9 Common iPhone 6 Plus Problems & How to Fix Them
The iPhone 6 Plus release delivered a large new iPhone to users, but a number of common iPhone 6 Plus problems frustrate users. The iOS 8.1 release fixes some of these problems, while others remain even after updating from iOS 8 and iOS 8.0.2. Here, we take a look at the most common iPhone 6 Plus problems and how to fix them on your iPhone 6 Plus without a trip to the Apple Store.
Some of these issues are lingering iOS 8 problems that Apple will need to continue to work on, while others are easy to fix by installing the free iOS 8.1 update. Others are strictly iPhone 6 Plus problems that are not a problem on older devices.
After a troubling start to iPhone 6 Plus updates knocked out cell service, Apple is finally delivering real fixes to these common iPhone 6 Plus problems.
iPhone 6 Plus Battery Life
Overall iPhone 6 Plus battery life is good, but some users experience bad iPhone 6 Plus battery life after the latest update to iOS 8.1.
If the iPhone 6 Plus battery doesn’t last all day under average use you should go to Settings -> General -> Usage -> Battery Usage.
Here you can see if Usage and Standby are the same. If that is the case there is something wrong with your iPhone and iOS 8.1. You can try resetting settings and deleting recently installed apps as well as other iPhone 6 Plus battery fixes. To reset iPhone 6 Plus settings without deleting your files go to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings.
If they are closer to what you see in the image above an app may be the problem. If the iPhone 6 Plus is warm and slow, you can hold the home and power button to reboot the phone.
You can see what apps use the most battery life on your iPhone 6 Plus and, if need be, delete the app. Facebook is a major battery drain for many users. Google Hangouts and other apps with background activity can cause bad iPhone 6 Plus battery life.
How to Fix iPhone 6 Plus WiFi Problems
iPhone 6 Plus WiFi problems include poor speeds, random disconnections and the inability to connect to certain routers. This is not unique to the iPhone 6 Plus, as small updates and iPhone releases deliver WiFi problems to the iPhone. A common problem we ran into is the inability to print to a Wireless printer. Rebooting the iPhone, router and printer fixed this for a while.
WiFi problems are tougher to fix due to the variety of factors causing connectivity issues. Here are several steps you can try on your iPhone and at your home network to fix iPhone 6 Plus WiFi problems. Hopefully this will prevent the need to buy a new router.
Before you try any of these make sure you install the iOS 8.1 update. Go to Settings -> General -> Software Update -> Download & Install. If you are already on iOS 8.1 you can see it listed here.
Reset your router. Go to your router, unplug it and count to 45 then plug it back in. This can fix some problems easily. You can also try restarting the iPhone 6 Plus. If it only happens in specific areas of your house or office you may need to move the router.
The next step is to reset network settings. This easy step does not wipe any data from your iPhone, but it will restore the networking to factory defaults. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
You’ll enter your passcode and wait for the iPhone to reboot. When it does, enter your router password again and see if you can connect.
If that fails the next step is to toggle WiFi Network location services off. For some reason this fixes some random iPhone WiFi problems. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services. When you toggle WiFi off restart the iPhone and then see if it works. If it works you can try turning this back on and see if it still works.
How to Fix iPhone 6 Plus Bluetooth Issues
The iPhone 6 Plus does not connect to in-car entertainment and hands free systems well on iOS 8 and iOS 8.0.2. If you experience these problems the first step is to update to iOS 8.1, which fixes many iPhone 6 Plus Bluetooth problems.
If you still can’t connect to specific Bluetooth devices or accessories you may need to reset all settings. You will need to re-setup your settings, but you don’t lose data or apps. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings.
How to Fix iPhone 6 Plus App Problems
The iOS 8.1 update for the iPhone 6 Plus fixes a lot of the iPhone 6 Plus app problems we ran into over the last month. Install that to get started on a fix.
If you don’t have automatic app updates turned on you should open the App Store and update your apps. Developers routinely deliver bug fixes and new features that solve many issues.
Many apps are already updated for the iPhone 6 Plus, which removes our biggest complaints of blurry, blown up apps with odd sized keyboards on the iPhone 6 Plus.
Tap on the App Store app -> Updates -> Update All to make sure your apps are up to date.
Fix iPhone 6 Plus Landscape Problems
If your iPhone 6 plus is stuck in landscape mode all the time you need to install iOS 8.1. This update fixes a lot of the landscape issues, but they aren’t completely gone.
When the iPhone 6 Plus is stuck in landscape you can fix it by double tapping the home button to open multitasking, tapping on another app and then switching back. Most of the time this will solve the problem.
You can also open Control Center and tap on the lock icon to stick in portrait mode all the time.
iPhone 6 Plus iMessage Problems
iPhone 6 Plus iMessage problems include messages not staying marked as read and no option to leave a group iMessage.
Update to iOS 8.1 for a fix to the unread iMessage problem on the iPhone 6 Plus. You can also try restarting the iPhone and other devices with iMessage.
If you cannot leave a group iMessage on the iPhone 6 Plus it is because there has been a text message in that group at some point. Apple won’t break text messaging, so you are stuck in the group. This may also happen if one of your devices is not on iOS 8 or your computer is not on OS X Yosemite.
iPhone 6 Plus Cellular Problems
Sometimes the iPhone 6 Plus cellular connection slows to a crawl or is stuck on 3G or Edge, making it essentially useless.
