How to fix Apple's crashtacular iOS 8

sad-apple-logoYou may have noticed that there's been a LOT of complaining about Apple's new iOS 8, with people pointing out that Apple things don't 'just work'.

Apps have been having all manner of issues with the new update and users have been crying over a variety of snags that have made they iPhone and iPad experience the kind of thing that provokes frustrated tears, rather than zen-like calm.

It turns out that iOS 8 crashes more than iOS 7 too, which is no use and, of course, Apple fans have been running to Apple support forums and the App Store to vent their spleen.

One user said on the forums: "After I've upgraded to iOS 8, one of my favourite apps no longer works. It opens and then immediately closes. I've tried opening it at least 15 times and the same thing happens." Others have been having issues with iTunes and the Facebook and Dropbox apps.

If you have an older iPhone, you are much more likely to run into trouble, which isn't a surprise, but it is annoying if you own one.

So what to do next? Here's some things to try if you want to fix some problems brought about by iOS 8.

Not Enough Space to Install

iOS 8 is a big old update and the download size can be as high as 2GB and needs a minimum of 5GB of free space on your device to update. One way around this is to move all your data on to a computer or to cloud storage (make sure your nudes are safe though, eh?) or, if you prefer, you can use iTunes on a computer to download the update, so the update is stored on the computer rather than your device.

WiFi Issues

Some users have said that they've been having bother with their WiFi connectivity after the update. Go to your settings, select Privacy, then Location Services, followed by System Services. There, disable WiFi Networking. This doesn't switch your WiFi off, all it does is disables the setting that seems to be tripping up your connection speeds.

Battery Drainage

There's a whole host of reasons why your battery might be dying on its arse after the iOS 8 update. We'd tell you how to fix it, but we can't do better than the incredibly thorough iPhonehacks guide to save your battery's power. Click here and see advice on what to switch off and more, to maximise your battery life.

Predictive Text

A lot of users are finding that the predictive text add-ons in the default iOS keyboard are slowing you down. Of course, Android users have had predictive text for years now, but if you're an Apple user who hates it, then you can switch it off. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard - turn off 'Predictive'.

Access Pictures From The Camera Roll

The Photos app has been upgraded in iOS 8, however, you may have noticed that there's no section called 'Camera Roll'. The section has been removed, but don't fret, your photos are still on your device. Now, they are all grouped together under the Photos section and to get at your old photos, go to 'Photos' and choose to view them as collections, years or moments. Scroll through and you'll see all your old snaps.


Have you seen the reports saying that the new iPhone 6 is bending in people's pockets because it is such a flimsy piece of crap? There's nothing we can do about that. Maybe wrap the whole thing up in gaffer tape and hope for the best?


  • patrick
    Not to mention the fact that the iPhone 6+ is bending just from being in your pocket. I've just cancelled my order for that reason.
  • Mr M.
    The easy solution is to avoid Apple phones...
  • jokester5
    @Patrick: No, it doesn't just magically bend "from being in your pocket" - it has to have some considerable pressure applied to it whilst it is in your pocket for it to bend.
  • Packie B.
    So it's official. iPhones are for benders.
  • fra
    Really Mr Miagi? While your avoiding bendy Apple phones also remember to avoid the bendy Samsung Galaxy s4, and the bendy Sony Xperia z1, and the bendy Nokia Lumia 925 and the bendy Blackberry Q10 and....I could go on. Tall thin metal things bend...that's physics. For details of bendy phones try here,
  • Packie B.
    fra? I guess that's not your real name. But anyway, that stupid list contains every Apple flagship phone from the 4S up. You'd think they'd have learned their lesson by the iPhone 5, or the iPhones 5S but clearly they haven't. 3 of the 8 phones listed were Apple phones. Try and be a proper fanboy next time.
  • Jessie J.
    Look, we all know that the best thing to do is buy an Alcatel. Only about £6 from Argos.
  • Mr M.
    @fra At the risk of sounding like a Samsung fanboi, there is a single forum user reporting his S4 bent... And you do realise that website is cultofmac, far be it for me to say they might be slightly biased.
  • David D.
    Having terrific success this week with my £6.99 Nokia 105. Useless in terms of smarts but terrific for making and receiving calls and texts. Battery lasts ages. Readable in direct sunlight. Built-in radio. Doesn't crash. Doesn't bend.
  • Keith A.
    The suggested 'fix' for a lost wifi connection doesn't work. Makes no difference whether WiFi Networking is disabled or not, in my experience.

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