Five iOS 7 Bugs and How to Work Around Them

iOS 7's most notable bugs and glitches enumerated.

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Like any just-released operating system, iOS 7 has bugs. But, you know, Apple, so everyone’s poring over iOS 7′s glitches like armchair forensic experts. Not that some of these issues aren’t noteworthy, and it helps no one to downplay a security bug that, for instance, lets you access and/or transmit someone’s private photos and videos, or make phone calls to anyone in the world without entering a passcode.

Still, the list of goofs is relatively short. Here’s the lineup so far:

Bypass iOS 7′s Lock Screen

The first wave-making issues surfaced within 24 hours of iOS 7′s launch – a series of unlikely gestures that’ll get you past iOS 7′s Lock Screen and into the multitasking app view. The good news: most apps can’t be launched and appear as unresponsive translucent gray rectangles. The bad news: you can access the camera app and rifle through all of the device’s photos and videos, viewing, printing, deleting or forwarding them on — via email, AirPlay, SMS, Twitter, Facebook, iCloud, Flickr, YouTube or Vimeo — to whomever you like.

How to fix: disable Control Center, the swipe-up panel accessible by default outside the phone’s Lock Screen:

1. Go to “Settings.”

2. Select “Control Center.”

3. Disable “Access on Lock Screen.”

Make calls from a locked iPhone

This disturbing glitch, first noticed by Forbes, allows you to make a call to any number — domestic, international, you name it — by futzing with the iPhone’s emergency call feature. All you have to do is slide to unlock your iPhone, tap the “Emergency” option at lower left, dial the number you’d like to call, then hammer the green call button for several seconds until the phone goes black and pops up the white Apple icon (apparently signifying a crash), at which point the phone will dial the number and you’re in business.

How to fix: Alas, you’ll have to wait until Apple issues a fix, or hold off buying a new iPhone or upgrading to iOS 7 (if you haven’t already).

Drag your apps around after launch

This one sounds harmless enough and takes some doing to reproduce: a glitch related to the new multitasking view where apps appear miniaturized in a scrollable lineup. After launching an app, if you swipe your finger rapidly back and forth across it, you can sometimes get it to shift to its mini-sized multitasking version, then wiggle it around the screen like a card in Microsoft’s Solitaire.

How to fix: don’t swipe your finger rapidly back and forth over an app.

iOS 7 repeatedly logs out of apps

iOS 7 seems to be logging users out of certain apps, namely Mailbox and Snapchat, reports The Verge, which confirmed the issue with Mailbox. While Apple hasn’t acknowledged the bug publicly, Mailbox believes it has to do with the way iOS 7 handles background refreshing. The company removed this in a Mailbox app update that it says “drastically reduces the likelihood” of logouts occurring. The full list of afflicted apps is unknown, but may include PayPal, Evernote and YouTube.

How to fix: check with the app’s vendor to see if there’s an update available or in the offing until Apple issues a fix.

General user interface glitches

Treat these as hearsay, since any one of the images at the following link could be doctored, but a Tumblr dubbed Sloppy UI has a visual lineup of what appear to be iOS 7 user interface and layout goofs, from overlapping links and alignment errors to missing keypad letters and illegible text. Minor cosmetic interface issues are inevitable when makeovers as significant as iOS 7 occur, and you can expect the legitimate ones to be scoured away in future updates.

How to fix: if an app’s displaying random visual errors, common sense applies. Back out, shut down and reload (or if that doesn’t work, consider performing a hard reset by holding the power and home buttons simultaneously until a black screen with Apple’s logo appears and the phone reboots).

43 comments
king.kyle50
king.kyle50

anyone? my iphone 5s has white rectangles across the screen vibrates when I plug it in a turn it from silent to on but other than that wont work suggestions?


Robkb
Robkb

Just submitted a new bug that I have found in IOS7.04 on iPhone 5, cannot find it reported anywhere on the web.


Apple - want to offer me a job, not the first bug and probably not the last!


Rob

airira
airira

My best advice for people with any iPhone 4S or lower: Start over. Rebuild your phone from scratch. I spent a week trying to get my apps to work, to get the updates to not create blank icons that only work after a restart, and a half dozen other issues. My folders disappeared, my apps are now strewn all over the place, it's a mess. If I had known that I couldn't go back to 6, I never would have tried 7. Not cool Apple. When I have the time, I will be rebuilding from scratch. 

