A new iPhone is released and everyone waits in line during a hurricane for a week to get one. But when an Apple update comes out, people act as if the update could wipe out human civilization.
There’s no need to fear the latest update. We have found simple fixes for the six most common complaints about the new iOS9 software update so you can stop staring at that little update button as if it were a detonation switch. Try our repair tips to these frequent problems and install your updates worry-free.
- Installation Issues
You tried to install the update and immediately faced a problem, so you gave up. If acquiring the update is this hard, it’s probably not worth it, right? Wrong. First, make sure your phone is plugged in and the Wi-Fi connection is stable. If the update tells you there is not enough room for the download on your iPhone, install through iTunes.
- Install the latest iTunes version on your computer
- Hook your phone up to your computer, then select the device in iTunes
- Under the Summary panel, click on “Check for Updates”
- Install iOS9 software
You don’t need a computer with iTunes to make room for the update. Manually delete apps and pictures off your phone to free up storage space. If you can’t bear to permanently erase those 500 pictures of your cat, upload your excess data to the Cloud and then delete.
- Unresponsive Screen
You have downloaded the update and restarted your iPhone. You enter your passcode, but nothing happens. A frozen screen is no reason to panic. Remember that time you cooked eggs for the first time but left some of the shell in your breakfast? Nobody (and no phone update) is perfect. To fix a frozen screen, hold down the power and home buttons at the same time for about 10 seconds to restart the phone. You may have to restart more than once, but did you perfect your scrambled eggs after one try? Didn’t think so.
- Loss in Battery Life
Some users have reported a shortened battery life after installing the update. If that seems to be your problem, don’t be so quick to blame it entirely on the update. Go to Settings>Battery and watch the usage to see if it could be a third-party app hogging your battery power. If the usage seems normal, try restarting your phone. A simple fix, restarts often work to get your iPhone back on track. Still no changes? Go through the more complex solutions to see if it could be a bigger problem behind your battery drain.
- Internet Connection Breakdown
Wi-Fi connections have become so standard that when we lose that connection, we feel as if we are returning to the Stone Age. What did people even do before wireless Internet existed? We have no idea, but we do know how to get you back on track.
Start with resetting the network settings under Settings>General>Reset>Reset Network Settings. This takes a few minutes and you will lose all your saved Wi-Fi passwords, so be prepared to remember your first crush’s name before you erase your Internet network.
If resetting didn’t resolve the issue, manually reset with Settings>Wi-Fi>Select Your Connection>Forget This Network. And before you give up and resort to playing Monopoly with your friends to keep yourself entertained, check your router for problems.
- Third-Party App Rejections
You’re in the grocery store waiting patiently in line. You pull out your iPhone to pass the time and the tears spring to your eyes. Candy Crush won’t open! As sad as this moment is, you can probably fix it with a few simple steps.
First, check the App Store to see if there are any new versions available. Many app developers have heard your cries of pain and sent out software updates to make it all better. If this doesn’t solve your crisis, delete and reinstall the app. This has solved the issue for many who lost their favorite app.
- Bluetooth Decay
Another common problem that seems to spring up with the iOS9 update is loss of Bluetooth connection. And just like many of these typical issues, the solution comes with resetting the network settings (See #4).
If you don’t want to lose all of your networks and want to reset only one, go to Settings>Bluetooth and select your connection, then tap Forget this Device. This will manually delete only that Bluetooth device and allow you to reset the connection. If these solutions produce no results, stay calm and try a few more routine Bluetooth fixes before giving in to despair.
Change is scary, but it can result in new and better things, especially for tech lovers. Take the plunge and download the new iOS9 update confidently with our simple solutions.