iOS 13 Issues and Fixes that You Should Know
Since Apple’s release of iOS 13 on September 19, 2019, the tech giant has introduced numerous updates for it, one after another. The release of iOS 13 was a long-awaited one. It ushered in several augmented features such as the Dark Mode, and fixed the problems found in its nine previous updates. However, it introduced the inevitable iOS 13 issues too, which accompany any big software change.
Hence, the euphoria that followed the release of iOS 13 was short-lived, as there were more stability issues and problems than usual. Some of the bugs were minor issues, while others caused serious interruptions in features and some were even parts of the user interface.
So, if you are one of those users who have installed iOS 13, then you must have probably encountered at least one or all of these issues. While this is by no means an exhaustive list, we have collated some of the most common issues with iOS 13 and what you can try to fix them.
iOS 13 Issue: The Communication Limits bug allows children to chat with anyone
In the 13.3 updates, there is a Communication Limits feature that allows parents to control who their little ones can FaceTime with, call or text. However, the bug walks all over the specialty of this feature by letting the little ones chat with or contact whoever they want to. It even provides a way for strangers to communicate with your child. Through this feature, a kid will not be able to add any contact to the address book of the iPhone, without their parent entering the PIN first. But, there are ways to get around this restriction. Like, Siri or Apple Watch can obligingly text or call anyone that your little one asks for, irrespective of them being or not being on the contact list.
Possible solution: Open settings, then Contacts > Select Default Account > Change that setup to iCloud, if it is set to Gmail or something else.
The issue: Battery drain
The issue of battery drain is not a new one – it is an old problem that never goes away. Battery health issues are recurring problems associated with iOS upgrades. That is partly because the new operating system goes through some major system-level operations to get incorporated into your device, like indexing with photos, Spotlight and several iCloud activities.
- Keep your device plugged in overnight, connected to the Wi-Fi mode. The issue may take a day or a two to get resolved, while restoring or syncing heavy volume of data from iCloud or various other sources.
- Update your iOS by going to Settings > General > Software Update. You should also carry out timely software updates as they come with bug fixes or improvements for such issues.
- Also, keep your individual apps updated by going to Store > Your Account > Updated Recently. The older versions of apps will continue to consume more battery if they are in a newer iOS system, and updating them will get them patched.
The issue: Mobile data service not working
A number of users have reported issues like losing mobile data service and even Wi-Fi, and not being able to send text messages and make normal phone calls after the installation of iOS 13.3.
- Switch the Airplane mode on and off in sequence by going to Settings > Airplane mode.
- Reset the settings of network through Settings > General > Reset. After that, enter your passcode and then give your confirmation to reset the network settings. As you confirm, your device will restart and reset all of the settings, starting from the paired Bluetooth devices, delete the saved Wi-Fi networks, VPNs, hotspots and cellular networks, for restoring the default factory setting.
(Note: You will have to reconnect to all Wireless and Bluetooth devices once again after resetting network settings. So, ensure you have access to the hotspot passwords before doing this step.)
- Restart your phone.
iOS 13 Issue: Inability to connect to a personal hotspot
Several users have admitted that they are facing issues with connecting to a personal hotspot. Their phones are getting repeatedly disconnected and experiencing tremendously slow connection, among other problems.
- Apple has recommended its users to turn the Personal Hotspot feature on and off repeatedly.
- Check iOS 13 updates to get any bug fixes or improvements for this issue.
iOS 13 Issue: Mail app misbehaving
Numerous issues have cropped up with the mail performance of iOS 13. These include the app crashing, failing to sync the contacts on the iPhone and iPad, not updating, not sending messages, not loading new emails or third party email accounts, failing to create new accounts, not showing new notifications and a no sender issue in which operators are not able to see the contact details of the sender.
- Check for updates to apps such as Gmail or Yahoo, which may have been added to the mail while browsing the App store.
- Make sure that the mail notifications are turned on, by going to Settings, then to Mail, then to Notifications> Allow Notifications.
- For users who are unable to create more than one or multiple email accounts, make sure to turn off the Restriction Settings which restricts you from adding email contacts. Launch Settings >Screen Time, go to Select Content & Privacy Restrictions, then to Allowed Apps> Mailand toggle the switch on. Doing so will let you add accounts within the mail app.
All in all, to fix the various bugs, upgrade the iOS 13 and apps to all their respective and latest releases on a regular basis. Also, make sure to always check the App Store for updates to apps, even if Auto Update is enabled. These habits go a long way in amending various issues that can otherwise tarnish iOS’s prized reputation and user experience.
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