iOS 10: How To Fix Some More Common Problems

Published: 23 September 2016Updated: 29 September 2023

iOS 10 has some great features. But sometimes, those features break down.

Amidst much fanfare, Apple finally released its latest version of the iOS, the iOS 10, a couple of weeks ago and while the overall iOS 10 experience is a much cleaner, cleverer and convenient one, it still has some problems.

Many iPhone and iPad users have run into problems during and after the iOS 10 update. So if you’re experiencing some of those problems then you’re not alone.

The iOS 10 comes with a ton of new features and updates, and that essentially ensures that there will also be some bugs and glitches in the new operating system from Apple.

Some iPhone and iPad users have complained about their device not pumping out the same amount of uptime, because of poor battery life, while others have had to endure bad Bluetooth connectivity along with bricked devices and locked screens.

We’ll try to cover some of the more common problems that have risen up in the iPhone and iPad community.

As mentioned in the previous version of this article, if you are unable to find your specific problem in the list of problems we’ll describe below (in a moment) then don’t forget to use the comments section below the article to let us know your iPhone or iPad issue/issues.

With that said, let’s get to it.

What If My iPhone Is Unable To Vibrate For Anything After iOS 10 Update

Well, the first thing you should know is that many people have had the same problem on their Apple devices (smartphones, and tablets) as well. The main issue that has come up is usually along the lines of iPhone and iPad users noticing that their devices are unable to vibrate when they receive messages and some other notifications.

Needless to say, this issue is for the iOS 10 only so if you haven’t upgraded to the new operating system yet, then this solution will probably not work for you.

If your Apple iPhone has lost its ability to vibrate after an upgrade to iOS 10 then you need to, first, restart your iPhone.

That should fix the problem in most cases. To restart your smartphone device, you need to press and hold the sleep button and the Home button for a time duration of 10 seconds.

It’s better to keep an actual count of 10 seconds because otherwise, you might give up before the process of fixing your smartphone device even starts.

If you have held the two buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds (real 10 seconds, not the ones that you usually count in your head) then your iPhone smartphone or iPad tablet should restart. An Apple logo should appear on the screen if your device has indeed restarted.


iOS 10 has given a lot of problems to those who have upgraded through OTA update.

However, there is a chance (as always) that this solution may not work for you. If that is indeed the case, then you have no other choice but to perform a factory reset on your iPhone.

Before actually beginning to perform a factory reset on your iPhone, make sure that you have backed up all your data, including any important files and settings, because after the factory reset process is finished you will lose all the data that is stored on your device.

In other words, a device reset will remove everything from your iPhone.

After The iOS 10 Update My Touch ID Has Stopped Working

If the Touch ID feature on your Apple device, iPhone or iPad, has suddenly stopped functioning and you can’t activate the feature by configuring your settings after updating your Apple device, iPhone or iPad, to iOS 10, then try out the following solution:

Assuming your device is turned on, you need to go to the Settings menu. After you have done that, you need to go to the Touch ID & Passcode.

Then, do a bit of tapping and input your passcode. When you have completed that step as well then turn off iTunes and App Store.

After that, restart your device (or reboot if you’re sensitive about your terminology issues).

When your Apple device, iPhone or iPad, has rebooted then head back to your Settings option and then, again, to the Touch ID & Passcode option. After that reactivate iTunes & App Store.

Do remember though that you may need to first remove and after that, perform a rescan for your fingerprints.

If you don’t know how to do this then read on.

Tap on the Settings option and then select touch ID & Passcode. When you’re there, then scroll down on your screen to view the list of fingerprints.

When you have found your fingerprint, then tap on it to bring up the delete option. Then select the Delete option and proceed to another reboot (of your device that is).

When your Apple device, iPhone or iPad, has rebooted, head back to the Settings menu and select the option that lets you add your fingerprint.

The Touch ID on your Apple device, iPhone or iPad, should properly work now.


The solutions to iOS 10 bugs are pretty simple if you follow the instructions correctly.

Why Can’t I Reconnect To My Cellular Network After My iPhone Has Lost The Connection?

Believe it or not but this problem can also happen because of the recent iOS 10 update. Many users have complained about their Apple device, the iPhone specifically, has lost the ability to reconnect to a network after the device has lost signal. Most users say this has started to happen after the iOS 10 update.

As mentioned before, with great power comes great responsibility. Apple’s iOS 10 has great power but the engineers at the company have not fulfilled the responsibility of making sure that the new iOS 10 is error free.

So if your iPhone also loses signal or experienced an SOS Only on iPhone and then is unable to reconnect to your network, even after you have moved into an area where, previously, the device did receive network signals, then you need to do the following:

First, restart your Apple iPhone. In most cases, this alone should solve your problem and you will be, hopefully, reconnected to your network.

But even if this solution works, know that this isn’t a permanent solution to the problem. The reason we say that here, is that if you somehow lose your network’s signal again, the device will not be able to reconnect to the network unless you restart the device again.

