Nowadays, thanks to the revelation of the smartphone, people walk around with mini-computers in their pocket, that are capable of carrying out tasks that would once take hours, in seconds. While smartphones such as the iPhone are powerful device’s, they are not without their faults. It’s not uncommon for an iPhone to overheat, and thereby, reduce its own performance level.

This can ultimately lead to long-term damage as well. Luckily, you’ll know when the device is getting too hot, since iPhone’s display a warning message when the temperatures reach a hazardous level. Usually this warning messages is displayed on a black background, however, if you’re using your GPS for directions, it will appear as an alert. This warning usually isn’t cause for long-term concern, as after your device cools down, usage will return back to normal.

There are many reasons why an iPhone would overheat, with the most common being use of navigation in your car. This is especially likely if your iPhone is under direct sunlight. Try to keep your car cool on hot days. However, if your iPhone does overheat, make sure not to put it directly by a high-speed AC vent, or in your freezer, as doing so may damage the internal structure.

Your device may also heat up when you’re carrying out processor heavy tasks or using it heavily while charging. That’s why when an iPhone is in cool-down mode (after you’ve received the Temperature warning message) the device automatically stops charging. Not only that but the display may go black, camera flash will be disabled, and your cell signal may not be as strong.

A hot iPhone is not a single problem, as it often leads to a slew of other problems to occur with the device. Nonetheless, there usually aren’t long term problems, and your device will return back to normal once it’s cooled down. Follow the tips below to cool down your hot iPhone,

1. First thing’s first, if your iPhone has a case, remove the case. Certain cases tend to be heat magnets. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to purchase a new case, only that you should be wary of exposing phones in such cases to even more heat.

2. Take your iPhone out of direct sunlight. Make sure you don’t leave it in a parked car, or other hot, dry area. Even under normal circumstances, you should avoid using your iPhone under direct sunlight as this may cause the device damage, over time.

3. Ease up on processor heavy tasks. Close any graphic heavy games, or video playback applications. Make sure to completely close these applications by pressing the Home button twice, and swiping up on the applications. These applications are known to use up a large amount of power and memory.

4. Swipe up on your screen to open Control Center. If you have a newer iPhone model, swipe down from the top right in order to open Control Center. Make sure Bluetooth is off.

5. Open your Settings application. It has a grey background with an icon of a gear on it. Scroll down and click Privacy. Click Location Services. Using the toggle button, disable Location Services. Many applications such as Maps utilize your location to provide a much more personalized experience. While this is beneficial, it does take a toll on your device in terms of power and battery.

6. Don’t charge your phone until it has cooled down. Charging your iPhone is known to heat up the device even more if it’s already hot.

7. Swipe up on your screen to open Control Center. If you have a newer iPhone model, swipe down from the top right in order to open Control Center. Click on the airplane icon. This will enable Airplane Mode. In Airplane mode, you won’t be able to receive phone calls and all data usage will be disabled. However, you can still connect to a Wi-Fi network if you wish.

8. Lastly, the best option is to turn off your device. Hold down the Sleep/Wake button until the slide to power off slider appears. Slide the button to turn off your device. Note: If your iPhone is of the X series, you’ll have to hold down both the power button and a volume button in order for the slide to power off slider to appear. Spend some time outside, or doing other things that you normally wouldn’t do in order to pass the time. It’s best not to return to your iPhone until the device has completely cooled down.

These tips should cool down your iPhone. If you find that your device continuously gets hot, even when you’re carrying out simple tasks, it’s best to take it to your nearest Apple Store, where an Apple employee will inspect your device and notify you of any costs that may be incurred in order to fix the problem.

Please avoid tinkering with your device or opening it up and experimenting with the internal structure. This may not only damage your device further, but it will also annul your warranty. If your warranty for your iPhone hasn’t yet expired or you’re a member of Apple Care, it’s likely that Apple will pay for any repairs or replacements you may need.

As always, the best form is care is preventative care. For future references, please keep the above tips in mind when using your iPhone. This includes keeping it out of direct sunlight, avoiding usage while charging, buying protective cases that don’t attract too much sunlight, and more, as stated above. Above all, don’t take methods into your hands and carry out unconventional solutions, such as freezing your device, in order to fix an overheating problem.

When it comes to phones and laptops, it’s best to treat such items like cars, that require maintenance and service every now and then in order to continue performing at a top-notch rate. If you keep this in mind, you’ll rarely, if ever, have to deal with an overheating iPhone.