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IOS 10 problems: fix the most common issues

You’re not alone if you’re experiencing iOS 10 problems, as the iPhone and iPad update has run into a number of issues. If you’ve encountered any don’t panic as there are 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. It just takes some iOS 10 troubleshooting.

From poor battery life, to spotty Bluetooth connectivity, to iPhones and iPads bricking when trying to update, here’s our all-encompassing guide to solving your iOS 10 problems.

iOS 10 battery life drain

There’s a lot of newness happening with September 13’s big software update, but that also means we’ve been experiencing poor iOS 10 battery life.

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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 you don’t really need a lot of these 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 lighting up your phone every two minutes just to check the time. Spoiler alert: it’s two minutes later than the last time you checked.

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 app.

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.

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Here’s what we’ve 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.

By selecting Reset Network Settings you’ll keep your data 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.

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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 any more.

iPhone stops vibrating after updating to iOS 10

Some people have noticed that their iPhones no longer vibrate in iOS 10 when they receive messages. To fix this, first try restarting the iPhone by pressing and holding the sleep button and the Home button for around 10 seconds.

The iPhone will restart and the Apple logo will appear. If this doesn’t work, then you may need to factory reset your iPhone. Before doing this, make sure you back up all your files and settings, as performing a reset will clear all of your data from the device.

Touch ID stops working in iOS 10

If Touch ID has stopped working, and you can’t configure it after upgrading to iOS 10, then try the following:

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Go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode and enter your passcode. Turn off iTunes & App Store, then reboot your device. Go back to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode and turn on iTunes & App Store.

You may need to remove and then rescan your fingerprints. To do this go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode and scroll down to the list of fingerprints. Tap on the fingerprint you want to delete, then select ‘Delete’ and restart your device. Once your iPhone or iPad restarts, go back into settings and add your fingerprint. Touch ID should now work.

Your iPhone loses cellular network and can’t reconnect

If you’ve updated to iOS 10 and your iPhone loses signal, you may find that the phone can’t reconnect to a network afterwards, even when moving into an area where you know you receive signal.

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If you restart your iPhone you’ll be reconnected to the network. While this is a temporary solution, it’s not perfect, as if you lose signal again you won’t be able to reconnect until you restart.

You can also turn on Airplane mode, then turn it off again to reconnect. Some mobile networks are also suggesting that you reinstall iOS 10, but this time update it by plugging it into your PC or Mac and using iTunes.

For more information on updating via iTunes, check out our How to download iOS 10 right now guide.

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