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Why Is My iPhone Camera Getting Hot?

As an iPhone owner, I’ve been feeling frustrated lately because my phone’s camera has been getting unusually hot. After doing some research and testing, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a common issue among iPhone users. In this blog post, I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned about why my iPhone camera is getting hot, as well as some solutions I’ve discovered to help fix the issue. Hopefully, this post will help other iPhone owners who are experiencing the same problem.

iPhone processors are quite close to the camera module(s). That’s why next time you ask yourself, “Why is my iPhone camera getting hot?” you should really be looking into what could be overloading the processor.

FactorCauses of OverheatingSolutions to Overheating
Declining Battery HealthOld or malfunctioning battery causing the processor to overworkCheck battery health, replace if necessary
Exposure to SunlightDirect sunlight heats up internal componentsShield the phone from sunlight, avoid extended outdoor use under the sun
Too Many Apps RunningProcessor overworks when too many apps are running in the backgroundClose unnecessary background apps
High Data UsageContinuous data usage from gaming, streaming, and video callsLimit extensive data usage
Outdated SoftwareOlder iPhone models no longer receiving software updatesKeep software updated on compatible models
Other TipsUsing the phone while charging, having a heat-trapping cover, or not optimizing settingsAvoid using the phone while charging, remove the cover if it gets hot, adjust settings as needed

Why Is My iPhone Camera Getting Hot?

To battle the heat around an iPhone camera, you should first understand that it heats up because that’s where the processor gets rid of its own extra heat. This can be due to external factors or internal factors, which we’ll go through in this section.

  1. Declining Battery Health 

As time passes, the battery health declines and performance becomes subpar. To check maximum battery capacity, you can go to “Settings,” “Battery,” then click “Battery Status.”

If the battery is old or malfunctioning, it might cause the processor to overwork and therefore cause overheating of the entire phone.

  1. Exposure to Sunlight

Naturally, sunlight exposure would cause your phone’s internal components to heat up. That’s why you should try to shield it and never leave it out on a dashboard or lying where sunlight falls from a window.

It also helps if you don’t use your phone outside under the sun, especially for extended periods.

  1. Too Many Apps Running

Leaving too many apps running in the background will definitely take a toll on your processor, scattering its power every which way. Consequently, this overworks the processor and causes overheating that dissipates from the camera area.

  1. Too Much Data Usage

Continuous data usage is yet another culprit when it comes to overworking your iPhone’s processor and causing overheating.

This includes extended periods of playing video games and streaming. Calls can also contribute to this, especially if they’re video calls.

  1. Outdated Software

Another reason your iPhone’s processor might be overheating is that you’re not running on the latest software update.

Apple makes sure to optimize the operation of its devices with software updates; that’s why you should make the best of them. However, this is also why less recent iPhone kits like the 6S or 7 currently run hot, as they no longer accept software updates.

How to Fix iPhone Camera Getting Hot?

Read more: Why is my iPhone suddenly lagging?

So, now that you know why your iPhone camera might be feeling hot, let’s look at ways you can fix this by handling the processor’s heat.

  1. Avoid Using Your Phone While It Charges

One of the most common reasons your iPhone might overheat is that you’re using it while it’s charging. This is especially true if either the outlet or plug is bad.

  1. Remove the Cover

Sometimes, the cover you have for your iPhone could be causing the overheating. A clear sign you should remove the cover is if it also gets hot. A hot cover is a sign that the phone underneath it is overheating.

  1. Make Sure No Apps Are Running in the Background

You can press the home button twice on older devices or swipe up on new ones to get the list of apps. Then, swipe every app up in order to close it. Make sure none are opened so that your processor doesn’t have to exert any unnecessary effort to cause the heating of the camera.

  1. Reinitialize Apps That Crash or Use Up the Battery

Go to “Settings,” “Privacy,” “Analytics,” and “Analytics Data” to check for apps that crash in the background. If there’s an app that crashes frequently, it’ll use up a lot of power, which causes heat to dissipate from the camera.

Also, from the “Battery” section in “Settings,” you can check for apps that use up too much of your battery, leading to the same outcome.

For these apps, you can delete them if not needed or replace them with good alternatives. If there’s no way around having them, sometimes a simple uninstallation and reinstallation can reinitialize the data of the app and fix any performance bugs it has.

  1. Adjust the Settings to Optimize Performance and Battery

The auto-lock time and brightness are two of the simple iPhone settings that you can tinker with to minimize power usage and overheating.

Another thing you can look into is the GPS tracker to check if it’s always on. If it is, it means that your iPhone will exert more effort. That’s why you should set your location tracking to be on only during the usage of an app.

Read more: Why does transferring data to a new iPhone take so long?

Final Words

Before you fret and wonder, “Why is my iPhone camera getting hot?” you should look at the root cause. It’s typically performance-related issues that overwork the processor, which gets rid of the heat through the closest opening —the camera.

So, make sure that you’re optimizing the performance of your iPhone, and you should be good to go.