As we push away from the iPhone 7 release date we’re starting to hear about some of the problems affecting Apple’s new model. If you’re dealing with an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus problem try one of the fixes below before you take your phone to an Apple Store.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are finally here and they’re now the face of Apple’s iPhone line. The two devices feature some notable changes from last year’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus including improved designs, cameras, and performance. They also come with a new home button.
Apple’s new iPhone models are solid replacements for last year’s models but they aren’t perfect. iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus owners are already running into trouble and we expect iPhone 7 problems to continue to emerge in the months to come.
As we’ve noted, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users are reporting a number of different problems with the new devices. Some, like battery life woes, always seem to popup after an iPhone launch. Others, like a “No Service” bug, are a little more unusual.
If you encounter an iPhone 7 problem don’t panic. Before you take your device down to an Apple Store you’ll want to try and fix the problem yourself. And this collection of fixes for common iPhone 7 problems might just have your remedy.
Try these fixes before you make an appointment with an Apple Genius or take your new phone down to a carrier store.
How to Fix iPhone 7 Activation Problems
Activation issues are among the most common iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus problems facing new iPhone owners.
While the problems have died down a bit since the iPhone 7 release date on September 16th, we’re still seeing scattered reports of failed activations.
Fortunately, there are a few remedies to try before you take your phone into an Apple Store or carrier location.
First, try swapping your new SIM card for your old one. If you’re unable to or it fails, you’ll want to try activating your new iPhone 7 via iTunes. iTunes is more reliable than activating over a Wi-Fi network.
If you still can’t complete the process, you’ll want to make an appointment at an Apple Store or head into your local carrier store to see if they can sort it out for you.
How to Fix iPhone 7 iCloud Restore Problems
We’ve seen reports of iPhone 7 models getting stuck updating iCloud settings. If this happens to you you’ll want to hold down the Power button and Volume Down for a few seconds and wait for the device to reboot. Once it reboots, try the process again.
We’ve also seen complaints about iCloud Restore problems. To fix this, create a local backup on your computer and then restore it to your iPhone 7. This workaround worked for us and it might work for you.
If you’re unable to get your old iPhone and its data backed up, check out our iCloud backup problems and fixes.
How to Fix iPhone 7 Battery Life Problems
Abnormal battery drain is an extremely common iPhone problem so it hasn’t been surprising to see complaints from new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus owners.
The iPhone 7 battery is so bad, I've been using it for one hour and it's almost dead already
— Red Retract (@RedRetract) September 18, 2016
Weird, the rate at which Bluetooth drains battery on my iPhone 7 seems far greater than any of my Android devices
— Jared Busch (@SmokingAndroid) September 19, 2016
Before you take your phone in or drastically alter your settings note that it sometimes can take a couple of days for iOS and a new iPhone to settle. If you’re still noticing weird battery drain after two days of use, you’ll want to take action.
How to Fix iPhone 7 Performance Problems
We’ve noticed a bit of lag on our iPhone 7 models and it looks like some other iPhone 7 users are seeing the same.
There is these extreme lag in iPhone 7
— 🤦🏻♂️Leonard 🤦🏻♂️ (@leothelion96) October 25, 2016
Did iOS 10.1 happen to fix the iPhone 7’s homescreen animation lag?
— Joey Banks (@joeyabanks) October 24, 2016
@iDeviceHelpus picked up my iPhone 7 and noticed some animation lag while closing apps.
I'm running on iOS 10.0.3. Any solutions ?
— Aditya (@aditya281950) October 23, 2016
If performance doesn’t improve a couple of days after opening your new iPhone or if your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus suddenly becomes sluggish, you’ll want to consult our list of tips to improve iOS performance.
Sometimes it can take a few days for a new iPhone to settle so don’t do anything drastic until you’ve given the device and its software a couple of days to get on the same page.
How to Fix iPhone 7 Wi-Fi Problems
Wi-Fi problems are one of the most common iPhone problems and iPhone 7 users are already running into trouble with their connections.
iPhone 7 Wi-Fi problems are plaguing iPhone users around the world and we expect complaints to pickup as more people get their hands on the regular model and the Plus model.
If Wi-Fi starts acting up on your iPhone 7 there are a few things you can try. The first step is to investigate the router you’re using. If you can.
If you’re able to unplug the router for a solid minute, try that. If that doesn’t work, you might want to look into a firmware update. You’ll need to look up your router model online because the update process isn’t the same for every router.
If you’re positive it’s not the router, there are a few things you’ll want to try on the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus itself.
The first thing to do is forget the network giving you problems. Head to your Settings > Wi-Fi > Select your connection > Tap Forget this Network at the top of the screen. This will forget the network and force you to reenter the password so make sure you have it handy.
If this doesn’t help, try resetting your network settings. Head into Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. The process will take a few seconds to complete and you’ll lose your known Wi-Fi passwords.
If that fails to dislodge your iPhone 7 Wi-Fi issue, head here for some other potential fixes for Wi-Fi issues. Apple’s also got its own guide to iPhone Wi-Fi problems available so that’s a resource to look at as well.
How to Fix iPhone 7 Bluetooth Problems
We’re also starting to hear about iPhone 7 Bluetooth problems. Bluetooth issues are extremely common iPhone issues and they can popup at any time.
Finding original Beats Pill speaker and Beats Studio noticeable lag on both iPhone 6s/7 plus with VO gesturing.
