iPhone Overheating During FaceTime Calls In iOS 14.3
Is your iPhone overheating during FaceTime calls after updating to iOS 14.3? Does it happen when you’re using the real-time Memoji effects? You’re not the only one. We’re experiencing the same behavior on two separate units (iPhone 12 Pro and XS model). Neither of these devices was getting hot while on iOS 14.2.
iPhone FaceTime Overheating Causes
To be more specific, the iPhone is unplugged when it’s warming up. There have been cases in the past when charging iPhone during FaceTime calls was associated with overheating. Now, the phone gets really hot without being connected to a charger.
First, we thought that this might be related to the re-indexing caused by the iOS 14.3 update, however the overheating during FaceTime calls continues at the time of writing, 3 days after the update.
Next, we considered to blame it on the new FaceTime HD feature that Apple silently pushed for the iPhone 8 and later models. However, this update came with iOS 14.2 and we did not experience overheating episodes with the previous iOS version!
How To Fix iPhone Overheating Issue
1. Force Close Apps
We’ve tried to force restart the iPhone, force close all apps and perform the FaceTime call without any apps running in the background. However, the device continued to warm up. 5-minutes into the video call we had to end it, because the device was getting really hot, to the point that it became uncomfortable to the skin.
2. Avoid Memoji Effects
As already emphasized, the issue is occurring when the live Memoji filters are used. Disabling the Memoji effects, cools the iPhone back down.
Tip: We suggest you to avoid Memoji filters if your iPhone overheats during FaceTime calls. An iPhone that gets really hot too often is at high risk of suffering from premature battery aging! You can check your current battery status in Settings -> Battery -> Battery Health.
3. Minimize Brightness
Lowering the brightness to the smallest acceptable level will help you reduce one of the causes that makes iPhone overheat. You can do this from the Brightness toggle in Control Center.
4. No Charging During FaceTime
As mentioned above, iPhones have a history of overheating during FaceTime calls when they’re charged in the same time. Avoid this combo for now, until we find out more about this issue.
Other iOS 14.3 iPhone Overheating Causes
1. iPhone Overheating While Playing Games
Reader Marcky has just reported that his brand new iPhone 12 Pro Max is overheating while playing Call of Duty, while his old iPhone X wasn’t getting hot while playing the same game.
Fix: Apple support has suggested to backup device and restore the iPhone from a backup to see if the overheating issue is solved! Are you encountering the same?
Can you also confirm that your iPhone is overheating during FaceTime calls in iOS 14.3? Use the comments section to share your feedback. We’re trying to find out how common this issue is and plan to submit a feedback request to Apple as soon as we get more confirmations.
Did you find a better workaround? Don’t hesitate to mention it!
Related: Earlier we reported about cases of some iPhone 12 Pro Max overheating when idle!
I have stopped most apps background update and was only online browsing, still experienced overheat. Also overheats during Skype video call.
Carmen, thanks for your feedback. Can you share your iPhone model please?
I have the iPhone XS Max and I deal with this same issue when I’m on ft calls.. also I’m running iOS 14.2.
Lloyd, thanks for sharing your feedback. Did this happen before iOS 14.2?
také mám při používání facetime telefon horký po chvíli. žádné efekty nepoužívám. mám Iphone 11
Petr, English please!
I also have problems with iPhone X overheating during FaceTime video calls. 14.3 and other apps closed.
Rune, can you confirm if this is still happening in iOS 14.4?
Yes it does
Thanks for confirming William. Are you using an iPhone X too?
i have the iphone 8+ and my brightness will be down, no apps will be open, it wont be charging, i don’t have the real time memoji feature and it over heats, slows down, says it’s reconnecting then hangs up on the person.
Does this still happen in iOS 14.4?
I have an iPhone XR and it’s the same problem, nothing else other than FaceTime makes my phone heat up, never happened before until recently, I’ve done everything like keep my brightness down and closed all other apps and still didn’t work
I have the same phone and issue, if you find a way to fix it please let me know.
Try updating to iOS 14.5 and let us know if it makes any difference.
My iPhone 12 Pro Max over heats with any use at all. Scrolling through Facebook, texting, talking, iFunny, FaceTime, and it even gets overly warm using the internet. It’s absolutely ridiculous for a phone well over $1,000.
That’s terrible indeed. Have you given it a couple of day to index all your data, in case its brand new? Or this happens even days after you started using it?
I quickly searched up this issue as last night my phone overheated on FaceTime and is glitching. The overheating has caused my phone to be non responsive to clicking on any apps shutting down the iPhone or simply turning it off. Ive never had this problem before until the new 14.2/3 updates. Now I have to visit apple tech : (
Sorry to hear about this. Did you manage to find a fix?
I have iOS 14.2.2 and iPhone 12 pro max and during video calls with whatsapp , Skype and face time the phone overheats and appears the overheating message on screen and phone turns off. seems is a software issue before it didn’t happen.
Thanks for reporting. iOS 14.5 is out in the meantime. Has it fixed the overheating issue for you?
My iPhone 11 overheats for no reason when I am on FaceTime
Thanks for reporting. Is this occurring in iOS 14.6?
Same here iphone 12 pro max over heats during FaceTime calls. ios 14.7.1
why when we using iphone on facetime or every app that using camera it gets hot and cause phone to lag and cant touch anything.
What iPhone model are you owning?
Hi I am using iPhone SE 2020 and even after reset and closing background apps, it’s still heating up. Please let me know know if there’s a fix.
Thanks for reporting Chris. Try to disable Eye Contact option, if you have it enabled in Setting -> FaceTime. The extra processing might require additional resources and thus lead to iPhone overheating. Let me know if it makes any difference.
Hi Patricia , thanks a lot for your solution. It’s still heating, but I think it’s better. So thank you so much.
You’re welcome. Glad it helped. Keep us updated.
Turn off the pip mode “picture in picture mode” it solved mines
Thanks for the tip Maher. We will update it in the main content of the article. It might help others.