iPhone 5 users are running into problems with iOS 10, iOS 9 and older versions of Apple’s operating system. With that in mind we want to show you how to fix the most common iPhone 5 problems.
In September, after a lengthy stay in Apple’s beta program, Apple released iOS 10 for the iPhone 5 and others. The iOS 10 update brought tons of features and enhancements to the iPhone 5 but it also brought some problems to the former flagship.
iPhone 5 users need help and today we want to share some fixes for common iPhone 5 problems. These fixes will cover the most common issues found on iOS 7, iOS 8 iOS 9, and iOS 10.
There’s no guarantee they’ll fix your issue but they’re worth a shot if you don’t want to take your device into an Apple Store just yet.
How to Fix iPhone 5 Battery Life Problems
Some iPhone 5 users are experiencing battery life woes after making the move to Apple’s iOS 10 operating system.
There’s also a good chance that the battery drain on the iPhone 5 isn’t being caused by iOS 10 or whatever operating system you’re currently running. Third-party apps have a way of wrecking havoc on an iPhone’s juice.
If you start to notice a drain on battery, take a look at our list of fixes for bad iPhone 5 battery life. They will help you better manage your apps and services and if you’re lucky, help you get rid of that annoying battery drain.
How to Fix iPhone 5 Wi-Fi Issues
iPhone 5 Wi-Fi issues date back several years and we expect them to continue as the months and years go on.
iPhone 5 users have complained about a wide variety of issues from grayed out Wi-Fi to unstable connections. Those issues continue to popup after Apple’s iOS 10 release and we’ve heard from a few iPhone 5 users who’ve seen issues with the latest version of the operating system.
There is no guaranteed fix for iPhone 5 Wi-Fi issues but there are a few things that users can try before performing a factory reset, replacing a router, or taking the iPhone down to an Apple Store.
First, if you can, try restarting the modem. Leave it off for a solid minute and then plug it back in to see if that helps. If it doesn’t, try restarting your phone.
If none of that works you’ll will want to reset your network settings. To do this, turn on your iPhone 5 and head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
You will need the passcode and again, a few minutes of time because the phone is going to reboot itself to complete the changes. If you decide to try this fix you’ll also want to track down commonly used Wi-Fi passwords because you will need to input them again.
If that doesn’t fix things, you can also try turning off Wi-Fi Networking. To do that, head to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services. After that reboot the phone.
If none of this helps, take a look at Apple’s list of potential fixes for Wi-Fi issues.
How to Fix iPhone 5 Bluetooth Problems
Bluetooth problems are among the most common iOS issues and iPhone 5 users are running into them on iOS 10 and older versions of iOS.
While there doesn’t appear to be a cure all fix, we know of a few potential remedies to try with your iPhone 5.
First, try forgetting the Bluetooth connection giving you a problem. Go to your Settings > Bluetooth > and select the proper connection using the circular blue “i” tab and then tap Forget this Device.
If that doesn’t help you’ll want to first try resetting your Network Settings. To do that head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
You can also try a reset to all settings. To do this, head to Settings > General > Reset > and select Reset All Settings.
Again, before you try either of those, have your Wi-Fi passwords handy.
How to Fix iPhone 5 App Issues
We’ve been hearing a lot of complaints about applications crashing and freezing in iOS 10.
Apple’s not going to be fixing these issues and it’s going to be up to third-party developers to take care of these problems. This means that fixes, permanent ones, could take awhile.
First, make sure applications on your iPhone 5 are updated. App updates with support for iOS 10 have been trickling out since launch. Many iPhone users are horrible about updating apps and that’s a habit that can, and should, be broken immediately.
iPhone 5 users who are forgetful or lazy will want to turn on automatic App Store updates because it will keep apps automatically updated and ensure that they are always on the latest version with the latest bug fixes.
To do that, head into Settings > iTunes & App Store > toggle Updates on.
If you need additional assistance, get in contact with the developer or find the app’s support forum. Spotify’s support forum is just one example.
How to Improve Performance on iPhone 5
Our iOS 10 experience on the iPhone 5 has been pretty good thus far. For a device that’s going on five years old, it’s still performing at a pretty high level. That said, we’ve heard from some iPhone 5 users who are noticing a drop in performance.
There are some ways to speed up the performance on the iPhone 5 should it get a little choppy. We’ve outlined a number of different strategies including reducing animations and pretty effects, resetting settings, or restoring back to factory settings.
