How to Fix a Frozen iPhone in 10 Seconds

How to Fix a Frozen iPhone in 10 Seconds is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

This guide will show you how to fix a frozen iPhone without losing your data or visiting an Apple Store for help. You can fix a frozen iPhone in 10 seconds without a computer or any other accessories so that you can get back with your day. You can also use this to fix a frozen iPad, iPad mini and iPad Pro. This works on iOS 9, iOS 10 and iOS 11.

Sometimes a frozen iPhone will not let you do any type of activity, and often you are stuck on-screen in an app or on a home screen. This can also help if your iPhone is stuck off and won’t turn on, but mainly you will use this when the iPhone is stuck on with an app or something on-screen.

This is a hard-reboot, but some people will call it a hard-reset. Don’t worry about the reset part of this name. You are not resetting the iPhone like you would with a factory reset that wipes all the data clean.

Fix your frozen iPhone in seconds.
Fix your frozen iPhone in seconds.

This may not solve all of your problems. If the iPhone freezes regularly you may need to remove an app or perform an actual factory reset on your iPhone and start from scratch.

It’s normal for an iPhone to freeze once or twice in a year after you install a bad app or run into a problem. If things continue to freeze or go bad, there may be a hardware problem that requires a trip to an Apple Store.

Fix a Frozen iPhone in 10 Seconds

You can fix a frozen iPhone in about ten seconds by pressing and holding the power and home button at the same time until the iPhone restarts.

If you have the iPhone 7, you need to press the volume down and the power button at the same time. Once the iPhone screen changes from the frozen state to showing an Apple logo or just a blank screen you can let go.

This is a hard reboot. By pressing and holding the home button and power button you force the iPhone to restart. This is similar to holding the power button on a Macbook or laptop or just unplugging a device from power.

You'll see this screen when you fix a frozen iPhone.
You’ll see this screen when you fix a frozen iPhone.

You don’t need to hold the power buttons after the phone restarts. You should not lose any data doing this, but if you were typing a message, document or working on something inside of an app you may lose that small bit of work depending on when it saved.

You don’t need to be plugged into power or connected to a computer to use this method of fixing a frozen iPhone. If the battery is low, it may help to plug-in to power, but otherwise, you are good to do this anytime the iPhone is frozen.

This works on any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch on any version of Apple’s software including iOS 5, iOS 6, iOS 7, iOS 8, iOS 9, iOS 10 and the upcoming iOS 11.

Read: iOS 10 Tips and Tricks

For users who consistently have this problem, it may be good to uninstall a problem app or make sure it is up to date. If you never restart your iPhone or iPad and you have this happen once or twice a year you can often avoid it by restarting you iPhone once every other week.

If this is a continual problem you should consider backing up the iPhone to iCloud or your computer and then performing a factory reset. This takes longer to complete, but it can resolve problems.

If you choose to restore from an iPhone backup and the problem continues you may need to hard reset the iPhone and then set it up as a new device.

iOS 11 vs iOS 10: What’s New in iOS 11

iOS 11 iMessage Upgrades

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iOS 11 iMessage Upgrades

iMessages continue to be one of the biggest iPhone and iPad features that Apple offers. In fact, it's a major reason we don't switch from the iPhone to Android. Apple ramps up the options in the iOS 11 update with tweaks and new features for iMessages. 

There is a new iMessage App Drawer so that it is easier to find the apps you want while you are in an iMessage conversation. This means you can use the iMessage apps to send stickers and other short bits of information to people faster on iOS 11. 

Apple also now offers Messages in iCloud. This allows you to keep all of your iMessage and Text conversations in sync across your devices using iCloud. This also means that if you delete a conversation it is deleted across all devices. This will also help keep large message thread storage in check without the need to delete threads all the time. 


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How to Fix a Frozen iPhone in 10 Seconds is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

How to Find a Lost iPhone with a Dead Battery

How to Find a Lost iPhone with a Dead Battery is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

It’s hard to find a lost iPhone with a dead battery, but with iOS 8, iOS 9 or iOS 10 installed on your iPhone or iPad you can get an alert right before the battery dies. This is how to turn on the option to make the iPhone send its last location before the battery runs out.

This allows you to know where it was when the battery died and track it down. This is especially handy after the battery dies because you cannot use the ring feature to make the iPhone play sound.

