While iPhones are known for great user experience and onboarding, you may run into some common problems. But most of these can be solved pretty easily.
Here are 8 of the most common iPhone issues and how you can fix them –
Problem #1: You see a white screen when turning on your iPhone
If you encounter a white screen instead of the usual apple logo when turning on your phone, this is indicative of a problem with hardware, jailbreak, or a failed upgrade. You may be wondering how to turn on iPhone in these circumstances but there are some possible fixes that are easy to implement:
- Try turning off your iPhone and turning it back on
- Restore your phone to factory settings
- Try starting your iPhone in ‘Device Firmware Upgrade’ mode
The last two options will wipe out all your data so make sure you backup all your data to iCloud or your Mac regularly.
Problem #2: You lose all your data after an update
In case you notice data loss after an update, you can restore your data from your iTunes or iCloud backup. But if you have not set up data back up, there isn’t much you can do if you experience data loss.
Problem #3: You spilled water on your iPhone
Accidents happen. You may end up spilling a little bit of water or end up dropping your iPhone in water. If this happens, immediately dry it on a towel and take out the SIM. Don’t try to turn it on immediately or charge the iPhone. Some people recommend using silica gel to dry the moisture or putting your phone in rice.
If you are unable to turn on your phone after it looks visibly dry, you might have to get it replaced. Note that water or other liquids can cause data loss so be sure to restore your data from iCloud or iTunes backup.
Problem #4: Your iPhone’s battery is draining very fast
Your battery could be draining fast due to two main issues – one you have apps installed that are battery intensive or your battery is past its prime.
It is pretty straightforward to diagnose the issue. Go to your ‘Settings’ and find ‘Battery’. Here you will be able to see the battery usage by app. The apps that are usually draining battery are WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook, or any other app that you spend a lot of time on. You can correlate this data with time spent on apps via Screen Time.
The other issue with your battery health can also be diagnosed here. Based on how old your smartphone is, you may need to replace your battery.
Problem #5: Your phone is overheating
If your phone is overheating, first remove it from its current environment and find a different cooler environment so that it can cool down naturally. Some phone cases can also prevent normal heat dissipation and cause your phone to overheat. Remove the phone case and make sure your phone can breathe.
If this does not resolve naturally, you can restore your phone to factory settings. Alternatively, make sure you are on the latest version of the OS. This also may solve your heating issue.
Problem #6: You forgot your passcode
If you forget your passcode, do not try to guess your passcode because this can lock your device for 5 minutes at first and every wrong attempt will increase this time, and eventually you may end up locking your phone forever. The best way to approach this problem is to reset your device and restore your iPhone through iTunes. You can reset the passcode and start using your iPhone again.
Problem #7: Your apps freeze or close unexpectedly
There are several reasons why this may happen to you. One, the app that you have installed is not supported on your phone or there are some bugs in the app that prevent it from functioning normally. You can also try restarting the iPhone to see if that solves your problem. If everything fails, report the bug to the app developer and they should be able to diagnose the cause.
Problem #8: Your touch screen does not work
If you find a problem with your iPhone’s touch screen, make sure that the screen is dry and clean. Sometimes a film of dirt or oil can make it impossible for the phone to register your click. If that does not work, try restarting your phone and emptying your cache.
Make sure you note down the kind of error and when it occurred to properly diagnose the cause of the issue. Most of the common issues can easily be fixed by restarting your phone or wiping it and restoring it to factory settings. If there is a hardware issue, you should consider taking it to an authorized center to have it fixed.