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How to Stop your iPad from Overheating (STEPS)

iPad is overheating

Why is my iPad getting too hot?

iPads can overheat and get too hot because of overexertion, buggy apps, system failure and faults with components inside the device.

Now, if your iPad is getting hotter than usual because of the reasons mentioned above, then you will have to get it repaired.

Some of the reasons are as follows:


1. Overexertion


What does overexertion of a iPad mean?

Besides the many reasons why your iPad is getting hot, the most common and definitive cause is the overexertion of the iPad beyond its serviceable capacity. The iPad is generating heat to clue you in that there is an underlying problem that needs fixing.


What Happens When your iPad is overexerting Itself?

Overexertion can happen because of running too many apps simultaneously, accessing heavy files, and using beyond the storage capacity capability.

Now, it is possible that you are using too many apps at the same time or that you are running heavy apps that cause a lot of strain on your iPad.


2.  Background Apps Causing Load on the iPad


What Does It Mean?

Take the example of graphic-intensive games. These games demand battery use, storage use, and have other requirements that overexert the iPad.

This condition worsens when some apps are running in the background as well.


What Happens When Background Apps Run on a iPad?

These apps running in the background can cause a strain just like mentioned above. This leads to the iPad generating heat and deteriorating.


3.   Battery is Faulty


What Does It Mean?

Finally, Battery is another one of the prominent causes leading to the generation of heat.

Again, creating too much load on your iPad can prompt a response like overheating and gradual deterioration of its quality.

In such a situation, avoid using your iPad when you have put it on a charge.


What Happens when a iPad Battery is faulty?

Just like everything on earth, multitasking is a difficult chore, and only a few can manage.

The iPad not only has to focus on charging and recovering from the many hour’s long strain, but they also have to bear with you using the iPad even when it is on a charge.

The charging is a resting period for the iPad. Using it while it is charging can, thus, cause a strain.


4.   Surrounding Environment


What Does It Mean?

Finally, the external environment or the iPad’s environment can also lead to the iPad generating heat.


What Happens With Respect to External Environment?

For example, if you forget your iPad on a hot surface or in a hot room, your iPad can be heated a lot.


What are the symptoms of an iPad overheating?

The symptoms are related to the causes because of which the iPad is overheating. The symptoms are as follows:



If your iPad is overheating, then you might notice the following things:

  • the iPad is charging slowly or
  • it is not charging even when it is plugged in or
  • it is showing the symbol of charging but is not charging at all.

In such an instance, you will have to change the power cord of the iPad. But before you do that, check if the load is because of an overload of apps running in the background. Alternatively, you can seek a professional’s help.



You may notice your iPad generating heat all of a sudden when you use certain apps. These apps may also stop working, crash repeatedly, or may cause the screen to freeze.

Often these apps are graphic intensive apps. Avoid using these apps for some time. Lay off them for a while.


Other symptoms you might notice are:

  1. Poorly lit display
  2. Blackening of display
  3. Temperature warning flashing again and again on the screen
  4. Disabling of certain features like the camera, radio, etc.


How to Stop an iPad from Overheating?

To stop an iPad from overheating:

  1. Close all apps running in the background
  2. Turn on dark mode
  3. Turn off the iPad and turn it back on
  4. Perform a hard reset of the device

Close your apps or the apps you are not using

  • As mentioned above, when many apps are running in the background, you are causing an overload on the iPad.
  • To avoid this or remove this load, close all the excessive consuming apps like all your graphic-intensive apps.
  • Using 3D graphics apps or a high-end graphical game for a long time can cause a strain. Thus, close it and wait for a while.
  • Check to see if, after closing the background apps, the iPad returns to a normal temperature.
  • Closing these apps can simply prevent the problem from happening in the first place and increase the durability of your iPad.



Change the background app settings of your iPad

  • If you do not want to close these apps or you cannot, for some reason, stop using them, then you might have to change the settings of your iPad.
  • Make adjustments in your iPad’s settings to suit your needs.
  • As you know, apps running in the background can drain your iPad of its power and resources. It also causes overheating.
  • Try disabling these apps from unnecessary background activity. This can reduce the burden on your iPad and ultimately reduce the chances of overheating.


Troubleshooting a iPad overheating and shutting down

Run a Power Cycle

A power cycle is not a complicated process. It simply means to turn on and turn off your device, in this case, iPad. This is the simplest way to fix an iPad that is overheating and shutting down.

  • Your iPad is probably overheating and shutting down because of the overload you’re putting on your iPad because of using too many apps. Remove the root cause of this problem.
  • In addition to this, you can keep the iPad turned off for some time. This will provide your iPad the necessary rest and, thus, prevent overheating.


Change the Graphical Settings of the Ipad

  • If your iPad is overheating and shutting down time and again when you play high-end games, then they are the root cause of the problem.
  • Go to settings and change them to suit your needs.
  • Lower the setting of the app or game.
  • This will not only help you with saving your iPad, but it will also enhance the game’s performance and functioning.


How to Fix iPad charger that gets hot when charging

To fix a iPad charger that is getting hot while charging, stop charging the iPad and then perform a hard reset of the device.


