A recent incident in Gurgaon, India, involving explosion of an iPhone 6 on a caller has once again raised the question: how to avoid such incidents?
The overheating of the iPhone is often the main cause for the explosion, as the caller Kishan Yadav would tell from his experience.
While the iPhone explosion was reportedly the first in India, there have been several reports dating back to 2010 when an iPhone caught fire and resulted in third-degree burns to its owners.
Going by Apple's Toolbox guide, iPhones are designed to withstand temperatures ranging between 0 and 35 degrees Celsius, which means they tend to go hot on warmer days.
If you have been using iPhones, you must be aware of usual increase in temperatures while playing games, streaming videos or other activities that involve high CPU usage.
But it is worth noting that regardless of your usage, an iPhone should never get so hot that it cannot be held.
When your iPhone tends to get uncomfortably hot, it's best to avoid using the device until it cools off. Apple also notes that iPhones may display a warning message, "iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it," to ensure safety of the user.
Turning off the iPhone and storing it in a cool place should bring the device back to normal. Here are some more tips that can prevent an iPhone from heating up.
- Restart your iPhone regularly.
- Reduce the screen brightness.
- Avoid using the iPhone while placed on charge.
- Strictly avoid talking while the iPhone is charging.
- Turn off apps that are not in use. To do so, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and turn off all apps.
- Turn off Background app refresh: Recognized as one of the normal features that heat up an iPhone. Go to Settings > General > Turn off app refresh.
- Do not leave your iPhone in a hot car.
- Prevent direct sunlight exposure on your iPhone for long hours.
- Avoid a protective case if you think you can handle your iPhone without dropping it too often.
- Keep Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Location services turned off when not in use.