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iPhone Update Problems and Solutions

iPhone by Apple is one of the most innovative and interactive end-user products in the market today. It offers an easy-to-use interface that makes the iPhone experience surreal; it has intuitive features that let you handle hundreds of apps but in spite of all the superlatives, when it comes to upgrades the iPhone can be quite a mess.

Over the time and several versions of iPhone, different users have had to face different types of iOS update problems and at times troubleshooting is just another complicated process. What we have done here is created a composite list of frequently occurring problems that most iPhone end-users face and provided a solution as well.

The Problems and their solutions

One of the good things about iPhone is that for every problem there is a numerical error code. For example: if you see an error code 18 or -18 then you know it is related to corrupted media device. So let’s check out the various iPhone update problems.

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iOS3.1 Upgrade Issue #1

After installation of iOS3.1 in iPhone, one of the most commonly experienced problem is that of the iPhone randomly shutting down.

Solution#1

The solution to this problem is a hard reset. You will need to hard reboot the iPhone after installation. If the problem persists then you will need to report to Apple who have on many occassions replaced the iPhone handset completely.

iOS3.1 Upgrade Issue #2

Post upgrade, the iPhone battery life becomes worse. In every standby hour, the iPhone starts draining the battery by 10% to 12%.

Solution#2

The most commonly recommended solution in this scenario is to ensure there is a clean install of the OS and sometimes turning push off can also help.

iOS3.1 Upgrade Issue #3

Post upgrade to iOS3.1, many users have reported that they received error codes like 26, 2006, and 1611. Sometimes, the phone even stays in the recovery mode and it becomes very difficult to recover or restore the phone. In other cases the updater file gets corrupted and in every following update restoration, the corrupted file keeps getting reinstalled.

Solution#3

The solution to this is to remove the iOS3.1 update file from the iPhone. You can remove it by following:

~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates (in this case, iPhone1,2_3.1_7C144_Restore.ipsw.

Once it has been removed, you can reconnect your iPhone and download a completely fresh update.

iOS3.1 Upgrade Issue #4

Many users have complained that the iPhone performance becomes slow or sluggish after updating the iOS.

Solution#4

This issue can be resolved by following certain steps, which are:

  1. Launch your iPhone Settings App
  2. Mail>Contacts>Calendars
  3. Click on MobileMe account
  4. Now turn off calendars and contacts
  5. Delete them from the iPhone when prompted
  6. Now reset the iPhone. You can reset by holding down the sleep as well as home buttons till the point the Apple logo doesn’t appear.
  7. Now perform all the steps from 1-4. When you are in contacts and calendar, turn them on or sync them.

 

iOS3.1 Upgrade Issue #5

Another important issue that end-users face is that the phone can go dead or hang up in the restore mode especially when you are trying to upgrade iOS.

Solution#5

Although on the Apple website, it says that those facing this problem need to wait for the next patch or upgrade, it is not absolutely necessary to wait. You can try your hand on this solution as it has worked for several iPhone users across the world. If you have upgraded from iTunes 8 to 9 then make sure to restart the system. Once that’s done, download the iOS 3.0.1 firmware from here.

Now you need to follow these steps:

Start your iTunes without connecting the iPhone.

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  1. Ensure, your iPhone is not running through a dock.
  2. Now disconnect the USB cable that connects to the PC and then reconnect it to a different USB port
  3. Now plug the USB cable right into the iPhone without going to the dock
  4. Your iPhone will show a message that says, “iTunes has detected an iPhone in the recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes”. When you get this message, press OK
  5. Now you need to hold down the ‘shift’(PC) button or ‘option’ (MAC) button as you click restore.
  6. You will get the option of selecting the firmware downloaded a few minutes back. Select it from the destination on your PC.

 

So now you can bookmark this page and keep on checking the solutions whenever you get into some problems while upgrading your iPhone. Also let us know if you face any other kind of issues while doing the similar stuff so that we can include those here as well.

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