How To Fix Apple Watch Overheating While Charging Or Wearing

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Are you wondering why your Apple Watch gets too hot sometimes? Do you want to know how you can fix your Apple Watch heating issue?

It does not matter whether you own an Apple Watch Series 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, or SE, you must have noticed it getting overheated sometimes, right? But is it normal? Why does it keep happening again and again? If you are looking for answers to these questions then you are at the right place. In this article, I will tell you why your Apple Watch overheats when you are wearing it, charging it, after your swimming sessions, or in the Sun. Not only this, but I will also tell you why the red thermometer appears on your Apple Watch and how to fix an overheated Apple Watch.

So keep reading!

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Why Apple Watch Shows A Red Thermometer?

Apple Watch Overheating

Have you noticed the red thermometer sign on your Apple Watch screen before it gets turned off?

The red thermometer sign on your Apple Watch gets displayed when your Apple Watch’s temperature gets abnormally high.

How To Fix

If you are seeing this sign then you should immediately take your Watch off. After a few seconds of displaying the red thermometer, your Apple Watch will get turned off. Take it off and let it cool down for at least 10-15 minutes on its own. Do not put it under cold water or in the freezer, the sudden extreme temperature changes can damage your smartwatch.

Once your Watch gets cooled down then you can turn it back on and everything will be back to normal.

Apple Watch Overheating While Charging

Apple Watch Overheating While Charging

While charging every electronic device heats up. So if your Apple Watch is getting heated up during charging then it is normal. It can get even more heated especially on hot summer days. The problem starts when it shows you the red thermometer sign on the screen. The thing that you need to remember is that you cannot overcharge your Apple Watch so the red thermometer does not mean that your watch is overcharged.

As discussed earlier, the Apple Watch will turn off after a few seconds of displaying the red thermometer. But if it is on charging then it will not get turned off and it will not get further charged too.

How To Fix

So if this happens with you too then the first thing that you should do is take it off the charging. Once you turn off the charging then your Apple Watch will get turned off and you can turn it back on after 10-15 minutes.

After turning the Watch on, you can connect it to the charger but make sure that they are connected properly. Improper connection of the Watch and charger, especially the magnetic charger, can lead to overheating of your Apple Watch.

Apple Watch Overheating After Swimming

Apple Watch Series 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, and SE come with a 50M water-resistant rating. Therefore you can wear your Apple Watch while showering and swimming. However, the thing that you need to understand is Apple Watch’s water-resistant capabilities can diminish with time. And if you have noticed your Apple Watch overheating after your swimming session then there is bad news for you. It can be because your Watch is no more suitable to wear while swimming and showering, its water resistance has got diminished and water is finding its way inside.

How To Fix

The first thing that you need to do is turn off your Apple Watch immediately. After turning it off, keep it under the sun for a few hours to remove moisture from the watch. While you are doing it, the other thing that you should do is pray that it gets turned on. Because if water has found its way in then there are very less chances that it will get turned on. If it is turned on, then consider yourself lucky and never take it anywhere near the water again.

Apple Watch Overheating In The Sun

If you put anything in the sun then it will heat up, right? Even human bodies get tanned when exposed to the sun for long hours. The same is the case with your Apple Watch, if you wear it on a bright sunny day and keep using it for long hours then it will get overheated. And you do not need to worry because it is normal.

How To Fix

Avoid wearing and using your Apple Watch for long hours in direct sunlight. If it gets hot then take it off your wrist and let it cool down on its own. Once it is cooled down, you can then use it normally again.

Apple Watch Overheating While Wearing

If your Apple Watch is getting overheated then it could be because of one of the two reasons:

  • Its battery is damaged and needs replacement
  • You are overusing your Apple Watch

How To Fix

If you are not doing anything on your Apple Watch and it is still getting overheated then its battery needs replacement. So you should just get its battery replaced and everything will go back to normal.

If it is getting heated when you are using it then it probably means you are overusing it. Constantly using your Apple Watch for long hours will get it overheated. It will also get overheated if you have opened a lot of apps in the background. Remember that it is a smartwatch and has limited capabilities. If you use it like your smartphone then it is bound to get hot.

What Happens When Your Apple Watch Gets Overheated?

Once your Apple Watch gets overheated, you can notice the following things:

  • Your Watch shows a red thermometer sign and gets switched off.
  • It either takes more time than usual to get charged or the charging stops
  • You will notice the apps getting closed abnormally
  • If you are transferring data then you will either notice the drop in sharing speed or the sharing can get paused
  • The display of your Apple Watch will get dim automatically

You can also read Apple Watch operating temperature article to learn more about your Apple Watch and its battery.

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How Do I Fix The Temperature On My Apple Watch?

Just turn it off and let it cool down on its own.

Does Apple Watch Get Hot While Charging?

Yes, Apple Watch gets hot while charging, like any other device.

Why Is My Apple Watch Showing A Thermometer?

Apple Watch shows a red thermometer when its temperature gets abnormally high.

What Happens If Your Apple Watch Overheats?

If your Apple Watch gets overheated then it will get switched off automatically.

Tom Nielson

Tom's love for watches started when his grandfather gifted him his Rolex watch when he turned 18! Being a teenager it was a big deal for him. Later when he got his first job he bought Fossil Palm Pilot back in 2003 which was a smartwatch. Since then smartwatches have come a long way and so is Tom's love for them. His experience with watches inspired him to start Wearholic and share his knowledge of wearables including watches, smartwatches, smart glasses, & smart clothing.

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