If you have an iPad and you continuously use it, especially for work, it will likely get warm on occasion. Typically there isn’t anything to worry about, and you can continue your work. But if you can’t afford your iPad to get too warm and interfere with your work – or play – due to unexpected shutdown, here are a few things you can do to solve this issue.
The acceptable operating temperature, according to Apple guidelines, is 32º-95º F (0º - 35º C). Too low or high will affect the behavior of the device. Extreme hot conditions can permanently shorten battery life.
Why is your iPad getting hot?
Many different reasons could cause your iPad to get hot, but usually, it boils down to one, or both, of these two categories:
- The external conditions are hot. You are working outside, under direct sunlight for extended periods and the temperature is hot. An example is being in a warm work environment. This also applies to enclosed spaces that trap the direct sunlight inside (i.e., the cockpit of an airplane or helicopter, or being left in a truck.)
- The iPad is using a lot of processing power. Examples of this are when your iPad is doing something intensive, like restoring from backup or doing a significant software update. This gets amplified if you are using apps that take a lot of processing power like 3D graphics, playing graphically-intensive games, or using your GPS. Tracking and navigation apps require a lot of intense processing power, and could easily make the iPad raise its temperature.
What happens when your iPad is overheating?
Prior to getting the “iPad needs to cool down” temperature warning message on the screen, a few regular functions stop working potentially without you even being aware:
- Apps will slow down or stop altogether.
- The camera flash won’t work.
- Your iPad will stop charging.
- The screen will dim.
If you don’t cool down your iPad, you’ll then see the iPad temperature warning show up on your screen. If this happens, it will effectively stop whatever you were doing on the iPad and shut down. Under severe circumstances of overheating, the iPad’s battery may even swell up.
One of the first things you may notice when the battery is swollen is that there’s a separation of the screen and body of the iPad. If you see that, you should discontinue using your iPad immediately, as a swollen battery could potentially cause a fire.
How to prevent your iPad from overheating.
- Get your iPad to a cooler place.
However, don’t place it in a freezer or in front of an AC unit. The rapid cooling can cause condensation to form and damage the internal mechanism of your iPad. At this stage, your iPad needs to cool down gradually, and an extreme change in temperature will be more detrimental than good.
- Don’t use your iPad while charging.
While the iPad is charging, it will already be warmer than usual. So if you need to choose between the usage of the app and charging, you may need to stop charging to continue using your app, especially if it’s your GPS.
- Turn it off, preventatively.
This is often the last resort, but manually shutting it down helps the iPad cool down faster, and leaves you in charge of when the iPad shuts down. Shutting it down early, perhaps when you notice that the iPad is feeling excessively hot, will certainly help the cooling down process since the iPad didn’t reach the temperature needed to trigger a forced shutdown.
- Take it to Apple Repair.
If your iPad is often overheating consistently, especially when not in heavy use or under sunlight, it’s could be a sign that something is wrong internally. It’s best to then talk to Apple Repair for proper diagnosis.
- Get out of direct sunlight.
Use in direct sunlight can trigger a shutdown in as little as 10-15 minutes based on the surface area of the iPad. If possible, try operating your iPad in shade, such as under a tree, under an awning, or even under an umbrella if there’s not any natural shade. If you have your iPad mounted in your vehicle, don’t leave it in direct sunlight when you’re parked – even if it’s only for a few minutes. (This also helps ensure you don’t come back to a broken window!)
- Turn off apps & features.
This is true especially of apps that require a lot of processing power, like the GPS or drone piloting software. However, this is problematic if you are dependent on using your app during the overheating of your iPad. You might try turning off GPS, Wi-Fi, lowering the brightness, turning on low-power mode, and closing background apps.
But we know that sometimes, it’s simply not possible to prevent a shutdown, which is why we’re here. If all else fails, you might want to invest in a reliable cooling case.
Though all of the above are good ideas to help your iPad cool down, they are not solutions in your time of need. Investing in a cooling case that will not let you down will both prevent unexpected shutdowns and keep the core operating temperature where it should be. A cooling case can even bring an overheated iPad back to life in just a few minutes.
The X-naut Pilot Series is a lightweight, all-in-one solution to prevent your iPad from overheating during activities like flying, drone operation, and other tasks that take place in the sun. The X-Naut Pilot Series is designed to be your reliable copilot.
For a more ruggedized cooling case with a wealth of additional features, like a built-in power bank and wireless magnetic charging, the X-naut FlexGrip Series will help you get the job done no matter what conditions you’re facing. Trust us, we took this and tested it in the Australian Outback, where Mad Max was filmed.
Don’t let the iPad temperature warning stop you from completing your work. Count on X-Naut to be your copilot on your mission.