The only downside to this option is you’ll need to turn it on before you are looking for your lost iPhone with a dead battery. If the iPhone is already missing you can still follow the tracking directions, but the location may be off slightly. This also works if you are trying to find a stolen iPhone with a dead battery, but the chances are higher that someone already moved it from that location.

How to find your lost iPhone with a dead battery.

How to find your lost iPhone with a dead battery.

You need iOS 8 higher installed for this option to be present. The iOs 10 update is free and runs on the iPhone 4s and newer. This also works on the iPad and iPad mini as long as they are on iOS 8 or above.

How to Find a Lost iPhone with a Dead Battery

Before you lose the iPhone you need to turn on a new Find My iPhone feature. When you set up a new iPhone Find My iPhone is on by default, but this handy feature is not. This is a good time to make sure Find My iPhone is on and that you can track the location of your iPhone.

This is what you need to do so that you can find a lost iPhone with a dead battery.

This is what you need to do so that you can find a lost iPhone with a dead battery.

Go to Settings -> iCloud -> Find My iPhone. Make sure the main option is turned on. This is what allows you to use another iPhone or device to track down a lost or stolen iPhone.

Tap on Find My iPhone and then on the next screen toggle Send Last Location to On. This will force the iPhone to send it’s location to Apple right before the battery dies. It needs a connection, so if it is in airplane mode this is not going to help, but in most cases, a lost iPhone with a dead battery isn’t going to be in airplane mode. A stolen iPhone may already be in airplane mode to prevent you from tracking it.

Once you have this set up you’ll be able to find your lost iPhone even if the battery is dead. Even though you can’t sound an alert you can find the general location. This is enough to focus your search on a coffee shop you were at, a friend’s house or wherever the last location showed it.

Track a Lost iPhone with a Dead Battery

Now we’ll show you how to track a lost iPhone location using another iPhone, iPad or computer. If you are using another Apple device like an iPhone or iPad you can download the Find My iPhone app free on the App Store.

You need to log in with your Apple ID and password. You can do this on a friend’s iPhone or iPad, but make sure you log out when you are done.

When logged in the app will show the location of all your Apple devices with Find My iPhone installed. Tap on the iPhone with a dead battery to see the last location. You can then tap on the car to get directions to that location, or if you are already nearby you can start your search.

Track a lost iPhone with a dead battery.

Track a lost iPhone with a dead battery.

The normal options of sound an alert, put in lost mode or erase won’t work when you are looking for a lost iPhone with a dead battery, but you can always put the lost mode on if you can’t find the iPhone. If you do this and someone charges it they will see your information and can call you. If you tell it to erase it will do this the next time it connects, but then you can no longer track it.

Another option is using a computer to track the iPhone down. You still need your Apple ID and password to do this, but you don’t need a Mac. You can visit iCloud on a Mac or PC, or even an Android phone, to see the same information. You’ll be able to see the last location of the lost iPhone before the battery died.

Unfortunately, you need to turn on these features before you lose an iPhone. Even if you are looking for a lost iPhone with a dead battery and you didn’t turn on the Send Last Location feature you may still get a good idea of where the lost iPhone is.

28 Best iPhone 7 Cases

Speck Presido iPhone 7 Cases

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Speck Presido iPhone 7 Cases

Speck chose to deliver a new line of iPhone 7 cases that look and feel amazing. The new Presidio iPhone 7 cases use upgraded material to deliver better shock protection while arriving in a thinner design. 

The Presidio Grip, Inked and Wallet can protect your iPhone 7 from a 10 foot drop while the Presidio Clear, Clear + Glitter and Clear + Print are tested for an 8 foot drop.

We already have these iPhone 7 cases on our iPhone and love the look and feel that they offer.

$39.95 to $44.95 at Speck

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How to Find a Lost iPhone with a Dead Battery is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

7 Things to Know About the iPhone 4s iOS 9.3.5 Update

7 Things to Know About the iPhone 4s iOS 9.3.5 Update is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iPhone 4s didn’t get iOS 10 and it won’t get iOS 11. That means iOS 9.3.5 will continue to serve as the final update for Apple’s aging former flagship. With that in mind, we want to take a look at the most important things to know about the iPhone 4s iOS 9.3.5 update.

If you’re still holding onto the iPhone 4s it might be time to upgrade. The device is stuck on Apple’s aging iOS 9 software which means you won’t get the features from iOS 10 or iOS 11.

It also means you’re missing out on security updates and bug fixes for lingering iOS problems. If you run into a problem on your iPhone 4s, you’re on your own. The iPhone 4s is, and will be, stuck on Apple’s iOS 9.3.5 update.