Keep in mind, there is no cure all for performance issues on the iPhone 5 or any other iPhone. If nothing works, you might have to resort to restoring from a backup.
How to Fix iPhone 5 Landscape Issues
The iPhone 5 can sometimes get stuck in landscape mode. This is a huge problem, especially when using the camera app.
If this happens you can lock the orientation of the phone in portrait. This way, when the iPhone 5 is utilizing an app like camera, it won’t shift to landscape mode, get stuck, and potentially ruin the footage that is being shot.
To lock it in portrait, pull up Control Center from the bottom of the phone, look for the lock in the top right corner, and hit that. This will lock it up so that it won’t move out of portrait mode.
If that doesn’t work, try a hard reset. Hold down the home button and power button for 10 seconds until the iPhone 5 reboots.
How to Fix iPhone 5 iMessage Problems
iPhone 5 iMessage problems are extremely common and users continue to complain about issues after the iOS 10 update. Here’s how to potentially fix those issues.
First, try toggling iMessage off and on. If that doesn’t work, try rebooting the phone. If neither of those work, it’s time to reset the device’s network settings.
To do that, head into Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. The phone will reboot, and while the stored Wi-Fi networks will be lost, reentering a Wi-Fi password is a small price to pay for working iMessages.
How to Fix iPhone 5 Random Reboots
We’ve heard about occasional random reboots on the iPhone after the arrival of iOS 10.2. It can be difficult to fix these but here’s what to try.
First, try restarting the iPhone 5. This helped us when we encountered random reboots on the iPhone in iOS 10.
We also recommend resetting all of your iPhone 5’s settings. To do that, Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings.
It also might be worth it to uninstall recent apps if the problems just started. If nothing works, iPhone 5 you will simply have to wait for the next iOS update.
How to Fix iPhone 5 Keyboard Lag
We’ve encountered the occasional keyboard lag on the iPhone 5 when shooting off an email or iMessage. There are a few things iPhone 5 users can try to solve these problems should they pop up during email or messaging.
First try resetting your phone. If you haven’t done this in awhile, a simple restart could help return things to normal.
If that doesn’t work, try resetting all of your device’s settings. To do that, General > Reset > Reset All Settings.
How to Fix iPhone 5 Cellular Data Issues
We’ve heard complaints about cellular data issues on the iPhone 5. Slow connections, no connections and other random problems have plagued some iPhone users in the months since the iOS 10 release.
To try and fix these, first try restarting the iPhone 5. This has worked for us in the past. If that simply fix doesn’t work, try toggling cellular data on and off. This also has had a positive effect on our connectivity. To do that, Cellular > Cellular Data > Toggle Off.
Finally, if none of that works, try flipping Airplane Mode on, waiting 30 seconds, and then flipping it off. This, like the other fixes, has worked to dislodge cellular data issues in the past.
How to Fix iPhone 5 Problems If Nothing Else Works
If none of this works and Apple’s discussion forums aren’t helping, we have two recommendations. First, take the iPhone or iPad to a Genius Bar at the local Apple Store. They’ll help diagnose the problem.
If you don’t want to leave the house, you can get in contact with Apple’s customer support on Twitter for help.
If you’re at the end of your rope, it’s time to consider a factory reset. Factory resets will wipe the iPhone 5 clean though it has worked wonders for devices in the past.
To do that choose Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Again, this will wipe everything from the iPhone or iPad, so you might want to make a backup just in case.
Here’s how to restore from a backup.
Install iOS 10.3 If You Want Better Security
If you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider downloading the iOS 10.3 update on your iPhone or iPad.
The iOS 10.3 update brings over 60 known patches for potential exploits. That's substantial, even for a milestone upgrade. The previous version of iOS 10, iOS 10.2.1, brought 14 known patches.
Among them is a patch for a Safari ransomware bug that scammers used to extort iOS users who viewed pornography on their device.
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.
If you skipped the iOS 10.2.1 update and/or the iOS 10.2 update, know that iOS 10.3 brings their security patches with it as well. Again, the iOS 10.2.1 update had 14 important patches on board. You can see them all right here.
If you failed to install Apple's iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.3 will also bring the three crucial security patches it delivered last year. These patch up serious security problems that could potentially expose your calls, contacts, texts, and emails.
If security is important to you, iOS 10.3 is probably worth a download right now.