How to fix the most common problems with Apple’s iOS 10
iOS 10.3, the latest software update from Apple is finally here. While each update introduces new features designed to improve your phone, new problems also seem to emerge at the same time. I had a look around for some tips and came across some handy information for fixing the most common iOS 10 problems. I found some information from these guys – CUSC Foneguard – they provide specialist insurance for Apple products, so go to them for your iphone insurance if you need any.
So without further to do, here is how to fix the most common bugs and glitches, from poor battery life to slow-running software:
iOS 10.3 slow to update
It seems like it takes forever to update, but there’s a good reason for this. Apple has revamped its filing system (APFS) which is now optimised for flash and SSD storage. There shouldn’t be any problems other than the long wait times, but it’s always a good idea to back up your data just in case.
Older iPhones can’t update to iOS 10.3
iOS 10 is only compatible with models produced after the iPhone 5. Unfortunately, this means that if you have an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S, then your device is only equipped to handle iOS 9.3.5. This is usually a gentle nudge from Apple as an incentive for upgrading your smartphone.
How to preserve battery life
An iOS update means more features to play with, but also quickly drains your precious battery life. Here’s some tips and tricks to try and resolve the problem:
• Control which apps are continually running in the background through Settings > General > Background App Refresh.
• Turn off Fitness Tracking and other non-essential apps through Settings > Privacy > Motion and Fitness.
• Switch off your Wi-Fi when you’re out and about to prevent your phone constant searching for Wi-Fi networks you can’t join. Just remember to switch it back on when you’re at home or in the office.
• Screen brightness is one of the biggest causes of a drained battery. You can prevent this by lowering the screen brightness and refrain from checking your notifications or the time if possible.
• Regularly check Settings > Battery to see which apps require the most processing power.
Wi-fi and Bluetooth issues
This seems to be a long-running issue with Apple, but luckily you can kill two birds with one stone by simply resetting your network settings – Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. Please not that it’s not ‘Reset All Settings’ or ‘Erase All Content’, so take care to avoid selecting these options by mistake.
iOS 10 crashes when sending messages
If your iPhone crashes or becomes unresponsive when sending messages, restarting your device will usually solve the problem. You can also try:
• Resetting your network settings through Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings
• Resetting your device through Settings > General >Reset > Reset All Settings
iOS 10 home button
‘Slide to unlock’ has been removed from the lock screen in the latest iOS update, which means you can only unlock your phone with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Luckily, if you’re not a fan of this change you can bring back ‘Slide to unlock’ through Settings > General > Accessibility > Home Button > Reset Finger to Open.
Sleep/wake button doesn’t work
In some cases, the sleep/wake button stops working after updating to iOS 10. Restarting your device will fix the problem in most cases, but if this isn’t working, a try using a hard reset. This is done by holding the sleep/wake button and the home button together until the Apple logo appears on the screen. On the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, you need to hold the ‘volume down’ button rather than the home button.
iPhone stops vibrating
Some users have reported that their iPhone no longer vibrate after the iOS update. A hard reset may fix the problem, but if this doesn’t work you may need to factory reset your iPhone. It’s critical to make sure you have backed up all your data before starting the process though.
Mobile network connectivity problems
If you find that your reception has drastically reduced since updating your operating system, the first thing to do is to report this to your network provider, so that they are aware of the problem. If you need a faster solution, one option is to downgrade to a previous iOS, and then upgrade again via iTunes.
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