iPhone 4 Overheating with Otterbox Defender Installed

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    borntomac448

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    I have had an otter box on my iPhone 4 for about two weeks and have noticed that the phone has been overheating about every other day. I reboot daily, and work in a cool office environment. A matter of fact it sits on a cool glasstop desk. Have any of you heard of this? Please help. Thanking you all in advance.
     
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    rwilliams

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    The case is built like a fortress. I'm not surprised that the phone is overheating.
     
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    vivithemage

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    Was this ever a problem with the 3GS?
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    That is odd, because I use an Otterbox Defender case on my iPhone 4, have been for a couple weeks, and have had no issues with this whatsoever.
     
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    borntomac448

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    I never had this problem with the 3gs. The phone is not hot when I take it out of the case to check after I get the warning. It is cool.
     
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    I don't think it was. My bother uses an otter box case on his 3GS, and doesn't have any overheating issues.
     
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    What do you mean by overheating? As in the actual warning screen appears on your phone? My iPhone 4 gets quite warm when I play a graphically intensive game for 30 min, or if I walk outside in the AZ heat while on the phone.

    Compared to the 3GS, the iPhone 4 is a much slimmer device. I'm sure you'd be more likely to feel the heat generated from it's battery.
     
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    borntomac448

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    I get the warning. The phone is actually cool when I get the warning.
     
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    That's not good! The defender is the toughest case out there, but if it's causing your phone to heat up... that stinks.
     
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    Tom G.

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    I use the Otterbox Defender for my iPhone 4 and have not had one bit of trouble.

    I also used it on my iPhone 3Gs and had no problem there either.

    I work in an un-airconditions work place where the temp today was 91 with a heat index of 102 degrees and had no problems. I've also used my iPhone 4 on GPS while geocaching and had it on for long periods of time, plugged into the cigarette lighter and although the phone felt a little warm no warnings came up. It was of course at the time in its Otterbox Defender case.

    I think you have troubles elsewhere.
     
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    Put the case on this way not that way
     
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    I would say this means it is a problem with the phone, and has nothing to do with the case. Maybe problems with the temp sensor?
     
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    I would try running the phone for a few days in a regular case to see if the problem continues.

    Sounds like a phone problem to me, but that will help rule out the case.
     
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    I know I remember seeing a fair number of posts from people right after the iPhone 4 came out with similar issues. Phone said it was overheating, yet it felt cool to teh touch, even without a case. I bet there is some number with faulty sensors and coincidentally, yours is one. I would return it.
     

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