How to Fix these Possible iPhone, iPad Issues when Updating to iOS 7.1

Just a few days ago Apple officially released iOS 7.1 which is a major update since iOS 7 was released back in September 2013. If you encountered any problem, try these fixes.

In case you plan to update your iPhone to iOS 7.1, you may want to read these first so that you are better prepared in case something goes wrong.

A quick and easy fix to many issues can be resolved by doing a soft reset on your device. To do this:

1. Press and hold home and sleep/wake button simultaneously.

2. Keep on pressing for 5-10 seconds until the Apple logo appears. This will not erase your data.

In case you’re stuck with one of the following problems, you can try the possible fixes as described below.

1. Touch ID is not working after updating to iOS 7.1 (iPhone 5s)

A huge number of iPhone 5s users are experiencing this problem after updating to iOS 7.1

The ‘iPhone Unlock’ in Settings option seems to be turned off after updating to iOS 7.1, try to turn it on again and it should restore the Touch ID functionality.

2. Dark keyboard is missing in iOS 7.1

Many people have reported that this feature is no longer available in iOS 7.1.

However, if you install US keyboard for your device, the dark keyboard should be available. Do take note that the name has been changed to Bold Font.

3. WiFi and/or data not working after iOS 7.1 update

You’re not able to connect to the internet after updating to iOS 7.1? The easiest fix to this would be to reset your network connection.

Simply go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Connection.

Do note that you will lose all stored WiFi password in your device.

4. The background of 4 icon apps at the bottom of the screen turned to gray in iOS 7.1

This is an easy fix and is not an issue with iOS 7.1. To fix it:

Look at Settings > General > Accessibility.

Then change Increase Contrast > Reduce Transparency to OFF.

5. iPhone is no longer jailbroken after updating iOS 7.1 (Cydia Missing)

Well, currently there’s no way to jailbreak iOS 7.1. You will have to wait for now.

6. iPhone is not charging after updating to iOS 7.1

This is a very odd issue affecting some iPhone users after updating their devices. You can try on of the followings:

  • Clean the lightning connector, also check the charging port of your iPhone to make sure there’s nothing stuck inside it
  • Try a different cable
  • Plug your iPhone into a wall outlet for approximately 20 minutes then try a reset by pressing and holding the home and power buttons until the white Apple logo appears as explained here

7. Unable to activate iPhone after updating to iOS 7.1

If you bought the iPhone from someone, chances are it has the iOS 7 activation lock enabled. Activation what? You can read more about it here. If you haven’t restored it, best to verify first otherwise you won’t be able to use your iPhone or iPad after that.

8. Keyboard lag, delay or slow response when typing in iOS 7.1

If you installed multiple keyboards on your device, that may be the problem. If the soft reset procedure above doesn’t work, try the following:

Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Keyboard Dictionary.

9. Battery drains fast with iOS 7.1

Battery issue will always occur every time Apple releases an update but nothing seems to fix battery issue problems.

A few things you can try:

  • Disable location services, auto update etc.
  • Disable background app refresh
  • Terminate unused apps running in the background
  • Turn off Bluetooth
  • Do a full restore but do not restore from backup (setup as new)

Some of you who are new to iPhone may ask, is it possible to downgrade iOS 7.1 to 7.0.6 or any earlier version of iOS? Unfortunately, this is not possible and Apple will do anything they can to prevent people from downgrading their device.

The above are just some of the possible solutions to the issue you might encounter when updating iOS 7.1. If all fails, the last option would be visiting your nearest Apple Store.

How to Fix iTunes Error 3194 When Updating iPhone to iOS 7.1 on March 10

The major update for iOS 7 is here. If you encounter iTunes error 3194 when trying to update to iOS 7.1, let me show you how to fix it.

You’re probably trying to update your iPhone to the latest iOS 7.1 using iTunes but kept getting error 3194. If you’re new to using iPhone, one of the most important things you need to know is you can never downgrade your iOS. This is by designed, and of course, how Apple wants it to be.

One of the main reasons is that Apple doesn’t want you to jailbreak your iPhone. For example, iOS 7.0.6 and below have exploits that can jailbreak iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5s and 5c. Since Apple can no longer patch or fix previous iOS which version which has been released to public, they can only fix those issues in the next release.

iOS 7.1 is another major update from Apple after iOS 7 was first released last September.

Now let’s go back to your iTunes restore error 3194. This is a very common error if you’re trying to restore your iPhone. Error 3194 is a response from iTunes telling you that your iPhone is not eligible to be restored to a particular iOS version.

Apple will only allow you install the latest iOS, but why are you still getting this error if the iOS version you’re trying to restore to is already the latest? Well, the problem lies with your computer’s hosts file.

iTunes uses your computer’s hosts file to “communicate” with Apple’s activation server. It exists in both Mac and PC. If your hosts file is modified, you will definitely get this error message when updating to iOS 7.1 using iTunes.

So, how did your hosts file got modified in the first place? Jailbreaking software such as TinyUmbrella and redsn0w are the culprits. If you’ve used one of these programs before, they will modify your hosts file to trick iTunes to NOT connect to Apple’s iOS restore verification server.

Why you may ask? On older devices, it IS possible to restore to an older iOS for as long as you have the SHSH saved. This is a separate topic but is related so let’s discuss about this another day while we work on fixing this issue.

How to Fix iTunes Error 3194 When Updating iPhone to iOS 7.1

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Well, remember to close iTunes or reboot your computer after modifying your hosts file. If you managed to fix this problem, please share, tweet or like below.

How to Fix iTunes Errors 3200, 3014, 3004, 3002 When Updating to iOS 7.1

Attempting to upgrade to iOS 7.1 yet getting an iTunes error 3200, 3014, 3004 or 3002? Here are some conceivable fixes which you can attempt.