If you’re just now getting around to updating your iPhone 4s and you’re coming to iOS 9.3.5 from iOS 9.3.4, your iOS 9.3.5 upgrade will be tiny as it features just three security patches and nothing else.

If you’re coming from something older than iOS 9.3.4, your iPhone 4s iOS 9.3.5 update is going to be much larger. The features and fixes from the iOS updates you skipped are baked into iOS 9.3.5.

This guide takes a look at some key things iPhone 4s users need to know about the iOS 9.3.5 update’s performance, its problems, and the iOS downgrade process, as we push into the year.

iPhone 4s iOS 9.3.5 Reviews

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iPhone 4s iOS 9.3.5 Reviews

We've been able to spend some quality hands-on time with many of Apple's other iOS updates but we haven't spent enough time to provide quality feedback about the iPhone 4s iOS 9.3.5 update. So, we must turn to the opinions of others.

As we push further and further away from Apple's iOS 9.3.5 release date we've seen iPhone 4s users from all over the world relay feedback about the update's performance.

If you haven't installed yet you should make it a point to dig into these mini iOS 9.3.5 reviews.

iPhone 4s iOS 9.3.5 update reviews are still mixed months after the update's release. While some users are seeing solid performance in key areas like battery life and connectivity, others are complaining about lag, freezes, and occasional stuttering. 

Some users have said that they are sticking with the iOS 8 update, others are saying the iOS 9.3.4 and iOS 9.3.5 updates solved some of the lag issues they had with earlier versions of iOS 9.

As of right now there is no clear cut answer which means those of you with an iPhone 4s need to be extremely careful with this upgrade.

Dig into this feedback and decide if it's worth it to you and your device. For most of you, it will be thanks to the nature of the security patches on board. 

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7 Things to Know About the iPhone 4s iOS 9.3.5 Update is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

How to Downgrade from iOS 10.3.3 to 10.3.2

How to Downgrade from iOS 10.3.3 to 10.3.2 is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

This guide will show you how to go back to iOS 10.3.2 from iOS 10.3.3. If you run into iOS 10.3.3 problems or don’t like the performance on your iPhone or iPad after upgrading you can go back. Here’s how to downgrade from 10.3.3. As of August 9th, you can no longer downgrade to iOS 10.3.2, so do not continue on this path.

Apple released the iOS 10.3 update in mid-March and the iOS 10.3.1 update in early April. The iOS 10.3.2 update arrived in the middle of May and the iOS 10.3.3 update arrived in late July. You can no longer downgrade from iOS 10.3.2 to 10.3. Unfortunately, there is no way to go back to iOS 10.2, which you can jailbreak.

Officially Apple does not support a way to downgrade iOS updates, but there is an easy way to do this in iTunes for a short time after Apple releases an update. Apple closed the option to downgrade to iOS 9 long ago, but you can still downgrade to iOS 10.3.2.

In order to downgrade iOS 10.3.3 to iOS 10.3.2, you will need to download the file and Apple still needs to sign the file. This normally only happens for a week or two after Apple offers a new update.

How to downgrade from iOS 10.3.3 to iOS 10.3.2.
How to downgrade from iOS 10.3.3 to iOS 10.3.2.

Apple’s upgrade system includes a check to make sure that Apple is still activating, or signing, the software you want to install. If Apple is no longer signing this update you will not be able to install it.

How to Downgrade iOS 10.3.3 to iOS 10.3.2

Here are the steps you need to downgrade from iOS 10.3.3 to iOS 10.3.2. You cannot downgrade to iOS 9.3 or to iOS 9.2, which is frustrating for some users. You cannot downgrade back to a jailbreak-able version of iOS 10 either.

Backup Your iPhone

Before you start you should make sure that your iPhone or iPad is backed up to your computer. You can’t restore a iOS 10.3.3 backup to your iPhone after you downgrade to iOS 10.3.2 but it is important to make sure you have a backup in case something does go wrong.

Make sure you have a backup before you start the iOS 10.3.3 downgrade to iOS 10.3.2.
Make sure you have a backup before you start the iOS 10.3.3 downgrade to iOS 10.3.2.

When you downgrade you will need to completely erase your iPhone. If you have a backup from iOS 10 you can restore to that.

Download the iOS 10.3.2 Update

To do this you will need to plug into your Mac or PC using a Lightning cable and you will need to make sure that you have the iOS 10.3.2 update file for your device.

