The new iOS 9 on the latest generation of iPhones is a treat, for among its new features, 6s users get 3D Touch and the latest iPads have the new “split screen” feature.
Older iPhone generation users still get to enjoy the perks of a longer battery life and a more powerful Siri, who suggests places you may want to visit when you're near a location and can give you public transit directions.
Unfortunately, what is spread uniformly across all iPhone generations are the troubles that came with the new iOS 9 platform. The following is our advice on how to work around these bugs.
Low Battery Life
Many have reported battery life problems after downloading iOS 9.0.1. The reasons for lower battery life can vary case by case.
- Hold down the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons together for around 10 seconds to reboot your device.
- Turn apps not in use by hitting the home button twice and then swiping up or by turning off Background App refresh in your Settings. Keep this feature on for GPS or mapping apps.
- Take a look under Settings > Usage > Battery Usage and see if there’s a particular app causing problems. Make sure it’s up to date or consider uninstalling it and using something else instead
- Go to Settings > iCloud > Keychain and toggle iCloud Keychain off, then reboot your device. When it restarts, go back and toggle iCloud Keychain on again.
- There’s a chance that your settings are causing an issue. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. You’ll have to re-enter some settings later.
- Turn screen brightness all the way down when not using your iPhone as well as Bluetooth.
- Take advantage of Low Power Mode, the new iOS 9 feature created to preserve your battery. Turn on by going to Settings > Battery and scrolling until you see "Low Power Mode."
- For 20 more battery saving tips, read more.
Wi-Fi Assist was introduced as a new feature in iOS 9. Wi-Fi Assist will sense a weak signal and switch your phone to cellular data. Although this feature sounds useful, it is a problem for those without an unlimited data plan.
If you can’t afford to spend extra data, simply turn Wi-Fi Assist off. Go to Settings > Cellular and scroll all the way to “Wi-Fi Assist.”
The Bluetooth feature keeps dropping for no obvious reason and this is usually a problem with every update. Here are some tips to counter:
- Make sure that all devices are discoverable and are properly paired. Some accessories have a button for this.
- Go to Settings > Bluetooth, find your device and tap “Forget This Device.” Proceed to turning Bluetooth off and on again, and set up the connection again.
- Bluetooth accessories and car systems have their limits, so try deleting old profiles.
- Check with the manufacturer of your Bluetooth accessory or system that the firmware is up to date.
- Try resetting all your network settings by going to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. You’ll have to put passwords in again.
- As a last resort, you could always try a reboot.
Community bug reports inform that when the phone is paired with a Bluetooth device that it’s not broadcasting to, it stops playing audio from its own speaker in the iOS 9. In a perfect world, when your iPhone comes into the range of a Bluetooth device that your phone is working with, you should have the option of choosing whether or not to keep using your iPhone’s speakers and not have your music or sound just drop.
Unfortunately there is no trick to resolve this other than turning your Bluetooth off. This glitch actually resulted from the iOS 9’s new ability to prevent iPhone hackings via Bluetooth.
Muted Siri and no Notification Sound
Notification sound for incoming messages are intermittent and some make no sound at all. If it is your Siri that’s muted, after ensuring that your “mute” button is off, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Speech > Default Dialect and select the one you want. The steps below will help you if your sound issues stem from incoming messages.
- Go to Settings > Notifications and try toggling them on or off, rebooting the device, and going back in to turn them on again.
- Also try Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. You will have to re-enter your information.
iMessage and FaceTime
The new iOS 9 update prevented many from using these services and although it has reportedly been fixed, try the following if you are still experiencing problems.
- Go to Settings > Messages and turn iMessage. If you’re having trouble with FaceTime too, then go to Settings > FaceTime and turn it off as well. Hold down the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons together for around 10 seconds. When the device restarts go back into Settings and turn them both on again.
- Ensure Settings > General > Date & Time and make sure it’s correct.
- Try going to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. You’ll have to set up some things again, but this has worked for a lot of people. Reboot afterwards.
- If the problem persists, contact your carrier as you may need another SIM card.
When cellular data does not turn on for some apps, it can be frustrating. There is no guaranteed fix yet but here are some fixes:
- Turn on Airplane mode on and off again in the Control Center.
- Go to Settings > Cellular and choose “Use cellular data for,” and select the apps not working.
- Try resetting all your network settings by going to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. You’ll have to enter some settings again.
- Try going to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. Once again, you’ll have to enter some afresh.
- You could try uninstalling and reinstalling any problem app.
- Some people report success after fully wiping and setting up the device with a clean install, but others say that the problem persists afterwards. It is worth a try but don’t restore apps from a backup, or the problem is likely to return. Instead install apps manually. To try, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.
- If all else fails, reboot your device. Hold down the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons together for around 10 seconds.
This problem is mostly reported with users running iOS 9 on their older generation iPhones. The root of the problem is that older phones are having their batteries overworked. Having a battery-draining and hot phone is definitely problematic.
Apple is currently updating the iOS 9 and will likely send a solution. In the meantime, minimize damages by:
- Turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not needed.
- Closing unnecessary apps. Double tap, and swipe to shut down the non-essential apps running in the background
Some people have overcome this problem by plugging their device into a MacBook to enable the touchscreen to work properly when the touchscreen freezes. The following is helpful.
- Double tap the Home If you were in an app when it froze, then swipe up on that app’s card to close it.
- Ensure that all of your apps are updated, if a problematic app happens to be updated, you might consider uninstalling it and then reinstalling.
- You can also hold down the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons together to reboot the device.
- Restore your device if problems persist. Plug your device into your computer or laptop and go to File > Devices > Restore from Backup in iTunes.
There was no way that Apple could have known iOS 9 would bring such widespread problems for its users, but it is at least taking steps to smooth them out. Meantime, we hope that you’ve found the above tips helpful. Click here if you are also experiencing problems with the latest OSX El Capital update.
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