Now that iOS 7.1 is officially public, you might want to install it on your iPhone right away. However, it’s frustrating when you keep getting these errors while you spend hours trying to get your iPhone working again.

Firstly, please be aware that you’re getting one of these error messages because iTunes is unable to connect to Apple firmware verification server to verify your device probably due to:

  • Apple server is extremely busy as millions of people around the world are trying to install iOS 7.1.
  • Your computer’s hosts file is causing communication issue between iTunes and Apple’s servers.

The easiest fix for this is to wait and try again at a later time. Usually this would fix the problem right away. However, if you’re still getting the same problem even after waiting for a couple of hours, try the following fix:

1. Edit your hosts file:

  • Windows user go to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ and open the hosts file with any text editor or Notepad
  • Mac users go to \etc\ and open the hosts file with any text editor
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5. Try restoring to iOS 7.1 again.

I hope this helps! If not, leave your comments below and we’ll see if there’s a way to help you.

 

 

8 Common iPhone Issues after Updating to iOS 7.0.6 and How to Fix Them

Apple recommended that you update to the latest iOS 7.0.6 to address a critical security issue. If you’ve updated your device but encountered some problems, try these fixes.

Just a few days ago Apple silently released iOS 7.0.6 and asked all iOS users to update to the latest version of the iOS. This is to address a security issue related to SSL (Secure Socket Layer) which can be compromised by hackers who have access to your network.

In case you plan to update your iPhone to iOS 7.0.6, you may want to read these first so that you are better prepared in case something goes wrong (always remember to backup!). If you have done the update either via WiFi or iTunes, there shouldn’t be any issue. However, in case you’re stuck with one of the following problems, you can try the possible fixes as described below.

1. WiFi or Data not working after updating to iOS 7.0.6

You’re not able to connect to the internet after updating to iOS 7.0.6? The easiest fix to this would be to reset your network connection.

Simply go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Connection.

Do note that you will lose all stored WiFi password in your device.

2. iPhone won’t turn on after updating to iOS 7.0.6

This doesn’t happen a lot, but if you do get this problem try to do a soft reset on your iPhone. To do this:

Hold the sleep and home button simultaneously for about 10 seconds until the Apple logo appear. You will not lose data by resetting your iPhone, and most of the time it will fix many other issues.

If that doesn’t work, try putting your iPhone into recovery mode first.

3. Updating to iOS 7.0.6 stopped or froze half way

Usually this is due to internet connection problems or slowness with your internet speed. The process may take a while to complete so do be patient.

Some users reported that it took 1.5 hours to complete the update.

If for any reason the update failed, be prepared to do a full restore using iTunes on your computer.

4. ‘No SIM Card Installed’ after updating to iOS 7.0.6

A small number of people who are getting this problem has something to do with the SIM card itself.

The only possible solution is to go to your nearest carrier’s service center or store to get a replacement SIM card.

5. iPhone is no longer jailbroken after updating iOS 7.0.6 (Cydia Missing)

The good news is that the latest evasi0n is still able to jailbreak iOS 7.0.6. Click here for procedures on how to jailbreak your iPhone on iOS 7.0.6.

6. iPhone is not charging after updating to iOS 7.0.6

This is a very odd issue affecting some iPhone users after updating their devices. You can try on of the followings:

  • Clean the lightning connector, also check the charging port of your iPhone to make sure there’s nothing stuck inside it
  • Try a different cable
  • Plug your iPhone into a wall outlet for approximately 20 minutes then try a reset by pressing and holding the home and power buttons until the white Apple logo appears as explained here

7. Unable to activate iPhone after updating to iOS 7.0.6

If you bought the iPhone from someone, chances are it has the iOS 7 activation lock enabled. Activation what? You can read more about it here.

8. Sound not working after updating to iOS 7.0.6

This may not be related to any hardware or software issue but can be tricky to fix, because it’s too trivial:

  • Go to Settings and set Use Slide Switch to > Lock Rotation
  • Swipe up at the bottom of screen to launch the Sound controller. If the bell icon is stroked out, you’re fine, the sound will work. If otherwise, then tap on it to strike the bell. The sound should work now.

Some of you who are new to iPhone may ask, is it possible to downgrade iOS 7.0.6 to 7.0.4 or any earlier version of iOS? Unfortunately, this is not possible and Apple will do anything they can to prevent people from downgrading their device.

The above are just some of the possible solutions to the issue you might encounter when updating iOS 7.0.6. If all fails, the last option would be visiting your nearest Apple Store.

How to Fix iPhone with iOS 7 Bluetooth Connection Issue on BMW iDrive

Do you own a BMW but having issues with your Bluetooth connectivity after updating iOS 7?

The common issue faced with end users is that each software update by Apple may cause other problem with third party devices. This is usually due to insufficient tests performed when the latest software was still in Beta version.

Problems like this may or may not be fixed immediately, so we can only rely on some workarounds until the issue is resolved either by Apple or the third party device developers. In this case, many people who own BMWs are having problems with Bluetooth connectivity after updating to iOS 7 on their iPhones.

The fix below may help solve Bluetooth connectivity issues, however, do note that you won’t be able to browse your contacts through iDrive. You can only start the call on your iPhone directly.

1. ‘Forget’ the car telephone on the iPhone bluetooth settings.

2. Remove the iPhone for the bluetooth list in the car’s bluetooth settings.

3. Pair the iPhone with your car again.

4. Then go to bluetooth settings on the iPhone and uncheck the ‘Sync Contacts’ option.

Some reported that their BMW’s communication module are problematic. If your local dealer is able to diagnose this, they may replace the module and eliminate the problem.

Let’s hope the planned iOS 7.1 which is due for release soon will fix these problems for those who are affected, or perhaps BMW has workable patch for their systems as well.

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