— David Woodbridge (@dwoodbridge) September 19, 2016
If you start experiencing Bluetooth problems, the first thing you’ll want to do is forget the device giving you an issue. To forget a Bluetooth connection on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus go to Settings > Bluetooth > Select your connection using the circular blue i tab > Tap Forget this Device. Try reconnecting.
If this doesn’t help your device reconnect to your speakers or headset, it’s time to go a step further. First, try resetting your iPhone 7’s network settings. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. This will take a few seconds and you won’t lose any data.
If that doesn’t help, try resetting all of your settings. To do this go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. This will restore your settings to their factory defaults so you’ll need Wi-Fi passwords handy. If you’ve customized a ton of settings on your iPhone, it could take awhile to restore them.
If this doesn’t help your iPhone 7, you’ll want to consult your manual for your speaker, headset, car, etc. Most products have manuals online so do a quick Google search for your product and see what you find.
With the release of iOS 10, we are aware of possible connectivity issues. We apologize for the inconvenience & thank you for your patience.
— Honda Customer Svc (@HondaCustSvc) September 22, 2016
If you’re dealing with a Bluetooth issue in the car and you can’t find a manual fix, you might want to make an appointment with your local dealer to see if they can diagnose the problem for you.
How to Fix iPhone 7 Hissing Problems
Some iPhone 7 users are reportedly hearing hissing noises coming from their iPhone 7 when the phone is working hard.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a manual fix for this other than to monitor how you’re using your iPhone 7. The hissing apparently comes from the back of the device when the processor is dealing with intensive apps and games.
It appears that Apple might replace your unit though with iPhone 7 stock as low as it is, you might be waiting a few weeks for a replacement model.
If you’re noticing hissing sounds and you want to replace your iPhone 7, get in touch with Apple customer service.
How to Fix iPhone 7 Random Reboots
iPhone random reboots are another common issue and we’ve already experienced a couple on our version of the AT&T iPhone 7.
If you’re unfamiliar with this common issue, it’s when the device shuts down on its own, shows the Apple logo, goes to the lock screen, and then reboots again without warning. It’s a frustrating problem to say the least.
Just so my iPhone froze, trying to reboot it and now it stuck with just the apple logo, sigh ok google how do you fix this
— WIN NEW IPHONE 7 NOW (@giveawayxsoft) October 26, 2016
— Sommer Thomas (@sommerrt) October 24, 2016
To try and get out of a boot loop you’ll want to hold down the Volume Down button and the Power button at the same time. The device will show the Apple logo and restart.
This typically gets rid of the problem, at least temporarily. If you’re seeing more than a few random reboots a week you might want to bring your iPhone 7 into an Apple Store.
How to Fix iPhone 7 3D Touch Problems
Like the iPhone 6s, the iPhone 7 comes with 3D Touch. 3D Touch allows you to make hard presses on the screen to open up shortcuts and features.
iPhone 7 users are saying that 3D Touch sometimes pops up too fast and some are simply having problems getting its various shortcuts to popup.
If you’re having issues with 3D Touch, try adjusting the feature’s sensitivity. To do that, head into Settings > General > Accessibility > scroll down to 3D Touch and tap.
The default is set to medium but you can switch it to firm or light. You can test the sensitivity at the bottom to see what suits you best.
If that doesn’t fix your problem try resettings your settings. Head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. Your device will forget known Wi-Fi passwords but you won’t lose any data.
How to Fix iPhone 7 Problems If Nothing Else Works
If nothing listed here works for your iPhone 7 problem, head to Apple’s discussion forums and ask for help. There are tons of knowledgable users on there. You might also get in touch with Apple Support on Twitter.
If they can’t help and you don’t want to get up from your computer chair, you can try downgrading to a previous version of iOS when one is available.
Apple typically keeps the downgrade loophole open for a few weeks before closing it off so you’ll need to act quickly.
You can also opt to restore from a backup assuming you have one. Here’s how to do that. You’ll want to allot an hour or so of time to make sure you do this properly.
To restore from a backup:
- Plug in and backup to the computer or to iCloud.
- Turn off Find My iPhone – Settings -> iCloud -> Find my iPhone -> Off.
- In iTunes Click Restore.
- Follow the prompts and the iPhone will reinstall iOS 10 from scratch.
- When it completes click Restore from Backup to put your information back on the iPhone or Choose to set up as a new iPhone.
- Choosing to set up as a new iPhone will erase your files and data so please be careful.
If that doesn’t work, setup an appointment to take your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus in to see an Apple Genius.
They’ll diagnose your problem and if its necessary, hand you a new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. Remember, you get a free one year warranty with your new device.
Install iOS 10.1.1 If You Want Better Security
If you failed to make the move to iOS 10.1 before the iOS 10.1.1 release and you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider the iOS 10.1.1 update.
If you failed to download iOS 10.1 know that iOS 10.1.1 brings iOS 10.1's 12 security patches along with it. These patches enhance the security on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch making them ideal for those of you who store sensitive files/data on your device. Most people do.
Apple's iOS 10.1.1 update comes with those patches and it also brings the patches from Apple's previous versions of iOS 10. If you haven't downloaded iOS 10 yet, you'll get all of those baked in. This is important, particularly for those of you on something older than iOS 9.3.5.
If you failed to install Apple's iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.1.1 will also bring the three crucial security patches it delivered earlier this year. These patch up serious security problems that could potentially expose your calls, contacts, texts, and emails.
If security is important to you, iOS 10.1.1 is probably worth a download right now.