How quickly does overheating damage iPhone 6?

snowman1

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Hi everyone,
I was making a time-lapse of the sunset today, and unfortunately my iPhone 6 overheated in the process. I think it took me a minute to realize that it had overheated (I was doing something else while recording the time-lapse), but I immediately put it into the shade. Do you think that the battery is damaged at all? The phone was definitely hot. My previous iPhone 5 overheated for different reasons and the battery was okay, but I just wanted to have your guys' input.
 

myscrnnm

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The iPhone has sensors to detect when it's overheating. And those levels are definitely below what is required to cause catastrophic damage to the phone. As long as you don't let it happen too often, you'll be fine.
 

snowman1

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The iPhone has sensors to detect when it's overheating. And those levels are definitely below what is required to cause catastrophic damage to the phone. As long as you don't let it happen too often, you'll be fine.
Thanks for the consolation. Haha. Definitely won't be doing time-lapses in direct sunlight ever again...
 

eelw

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You also have to question people who want solar charging on future iPhones. Yeah let's just leave our phone out in the sun to bake to death.

But back to your question, a few minutes won't do permanent damage to the battery. If you left it there for hours or in your car on the dash, then yeah it will get fried.
 

snowman1

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See screenshot below (source: Apple)
If you run into that message, you have exceeded the heat limit, otherwise, you're fine, unless you do it daily.
Yeah, I saw that, and I immediately put it into the shade. I definitely don't plan on letting my phone heat up this much ever again! haha.
 
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