And what's the deal with how syncs and backups work? How come there is no Time Machine for iOS? There is no such thing as a full backup with iOS. Syncs only move data across devices. Backups only backup essential data. How about unchaining iOS from iTunes and adding some kind of file structure so that I can clone the ENTIRE phone to an image on my MacBook Pro. Then I can use OS X to order my apps correctly, restore data selectively, and be able to completely reimage my phone myself instead of needing to pull apps from one place, system data from another and app data from yet a third place. What were you guys thinking?

UnniN
UnniN

What is baffling is how come some users insist that they have had no problem with the iOS7 at all while others complain they do and the intensity of the complaints ranges from the mildly bemused to the mildly amused to the irritated to the violently hysterical .....

If a software has a bug it should be evident to everyone who uses it not to just a few: or is that a stupid remark? Rifampicin is a drug that colours all body effluents a bright orange --- there is no exception. Unless there is a freak mutant gene in a particular patient that selectively changes the chemical configuration to produce colorless end products. But that has nothing to do with the drug itself. 

If the iOS7 does indeed have the numerous bugs listed by distracted or angry users then shouldn't everyone be affected? If it works just fine for some then how is it still a fault of the software?

BrandiiAnn
BrandiiAnn

I have a Iphone 4, and I just did the updates, but now my snapchat won't work. It'll go to the screen for about 2 seconds and then back to my home screen. Someone help??

goblue562
goblue562

Funny..  I've downloaded the new software and haven't had a twitch of trouble with it.  I don't get dizzy from the 3-D screen (because I know how to turn it off), and generally life is good.   Heck if I know what's causing all of the screaming..

taufiq.hidayat.1982
taufiq.hidayat.1982

Most of the time I'm working remotely and use my iPhone as a personal hotspot for my PC laptop. But now personal hotspot no longer working properly in iOS 7. Such a big dissapointment, I am going to change to samsung now..!!

Ogb123
Ogb123

I recently updated. Today when my phone sent a text, it merged the new message with an old one and sent complete nonsense. It looked fine on my phone but the person sent back what they received and it was meaningless. Anyone else had this?

princessjla
princessjla

Ive upgraded to ios7 and things have been ok. The only thing I can't do is post on facebook and Twitter via my phone. What I do write comes up on mine, but no one can see it. Can anyone help please

chimezieamulu
chimezieamulu

I see some stuffs moving around my screen when I play a game that is about a gb

goa127
goa127

my wife's just upgraded her 4s to ios7. She now has no phone icon! I can't figure a way round this. She currently can't make calls or view her contacts (except on her ipad which Im NOT going to upgrade)

skipperpc
skipperpc

i recently up graded my iphone 4 with ios 7.02 and during the download the phone stop working asking for me to plug into itunes.  my phone went to a complete reset.  i had icloud but i cant firgure how to get my contacts, apps, music back.  why isnt  icloud not working?


x2zak@yahoo.co.uk
x2zak@yahoo.co.uk

ONE OF MY FRIEND HAD THE I4S AND WHILE HE DOWNLOADED THE IO7 , THE WI FI FEATURE GONE DEAD AND AFTER REFRESHING AND EVEN DRAINING THE BATTERY HE COULD NOT GET IT ON,CAN SOME ONE HELP

RyanMureInkBartley
RyanMureInkBartley

I can use all the apps on my Iphone 4 to make calls, however I can not make a data call, whenever I send off a call the mic and the speaker stop working. I had updated to the I.o.s 7.0.2

DeniseZendejasHornby
DeniseZendejasHornby

Microsoft calendar and my iPhone 5 with iOS 7 calendar no longer sync's. :(

Brockley
Brockley

I cannot receive photo messages I can send just not receive, HELP

PeggyDizon
PeggyDizon

I have 2 problems after installing ios 7 with my iPad mini1. The pointer in the map gets stuck from going to north to east.2. I always connect Bluetooth for the songs in my Toyota Venza. The skip button in my car can't skip songs any more with ios 7. I have already double checked to make sure it's not the problem of my car.

IanLavery
IanLavery

After installing ios 7 the passcode is blocking any entry to my ipad. anyone else having this problem

instinctive
instinctive

Also hilarious: Mixed up App icons... today, my Calendar app suddenly had the same icon as a QR Code Reader I was just installing :D

WilliamAlbino
WilliamAlbino

I have a 4S. Noticed a few bugs. 1) a weird cannot delete voicemail issue(visual) yet no voicemail exists. 2) sluggish responses on apps. 3) lock screen a) scanning any incoming mail or text and entering password and the phone acts like I'm not doing entering and goes to sleep b) cannot access player to start or stop even during playback via iPhone or headphones.

talcottmark
talcottmark

Android didn't do any of this junk on 1.0 android, lol time for open source kids, lol if you don't know whats better then stay with ios.

