How to Fix Your iPhone When an iOS Update Causes Issues


Whether you’ve bit the bullet and installed a brand-new iOS beta on your iPhone or you’re updating to a new public release of iOS, the process usually goes swimmingly. When it doesn’t, however, the anxiety kicks in: How the heck do you fix an iPhone that almost works perfectly, save for some new, fatal flaw?

This is exactly what happened to Lifehacker Managing Editor Joel Cunningham recently. At my urging, he went and installed the iOS 14 developer beta on his primary iPhone—why not?—only to find that the device didn’t work the same as before. As he writes:

Joel Slacked me for some help, and I was more than happy to share the troubleshooting techniques that have worked for me whenever I’ve had an issue with my iPhone’s messages or calls. These aren’t just for fixing your iPhone if a beta update goes bad; I’ve had normal iOS updates suddenly turn my smartphone into an internet-only brick. Here’s what I’ve done—in the order I’ve done it—to get my messages and cellular service working again.

1. Restart your phone

This tried-and-true technique is my first go-to whenever my iPhone starts acting up. Shut your iPhone down, wait a few seconds, and hold the power button until you see the Apple logo to turn it back on. This will hopefully address the most basic of issues you’ve having, like a sluggish operating system. If not, you’ll need to get a little more creative.

2. Check for carrier updates

It’s possible, though unlikely, that you might have some lingering carrier update for your iPhone that will make everything better again. You don’t check for this via Settings > General > Software Update, rather, visit Settings > General > About and wait for a pop-up to notify you about a carrier update. If you don’t get that notification, you don’t have one. On to more troubleshooting!..Read more>>




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