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Apple Watch Overheating Problem: What To Do?

The first Apple Watch was launched in April 2015 and got rave reviews for its design, functionality, and features. Since then the company has introduced seven more watches with the latest Series 7 released in Oct 2021.

After iPhone, Apple Watch is the most successful device by the company offering you a mix of lifestyle, health, and sports features.

However, with all good things, there are some drawbacks with the overheating problem being one of them. The problem was more pronounced in the Apple Watch SE with many users complaining that the watch turns hot during charging, after swimming or when in the sun for long. In the worst-case scenario, the device refuses to turn on.

Many chided the company for not informing early buyers about the problem so that they could decide whether to go ahead with the purchase or not. The company has informed the users to use the device in a certain range: temperatures between 32 degrees to 95 degrees Fahrenheit (0 to 35 degrees C). But even if we follow this guideline, the watch overheats sometimes due to the apps running in the background.

We can certainly take precautionary measures but the company needs to provide a permanent solution to this problem.

Let’s discuss the possible scenarios of Apple watch overheating and the fixes.

Apple Watch Overheating After Swimming:

Apple Watch Series 3 and all its successors (Series 4, Series 5, Series SE, Series 6, Series 7) are water-resistant for up to 5 ATMs which means that they can be submerged in water for up to 50m. So they are pretty much suitable for both open and pool swimming.

To avoid inadvertent taps, your Apple Watch’s screen is automatically locked when you begin a swimming session. When you’re done, press the Digital Crown to unlock the display and remove any water from your watch. You’ll hear rumbling noises and perhaps feel a few droplets on your wrist.

However, if your watch begins to overheat right after swimming, you might have accidentally damaged it beyond repair. The water seal doesn’t remain during the lifetime of the watch and deteriorates over time.

Apple Watch Overheats in Sun:

As mentioned earlier, you can use the Apple watch in the recommended temperature range. So if you leave the Apple Watch in direct sunlight for long periods, and start using it right after, overheating is natural.

The watch has a metal body which in turn is an excellent conductor of heat energy. Plus, when you run battery-intensive features like GPS and Music streaming, the tiny processor of the watch devoid of cooling fans runs quickly hot.

Apple Watch Overheats While Charging:

There is a myth that Apple Watch gets hot when overcharged. No Apple Device can be overcharged so it can’t be the reason behind overheating. However, it is probably due to the fact that the Apple Watch was not properly aligned with the magnetic charger.

Another possible reason: the battery has reached the end of its usable life. In this case, you would have to get it replaced form an authorized dealer.


In order to prevent Apple Watch overheating problems, you need to take the following steps: Keep your apple watch away from direct sunlight when running GPS or music streaming, Remove any moisture from the device after swimming, make sure that the apple watch is leveled with the magnetic charger.