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9 Insanely Easy Ways To Fix Your iPhone

Dropped your phone in a pool? Don't use uncooked rice.

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Sometimes, unpredictable things happen and you need to let your baby go free.

But for everyday fails, I'm here to help.

Whether you lost you phone, somehow filled up its storage to capacity, or accidentally jumped into a pool with it in your pocket, DON'T FEAR. Here are a few solutions to the most common iPhone problems.


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Find an alternative photo storage solution and delete old iCloud backups!

First, try:

Constantly running out of space?? You can check Settings > General > Storage > Manage Storage to see what's the biggest culprit.

It's most likely photos and video. Google Photos is a free app and website that will store unlimited photos (16MP or less, so perfect for phone pics) and in the app's settings you can hit "Free Up Space" to remove original photos and vids from your device that are already backed up.

If that doesn't work, then:

It may be your iCloud account that's full. storing backups from old devices. Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage. Then tap the outdated backup, then Delete Backup!

Here's more on what to do if your phone's storage is full.


First, try:

If you're running low RIGHT NOW, go to Settings > General > Battery and enable Low Power Mode. Next, go to Settings > Cellular and turn *off* Wi-Fi Assist.

If you're really desperate, go to Settings > Accessibility > and turn Grayscale to ON. Finally, turn your phone face down so that it doesn't light up when you receive notifications.

If that doesn't work, then:

There are plenty of reasons why your battery might be dying quickly. Your email settings might be "fetching" (or looking for new messages) too frequently. Your screen might be too bright. You might have too many push notifications turned on. Head to Settings > Battery to see which apps are sucking up the most power.

Click here for more battery-saving tips.


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First, try:

Hold down the power (sleep/wake) button to see if your phone will power off.

If that doesn't work, then:

Force-reset the device. Hold the home button and the power button at the same time for 10 seconds until you see the Apple logo. Rebooting your iPhone this way simply cuts the power, but beware that it may cause corruption, so only use it as a last resort.


If the phone is off:

Retrieve it immediately and do not attempt to turn it on, which could short-circuit the device, rendering it useless. Wait until the phone is completely dry (it'll take about two days) to turn it on from an off position.

If the phone is on:

If the phone is on but asleep, you can take the risk of quickly waking the device to power it off or hope that you don’t get any notifications (which will turn on the screen) while in sleep mode.

First, try:

If applicable, remove the phone's case. Wipe off the liquid from the exterior and gently shake the device to get rid of any liquid stuck in its ports.

A common solution is to place the device in a bowl of uncooked rice, but a more effective method is to cover the phone in silica gel packets or DampRid.

If that doesn't work, then:

Alternatively, if you can't recover your iPhone, you could get a waterproof Samsung Galaxy S7. :)


iPhone buttons typically stop working because of water damage, dirt, or drops, but luckily there's an easy fix!

You'll need to turn on an accessibility feature called AssistiveTouch. First, open Settings > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch and switch it to "on." Now you'll see a little black square. That's your new virtual home button!

Here's more on this shortcut to your most-used settings.


Don't DIY unless you know what you're doing!

Before you do ANYTHING, backup your phone’s data using iCloud or iTunes. I like backing up my phone using iTunes on my computer because I have limited iCloud storage.

First, try:

iCracked provides an on-demand general mobile device repair service that includes cracked screens, and it's available worldwide. They’ll come to you and fix your iPhone in 30 minutes for about $180 for a 6s.

You can also bring in your iPhone to an Apple Store for repair, which costs between $130 and $150 depending on the model. You'll need to make an appointment and repairs take about 30-60 minutes.

If you know your way around a circuit board, then:

You can try doing it yourself with one of iFixit’s repair kits ($120) and online guides.



The recovery screen.


Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do, aside from wiping your phone. Even the FBI had trouble getting past a locked iPhone, so tough luck breaking through the Great Wall of Forgotten Passcodes. After 6 attempts, your iPhone will be disabled and you’ll be locked out for a period of time.

If you really can’t remember your passcode, you’ll have to erase all of its contents and start over. There are two ways to reset: If you have Find My iPhone enabled, use iCloud. You can also connect it to a computer and, while it’s connected, press and hold the power and home button until you see the recovery screen pictured here. Finally, select Restore.



If you don’t have Find My iPhone enabled, report the device to your carrier: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. If you believe it was stolen, suspend service and blacklist your device to protect it from unauthorized use.

If you *do* have Find My iPhone, go to, click All Devices, and tap the missing device. Lost Mode protects the device with a passcode if there is none and lets you enter a phone number if it’s found. Erase iPhone will completely wipe the device remotely, but use this as a last resort, because you’ll lose access to Find My iPhone.

Once you’ve located the device, do NOT try to retrieve the phone yourself if it was stolen. Contact the police.


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First, stand next to your router to eliminate any connection issues. Then, tap on the Wi-Fi network and select Forget This Network. Return to Settings > Wi-Fi, select the network again, and re-enter the password.

Still not working? Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. Beware: This deletes all of your stored passwords and networks. If you see full Wi-Fi signal but can’t connect to the internet, reset your router and restart your phone.

Here are more reasons why your Wi-Fi's painfully slow.

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