It’s still a thing. Many Apple users are experiencing widespread issues after updating their devices to the much-awaited yet so troublesome iOS 14 and watchOS 7.
In a nightmarish scenario for both customers and the tech giant based in Cupertino, it seems the only fix for those issues is to factory reset your iPhone and Apple Watch. But first, make sure you back your iPhone to iCloud before resetting it. Here is what you need to know.
What Apple Says
Apple shared a support guide recently detailing many issues that users have reported, including increase battery drain, missing health data, or broken fitness apps on iPhones and Apple Watches.
Unexpectedly, Apple’s proposed fix is to unpair your iPhone, back up both devices to iCloud, and then perform a factory reset. And this is somehow annoying and disappointing.
Unless you pay for iCloud, you’ll really need to free a lot of space to back up all your data safely. Then, you’ll have to import it back into your iPhone and Apple Watch, but only after they’ve been purged of whatever is wrecking them. It’s kind of awkward, isn’t it?
iOS 14 issues have persisted since Apple introduced the update. In a way, it’s somehow typical for a new operating system, but it must have a limit, too.
So, if you want to fix your iPhone and Apple Watch, the following guide will help you. Remember to back up everything!
How to Repair Your iPhone and Apple Watch
It turns out that deleting your iPhone and Apple Watch is the answer to some iOS 14 issues, the most annoying ones in this case. Here is what you have to do:
- First, unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone via the Watch app;
- Go to your iCloud Settings and check if the Health app is on to be backed up;
- Select iCloud Backup and Back Up Now;
- After backing up everything, go to Settings, hit General, Reset, and finally Erase All Content and Settings.
Your device should be “fixed,” and it’ll start taking all your data back. Turn it on and choose to restore from your iCloud backup. Next, open the Watch app and pair it with your iPhone. Restore from Backup in-app, and you’ll get all the data back.