There is little doubt that Apple is the most popular mobile phone brand in Australia at the present moment. Although Android operating systems continue to run on a large portion of the mobile phones sold across the country, no single device matches the widespread popularity of the iPhone.
New iPhone models continue to be released year after year and with them come a whole host of new tech issues. The iPhone 8 has been largely well-received. However, as with all new cell phone models, there have been reports of a few common problems with the device.
No device is immune to teething problems, and things will always go wrong from time to time. Luckily, these problems are usually fixable. And most of the time, you won’t even need to take it to get repaired. Instead, you can use some DIY repair tips to fix it yourself.
Take a look at these 5 common iPhone 8 problems and how to fix them.
1. Swollen Batteries
Various users across different countries have reported issues with their device battery becoming enlarged and, in doing so, detaching the screen from the body of the phone. It’s not clear how widespread this issue is but it seems to be confined specifically to the iPhone 8 Plus model.
This looks like a manufacturing error and isn’t the kind of thing you’ll want to try fixing yourself. Therefore, if you experience a similar issue with your device, the best thing to do is to send it back to Apple for a replacement.
2. The App Store is Constantly Refreshing
This one might be familiar to you. It’s probably the most commonly reported problem on this list. It’s also not just an issue with iPhone 8s; many different models of the iPhone demonstrate a similar issue.
Luckily, there is a straightforward and fairly effective fix for this – restart your phone. Although it can be a literal irritating to have to turn your phone off and on when this happens, once you’ve done it, the problem is unlikely to return.
If, for any reason, the above quick-fix doesn’t solve the problem, try signing out of and back into your account. You can do this by first navigating through to your phone settings. Next, click your name and then the text that says “iTunes & App store”. Finally, click Apple ID and sign out. You can then sign back in and try again.
3. The Screen Keeps Freezing
This is another equally familiar, and equally irritating, issue. This problem is referring to the times when your device becomes totally unresponsive, and the only thing you can hope to do to fix it is to turn it off.
In this situation, the power button will sometimes still work. If it does, try using it to turn the phone off and back on again. If the power button fails to work, try doing a force restart. To do this, tap the volume up button and volume down button in quick succession, then hold down the sleep button until the Apple logo appears.
Hopefully, the problem is a one-off and won’t return after you turn your phone back on. If it does though, and it looks like it’s a recurring issue, try backing up your data and performing a factory reset on your iPhone. If this still doesn’t solve the problem, you’ll want to consult Apple and get it repaired.
4. It Keeps Overheating
All devices have the potential to overheat, and this can happen from time to time. Fortunately, iPhone 8s have features in place which prevent overheating from damaging your phone. When it begins to overheat, it may disable some features, or flash up a warning page on your screen, or even shut down to prevent further use whilst it cools off.
If your iPhone is overheating constantly, the first thing to do is identify the cause and then take it away. It may simply be the environment. If it’s a warm day and you’re leaving your phone out in the sun, it’s going to absorb that sunlight and overheat. Try to keep it out of direct sunlight.
If it isn’t the environment, then it’s likely to be something that’s happening on the phone. Usually, it will be a specific application that’s running and using a lot of power, causing the iPhone to overheat. Try removing problem applications and disabling features like location services to reduce the pressure on your device.
A final thing you can do to reduce the likelihood of overheating is to remove any iPhone cover you may have. The extra insulation from this might have been contributing to the temperature increase.
5. There’s an Annoying Crackling Noise During Calls
Audio problems like this are often hard to pin down, and it isn’t always the device at fault. For example, it could be an issue with the earphones or headset you’re using, or it might be related to your signal strength on the call. That being said, there seems to be a number of iPhone 8 users reporting a similar issue, so it may well be a problem with the device.
If it’s a problem with the software running on your iPhone, it’s likely to be fixed in future updates, so keep up to date with your iOS updates and hang tight.
If you’re using the iPhone 8 earpiece, it may be this that’s causing the issue. It’s been reported that applying pressure to the earpiece causes a similar sound and affects the audio. This is most likely a hardware problem, so your best option is to get a replacement.
These are seemingly all of the main problems facing iPhone 8 users. There are lots of other problems reported by users, such as issues with the WiFi and Bluetooth, but a lot of the times these issues may be down to human error or external factors, like a faulty WiFi router.
If you’re experiencing a problem that isn’t on the list, it doesn’t mean it’s not valid. It’s worth looking online to see if other users have reported a similar issue. Once you’ve done this, go here: https://www.telcoworld.com.au/mobile-phones/android-iphone-repairs/iphone-repair/ and we should be able to advise you on how to fix it.