How annoying is it when your iPhone starts acting up? Whether it’s the always-dying app or a full system freeze when you go to send a text or get back to the home screen, when you spend big money on an iPhone you’re allowed to expect it to actually function. 

Don’t stress, Jason Cipriani covered some fixes for common issues for cnet and we’ve got them for you here. Check out ways to get rid of bugginess, extend your battery, optimize storage, and more. 

Get rid of glitchiness and bugs

When your iPhone is just downright buggy, like not maintaining a WiFi connection, freezing over, or general slowness, you need to force a restart. Yes, it’s the obvious answer, and it’s boring and non-techy, but it’s the same thing you’d do with your computer, and it’s very often the fix you need.  

Depending on which iPhone you have will depend on the process you follow to restart it. Here are all the options: 

  • For iPhones that have a home button, you’ll need to hold it in along with the lock/wake button for around 10 seconds, or until you see the Apple logo.
  • For iPhones with Face ID, you’ll have to press the following buttons in this particular order: press and release volume up, press and release volume down and then press and hold the side button for around 10 seconds, after which you should be able to see the Apple logo.

Regardless of which method you use, it’s important to not let go of the button(s) until you see the Apple logo appear on your phone’s screen. 

Upon turning back on, enter your passcode to unlock it and, hey presto, you should be back running at full speed without the annoying bugs.  

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Beef up your battery

When your battery drains too quickly for your liking, first you need to understand what apps and services are taking the most juice. You can see a chart of battery usage by going to Settings > Battery. Work your way through the chart that shows you how much battery you use hour by hour and you’ll see the apps or services that are being used plus how much battery life they’re draining.  

Keep a lookout for rogue apps running as a background process – it’ll be noted as “background activity” under the app’s name – and also check for apps with a higher usage than you’d expect.  

There are apps which you’d expect to have a lot of background activity like your Gmail or Outlook app since they’re regularly checking for new emails. If you notice an app running in the background and you want to stop it, here’s the process to stop it. In the Settings app, head to General > Background App Refresh and turn off the app’s ability to update itself when you’re not using it. Whilst you’re there, it’s useful to go through the whole list and deactivate anything that doesn’t need to do background updates, even if it’s not an issue right now.  

The other option to check your phone’s battery health is to go to the Battery settings page (Settings > Battery > Battery Health), there you’ll find out if the battery needs to be replaced. 

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Soup up your storage

You’ve got a handy storage management tool built into your iOS so you can see what’s taking up your space and get recommendations to fix any issues. Head to Settings > General > iPhone Storage and wait a couple of seconds while the information loads up. 

Work through the recommendations you get and see what Apple reckons you should do. After that, go through the list of apps to see which are using the most storage. You can delete the data stored on an app by tapping on it to view more information and find the option to delete. In your Music app, you can remove albums that you chose to download to use offline. 

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Fixing other common problems

Lots of little things can go wrong on your iPhone and there are steps you can take to get things back on track. You might need to do a simple software update, for example. Other things that can help resolve issues include: 

Firstly, check for and install any pending software updates in Settings > General > Software update.

  • When an app crashes each time you open it, check if it needs an update through the App Store. No pending updates? Delete and reinstall it. 
  • Struggling to maintain a WiFi connection or link to your carrier might need something as simple as switching to Airplane Mode for a few moments and then reconnecting. 
  • If none of these works, download the Apple Support app and start a chat session with a representative. They can offer you some more troubleshooting steps, and access device logs (once you give them your permission) to diagnose any bigger issues.

When you’ve got your iPhone back to health, check out all the new features coming to the iOS 14 due in the next couple of months. It’s in beta testing at the moment if you want to get early access but if you’re not very tech-savvy you should wait until all issues are ironed out. 

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