10 common iPhone problems and how to fix them

Don't panic if you see the blue screen of death, we've got you covered

The iPhone is one of the best smartphones around. It’s a great phone, but it’s not perfect.

Luckily for you, iPhone owner, these problems can be fixed easily. So you don’t have to panic when your phone freezes up or refuses to connect to a network. We have the cure.

Blue screen of death

The Apple logo shows up and stays there. Or worse, you see a red or blue screen of death. Don’t panic. There’s still hope on the horizon.

Fix it: Connect your iPhone to a computer and start up iTunes. While it’s connected, reboot your iPhone by pressing and holding the Power and Home buttons. The Apple logo should show up, but continue holding until you see the Recovery screen.

Your work’s not done yet though. An error window should show up in iTunes telling you that your iPhone needs to be restored or updated. Pick Update and iTunes should try to reinstall iOS without sacrificing your data.

All should be smooth sailing from here on out. But should the process take more than 15 minutes, your iPhone will exit Recovery mode and you will need to restart the whole process again.

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Connecting to Wi-Fi

You’re supposed to be on Wi-Fi, but it’s just not connecting to the network. Time after time, your iPhone tries to make the connection, and fails even though the Wi-FI network you're trying to connect to is clearly available. Don’t give up.

Fix it: Aside from checking the router and cable connections, you should also make sure the Wi-Fi setting is switched on in your phone under Settings then Wi-Fi. If not, try enabling Airplane mode for 30 seconds then disabling it.

If that still doesn’t work, you should restart your iPhone as well as your router. Unplug it and plug it back in if you have to. And if that doesn’t do the trick, try resetting your Network Settings by going to Settings, then General, then Reset, and finally Reset Network Settings. Doing this will reset your Wi-Fi networks and passwords though, so be prepared to do some reentering.

Apps crashing

You’re browsing through your favourite news app, or looking through an online shop’s catalogue when suddenly the phone blinks back to your home menu. We’ve all been there before, and it’s annoying as heck.

Fix it: First, double press the Home button to bring up the app manager and swipe the offending app away. Try and open it again. If it still continues to hang, you might want to make sure that your apps are up to date.

You can turn on automatic Updates by going to Settings, then iTunes and App Store. Just make sure Use Mobile Data is toggled off to prevent your data ration from being wasted.

If you still experience crashes after updating your apps, it could be iOS that’s the problem, so make sure you have the latest update installed. Go to General, then Settings, then Software Update to make sure your iPhone is running the latest software.