Sometimes, our mobile phones just don’t work the way that we want them to. Along with being a major cause of frustration, your iPhone can create a lot of stress when it doesn’t work properly.

Luckily, there are a handful of common iPhone problems and faults that have easy fixes, and don’t necessarily require the attention of a mobile phone repair specialist. Not only can this save you a lot of money through an at-home DIY fix, but it also reduces the amount of time you and your mobile phone spend apart!

We’ve shared five of the most common issues that iPhones present and how to fix them: 

1. iPhone Doesn’t Charge

An iPhone that refuses to charge can be one of the most frustrating faults your phone can have but thankfully, it has an easy fix.

Firstly, check that the charging port of your device is clear from debris (including dust, dirt and other lint that can collect there). Once this is clear, check that the actual charger itself is working by testing it on other Apple devices. If the charger doesn’t work with another device, it’ll be clear that your charger has become faulty.

If this fails to work and everything seems fine with your charging equipment, you may need to restart your iPhone. This can be done by force-holding the Home and Power button simultaneously until the device powers off. Sometimes, the most complex software fault can be fixed by a simple reboot!  

2. iPhone Camera Doesn’t Work

Another huge inconvenience that can often occur with an iPhone is when the camera doesn’t work, especially when you open the Camera app to take a great photo and an error message is displayed.

The main reason for this is because you have the restrictions turned off, meaning that the camera cannot be accessed. This can be changed by heading to Settings > General > Restrictions and ensuring that “Allow Camera” is turned on.

3. iPhone Doesn’t Turn On

The most common reason for an iPhone not turning on is that it has ran out of battery. This has an easy fix and can be corrected by plugging your device into the charger and allowing it to charge for 1 hour.

If your iPhone still refuses to turn on after you’ve charged it, you can perform a hard reset by force-holding the Home and Lock button simultaneously.  This gives the same effect as removing and reinserting the battery (which cannot be done on an iPhone as the battery is located behind the screen).

4. WiFi Not Working

If you notice that your iPhone doesn’t connect to WiFi, double-check that your settings are permitting a WiFi connection.

If you’re having trouble with connecting to a specific network (such as your home WiFi), you can force your device to ‘forget’ the network. This can be done by clicking Settings > WiFi and choosing the network, followed by ‘forget this network’.

5. iPhone Won’t Connect to PC

If your iPhone doesn’t connect to your PC when you connect it through the cable, it may be a result of your computer’s settings.

To fix this, start by ensuring that you have the latest version of iTunes on your PC. Then, turn on the device and press “Trust this Computer” when the alert reaches your device. After this, unplug all the other USB ports in your computer except for the one connecting your iPhone. You may need to use different ports if the initial connection doesn’t work.

As you can see, there are several iPhone problems that can be corrected with some simple DIY tricks. However, they aren’t all guaranteed to work, which is why we have iPhone insurance that can be used to protect you against unexpected costs that can come from a repairing a broken mobile phone.

*The information in this blog is designed to provide helpful information on the subjects discussed. Please seek a professional for expert advice as we can not be held responsible for any damages or negative consequences upon following this information.

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