iOS 14 problems and fixes – bad iPhone battery life, locked widgets and dodgy WiFi
WITH Apple’s latest iPhone update having now rolled out across the globe, millions of fan are able to enjoy the fun new features of iOS 14.
As it’s still early days for the software, there are some glitches and other problems to look out for – we explain some of the main iOS 14 issues below.
Apple’s latest iPhone update has proven popular with fans[/caption]
Widgets not working
Launched on September 16, iOS 14 added a bunch of cool new features, including “widgets” that you can add to your home screen.
These blobs of data give you timely information from your favourite apps at a glance – but they don’t always work properly.
Some users report not being able to add or edit widgets properly, particularly for specific non-Apple widgets.
It’s a known glitch that Apple will surely release an update for, but in the mean time try opening the app linked to the widget before trying to add the widget itseld.
You can add fun ‘widgets’ to your iOS 14 home screen[/caption]
Can’t download iOS 14
Apple’s update has rolled out to most iPhone fans, but not every one of its mobiles can download it.
The update works on the following devices:
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE (1st gen)
- iPhone SE (2nd gen)
If your device isn’t on this list, then it won’t be able to update to iOS 14.
Although it’s disappointing that older models aren’t supported, Apple’s upgrade list is still very impressive.
The iPhone 6s came out way back in 2015, making it five years old when iOS 14 launched.
By contrast, Android phones typically only retain support for new software versions for two years – and three if you’re lucky.
The upgrade only works on mobiles that launched after the iPhone 6[/caption]
Another issue reported by some iOS 14 adopters is problems connecting to WiFi.
Apparently, WiFi on some phones drops out when people lock their device or put their phone into sleep mode.
Apple released an update, iOS 14.0.1, that aims to fix the issue. If you’re still experiencing problems, make sure your phone is up to date.
Apple has made a lot of changes to the home screen setup[/caption]
Poor battery life
Some users have reported that their iPhone’s battery life has taken a hit following the iOS 14 update.
One user on Twitter described an “unbelievable” battery drain since they downloaded iOS 14 that caused their charge to go “from 90 per cent to 3 per cent in one hour”.
This issue often occurs following major iPhone updates.
Your phone’s files and apps are arranged in indexes, keeping all of your phone’s information organised – and, importantly, quickly accessible.
When a major software update happens, lots of the code and systems that make up your phone get changed significantly.
This means your iPhone has to re-organise and re-index the apps and data on your phone, to make it more searchable.
Widgets are a fun way to change the look of your home screen[/caption]
This puts a heavy demand on your iPhone’s processor, which inevitably creates additional drain on your battery.
The good news is that this process only lasts for around 24-48 hours, so your battery life should be back to normal two days after the iOS 13 update.
Of course, there are other reasons your battery life may be struggling too.
As iOS 13 lands, lots of developers suddenly start updating their apps to support the new system and features.
That’s why you’ve probably been seeing many more app updates on your App Store lately.
If you have Automatic App Updates turned on, these updates will be happening in the background throughout the day.
This creates additional processor load and requires an internet connection, both of which will drain your battery more quickly.
Finally, major iPhone updates generally get us using our phones a bit more.
Keen users rush to try out new features, and inevitably spend more time on their handsets each day.
This may also be a contributing factor to your phone’s poor battery life.
What is iOS 14? A quick guide
Apple’s mobile software – from your home screen to the settings and apps – is called iOS.
Each year, Apple releases a major new upgrade to this software with brand new features.
This year it’s called iOS 14, and there are loads of new features to get excited about.
You can use virtual car keys that can be texted to pals, upgrade your Memoji with a face mask, and even speak in other languages through a live translation app.
iPhone tricks to try today
Here are some of the best…
- Typing cursor – When typing, hold down the space bar to turn your keyboard into a trackpad, letting you move around words and sentences more easily
- Close all Safari tabs – To do this in one go, simply hold the overlapped squares in the bottom right-hand corner, and press close all tabs
- Delete lots of photos quickly – Hold down on a photo and then drag your finger diagonally in Photos to select lots of images at once, then hit delete
- Convert currency quickly – Swipe down from the top of your Home screen (or swipe left to right on an iPhone X or later model), then tap in the bar and type a currency (like $200) and it will automatically covert to your local currency
- Check if you’re due a battery upgrade – Batteries inside smartphones degrade over time. Just go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health, and check out the Maximum Capacity reading. Generally a battery is considered worn when you’re down to 80% capacity. If you’re below, you can buy a battery swap from Apple
- Move apps around faster – Hold an app until it starts wiggling, then (while still holding) tap other apps, causing them to stack so you can move them around easier
How to get iOS 14 on your iPhone
You’ll need to go to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone.
This will show you any available software updates, including iOS 14.
Then you’ll need to download and install it, which could take some time depending on your iPhone model.
Remember to read and follow our guide on how to back up your iPhone before installing the update.
This will ensure you don’t lose any data if anything goes wrong.
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