As we move away from release, we’re starting to hear about the iPhone 6s problems impacting users. Before you take your iPhone 6s into an Apple Store, take a look a look at this list of fixes for common iPhone 6s problems.
On September 25th, Apple released its iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The two devices replace the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and they’re already considered two of the best devices on the market. Two of the top selling devices as well.
We’ve been using the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus for a few days now and we agree. They’re both outstanding smartphones. They’re not perfect though.
As we’ve noted, there are iPhone 6s problems plaguing users. iPhone 6s owners are reporting a number of different problems with the iPhone 6s and its version of the iOS 9 update. iOS 9 went through an extensive testing process but bugs and problems always slip through the cracks.
While your first thought might be to make an appointment with an Apple Genius, there are a few things you can try at home before heading to an Apple Store. Here, we take a look at 10 common iPhone 6s problems and offer some fixes for them.
These fixes will work for both iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and they will work for any version of iOS. Be it iOS 9.0 or the new iOS 9.0.1 update that Apple recently rolled out for the iPhone 6s.
(Note: You can Search your Settings so if you can’t find something, try searching for it at the top of the Settings screen.)
How to Fix iPhone 6s Slide to Update Problem
Some iPhone 6s users have been running into a Slide to Update problem wherein the phone gets stuck on the “Slide to Update” screen. Obviously, that’s not ideal.
Fortunately, there are a few things that you can try if your iPhone 6s gets stuck on the Slide to Update screen during setup or during an iOS installation.
We got stuck on this screen during the iOS 9.0.1 installation and we were able to solve the issue by unplugging the device from iTunes and installing the update Over-the-Air.
If you see this issue during setup, try unplugging the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus from iTunes and trying again.
Connect your iOS device to your computer and open iTunes.
Select your device. If you don’t see it listed, force restart your device by pressing and holding both the Sleep/Wake and Home button for at least 10 seconds, until you see the Apple logo.
If you made an iTunes backup of your device before updating to iOS 9, restore your device from that backup. If not, you need to make a backup of your device in iTunes, then restore from that backup.
How to Fix iPhone 6s Touch Screen Problems
We’ve been dealing with some odd touch screen problems on the iPhone 6s. Our touch screen has stopped responding to gestures. And because it wasn’t responding to gestures, there was way to turn it off with the power button. It’s a problem that we ran into on the older iPhone 6 as well.
If your screen stops responding for whatever reason, don’t panic. There is a quick fix for the problem that should work for you.
You’ll want to hold down the home button and the power button until the phone resets itself. The iPhone 6s should turn back on within a few seconds and you’ll be asked to input your passcode if you have one. Your phone’s touch screen should be working and you’ll be able to access your apps and files again.
If it doesn’t work the first time, try again. One user we talked to had to reboot the phone three times before swipes and taps worked again.
How to Fix iPhone 6s Battery Life Problems
iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus battery life is solid for most users but some are dealing with abnormal battery drain out of the box and after updating to Apple’s iOS 9.0.1 update.
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus feature excellent 12MP rear cameras. They’re two of the best smartphone cameras that we’ve ever used. That said, even the best have problems and iPhone 6s users are complaining about problems with image quality in low light.
Smartphone cameras always take better photos in well-lit environments. But if you’re noticing a dramatic drop in quality when you’re shooting in a noisy or poorly lit environment, try turing off the new Live Photos features that debuted on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s.
Users are saying that by turning Live Photos off, photos taken in low light have improved. They’re reportedly less grainy than photos shot with Live Photos turned on. As 9to5Mac notes, this is because the iPhone 6s is constantly recording at 12FPS to capture a Live Photo.
To shut Live Photos off, go into the Camera application and make sure the little sun-like logo in the center is white, not yellow. With Live Photos turned off, you could see an improvement to the quality of your shots in low-light.
If you want to shoot a Live Photo, simply toggle it back on.
How to Fix iPhone 6s Wi-Fi Problems
If your iPhone 6s suddenly stops connecting to your Wi-Fi network or starts exhibiting speeds that are slower than normal, there are a few things you’ll want to try.
If you start noticing Wi-Fi problems on the iPhone 6s, the first thing you’ll want to do is reset your Network Settings.
To do this, head into Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. The process can take a few minutes to complete so be patient. Once it’s done, your iPhone 6s will forget your Wi-Fi passwords so make sure you have them handy.
If that doesn’t work, you can try forgetting your Wi-Fi networks and reconnecting to them. To do that, Settings > Wi-Fi > Select your connection > Tap Forget this Network at the top of the screen. This has been known to jumpstart a poorly performing Wi-Fi connection on the iPhone.
If that doesn’t work, try restarting your router. Unplug it for a minute, plug it back in. You also might want to see if there is a firmware update available for your router. You’ll want to consult your router’s manual to find out how if you don’t know off the top of your head.
