avatarby Ankit BanerjeeOctober 17, 20160 comments

Apple follows the same annual release cycle for both their hardware and software, and with every new iPhone comes the latest version of iOS. This year, a Developer Preview of iOS 10 was released back in June, and the official version was globally launched a few weeks ago following the release of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

As always, simplicity remains a cornerstone of Apple’s software experience, but there have been a slew of changes that users have looked forward to, including new advanced features, aesthetic changes and feature upgrades to key apps, and a whole lot more. You can find more about these new features and the devices that are eligible for the upgrade to iOS 10 here.

However, as is the case with any new software upgrade, especially when that package is made available to older smartphones and tablets, the latest version of iOS is not without its issues. Which is why, we’ve rounded up some of the common problems that users have found with iOS 10, and offer potential solutions on how to fix them!

Disclaimer: Not every iOS 10 user will come across these problems, and it is actually more than likely that you won’t see any of these issues at all. 


Problem #1 – iMessage Effects not working

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One of the new features of iOS 10 is the screen effects that have been introduced with iMessage, to make messages more fun, and allows users to send things like balloons, confetti, laser animations, and more. However, some users have found these screen effects to not be working as expected.

Potential solutions:

  • This issue will occur if you have the “Reduce Motion” setting enabled. Go to Settings – General – Accessibility – Reduce Motion and disable it. This setting is a nice way to get a little more battery life, and helps with motion sickness when using the phone while moving, but it also makes the iMessage screen effects stop working.

Problem #2 – Email threads with the new Mail app

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With the updated Mail app in iOS 10, Apple has changed the way email threads are handled, and quite a few users have found the experience to be quite frustrating.

Potential solutions:

  • Now, when looking at an email thread, you have to scroll all the way to the end of it to get to the most recent message, which can get annoying if it is a long thread, and can also take some getting used to. If you are looking to get the most recent emails to be at the top, there is a simple way to do so. Go to Settings – Mail – Threading and enable “Most Recent Message on Top.”
  • If having email threads isn’t that important to you, you always have the option to disable it completely as well. Go to the Threading section as mentioned above, and disable “Organize by Thread.”

Problem #3 – Emoji predictions not working with default keyboard

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Predictive emojis is a new feature of the default keyboard, that, like word predictions, tries to predict or auto complete what emoji you are trying to send, or offer emoji alternatives to a word you are typing. However, some users have found that this feature isn’t working.

Potential solutions:

  • The solution is very simple. When sending a message, all you have to do is first type a lot of random emojis into a text, and hit enter to begin a new line. In this next line, type a word where you would expect a emoji prediction to show up, and you will see that it is now working again.

Problem #4 – Connectivity issues

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As might happen whenever you upgrade to a new version of an operating system, people have come across some connectivity issues following the upgrade to iOS 10.

Potential solutions:

  • These aren’t ideal solutions, but there isn’t a whole lot you can do if you come across any connectivity issues.
  • If your Wi-Fi connection keeps dropping or doesn’t connect, try restarting the router by turn it off for 30 seconds, and then turning it back on. Then, go to Settings – General – Reset – Reset Network Settings and add the information from scratch.
  • If pairing your iPhone with a Bluetooth device is an issue, go to Settings – Bluetooth and turn it off, and back on again. Forget the pairing information, and try connecting the two devices again.

Problem #5 – Issues where a reboot temporarily fixes the problem

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There are quite a few issues that users have come across where a proper solution isn’t available, and the only way to temporarily address the problem is by rebooting the device. Since these are all software bugs, the next software update will likely fix this problem.

  • Whatsapp notification sounds not working – Users have noticed that they aren’t hearing notification sounds when receiving calls or messages on Whatsapp. This is a known bug that as been acknowledged by the app developers, and a future update will hopefully address this issue. Until then, a reboot seems to do the trick, at least for a little while.
  • Black screen when opening the camera – Some users have noticed that when opening the camera, they are greeted with a black screen. Restarting the device at least a couple of times seems to have done the trick for most people. However, keep in mind that if this doesn’t work, it is likely a hardware issue, in which case, picking up a replacement will be your only option.
  •  Split View not working – If you have updated your iPad to iOS 10, you may find that the Split View feature in Safari isn’t working. Only a future software update can fix this, but some users have found that a restart generally does the trick.

Problem #6 – Issues where toggling the setting of the feature generally fixes the problem

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As above, there are a few problems that have come up, where simply toggling off and on the related feature option in the Settings menu generally fixes it.

  • Maps Transit widget stopped working – Many users have found that a Spotlight widget called Maps Transit, that provides schedules for bus and subway routes, has stopped working after the update to iOS 10. All you have to do is go to Settings – General – Accessibility – Speech, and disable and enable the “Speak Screen” option, which will force the widget to restart and work again.
  • Raise to Wake feature not working – This is a very useful feature, but something to keep in mind is that it is accessible only with the iPhone 6S series, the iPhone SE, and the iPhone 7 smartphones currently. If you have an older device or an iPad, raise to wake will not work. If you find it to not be functioning with any of the phones listed above, what you can do is go to Settings – Display & Brightness and disable and enable “Raise to Wake.”
  • “Hey Siri” doesn’t work after update – Some users have found that the “Hey Siri” command no longer works after the update to iOS 10. To get it to work again, go to Settings – Siri and first turn off the “Hey Siri” command and then disable Siri completely. Restart the device, enable Siri again, and set up the command once more.

So, there you have it for this roundup of some of the common problems that people have faced after updating their iPhones and iPads to iOS 10, and a few solutions of how to fix them. If you have come across these issues or any others, do let us know in the comments section below, and we will try our best to help you find an answer. One point to remember is that these are all software glitches, and will all likely be addressed in upcoming software updates.