iPhones Overheating When Running CarPlay for No Clear Reason

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As we’ve said so many times before, CarPlay is supposed to be more reliable and stable than Android Auto, and one of the reasons is Apple’s walled garden that comes with so many restrictions.
But on the other hand, more and more users discover various glitches on CarPlay, and one of those showing up occasionally seems to be causing the iPhone to overheat.

I’ve experienced the same thing recently in my car, with the iPhone getting hot all of a sudden while Waze was running on the head unit with CarPlay. The problem somehow was gone shortly after disconnecting the iPhone and letting it cool down and has never appeared since then.

Others seem to be hitting a similar behavior in their cars too, with the error showing up once and then going away completely.

While it’s not yet clear what’s causing this problem forcing users to disconnect the iPhone and then let it cool down, Apple says its smartphones might get warm if you leave the device in a car on a hot day, in direct sunlight for an extended period, or using certain features in hot conditions, “such as GPS tracking or navigation in a car.

So theoretically, if it’s hot inside the car and you use CarPlay with Google Maps, Waze, or Apple Maps for a long period of time, the iPhone could end up displaying the temperature warning, forcing a disconnect until it cools down.

Store the device where the temperature is between -20º and 45º C (-4º to 113º F). Don’t leave the device in your car, because temperatures in parked cars can exceed this range,” Apple explains.

But many users out there claim the iPhone sometimes gets hot all of a sudden on CarPlay for no clear reason, as the temperature inside is just alright. If this happens, the only temporary workaround is to just disconnect the device and give it some time to cool down until you are able to launch CarPlay again.

iPhones also get hot when setting up the device for the first time or restoring from a backup, reindexing data, or using AR features. In normal conditions, however, an iPhone shouldn’t display a temperature warning when using CarPlay behind the wheel.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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