Stop Charging for a While

  • If your iPad charger is getting hot when you charge it, stop using it for a while.
  • If this happens when you charge your iPad, then there is a sure shot problem with the battery of your iPad.
  • You should stop charging it to prevent any further damage.
  • Further, avoid using your iPad when it is on a charge. Doing multiple things at the same time can put a strain on the iPad.
  • Also, get the iPad checked from a professional.


Restart Your Ipad

  • Hold the Power button for a few seconds.
  • A power off button will flash on the screen.
  • Drag the button to switch off the iPad.
  • Now, hold the power button for a few seconds again to switch it on again.
  • After it has turned on, check to see if the problem persists.


iPad overheating and not turning on

If your iPad is overheating and not turning on:

  1. Wake the iPad by holding the Sleep/Wake button togther with the Home button for 5 seconds
  2. Start recovery mode by connecting your iPad to your computer through iTunes.
  3. Click on restore factory settings.


Wake up the Ipad

  • Hold the Sleep/ Wake button along with the Home button for a few seconds.
  • Check to see if this works.
  • If this does not work, then try charging your iPad. This is to ensure that your iPad did not have a low battery.


Start Recovery Mode

  • In addition to the steps mentioned above, you can perform the recovery mode.
  • Plug your iPad to your computer.
  • Now, as you do this, make sure you have pressed the home button.
  • Ensure that you press the Home button and don’t stop till you see an iTunes logo on your device’s screen.
  • Now, your computer will display an iTunes window.
  • The window will present you with the option to restore factory settings.
  • Select the restore button.
  • Check to see if the problem resolves.
  • If not, then seek professional help.


Why is my iPad getting hot on the left side?

Temporarily avoid using CPU intensive games and apps

  • The left side of the iPad is usually where the graphic card is. Now, the left side of your iPad heating up could mean many things.
  • Essentially though, it means that you are using a single or too many high-end graphic intensive apps or video games.
  • So, avoid using these apps for a while.
  • Also, lay off video games for a while.
  • Your iPad needs time to recuperate. Allow it this time or else bear with the consequences of damaging your iPad beyond repair.


Perform Recovery Mode

  • Before you begin with the recovery step, make sure to have a back up of your data.
  • Then, perform the recovery mode as follows.
  • Turn off your iPad.
  • Plug your iPad to your computer.
  • Now, as you do this, make sure you have pressed the home button and hold it till you see the iTunes logo on your iPad’s screen.
  • Now, you will see your computer displaying an iTunes window.
  • The window will present you with the option to restore factory settings.
  • Click on the restore button and see if the problem persists.
  • If it does, then seek professional help.


How to Fix iPad Pro 2020 overheating

Reduce the Brightness of Your Ipad

  • Your iPad Pro can overheat for many reasons, so that the solution will differ according to the problem.
  • However, more often than not, it is your screen that is behind the iPad overheating.
  • The brighter your screen is, the more is the load being put on your iPad. And the more you overload your iPad; the more will it overheat.
  • Thus, to fix your iPad Pro 2020 from overheating, just dim down the brightness settings of your iPad.
  • Go to the settings app.
  • Navigate to the Brightness tab.
  • A screen will appear with a slider to change the brightness at the very top. Just drag the brightness and adjust it to your needs.


Switch to Dark Mode

  • If lowering the brightness settings isn’t something you’re comfortable with, consider switching to the dark side. Consider changing the thematic settings of your iPad from the Light mode to the Dark mode.
  • The dark mode is a dim, low light, friendly screen thematic display. It is not dimmer than the light mode. You can see in the dark mode as well.
  • However, it is better at conserving the battery and resources of the iPad, thereby preventing it from overheating.


iPad mini 5 overheating

Close All Apps in the Background and Services

When you are in a downtime, switch off all services like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, location, etc. Also, close all apps running in the background. Most of the time, the problem lies in the overload you are causing by way of the background activity and the unnecessary staying on the services even though they’re not needed.

Replace the Ipad Mini 5

If none of the solutions mentioned above work for you, consider seeking support from a professional.

If you are still under the warranty period, then you might be eligible for a replacement. Be quick and make sure you do it on time.


iPad pro 12.9 overheating

Avoid using Ipad in hot environments

  • Change the location of your iPad if you are using it in a room that is heating up. Make sure to keep it and use it in a cool and shady place.
  • Today’s devices use lithium-ion batteries. While these batteries are relatively safe, under extreme temperatures or overheated external environments, they may explode. And thus, it is essential for you to keep the iPad and carefully use shady and cool rooms and/ or environments.


Uninstall problem applications

  • While you may not use an app, however, it may crash in the background. This background activity can cause an overload.
  • Go to the settings app.
  • Now, navigate to Privacy.
  • From there, select Analytics and click on Analytics Data.
  • Go through the data to see the app responsible for the problems.
  • Once you find the app, delete it.
  • Check to see if the problem persists.

Ernie Lo

Ernie Lo is a qualified web designer and web developer. He works as an IT support technician and website manager at Benleigh Vending, and he also fixes vending machines.

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