The quickest fix is to toggle Airplane mode on, wait a minute and turn it back off. This normally forces the iPhone to grab a better connection to a tower. Open Control Center and tap on the airplane, wait a little bit and tap it again.
Turning Cellular Data off and back on may also fix it. Go to Cellular > Cellular Data > Toggle Off.
Another option is to remove the SIM card and restart the phone. Then place the SIM card back in. This is something Verizon recommended to fix connectivity problems on our iPhone before. Results may vary.
You can also check for new carrier settings. Go to Settings -> General -> About, and if there is an update a pop up will appear in a few seconds.
If all else fails, there may be a hardware problem with your iPhone 6 Plus. Check with your carrier or Apple.
iPhone 6 Plus Bending Problems
There have been a lot of scares about iPhone 6 Plus bending problems, and it is a real issue for some users. To prevent bending you can use a case and avoid keeping the iPhone 6 Plus in a tight pocket or a back pocket.
If your iPhone 6 Plus bends, you can talk to Apple about a replacement, but be aware that they don’t just replace any bent iPhone 6 Plus for free.
General Fix for iPhone 6 Plus Problems
If nothing else works and the iPhone 6 Plus is slow or doesn’t work right you can try this last ditch effort to fix common general iPhone 6 Plus problems.
You can try this before you go to a Genius Bar to save the time and a trip, but if you don’t want to set your iPhone 6 plus up from scratch you can just skip this and book an appointment.
A factory reset can solve many iPhone 6 plus problems, but you need to wipe all of your data and photos off the iPhone. To do this, backup your files, photos and data and go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.
If you want to use your Mac to make and receive phone calls from your iPhone, here’s how to do it using OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.
OS X Yosemite was launched last week during Apple’s iPad event, allowing Mac users to download and install the long-awaited new version of OS X. One of the coolest new features of OS X Yosemite is the ability to make and receive phone calls right on your Mac from your iPhone.
This new feature is a part of Apple’s Continuity initiative that aims to get OS X and iOS working seamlessly together, and OS X Yosemite is the first version of Apple’s Mac operating system that truly does this.
To make and receive phone calls on your Mac, you’ll need to make sure that both your Mac and your iPhone are connected to the same WiFi network and are also signed into the same iCloud account. If you’re at home and only have one iCloud account anyway, then you’re most likely all set to go, but it wouldn’t hurt to double check this.
After that, we’re all ready to begin setting it up. Here’s how to do it.
Setting Up Phone Calls in OS X Yosemite
To set this up, there are settings that you’ll need to enable on both your Mac and your iPhone. Let’s first start with your Mac.
- Open up the FaceTime app, which is located in the Applications folder (or it could already be located in your dock).
- Click on FaceTime in the menu bar in the upper-left corner of the screen.
- Click on Preferences.
- Place a checkmark next to iPhone Cellular Calls.
Now, let’s move to your iPhone and enable that same feature in iOS.
- Open up the Settings app.
- Tap on FaceTime.
- Find iPhone Cellular Calls and turn the toggle switch On.
One thing that’s important to know is that, while this setting lies in the FaceTime settings, FaceTime itself doesn’t have to be open in order to make and receive phone calls. With that said, we’re not sure why this feature’s setting is tucked into FaceTime’s settings, but we digress.
After you have done these two things, you’ll be all set to go and will be able to make and receive phone calls right on your Mac.
Making & Receiving Phone Calls
Receiving phone calls in OS X Yosemite is really easy; you just wait for a call to come in and it will show up in the upper-right corner as any other notification would. From there, you can click on Accept or Decline. Accepting the call will allow you to talk using the Mac’s microphone and hear the other person through the speakers. Declining the call will send it to voicemail.
To make a phone call in OS X Yosemite, simply open the Contacts app and hover over a number you want to call. A blue phone icon will appear off to the right. Simply just click on that icon to make a phone call. You can also open up FaceTime and dial a number if you don’t have it in your contacts list.
There’s also a third-party app called Continuity Keypad that brings the Phone app’s keypad in iOS 8 to OS X Yosemite, allowing you to easily dial numbers without having to open FaceTime or the Contacts app.
What Else Is New in OS X Yosemite
OS X Yosemite was first announced back in June during Apple’s annual WWDC developers conference and it has spent the summer in beta form for developers to test out and report any bugs. The OS has seen multiple beta releases over the past few months and was finally released to the public late last week.
This new version of OS X comes with some pretty sweet features, including an all-new look and feel that finally puts OS X on par with iOS 7, thanks to the translucent windows and menus, as well as a flatter design overall, with redesigned icons that mimic iOS 7 icons, but still include some depth so that there’s still a bit of that classic OS X feel.
Furthermore, OS X 10.10 Yosemite also comes improvements made to Messages, including the ability to send and receive SMS text messages (rather than just iMessages).
You can also take advantage of Handoff, which allows you to begin working on something on one device and continue working on it on a different device, whether it’s on OS X or iOS.
If you haven’t yet installed OS X Yosemite, here’s a thorough guide on performing a clean install on your Mac machine.