iOS 10 problems: Here's how to fix the most common issues

Apple's iOS 10.3 update is out, but that just means problems are in

Update: iOS 10 problems persist in Apple's new iOS 10.3 update, but many can be fixed. Here's what may be crashing your iPhone.

New problems always seem to emerge whenever a new update hits, so we're here to tell you how to fix iOS 10.3 issues.

If you have a problem with iOS 10 you don't see here, let us know on Twitter and we'll do our best to help, and we'll tell you how to solve right on them this page.

Just know, you're not alone if you're experiencing iOS 10 problems, as the iPhone and iPad update has run into a number of issues.

Here's how to fix the most common glitches, from poor battery life, to spotty Bluetooth connectivity, to iPhones and iPads bricking when trying to update.

  • Once you've sorted out your iOS 10 problems, check out our how to use iOS 10 guide to get the most out of the mobile operating system

iOS 10.3 slow to update

iOS 10.3 is the newest iPhone and iPad update, which means it fixes a number of problems, but it now takes what seems like forever to install.

Don't be alarmed if it eats up 30 minutes of your time to update about 500MB. That seems like a problem, but Apple has re-arranged its filing system.

Apple File System (APFS) replaces the older HFS+ way of arranging your files, and now it's optimized for flash and SSD storage. Great. But it requires patience.

Just an extra caution: Make sure you backup your iPhone before updating to iOS 10.3. We haven't experience problems, but you never know. 

Older iPhone can't upgrade to iOS 10.3

Some users have tweeted at us saying that their iPhone 4S won't work when they try to update to iOS 10.3.

There's a really good reason for that:

iOS 10 compatibility goes back to the iPhone 5, iPhone 5C and the iPad 4th Gen. You can't upgrade the iPhone 4S or the iPad 3rd Gen, sadly.

iOS 10.3.2, when it graduates from its beta, may not work with 32-bit iPhones and iPads, like the iPhone 5, iPhone 5C and iPad 4th Gen.

iOS 11 may bring a new round of incompatible iPhones and iPads later this year, so you want to read on the redesigned iPhone 8 rumors. 

Solution for now? See our best iPhone deals guide for the cheapest ways to upgrade your Apple smartphone right away.

iOS 10.3 battery life fix

Ever since the iOS 10.1.1 update battery life problems, people have been asking why their newly updated iPhone turns off at around 30%.

Other people are noticing that they iPhone batteries now drop from 100% to 50% in under an hour after installing iOS 10.1.1.

Apple appears to be aware of the problem, and this fix is simple: update to the newest version of iOS 10.3. It recently launched iOS 10.3.2 beta, which has fixed the issue for some people. 

We haven't seen this problem persist in the newest version of iOS 10.

How to fix iOS 10.0.2 problems

Apple has released an update to iOS 10, known as iOS 10.0.2, and while this addresses a number of problems we discuss in this page, there are a number of problems still plaguing iOS 10 users.

If you still experience low battery life, flaky Bluetooth and unreliable Wi-Fi connections with iOS 10.0.2, read on below to find the solution to your iOS 10.0.2 problems.

Hopefully iOS 10.0.3 and beyond will do a better job at fixing these issues.

iOS 10 battery life drain

There's a lot of newness happening with September 13's big software update, but that also means we've been experiencing poor iOS 10 battery life, and with the recent release of iOS 10.0.2, these problems remain.

iOS 10 problems

Remember this thing?

iOS 10.1 will likely address battery life drain, but until that happens, here's what we found works to increase the uptime of our iPhone and iPad.

Turn off background app refresh in Settings > General > Background App Refresh. It'll give you a list of apps, and you don't really need a lot of these to constantly update in the background. It's a big battery life killer.

Turn off Fitness Tracking and non-essential apps tucked away in Settings > Privacy > Motion & Fitness. If you have an Apple Watch, you don't need fitness tracking on your phone. We also found Health, Microsoft Health, TripAdvisor and Waze keeping tabs on us and wasting battery life. No thanks.

Turn Wi-Fi on and off at the right times. When you're at home or work, make sure you're connected to Wi-Fi instead of cellular. When you're out, prevent your iPhone from constantly hunting for open Wi-Fi networks when there are none you can join. The swipe-up-from-the-bottom Control Center has a handy toggle for W-Fi.

Keep that brightness slider in check. Display brightness is the #1 battery life killer, so stop lighting up your phone every two minutes just to check the time. Spoiler alert: it's two minutes later than the last time you checked.

Keep track which apps are draining your battery life the most. Now every app is tuned to the iOS 10 update and could be wasting precious battery. Head to Settings > Battery to see the top villains here, especially Twitter and music-streaming apps.

If you have an iPhone 6S, then the cause could be a faulty battery. The good news is that Apple will replace your iPhone 6S battery for free.

Check out our guide on how to get your iPhone 6S battery replaced for more information.

iOS 10 bricking phones

While the beta went well for us, the final launch of iOS 10 has bricked a number of iPhones and iPads. That's disheartening for Apple fans after a solid three-month beta.

iOS 10 problems

The solution here is a simple one, thankfully: good ol' iTunes (you hate it, but love it when you need it) has had success in restoring afflicted Apple devices. Time to resort to a Mac or PC.

With the news of iOS 10 bricking iPhones and iPads around the world, now is a good time to mention that you should always back up your devices before updating.

Over-the-air (OTA) updates have made us lazy when it comes to backing up our precious iPhone and iPad data. And iCloud backups work, but only if you're paying Apple enough to back up your entire storage capacity.

How to avoid the latest iPhone-crashing bugs

There are some nasty bugs out there that can make your iPhone crash just by receiving a text message.

To protect yourself from these bugs, make sure you upgrade to the latest version of iOS 10, where the bugs have been fixed. If your iPhone gets affected by this bug, restart the device then update to iOS 2.2.2 or later.

For more information check out our guide on how to avoid the latest iPhone-crashing bugs.

iOS 10 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth issues

This problem creeps up every year, and sadly it's no different with iOS 10. Even after Apple released iOS 10.0.2 people are still experiencing Wi-Fi and Bluetooth problems.

In iOS 10.2 people are also complaining about their devices disconnecting from the Wi-Fi when they are locked.