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How to Handle 3 Common iOS 8 Problems

6th January 2015

iPhone users flocked to stores to buy the iPhone 6, waiting in lines for as long as 18 days in some places. Yet acceptance of the iOS 8 operating system has been relatively slow. The most recent reports show that just 63 percent of all iOS devices had upgraded to iOS 8, primarily because of early and persistent reports that the operating system had lots of bugs to work out. Four months out, there are still some issues relative to iOS 8, but there are some work-arounds to trick your Apple device into working as advertised.

1. Addressing Short Battery Life

“In most situations, it isn’t necessary to run the screen at full brightness to see everything clearly”.

iOS 8 devices are advertised to last up to 24 hours between recharges, but some users aren’t getting nearly this much life out of their devices. There are several things you can try, which may boost your battery’s longevity to what you were promised by that sales rep.

First, adjust the brightness of the screen. The screen is the single biggest drain on the battery. Go to Settings, and choose Display. Set the brightness level to half or less. This should improve your battery’s ability to power the phone.

Next, check to see what apps are draining your battery the most. Go to Settings, and select General. Under Usage, choose Battery Usage. This will provide you with a list of apps, ordered from the highest battery drainer to the lowest. You can then uninstall any unnecessary apps that are draining your battery, or close them out when you’re away from a power source.

Lastly, shut off the LTE signal search when you’re out of service range. If the phone can’t find a signal, it can drain the battery searching. Go to Settings and choose Cellular. There, toggle off the Enable LTE. Be sure to turn this setting back on when you’re back in service range.

Other things that can help is turning off the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when you’re not using them and switching off cellular data when you’re out of signal range.

2. Device Dropping or Slowing Down on Wi-Fi

“Don’t blame your barista for the unreliable Wi-Fi service. It’s probably your iPhone”.

iOS 8 apparently has some issues relative to how the system handles the connections between the wireless router and the device. One solution that works for many users is to switch the wireless band from 5Ghz to 2.4Ghz. You can do this by going into Settings, selecting Wi-Fi, and changing the default of 5Ghz to 2.4Ghz.

Resetting the network connections is also helpful to many users, and this step can also resolve some of the Bluetooth issues experienced by iOS 8 users. Go to Settings, select General, and choose Reset. Select Reset Network Connections.

3. Can’t Hear Callers well via the Earpiece

A number of users have also complained that it’s hard to hear a phone call through the earpiece, even when music and videos are plenty loud enough. This is apparently a problem with Apple’s Ambient Noise Reduction feature, but you can turn this feature off, which usually solves this issue. Go to Settings and select General. Go to Accessibility, and turn off Phone Noise Cancellation. If this doesn’t work, it’s likely a problem with the earphones or the component that the earphones plug into. If your device is under warranty (which almost all iOS 8 devices still are), Apple should be able to fix this or offer a replacement. This problem is most common on the iPhone 6 Plus.


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