How to Fix Common iPhone Problems

This guide will show you how to fix many common iPhone problems. iPhones and Android devices alike can run into various problems both on the hardware and software sides as they age. Below are some of the most common problems that iPhone owners may experience with their phones.

Frozen Screen

The old frozen screen, this perhaps is one of the most common iPhone problems around. If your iPhone’s screen becomes unresponsive or “frozen,” your best bet is to power the phone off and then on again. If this doesn’t work, try to reset your phone by holding the home key and the sleep/wake button at the same time. If it’s still frozen, you can connect your phone to your computer and use iTunes to restore the OS. Remember, you should always back up your data before restoring in iTunes.

iPhone Won’t Power On

This can be tricky. Try connecting your phone to a power supply and charging the battery. The low-battery screen may take a while to appear, so be patient. If that doesn’t help, it’s possible that you may need to contact Apple’s service center to get a new battery.

iPhone Won’t Power Off

If your phone won’t turn off, try forcing it off by holding both the sleep/wake button and the home key for about five seconds. Continue to hold the buttons until the Apple logo appears. Your phone should now power on and off normally.

Trouble Connecting to Wi-Fi

First, make sure Wi-Fi is enabled in your phone’s settings menu. If it’s still not working, there are a few things you can try. First, power your iPhone off and then on again. If that doesn’t work, try to restore your device’s settings by holding the home key while also pressing the sleep/wake key. If your phone is having trouble connecting to one specific network, try to force the phone to forget that network. (Settings>touch network name>choose “forget” on next screen). Power off and on and then try to reconnect.

iPhone Camera Doesn’t Work

It’s possible that you have restrictions turned on, so first go to settings> general>restrictions and make sure that the “allow camera” option is set to on. It is also a good idea to tap “disable restrictions.” If this doesn’t work, try powering the device off and on or try to reset the device (sleep/wake key with home key). As a last resort, back up your data and then try to restore your phone in iTunes. If none of this works, it’s possible that there’s an actual hardware problem with your camera, in which case your best bet would be to contact Apple or take the phone to your nearest Apple Store.

Siri Doesn’t Work

The microphone on the bottom of the device could be dirty. Clean your microphone and retry. Next try to toggle Siri on and off by going to settings, then general, then Siri (turn Siri off); wait 30 seconds, then turn back on. If you still have no luck, try to reset the network, as Siri runs off your data. Reset the network settings here: settings>general>reset>reset network settings. Last but not least, you may have to reset your entire device. Go to settings>general>reset>reset all settings. This will not wipe any data from your device but will reset all settings to their factory defaults.