iOS 10 update problems are another non-surprise for iPhone owners, as routine as the mid-September launch of the new software at 10am Pacific, and iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus three days later.
You can time your new Apple Watch 2 to it all, it’s so predictable. Thankfully, just as foreseeable as the many ways to fix iOS 10 problems.
There are both intentional changes by Apple that need to be remedied for some users, and unintentional glitches due to bad code that we can help alleviate.
From poor battery life, to spotty Bluetooth connectivity, to iPhones and iPads bricking when trying to update, here’s our all-encompassing how to regarding iOS 10 problems.
iOS 10 battery life drain
There’s a lot of newness happening with today’s big software update, but that also means we’ve been experiencing poor iOS 10 battery life.
iOS 10.1 will likely address battery life drain, but until that happens, here’s what we found works to increase the uptime of our iPhone and iPad.
Turn off background app refresh in Settings > General > Background App Refresh. It’ll give you a list of apps, and a lot of them you don’t really need to constantly update in the background. It’s a big battery life killer.
Turn off Fitness Tracking and non-essential apps tucked away in Settings > Privacy > Motion & Fitness. If you have an Apple Watch, you don’t need fitness tracking on your phone. We also found Health, Microsoft Health, TripAdvisor and Waze keeping tabs on us and wasting battery life. No thanks.
Turn Wi-Fi on and off at the right times. When you’re at home or work, make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi instead of cellular. When you’re out, prevent your iPhone from constantly hunting for open Wi-Fi networks when there are none you can join. The swipe-up-from-the-bottom Control Center has a handy toggle for W-Fi.
Keep that brightness slider in check. Display brightness is the #1 battery life killer, so stop lightning up your phone every two minutes just to check the time. Spoiler alert: it’s two minutes from the last time you checked it.
Keep track which apps are draining your battery life the most. Now every app is tuned to the iOS 10 update and could be wasting precious battery. Head to Settings > battery to see the top villains here, especially Twitter and music streaming apps.
iOS 10 bricking phones
While the beta went well for us, today’s final launch of iOS 10 has bricked a number of iPhones and iPads. That’s disheartening for Apple fans after a solid three-month beta.
The solution here is a simple one, thankfully: Good ol’ iTunes (you hate it, but love it when you need it) has had success in restoring afflicted Apple devices. Time to resort to a Mac or PC.
With the news of iOS 10 bricking iPhones and iPads around the world, now is a good time to mention that you should always backup your devices before updating.
Over-the-air (OTA) updates have made us lazy when it comes to backing up our precious iPhone and iPad data. And iCloud backups work, but only if you’re paying Apple enough to back up your entire storage size.
iOS 10 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth issues
This problem creeps up every year, and it’s likely to be no different with iOS 10. Just give it time, people will be complaining about Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Here’s what we have done to resolve both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth problems in one fell swoop: Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. It’s the third option down, and you’ll want to avoid Reset All Settings and Erase All Content and Settings.
With Reset Network Settings, your data will be intact, but your wireless connects will be back to their default settings. That usually solves our issues.
iOS 10 home button
iOS 10 changes the home button functionality now that “Slide to Unlock” is no more. It actually makes you press in on the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
Is that too much work for you? Apple didn’t seem to think so when it developed iOS 10, but here’s a quick fix in case you want to go back to the old way of unlocking your phone.
It’s super buried in iOS 10’s settings. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Home Button (midway down the page) and turn on “Rest Finger to Open.”
This will enable you to open your iPhone or iPad with Touch ID, without having to press the Home button anymore.
More iOS 10 problems and fixes
We’re in the first hours of Apple’s new operating system availability, and can guarantee that there’ll be more iOS 10 problems discovered.
Do you have errors, glitches or issues that we haven’t addressed? Feel free to leave them in the comment and we’ll add them to the ever-growing list. iOS 10 is good, but not perfect.
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