Apple’s fixed a ton of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus problems, but a number of issues remain. With that in mind, we want to show you how to fix the most common iPhone 6 problems in minutes.
Its been several years since the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. And in the years since their release, Apple’s worked to refine their software.
The two devices received a number of important iOS 8, iOS 9, and iOS 10 updates and more recently they’ve moved to Apple’s iOS 11 operating system. Both devices are currently running iOS 11.4.1 with an upgrade to iOS 12 in the works.
While the the iPhone 6’s iOS 11 update is currently stable for us, others are running into iPhone 6 problems on Apple’s new software. Others continue to struggle on iOS 10, iOS 9, and in some very rare cases, iOS 8.
Today we want to share the most common iPhone 6 problems we’ve seen and offer fixes to those in need. These fixes should also work for iOS 8, iOS 9, or iOS 10 if for some reason you’re currently running an older operating system.
Try these fixes before you take your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus down to the Geniuses at the Apple Store or a third-party repair shop.
How to Fix iPhone 6 Battery Life Problems
Our iPhone 6 battery life is still strong, but others are running into problems on iOS 11 and older versions of iOS.
While it’s easy to blame your problems on a new update, there’s a good chance that it’s an app or your bad habits causing the issues.
If you start noticing bad iPhone 6 battery life on iOS 11 or below, take a look at our list of potential fixes. They’ve helped us maintain solid battery life years after the phone’s release.
How to Fix iPhone 6 Wi-Fi Issues
Wi-Fi issues continue to be an issue for some iPhone 6 users. Some iPhone 6 users are saying that their Wi-Fi simply stopped working, others are complaining about unreliable speeds.
The first thing you’ll will want to do is reset your device’s network settings. To do this, open up the iPhone 6 and head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. You will need a passcode and you’ll also need your Wi-Fi password handy.
If that doesn’t fix things, try turning off Wi-Fi Networking. To do that, head to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services. Reboot the phone.
If that still doesn’t help, try forgetting the Wi-Fi network that’s giving you problems. Go into your Settings > Wi-Fi > Select your connection > Tap Forget this Network at the top of the screen. Try reconnecting to the network.
We also recommend unplugging your router for 30 seconds to a minute to see if that helps. You might also want to update your router’s firmware.
How to Fix iPhone 6 Bluetooth Problems
If you start noticing Bluetooth problems on your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, don’t panic. There are several potential fixes out there.
First, try resetting all of your iPhone 6’s network settings. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. This should only take a few moments.
If that doesn’t work, try resetting all of your device’s settings. To do this, open up the iPhone 6 and head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. Make sure you have your passcode and Wi-Fi passwords handy before doing this.
If this doesn’t help, try forgetting your Bluetooth networks. To forget them: Settings > Bluetooth > Select your connection using the circular blue i tab > Tap Forget this Device. Now, try to connect your iPhone 6.
If you are having issues with Bluetooth in the car, consult your car’s manual and/or check out this guide from Apple. Fixing these issues can be tricky.
How to Fix iPhone 6 App Issues
There are a few things to try if your app performance suddenly takes a hit.
First, make sure applications on the iPhone 6 are updated. App updates with support (and fixes) for iOS 11 have been trickling out since launch.
iPhone 6 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.
If you’re having issues downloading apps from the App Store, try restarting your phone. This has worked for us in the past.
How to Improve iPhone 6 Performance
Our iPhone 6 models are pretty fast with iOS 11 on board, but others have run into random slowdown and sluggishness on Apple’s current operating system.
There are some ways to speed up the performance on the iPhone 6 if it takes a turn for the worst. We’ve outlined a number of different strategies that could help you improve the overall speed of your device.
Keep in mind, there is no cure all for the iPhone 6 or any other iPhone though users will want to try these before performing a factory reset.
If you’re already on iOS 11, consider upgrading to the latest version.
How to Fix iPhone 6 Landscape Issues
If your iPhone 6 gets stuck in landscape mode, there are a few simple fixes. One, you can try turning the phone in your hand to see if you can get it unstuck. If it won’t budge, try this fix.
Hold down the home button and the power button at the same time until the phone resets. Once it reboots, you should be fine.
How to Fix iPhone 6 iMessage Problems
iMessage issues are extremely common and iPhone 6 users continue to complain about them as we push toward the release of iOS 12.
If you do run into Message issues, the first thing to try is toggling iMessage off an on in Settings. 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. Just remember, you’ll need to input your Wi-Fi passwords so have those on hand.