If your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus fails to pair to your Bluetooth device, there are a few fixes that could help you repair the connection.
First, reset your Network Settings. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. Your device will forget your Bluetooth connections and you’ll now have to reconnect the phone to your various devices.
If that doesn’t help things, you’ll want to try forgetting the Bluetooth connection that’s causing problems. Go to Settings > Bluetooth > Select your connection using the circular blue i tab > Tap Forget this Device. Try pairing again.
If neither of those work, try resetting all of your settings. Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. This process will take a few minutes and it won’t delete any of your data or files. That said, your settings will now be at factory defaults so you’ll need to spend some time setting things up again.
If you’re having iPhone 6s Bluetooth problems in the car, you’ll want to consult your cars manual and reset the connection.
First, forget the connection on your iPhone 6s. Next, reset Bluetooth in your car if you can. (If you can’t figure this out, you might have to bring it to a dealer.) Now, try and pair the iPhone 6s with the Bluetooth connection in your car.
How to Fix iPhone 6s Data Problems
If you are seeing problems with LTE or another data connection, you’ll want to investigate this list of fixes because they’ve been proven to work over the years.
First, try resetting the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus. Hold down the power button, slide to turn off, turn it back on using the power button.
If a restart doesn’t fix things, try toggling Cellular Data off and on in your device’s Settings. To do that go into Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data > Toggle Off. After you toggle it off, toggle it back on and see if that helps.
You will also want to try toggling Airplane Mode on for 30 seconds or so to see if that helps restore your data. Airplane Mode is located at the top of your settings.
You can also try shutting off LTE for a few minutes to see if that works. To shut it down, go into Settings > Cellular > Enable LTE > Off. Turn it back on after a minute.
If nothing here alleviates the problem, you’ll want to check social media and the news for potential outages. If you’re certain that there isn’t an outage, you’ll want to get in contact with your carrier or Apple customer support.
How to Fix iPhone 6s App Problems
Tons of iPhone 6s users are running into problems with app updates, apps, and the App Store. If you see problems with apps or the App Store, here’s what you need to do.
If app updates aren’t downloading on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, try restarting your device with a hard reset. Hold down the power button and home button for 10 seconds and wait for the phone to reboot. Try downloading again.
If that doesn’t work, rapidly tap “Update” on an app before the “Open” symbol appears next to the app on the App Store. If that doesn’t work, wait a few hours and then try again. We’ve heard that problems have simply gone away after a few hours.
If you notice that an app’s performance is struggling, you’ll want to check to see if there is a new bug fix update available. Developers are still rolling out support for iOS 9 and they’ll always be rolling out bug fixers. Install the update if reviews are good.
If an update doesn’t work, try reinstalling the app. And if that doesn’t work, contact the developer to see if it has a fix.
How to Fix iPhone 6s 3D Touch Problems
The iPhone 6s comes with a new feature called 3D Touch that allows you to make a hard press to open up new menu functions. Some people are complaining that 3D Touch pops up too fast and some are saying that they are having problems getting it to pop up at all.
If you’re having issues, try adjusting the sensitivity. To do that, head into Settings > General > Accessibility > scroll down to 3D Touch and tap. The default is medium but you can switch it to firm or light. You can test the sensitivity at the bottom.
We also should point out that a lot of apps don’t come with support for 3D Touch. Not yet at least. So if your favorite app isn’t responding, it’s not because your iPhone 6s is broken, it’s probably because it lacks support.
How to Fix iPhone 6s Problems If Nothing Else Works
If you’ve run into an iPhone 6s problem that’s not listed here, you’ll want to head to Apple’s discussion forums and look around. You might also want to poke around on social media for complaints and potential fixes.
If you can’t find a fix that works for you, you can restore from a backup or factory reset your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus.
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 9 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 nothing works, make an appointment and see a Genius at the Apple Store.
iOS 9 Release: 5 Things That Need Your Attention
Keep an Eye on the iOS 9 Downgrade
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The first thing that should be on your radar is the iOS 9 downgrade. And the reason it should be on your radar is because Apple could stop signing off on the iOS 8.4.1 update and iOS 9.0 update at any time.
Apple is still signing off on the iOS 8.4.1 and iOS 9.0 updates which means that you can downgrade from iOS 9.0.1 to iOS 9.0 or iOS 8.4.1. If you're still on iOS 9.0, you can downgrade back to iOS 8.4.1 if you're experiencing problems.
While it would be nice if Apple left the downgrade loophole open forever, that won't happen. The company typically closes up shop after a week or two. And now that we're two weeks removed from the iOS 9.0 release, it could shut these downgrades down at any time.
So, if you're not happy with iOS 9.0.1 or iOS 9.0 and you think you'd be happier on an older version of iOS, you'll want to look into the downgrade process sooner rather than later. We could see Apple plug up the downgrade this week.
You can keep an eye on Apple and the signing process over at IPSW.