So, the other solution is to turn on Airplane mode and then turn it off to see if your device reconnects to the network.

If that doesn’t work for you either then you should follow the advice of some mobile networks which are recommending that users who are facing similar issues should reinstall iOS 10.

If you do decide to do that then make sure that, this time around, you update your Apple device, the iPhone in this case, by connecting it to your desktop computer (PC or Mac) with a cable and then use iTunes to perform the update.

What About Other Network Problems In Apple iOS 10


Most of the common iOS 10 problems can be solved with a simple reboot. But sometimes that may not suffice

Yes, the dropped signal isn’t the only connectivity issue when it comes to iOS 10. Some iPhone users have reported that they encountered problems with their devices while connecting to their mobile networks after upgrading their operating system to iOS 10.

To put it another way, some of the iPhone devices, with iOS 10 on them, were unable to find a network or even when the devices did connect to a network, the users experienced markedly weak reception signals.

The network connectivity problems faced by iPhone users were, reportedly, mostly related to the users who had signed up to T-Mobile services.

And hence, the company recently stated that it was aware of the issues iPhone users were facing and was working on a fix which their developers would roll out to the customers in the coming days.

However, if you don’t want to wait for a couple of days then you can try out the aforementioned solution.

Just to recap, all you need to do is to downgrade your operating system from iOS 10 to iOS 10’s predecessor iOS 9. After that update again to iOS 10 by initiating the process through iTunes.

What If I Can’t See iMessage Notifications in Apple iOS 10

Some iPhone users who have updated to the newer iOS 10 have encountered errors where their Apple device stops giving out notifications when the user receives an iMessage.

If you are one of those iPhone users then, first, you need to go to the Settings menu and then tap on the Notifications option.

After that go to the Messages option.

When you have done that then turn on all the toggles that are located next to each option on your screen. Also make sure that you select “Banner” as your alert style.

Why Can’t I See iMessage Effects on iOS 10

The iMessage effects are just one of the many news features introduced by Apple in iOS 10. iMessages are basically full-screen animations which are designed to transform your iMessage chats by making them more exciting and entertaining for you and other iPhone users.

Some of these iMessage effects are fireworks,lasers,invisible ink and shooting stars.

Unfortunately, many iPhone users who have upgraded to iOS 10 have reported that they are unable to see the new iMessage effects. If you can’t see these iMessage effects either (in iOS 10 of course) then the most probable cause of the problem is that you might have, inadvertently, turned on “Reduce Motion” option.

Now “Reduce Motion” is not a virus or anything, it is actually a pretty useful feature for those users who want to extract every last minute of battery life out of their iPhone or iPad devices.

This feature also helps to minimize the side effects of motion sickness. Motion sickness isn’t something that you only experience when wearing a VR headset.

It can also occur when you use your Apple device, iPhone or iPad, while you move. Reduce Motion also blocks iMessages from showing up on your screen.

If you want to turn off the Reduce Motion feature then you need to, first, open up the Settings menu and then select the General option.

After that, you need to go to the Accessibility menu and then select Reduce Motion from there in order to turn off the feature.

Do remember though that you’ll need to actually tap on Reduce Motion setting so that it shows “Off” on the toggle icon.


Apple is already working on new updates to get rid of all iOS 10 bugs. So stay calm.

How To Delete Apps When I Have Upgraded To iOS 10

First of all, if you’re unable to delete any apps from your Apple device, iPhone or iPad, then remain calm by knowing that you’re not the only one suffering from the same issue. Many users have experienced the same problem after they have upgraded to iOS 10.

Some iPhone and iPad users have reported that they were not able to delete applications from their Apple devices and instead were greeted with a message that said “Waiting.”

Moreover, these users also said that the standard X icon, which is used to delete an application on Apple devices, never appeared.

It might sound complicated to you right now, but you have little choice but to hard reset your iOS 10 Apple device.

It’s not that hard, just follow the instructions to a tee and you’ll be fine.

First, press and hold the power button as well as the Home button for at least 10 seconds. You should see the Apple logo show up on the screen if you’ve done this step correctly.

If, for some reason, your Apple device does not restart then verify  if other applications are being installed on your Apple device in the background. You must not have any other applications going through the install process while you try to delete applications.

To confirm that you aren’t, go to App Store and then select Updates. After that tap on Purchased.

When you’ve done that then observe if any of the listed apps have the status of “installing” next to their labels.

If you find out that there are applications that have “installing” written beside them then put your Apple device in Airplane mode and then select the option to stop the apps from proceeding further.

Then, simply turn off the Airplane mode and start to download the applications in turn. In other words, install each application turn by turn.

If the problem still hasn’t gone away completely then reset all your Apple device’s settings. To do that, simply go to Settings and then tap on General. Then select Reset after you have scrolled down the screen a little bit.

After that, hit Reset All Settings to successfully reset all of your device’s settings.

If you want to read up on some of the other iOS 10 problems then don’t forget to read our other guide here.

Stay tuned for more on how to solve common iOS 10 problems.



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