The iPhone 15 Pro has been making headlines recently, but not for the right reasons. Tech influencer Marques Brownlee and YouTuber @iPhonedo have both reported experiencing overheating issues with the device while using the Instagram app. This has raised questions about whether the Instagram app is the sole reason behind the iPhone 15 Pro’s warming up to triple-digit temperatures.
Marques Brownlee, popularly known as MKBHD, took to Twitter to share his experience with the iPhone 15 Pro overheating issue. He explained that while listening to music and browsing through Instagram, his phone would get extremely hot for about five minutes, draining about 5% of the battery. However, after this brief period, the phone would return to normal. Many iPhone users can relate to this kind of intermittent overheating issue.
Another tech reviewer, @iPhonedo, also blames the Instagram app for the overheating problem. He noticed this issue after updating his iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max, and iPad Pro to iOS 17 and iPadOS 17. @iPhonedo’s devices exhibited rapid battery drain, losing 1 percentage point per minute, while overheating. He demonstrated in a YouTube video that the temperature of his iPhone 15 Pro Max rose significantly, reaching over 96 degrees Fahrenheit while using the Instagram app. He also noted that this problem seems to occur exclusively with the Instagram app.
Although @iPhonedo needs Instagram for his work, he found a partial solution to mitigate the heat issue. By enabling Low Power Mode while using Instagram, he noticed a slight improvement in temperature, although the battery still drained. This suggests that the Instagram app itself may be responsible for the excessive heat and battery drain on these iPhone models.
Interestingly, these overheating and battery drain issues may not be limited to the iPhone 15 Pro series alone. They could potentially affect other iPhone models as well. A former Facebook employee, George Hayward, revealed earlier this year that Facebook intentionally drains phone batteries as part of their “negative testing” process. This process tests app features or simulates image loading, potentially leading to increased battery consumption. Hayward’s claims are particularly relevant since Facebook owns Instagram, along with other popular social media apps.
@iPhonedo’s attempts to bring attention to this issue seems to have fallen on deaf ears. He highlights that this is not an iPhone problem but specifically an issue with the Instagram app. If you suspect that Instagram is causing your iPhone 15 Pro to overheat, you can try uninstalling the app for a few days to see if the heating issue resolves. If the problem persists even without Instagram, then the social media site may not be to blame. Additionally, enabling Low Power Mode while using Instagram might help minimize the overheating problem.
To activate Low Power Mode on your iPhone, go to Settings > Battery and toggle on Low Power Mode. This will prevent apps from updating in the background, potentially reducing the strain on your device.
In conclusion, the iPhone 15 Pro overheating issue while using the Instagram app has caught the attention of tech influencers like Marques Brownlee and @iPhonedo. The problem seems to be specific to the Instagram app, and users have reported rapid battery drain and significant temperature increases. While the cause of this issue is still unclear, it is advisable to try using your iPhone without the Instagram app for a few days to determine if it is indeed the source of the problem. Additionally, enabling Low Power Mode while using Instagram might provide some relief from overheating.