Apple launched its latest series of smartphones, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, back in September. It’s been a few months since the release of iPhone 7/7 Plus, and users should start noticing common issues by now. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus lack any innovative design changes, both devices look similar to the previous generation of Apple iPhone 6S / 6S Plus barring an antenna band shift that’s been moved to the top and bottom instead of the back end of the device. However, in terms of internal specs, the iPhone 7 / 7 Plus offer better features compared to the previous iPhone models.
The iPhone 7 Plus is the current flagship device from Apple which contains some exclusive features not present in the iPhone 7 model. The iPhone 7 Plus offers a better quality camera, larger batter, faster processor, not to mention water and dust resistant chassis.
On the other hand, Apple has removed the 3.5mm earphone jack from iPhone 7 / 7 Plus in an attempt to produce a slimmer device. The removal of the earphone jack may be annoying for some who are used to wired earphone and headset. Another reason for getting rid of the earphone jack is Apple’s marketing strategy to push forward its own new Airpods capable of establishing wireless connection with the iPhone, but at the same time they are expensive that will fill Apple’s coffers even more. You can use a new connector cable that comes in the iPhone 7 box to connect Earpods.
Although, Apple prides itself on producing tech products of the best possible quality with next to no issues. But even Apple devices are not without their fair share of problems. One look at different Apple and iPhone forums is enough to find users complaining about different issues they have been facing on their iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices.
After carefully monitoring the trends on these forums, we have managed to screen out the common issues with iPhone 7 & 7 Plus that the users of both devices are talking about and look to solve.
In order to save you time and effort of searching for different commonly occurring issues on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, we have assembled a list of common issues along with their solutions all in one place.
Force Restart iPhone 7 / 7 Plus
Force Restarting your iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus comes in handy when the normal attempts to fix the data recovery issue are not working. Here’s how to force restart iPhone 7 or 7 Plus device.
Press and hole the Power + Volume Down physical buttons together for around ten seconds and release the keys when you see Apple’s logo on the screen.
Next restart your iPhone 7/7 Plus. If the device takes longer than usual to restart, it may be because the battery has run out of juice. Therefore, connect your iPhone 7 to a charger and let it charge for a few minutes.
This should bring the charging screen on the display. If it still isn’t working, contact Apple or head over to the nearest Apple Store to have your iPhone 7 / 7 Plus checked by an Apple Genius.
iPhone 7 / 7 Plus Activation Issues
This one is a common problem with Apple iPhone devices. Although it may not be as serious an issue as it was back when the iPhone was newly released in the market as many users reported they are not able to activate their iPhone 7 or 7 Plus device.
If you are facing a similar issue that is causing iPhone 7 / 7 Plus activation problem, first wait for some time as the problem could reside with Apple’s server. If that’s the case, wait until the servers are back on and try reactivating your device.
There are some other ways you can use to fix iPhone 7 / 7 Plus activation issue:
- Turn OFF your device and power ON again. Now try activation process again.
- Contact your network operator if the device is locked with mobile network carrier.
- Try activating your device over WiFi or Cellular network, whichever is working.
- Activate iPhone from iTunes by connecting it to PC via cable.
Common iPhone 7 / 7 Plus Battery Issues And Fixes
Apple has made major inroads when it comes to improving battery performance on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. But some iPhone users are still reporting fast battery drain problem on iPhone 7 / 7 Plus. Although battery on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is considered among the best in the business, but electronic devices are never error free. Here are some of the fixes you can try to fix battery issue on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Check Battery Details — Go to Settings > Battery and under Battery Usage check option see which app is taking most of the device’s battery. Uninstall that app and find an alternative app to replace that battery killing app with a more stable alternative.
Adjust Power Mode — Putting the device in low power mode when not in use saves a significant amount of device battery. Enable Low Power Mode option when you are not using your iPhone, when its in your pocket, or it it’s in sleep mode.
Defective Battery — When the device battery is defective, it struggles to hold on to the battery juice for long or at all for that matter. In such cases, only viable recourse is to have it replaced by an expert.
Disable Mobile Data — It’s a known fact that cellular data consumes more battery power than WiFi connection. Try using mobile data network only when necessary, use WiFi rest of the time. Moreover, auto-brightness also helps to extract more battery hours.
Battery Heat — Excessive device usage heats up iPhone 7 / 7 Plus’s battery, which can have a detrimental impact on the long-term health of the battery. Always charge your iPhone by removing the device casing first as it can get heated up while charging the device inside the casing.
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Data Recovery Issue On iPhone 7 / 7 Plus
Some iPhone 7 users are complaining on tech forums that their device is experiencing data recovery issue when they attempt to upgrade it to iOS 10.1.x or iOS 10.2.x beta.
Best course of action under such a situation would be to leave the device idle for sometime until the upgrade process is complete. Occasionally it takes longer than usual for the data recovery or device update process to complete if the network connection is weak, or problem is with Apple servers at the back-end. Wait for your device to finish the data recovery.
This issue commonly occurs when you attempt data restoration or new iOS firmware installation via iTunes. Try updating iOS through the OTA (Over-The-Air) method instead of iTunes.
iPhone 7 / 7 Plus Airplane Mode And Network Issue
Some iPhone users are reporting that their device doesn’t connect with the network or fails to catch any network connection after turning off the Airplane mode. Main reason for this to happen is a software bug, for that, you have to wait for Apple to release a new official update. If you can’t wait until then, try some of these quick fixes:
Restart Your Device — This is the first thing you should do in case of any issue on iPhone 7, or on any smartphone for that matter. A simple restart fixes most of the common issues that many other solutions fail to fix.
Remove SIM & Reinsert — In the case of this error, try removing and reinserting the SIM card properly in your device.
Refresh Network Settings — Try resetting the network connection on iPhone 7 device by going to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
Fix iPhone 7 / 7 Plus Earpod Problem
A set of Earpod comes packed inside the box of every new iPhone 7 / 7 Plus device. Some users are politely voicing discomfort over the Earpod issue when trying to play music using the Music app or Siri.
It may be that a glitch in device’s software is causing this issue which can be resolved by updating the device to the latest iOS version or downgrade it to the previous version that Apple is still signing and wait until the new iOS update comes along. Software bug could also render Siri useless on some iPhone 7 or 7 Plus devices, as being reported by some users on tech forums on the internet.
Apple is efficient in spotting and fixing bugs on iOS with software updates. Your best bet in this case is to wait for a new iOS update.
Start Screen Stuck Issue On iPhone 7 / 7 Plus
Some users are reporting start screen on their iPhone 7 or 7 Plus device getting stuck during restart or startup. Refer to the follow steps in case your iPhone 7 device is stuck on Apple logo for a long time.
Connect your device to PC via lightening cable.
Open iTunes on PC Windows or MAC.
Force restart your device from iTunes: hole down Power + Volume Down button simultaneously when the device is connected to PC with iTunes running on it.
Release the button when you see a Recovery mode screen on your iPhone.
On iTunes, click Restore or Update button.
This will initiate the iOS restore process. Restoring via iTunes keep all existing device data as it is.
If the above solution doesn’t work, contact Apple Customer Care service to further assistance.
These are some of the common problem on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus as being reported by several users on internet forums. If we missed anything, or you are aware of any other issue, do share in the comments section below.
Oh! and one more thing. Apple has changed the way you unlock the iPhone. In iPhone 7 / 7 Plus, you are required to press the home button to unlock the device, but you can also unlock the new iPhone by simply resting your finger on the home button. Here’s how to do it: Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Home Button and simple turn the toggle next to the Rest Finger to Open to the ON position.