Learn how to fix most iOS 10 issues, including the biggest iOS 10 bugs, app crashes and other complaints, with our guide to solving iOS 10 problems.
Apple’s iOS 10, the latest version of its iPhone and iPad operating system, packs some great new features like an all-new lock screen, an improved keyboard and updates to most of Apple’s existing apps. However, we’ve also experienced loads of iOS 10 issues, from crashes and bugs to weird new features that we really don’t like.
If you’re experiencing problems with iOS 10 as well, don’t fret. We’ve been kind enough to compile this extensive guide to some of the biggest iOS 10 issues and how to solve them, quickly and easily. And if you’re rocking an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, take a look at our iPhone 7 tips and tricks guide for more ways to get the most out of your iPhone.
iOS 10 issues solved: App crashes
When you update to iOS 10, chances are not all of your old apps will work as expected. Since we’ve updated, we’ve had dozens of apps fall on their arse every time we try and load them. Between crashes and the rest, it can be pretty frustrating.
Thankfully the answer is almost always quite simple. Like the time-honoured tradition of ‘turn it off and turn it on again’, all you need to do to solve 95 per cent of these app woes is delete the troublesome app and then reinstall it.
To delete an app, just push your finger against the icon and hold it there until all of your apps begin to shake. Note that if you have the iPhone 6s or above, you’ll need to push the icon very lightly, or 3D Touch will think that you’re trying to open the shortcut menu. Once everything’s jiggling, just tap the X at the top right corner of the app icon and it will be deleted.
Head to the App Store and re-download the app (which won’t cost you a thing if you’ve already bought it). When this is done, the app will hopefully work as before.
iOS 10 issues solved: Running out of storage
A common problem with iPhones and iPads is running out of storage space, which means no more room for your photos, videos and apps. And good ol’ Apple decided not to include microSD memory card support, so users can quickly and easily expand the on-board storage.
However, there are plenty of ways to get around this issue. Check out our full guide on how to add extra storage to iPhones for more info.
iOS 10 issues solved: Disable having to push the home button to unlock your iPhone with Touch ID
One of the most irritating new ‘features’ of iOS 10 is having to push down the home button on your iPhone or iPad in order to unlock them with your fingerprint. No longer can you simply rest your digit on the surface, an action we were all very much accustomed to.
Thank the purple stars then that this little issue can be solved in your iPhone or iPad’s settings menu.
Once you’re inside the Settings menu, tap General, followed by Accessibility and then find and tap Home Button.
One of the options in here is called ‘Rest Finger to Open’ and it’s disabled by default. Turn this on with a tap of the virtual switch and you’ll no longer have to push the button to unlock your iOS device. Phew!
iOS 10 issues solved: Worse battery life
If your iPhone or iPad battery life is suddenly a lot worse since you updated to iOS 10, chances are there’s one or two culprits that you need to clamp down on.
To find out what’s killing your battery life, head to the Settings app and then tap Battery. In this menu you’ll see a handy breakdown of everything that’s been sapping your iOS device’s power. Tap the ‘Last 4 days’ tab to get a more accurate report.
If the top of the power-sucking table is inhabited by an app that you don’t really need, then getting rid of it could help to get your battery life back to normal.
Anything with ‘Background activity’ next to it is allowed to operate even when you’re not actively using it, which means it could be draining your iPhone or iPad’s battery without your knowledge. If this is the case, head to the General menu in the Settings app and then tap ‘Background App Refresh’. Turn this feature off for the biggest power-draining offenders.
If you find yourself running low on power when you’re nowhere near a plug socket, try activating Apple’s Low Power Mode. Head to the iPhone or iPad’s Settings, then Battery. This turns off some key iOS features but will help to prolong your device’s remaining life, so you can keep in touch with your contacts.
iOS 10 issues solved: Bluetooth has stopped working properly
One of the biggest irritations when we first updated to iOS 10 was our Bluetooth gear failing to properly connect each time we turned it on. Sometimes our wireless headphones would connect to our iPhones, but we wouldn’t hear any sound through them. Other times, our Bluetooth gear would just refuse altogether to pair up.
If you’re having these problems too, try heading to the iOS 10 Settings and then General, and then scroll to the bottom and tap Reset. In here, tap the Reset Network Settings option.
You’ll need to re-enter your WiFi details when this is done, as well as pairing your Bluetooth kit again. However, with any luck you won’t have connectivity issues any longer.
Note that this method can also be used to resolve most WiFi issues in iOS 10.
iOS 10 issues solved: New emails don’t appear or the Mail app won’t accept your password
If you get your mail through Apple’s mail app, there’s a chance that you might not be seeing any new messages popping up in your inbox after updating to iOS 10. Alternatively, the Mail app might not even let you log in with your email ID and password, claiming that your credentials are crap.
This problem may also rear its ugly head if you’re using a different mail app, including Gmail or other popular clients.
In most cases, this can be resolved by removing the impacted email account and starting again. To do this, head to Settings and then Mail. In here, choose Accounts.
Select the account that you’re having issues with and choose sign out. With that done, hit ‘Add Account’ and re-enter your details. Hopefully this should solve the problem.
iOS 10 issues solved: iMessage effects
If you find that those cool new iMessage effects aren’t working on your iPhone since you updated to iOS 10, check to see if you have ‘Reduce Motion’ enabled on your device.
Head to the iOS 10 Settings, then tap General, and then Accessibility. In here you’ll see the Reduce Motion option, which will either be on or off.
If it’s on, give it a poke and flip the virtual switch to turn it off. You should then see those snazzy iMessage special effects.