hours to a few days. The Wi-Fi module and other internal components will be busy downloading and indexing all your information from iCloud. So, you shouldn’t run anything too demanding to avoid causing your iPhone to work too hard.
Disable lock screen widgets: iOS 16 comes with many new features, including lock screen widgets. These widgets constantly fetch relevant data from a remote server and it constantly needs hardware resources. These widgets may have little impact on the overall hardware usage, but they contribute to the risk of overheating because your iPhone 14’s hardware will never be in an idle state. If you run hardware-intensive games and apps, the risk of overheating will be higher. If you don’t really need those real-time information updates, it’s better to disable widgets, especially if you regularly run demanding games.
That’s 5 things to do when your iPhone 14 is Overheating.