How to Fix iPhone 6 Random Reboots
Random reboots are plaguing some iPhone 6 users. There’s no guaranteed fix but there are some things to try if your phone starts exhibiting this issue.
First, try restarting the iPhone 6. If that doesn’t work, reset all of your 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. You can also try updating applications with the latest bug fix updates to see if that solves the issue.
How to Fix iPhone 6 Keyboard Lag
We’ve noticed occasional keyboard lag on the iPhone 6 when shooting off an email or iMessage. While there isn’t a cure all for this issue, there’s a few things iPhone 6 users can try.
First, try a simple reboot. If that doesn’t work, try resetting all settings. To do that, General > Reset > Reset All Settings.
How to Fix iPhone 6 Cellular Data Issues
We’ve heard complaints about cellular data issues on the iPhone 6. Some users are affected by slow connections, no connections and other random problems.
To try and fix these issues, first try restarting the iPhone 6. 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.
We also recommend getting in contact with your service provider to see if there is a network outage in your area. You can also check for outages using sites like DownDetector.
How to Fix iPhone 6 Problems If Nothing Else Works
If none of this works, we have a few recommendations for you.
First, get in contact with Apple’s Support account on Twitter. Apple’s
If they can’t help you, take the iPhone 6 to a Genius Bar at your local Apple Store. They should be able to diagnose the problem.
If you don’t want to leave the house, you can perform a factory reset. This will wipe your phone and return it to the state that it came in when you first bought it.
To do that choose Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Again, this will wipe everything from the iPhone 6, so make sure you backup your data before taking this step.
Install iOS 11.4.1 for Better Security
Apple's iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 15 patches for potential security issues. If you value your security, you should think about installing it today.
iOS 11.4.1 also comes with a USB Restricted Mode that disables the Lightning port on your iPhone or iPad if a device hasn't been unlocked or connected to a computer using a passcode within a certain amount of time.
The new setting is located in Settings > Face ID/Touch ID & Passcode. There you’ll see a new toggle for USB Accessories. It's toggled off by default.
This provides an added layer of protection and prevents the use of cracking tools like GrayKey.
If you skipped iOS 11.4, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 30+ patches aimed at improving your device's security. This makes it an essential download for most iPhone and iPad users.
If you missed any of Apple's previous iOS updates, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with a lot more.
If you skipped iOS 11.3.1, your version of iOS 11.4.1 comes with iOS 11.3.1's four security patches.
If you skipped iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 27 additional patches for potential exploits. Those of you lingering on iOS 11.2.6 would be wise to make the move sooner rather than later.
If you missed iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.4.1 update also includes a new privacy feature. When an Apple feature wants to use your personal information, an icon now appears with a link to access detailed information about how your data will be used and protected.
If you're running iOS 11.2.5 or older, you're currently exposed to an issue that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iOS-powered device and block access to the Messages app. It can also block apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Outlook, and WhatsApp.
The iOS 11.2.6 update's main purpose was to patch up this issue. If you skipped iOS 11.2.6, you'll get these enhancements with iOS 11.4.1.
If you're running iOS 11.2.2 or below and receive a certain GitHub link through your Messages app, your iPhone or iPad can lockup or respring. The Messages app will also become unusable.
Apple's iOS 11.2 update fixed several problems, but it also brought problems of its own including a potentially nasty zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability.
The vulnerability, discovered by Tian Zhang, allowed for unauthorized control of HomeKit accessories including garage door openers and smart locks.
Apple quickly rolled out a server-side fix, but the company restored full functionality with the release of iOS 11.2.1. If you skipped iOS 11.2.1 and use HomeKit, you should download iOS 11.4.1 right now.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.4.1 update. Apple's iOS 11.2 update delivered 11 patches including one for Mail and one for Wi-Fi.
The iOS 11.2 and iOS 11.2.1 updates also patched up a widespread security issue called "Meltdown." Apple says its analysis suggests it "has the most potential to be exploited."
Meltdown affects all iOS 11 powered devices so we highly recommend downloading iOS 11.4.1 if you skipped iOS 11.2.
If you skipped iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, and iOS 11.1, you'll get additional patches with your iOS 11.4.1 update.
The iOS 11.1 update delivered eight security patches including a fix for a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability called KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack. KRACK is an exploit that targets the common WPA2 encryption protocol.
If you're just now making to move from iOS 10 (or whatever you're on) to iOS 11, your iOS 11.4.1 update will come with even more security-related features.
In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust.
If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to the latest version of iOS. This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.