It happens to the best of us. One day you’re using your trusty iPhone to crush countless candies, and the next it has the same functionalities as a brick. You don’t know why it’s not working now, but you want it fixed as soon as possible. However, the good news is that there are ways of fixing it. Here are a few tips on fixing the most common iPhone problems.
Calls Aren’t Coming In:
If you have your phone with you almost all day and still see a lengthy list of lost calls, your iPhone might not be alerting you when you have a new call come in. If this is the case, don’t panic. Often the simplest solutions are the most overlooked.
Some reasons that your phone may not be ringing is simply because the sound is on mute, the phone itself is on “do not disturb,” or the phone is blocking those numbers. All of these features can be shut off in the settings.
If that didn’t work, then the phone’s ringtone might have corrupted and it’s time to get a new one. Finally, if it’s not a software problem you might have a broken speaker that needs replacing at your local Apple store. For more information, the folks at lifewire.com explain in detail how to fix these issues.
Phone Won’t Charge:
Phones are pretty cool, but only when they’re charged. So it’s understandable that your phone not charging you might be a bit anxious. If your iPhone isn’t charging, you will first want to make sure that the phone is the problem and it’s not the power outlet or the charger that doesn’t work.
First, try plugging your phone in a different USB slot or power outlet. If it still doesn’t charge then check your charger to make sure it is Apple supported and not visibly damaged.
If neither of these issues is apparent, it may be time to invest in a new charger. If nothing else works then your iPhone may be damaged. Apple goes over in detail the steps to fixing many of these issues, and how to contact a service agent if nothing else works.
Touchscreen Doesn’t Respond:
The only thing worse than not being able to use a phone is being able to see what you can’t use. This is what makes a nonresponsive touchscreen so aggravating.
Luckily there is a way to deal with this. In every iPhone model, there is a way to force the phone to turn off and on again. This varies based on your iPhone model, so it’s important to follow the directions given by Apple on their website that will show you how to force your phone to restart.
If All Else Fails:
Sometimes our best just isn’t good enough. If the problems above aren’t fixed with these tips, or they are only fixed temporarily, it may be time to restart your phone entirely.
This will delete everything on your phone and bring it back to its factory setting, so make sure everything you want to keep (contacts, pictures, music, etc.) is backed up. T-Mobile explains how you can reset your iPhone to its factory state. Once that’s done your phone should function like it’s brand new again.
If your phone truly is broken and cannot be fixed, then it may be time to say goodbye and purchase a new iPhone. If that is the case, then this may be a sign it’s time to upgrade to an iPhone with more storage space and faster performance, like the iPhone 8. And if you do need to purchase a new phone consider purchasing from T-Mobile, who offers not only some of the best deals on iPhones, but is also the fastest mobile network.
There you have it, some of the most common iPhone issues and how to easily fix them. If the issue you are having with your phone isn’t listed here, numerous resources can be found simply by googling “[iPhone problem] + [iPhone model]”, or by setting up an appointment at an Apple Store.