Here’s where you can download iOS 10.3.2 ipsw files for any of the iPhone or iPad devices that runs this update.

If the row is green and there is a check in the Apple Signing Status, then you know that you can continue. If Apple is no longer signing iOS 10.3.2 you should stop.

Start the iOS 10.3.3 Downgrade to iOS 10.3.2

Once you have the file downloaded to your computer, and unzipped if needed, you will want to plug in your iPhone to Mac or PC with a Lightning cable.

Start the downgrade to go back to iOS 10.3.2.
Start the downgrade to go back to iOS 10.3.2.

Open iTunes and click on your iPhone or iPad to launch the device summary page in iTunes. Make sure you turn off Find my iPhone before you start.

You will need to special click on “Restore iPhone…”. That is a alt/option click on Mac or a Shift click in Windows. Hold the key and then click. This will open up a prompt so that you can search for the iOS 10.3.2 ipsw file you downloaded.

Complete the iOS 10.3.3 downgrade to iOS 10.3.2.
Complete the iOS 10.3.3 downgrade to iOS 10.3.2.

Find the file and click Open to start the downgrade process. You will see a message on the screen that iTunes will erase and restore your iPhone to iOS 10.3.2 and will verify the restore with Apple. Click Restore to start.

When this finishes you will have a blank iPhone on iOS 10.3.2. You can choose Restore Backup and choose a previous backup from before you installed iOS 10.3.3. Alternately, you can choose to start over from scratch.

What’s New in iOS 10.2.1 & iOS 10.2

New iOS 10.2 Emoji

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New iOS 10.2 Emoji

There are over 100 new iOS 10.2 emoji in this free update. You don't need to buy any apps or subscriptions to unlock them. Simply install iOS 10.2 and you will be able to start sending new faces, food, animals, sports and professions.

The people you send the new iOS 10.2 emoji to will need iOS 10.2 installed to see them. They may need iOS 10.2 to see some of the redesigned emoji based on our testing during the beta.

Some of the new iOS 10.2 emojis include;

  • Clown Emoji
  • Prince
  • Mother Christmas
  • Rolling on the Floor Laughing
  • Lying Face
  • Drooling Emoji
  • Nauseated Face
  • Sneezing Face
  • Shrug
  • Man in a Tux emoji
  • Pregnant woman
  • Face Palm
  • Cal Me Hand
  • Fingers Crossed Emoji
  • Handshake
  • Gorilla
  • Fox Face
  • Deer
  • Rhino
  • Bat
  • Eagle
  • Duck
  • Owl
  • Lizard
  • Croissant
  • Baguette
  • Peanuts
  • Bacon
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Whisky Emoji
  • Spoon
  • Scooter
  • Canoe
  • First Place Medal
  • Goal Net
  • Fencer
  • Wrestlers

Apple also adds in new professions to the emojis including male and female versions of these new options including artists, astronauts, cooks, factory workers, farmers, firefighters, health worker, judges, mechanics, office workers, pilots, teachers and much more.

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How to Downgrade from iOS 10.3.3 to 10.3.2 is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

iPhone 6s Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

iPhone 6s Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus problems continue to plague many users on iOS 9 and iOS 10.

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus currently run iOS 10.3.1 and many users are running into trouble on the most up-to-date version of iOS 10.

iPhone 6s users on older versions of iOS 10 and iOS 9 are also running into trouble with their software. Help is on the way but some of you might not be able to wait for Apple and its next iOS update.

Today, we want to take a look at iPhone 6s problems and offer some resources to those of you running into trouble.

We also want to make sure that you’re prepared for the future, just in case you run into an issue with your phone.

iPhone 6s Problems

As we push into 2017 we continue to hear about iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus problems.

iPhone 6s Things to Do2

iPhone 6s iCloud Restore problems are among the most common iPhone 6s problems and they’re giving new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users headaches.

Users are reporting long restore times that seem to go on forever. Fortunately, the process actually won’t take forever and we’ve found a potential fix to try.

If you’re running into an iPhone 6s iCloud restore problem, you’ll want to set your phone up as new, install the iOS 10 update, choose restore, and then restore from iCloud.

One other note. If you are having trouble activating your new iPhone 6s, try restarting the device or trying another connection.

We’ve been hearing complaints about iOS 10 downloads getting stuck during the installation process. If this happens during your install, you’ll want to hold down the power button and home button at the same time. The phone will reboot and the download should continue properly.