JoshuaDeLaCruzSr.
JoshuaDeLaCruzSr.

Having prob with my iPhone 4 after update. I use VPN and it's freezing. I am also dropping calls frequently where before it wasn't an issue.

MichaelCioffi
MichaelCioffi

any one experiencing issues with Text Messaging vs iMessage today?

derrinolivier
derrinolivier

Call forwarding no longer works since the update. Which is inconvenient for work purposes.

lainiemonkey
lainiemonkey

The strangest glitch I've ever seen, My sister & her boyfriend each have an iPhone 5 on a shared plan (not sure of the carrier) They told me not to do the update because they had just done it and now both of their phones receive each others & their own text messages. I didn't know something like that could happen but I sent a message to my sister & it showed up on both of their phones.

Hoardnot
Hoardnot

Hate texting now. I type and nothing show. 10 seconds later it looks like ticker tape running across the screen. It makes caps on its own and sometimes the letters stick up and stay there like tabs sticking out..

chipnsal
chipnsal

I've noticed my battery is dying quickly since upgarding to the ios 7??!

Nicotone
Nicotone

Yesterday my iPhone deleted my contacts, it deleted a lot by the time I noticed and continued to do so after. My favorites list was intact initially but then the names were slowly erased and only the numbres stood. I logged into iCloud and was able to retrieve them but I'm not sure if everything is back as it once was. Very aggravating to say the least. I'm also noticing that I'm getting logged out of the Facebook and IMFB apps quite frequently.

whyisdaddy
whyisdaddy

web app designers has a problem with HTML 5 when setting us a call us link

the codes html://"+1000-000-0000" no longer works also using java code  window.open("tel:1-123-555-5555");

is kind-ah buggy 

airira
airira

@UnniN I think it depends which model device you have. I have a 4S and it's a mess. My friend has a 5 and he's had no problems.

N_Obediente_M
N_Obediente_M

i think im facing the same probleme, i can make call like +258 8....., but i can´t  see balance by pressing *132#, *1234# ,,,,


goa127
goa127

Just found it!!! A 3rd screen has been magically added to which the phone icon has migrated. I don't know why this should happen as the second screen only has 2icons on it. I've moved it back to it's rightfull place now. This new look makes the phone look like a children's toy.

gvb90038
gvb90038

@JoshuaDeLaCruzSr. Since my 4s Virgin Mobile update, I am dropping calls frequently.  This has never happened before - with any cell phone model or provider.  I am VERY frustrated.  This morning, a call to the same number was dropped four times in a row, and in the middle of a conversation.  I am very unhappy and not sure who to call or how to deal.

MichaelCioffi
MichaelCioffi

@derrinolivier I suggest reviewing the App white paper/release notes.

It is still an option but not in the same location you have grown accustom to; along with the new iOS7 comes some getting used to.

ttylane44
ttylane44

@lainiemonkey This happened to me too, and yes it was because I share an Apple ID with my wife.  Easy to fix though:  Go to Settings-Messages-Send & Receive.  There is a section called "You can be reached by iMessage at"  Under that section, most likely both your sister and boyfriend's phone numbers are checked.  Just uncheck the number that shouldn't get a text.

MichaelCioffi
MichaelCioffi

@lainiemonkey This is not an iOS glitch. They more than likely used the same Apple ID to upgrade or there is a carrier glitch. contact your provider for details.

MichaelCioffi
MichaelCioffi

@Hoardnot too many apps open in the background; you may have little to no space for processing left on your device. If you are using an iPhone 4 (nonS) you may need to upgrade to 4s or above and 64gb dual processor wouldn't have that issue.

try leveraging icloud rather than keeping all your pics/videos etc... on your device.

spg
spg

@Hoardnot go to settings->icloud-> turn off documents and data. I had the same problem and this fixed it for me

Allatt
Allatt

@MichaelCioffi @chipnsal   I have the same problem NOT HAPPY , i charged phone over night to 100 per cent and 3 hours i was down to 33 per cent then flat about an hour later, I have double clicked home button and swipped up any apps that were on also with turning off background apps , NOW WHAT can i do .Really annoyed