You’ve just purchased an iPhone 7—it seems great so far, except for a few annoying issues.
The iPhone 7 is a great choice for a mid-range iPhone, with lots of great features including a dual-lens camera on the 7 Plus, an upgraded A10 Fusion processor, and increased water resistance.
However, nothing is perfect, with some users experiencing poor performance from their iPhone 7. If this happens to you, it’s important to know what to do.
Keep reading to find seven of the most common problems with the iPhone 7—plus, what you can do to fix them.
1. Low Battery Life
While the battery life for the iPhone 7 is better than previous iPhones, it can still drain fast, especially as it ages. This can be frustrating, as no one wants to get caught out with a dead phone.
Apple claims that one thing that can help with this is updating to the latest iOS, as the previous one had some issues with battery drain.
Check out your settings as well, under Battery Usage, as sometimes a particular app can drain battery life fast. Or, switch your phone over to low battery mode.
This is effective at extending battery life, but it also turns off automatic pushes and updates.
On a hot day, you might notice that your iPhone has had enough—a message pops up saying that your phone can’t be used until it cools down. Or, you might even get this message while playing games or watching videos.
This is a known iPhone 7 issue, but if you experience phone overheating, move it into the shade and remove the case. If you can, turn the screen brightness all the way down—this uses less energy and can help when overheating.
Although it can be tempting, never put your phone in the fridge or freezer—this can cause condensation that will damage your phone.
3. Bluetooth Not Connecting
Unfortunately, the iPhone 7 can occasionally have Bluetooth issues, making it hard to connect. If this happens to you, restart your phone and then turn Bluetooth off and on again.
It should eventually connect, but it may take several attempts.
You might need to also restore your iPhone to factory settings, making sure to back everything up first.
4. Poor Performance from Your Speakers
‘What? I can’t hear you!’—if that sounds familiar, you could have an issue with your speakers. Sometimes, the phone’s microphone has been known to cut out during calls, which can be a big pain for users.
Of course, the first action is to check your phone and make sure you didn’t accidentally hit the mute button. Then, make sure your volume isn’t too low.
If it’s still happening, restart your phone and check if any updates are available. If so, make the update and see if it fixes the problem.
If it doesn’t, you may want to perform a reset. Or, it could be a hardware issue, with something causing your speakers to stop working.
In that case, you might need to visit the Apple store or find a repair technician.
5. Apps Are Freezing
Have you ever noticed your apps crashing while you’re using them? Or, do they freeze mid-use, making it impossible to do anything?
Apps can be an issue to look out for when using your iPhone 7. It helps to have the latest version of iOS, as this can help prevent crashes.
Turning your phone on and off again can sometimes help too. Or, if you’ve noticed the issue after an update, it could be because the update didn’t work properly.
Restore your phone to the previous update, saving your data, then try it again.
6. New iPhone 7 Not Activating
If you’ve just purchased a new phone, there can sometimes be issues with the process of setting up. One cause of this is your connection—if you’re activating on cellular data and it’s not working, switch over to Wi-Fi.
You can also try turning your phone on and off again.
Some users might also have issues with activating iMessage—if so, this link can help: https://setapp.com/how-to/imessage-waiting-for-activation.
If nothing at all is working, return to the store where you purchased the phone and seek help.
7. Phone Doesn’t Include a 3.5mm Headphone Jack
One issue many users have with the iPhone 7 is that the headphone jack changed. You now need to use your charging port for headphones, which means you can’t listen to music and charge your phone at the same time.
There’s no easy solution for this. We recommend either switching to wireless headphones or using a Bluetooth adapter.
Using Bluetooth, you can connect with Apple’s popular AirPods, which is what many users do.
Watch Out for These Common iPhone 7 Problems
Poor performance can be a problem with the iPhone 7, so watch out for the issues mentioned above. If they do arise, try out some troubleshooting tips and see if you can fix them—Google and YouTube can also be helpful for learning more.
However, if nothing is working, it might be a serious issue that requires assistance from Apple or a third-party retailer. Check first to see if your phone is still under warranty, as that could save you from having to pay.
While hopefully nothing goes wrong with your new phone, it’s important to know how to handle issues, in case they arise.
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