The iPhone 6s problems go beyond activation issues, problems with iCloud restore and software update installation issues.

iPhone 6s users are complaining about Slide to Update issues (you can find a fix for this here), problems with iMessages, overheating issues, abnormal battery drain, Wi-Fi problems, Bluetooth issues, random reboots, UI lag, and a whole lot more.

Apple’s discussion forums continue to fill up with complaints about the iPhone 6s and we expect more complaints to emerge throughout the year as Apple releases new software for the former flagship smartphones.

If this is your first iPhone, or if you’re planning to install a new iOS update you’ll want to take a look at our list of things to do before installing an iOS update and at our reasons to and not to install the latest iOS update.

You’ll also want to take a look at the first iPhone 6s settings to change.

How to Fix iPhone 6s Problems

If you’re running into iPhone 6s problems, there’s no need to panic.

We continue to update our list of fixes for common iOS 9 problems and iOS 10 problems and those are great places to start if you run into a software-related problem on your device.

These fixes include ways to improve iOS 9 battery life, iOS 10 battery life, fix poor Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth issues, and plenty more.

We’ve also put together some ways to improve iOS 10’s performance on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus. If you notice lag or random freezes, start there.

It’s also important to note that some iOS-related problems will dissipate after a couple of days. For instance, battery life tends to settle after a few days with a new device or iOS update.

If your iPhone 6s problems persist after a few days, that’s when you’re going to need to take action.

How to Downgrade

If an iOS update isn’t performing to your standards on the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus you can downgrade to an older version of iOS. For a limited time.

Apple isn’t signing off on any iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus iOS updates which means you don’t have this option right now.

The company typically signs off on older updates for a week or two before pulling the cord. Once that happens, the downgrade loophole will close up and you’ll be left with whatever version of iOS you’re on.

We’ve put together a step-by-step guide that will take you through the downgrade process once it opens back up.

We highly recommend getting familiar with it right now so that you can take advantage of the loophole in the future if you need to.

Additional Resources

If your needs go beyond our list of fixes or the downgrade process, know that you have a ton of resources at your disposal.

If you’re in need of a fix or advice or feedback about new iPhone 6s iOS updates, you’ll want to check out Apple’s Discussion Forums.

It’s a fantastic resource for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s problems. Bookmark it so that you can use it going forward.

We’ve also found the MacRumors community to be a great resource so its in your best interest to stop by there as well.

Social media websites like Twitter are also places to look for fixes and advice regarding problems with the iPhone 6s. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Your last line of defense is going to be Apple itself. The company runs an active Apple Support account on Twitter and it’s worth a try if you’re having an issue.

If you can’t fix your iPhone 6s problem on your own, you’ll want to make an appointment to see a Genius at an Apple Store.

They can run diagnostics that you might not be able to do at home and if you’re under warranty, you might be able to get a new phone.

What’s Next

Apple’s next update for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be its iOS 10.3.2 update. The update is currently in beta but it doesn’t have a public release date. We expect it to be released soon.

If you’re unable to fix your iPhone 6s problems on your own, be on the lookout for it. It should include some bug fixes for lingering iOS 10 problems.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 10.3.1 & 9 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 10.3.1 If You Want Better Security

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Install iOS 10.3.1 If You Want Better Security

If you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider downloading the iOS 10.3.1 update on your iPhone or iPad. 

iOS 10.3.1 brings a single security patch for a potential Wi-Fi exploit. But if you failed to install iOS 10.3, your iOS 10.3.1 update will bring its monster list of patches as well. 

The iOS 10.3 update delivered over 60 known patches for potential exploits. That's substantial, even for a milestone upgrade. The previous version of iOS 10, iOS 10.2.1, brought 14 known patches.

Among them is a patch for a Safari ransomware bug that scammers used to extort iOS users who viewed pornography on their device. 

These patches enhance the security on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch making them ideal for those of you who store sensitive files/data on your device. Most people do.

If you skipped the iOS 10.2.1 update and/or the iOS 10.2 update, know that iOS 10.3.1 brings their security patches with it as well. Again, the iOS 10.2.1 update had 14 important patches on board. You can see them all right here

If you failed to install Apple's iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.3.1 will also bring the three crucial security patches it delivered last year. These patch up serious security problems that could potentially expose your calls, contacts, texts, and emails.

If security is important to you, iOS 10.3.1 is probably worth a download right now.

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iPhone 6s Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.