In 2010, Apple revolutionized the tablet computer industry with the release of the iPad. In the years that followed, upgraded versions were released, with Apple garnering millions upon millions of sales from a device that could once only be imagined. Despite now being a common household item that has only improved over the years, the iPad, like any other tablet, isn’t exempt from overheating.

If this is the first time your iPad is getting hot, it may not be something to worry about, especially if you’ve had it for a while. However, if this is a problem that happens often, it may be cause for concern. Your iPad may be using too much of its internal processing power. This usually happens if you’re carrying out processor-intensive tasks such as playing graphic heavy games.

It could also be possible your iPad is getting hot due to external conditions. In other words, be careful not to leave the device out in direct sunlight for long periods of time. An overheated iPad can affect performance, causing applications to have slow load-times or cause them to stop working altogether. Other built-in functions such as your camera may also stop working. Luckily, your device will show a warning message if the temperature reaches a hazardous level.

Before we begin discussing what to do when your iPad gets too hot, its pivotal to point out that you should never try cooling down your device by putting it in your freezer, or in front of an AC vent. This will cause the device to rapidly cool, causing condensation and possible damage to the internal structure of the device. Instead, try the methods below,

1. If you’re using your iPad in your car, or outside, the external temperature may be causing it to heat up. Simply, move the iPad out of direct sunlight and into a cool, dry place. You don’t need to be extreme in this regard as mentioned above, and can simply move it away from heat sources.

2. If your iPad has a case, particularly a heavy or rubber one, its best to temporarily remove the case while the iPad cools down.

3. If you’re charging your iPad while using it, it’s best to unplug it, in order to reduce the temperature. Try to avoid charging your iPad while using it.

4. If you’re using process-heavy applications, such as graphic heavy games, or augmented reality, try closing the applications for a little while. Make sure to completely close these applications by pressing the Home button twice, and sliding the application up out of view.

5. If none of the above situations are working, it’s best to turn off your iPad. Restarting your iPad will likely also help. Press and hold the Top or Side button until the Power Off slider appears. Drag the slider and your device will power off. In order to turn your iPad back on, hold the Top or Side button once again, and the Apple logo will appear.

6. A great thing about iOS devices is that they do a lot of work for us, without us having to explicitly carry out the task. While this is often helpful, it can also take a toll on the device. If you have particularly process-heavy applications on your iPad, they may automatically be refreshing, and causing the iPad to get too hot.

It’s best to delete these applications if you don’t use them often. However, if you need the applications, then at least disable Background App Refresh on your iPad. To get started, open the Settings application on your device. Tap on General. Tap on Background App Refresh. Note if Background App refresh is enabled On or Off. If it’s on, tap on Off.

7. If you noticed that after installing a certain application, your device started having problems, its best, as stated above, to delete that application. In order to delete applications that may be causing your iPad problems, press hard on the applications without opening them.

A small X will appear on the corner of all the applications on your device. Tap on the X. A window will pop up asking you to confirm the deletion. Tap on Delete to permanently delete the application from your device.

Carrying out the methods above should solve your problem. However, if your iPad continuously overheats, even when you’re carrying out simple tasks, it’s best to take your iPad to the Apple Store. If your warranty hasn’t yet expired or you are a member of Apple Care, Apple will likely fix your problem or grant you a replacement, free of charge. It’s best not to tinker too much with the device on your own as this may not only cause further damage to your device, but will also annul your warranty.