iPhone Annoyances and How to Get Them to Go Away

We all have experienced frustration with our iPhones on some level. Have you found yourself actually yelling at your iPhone or iPad, irritated beyond your limits by those perky notifications that keep popping up, or all those extra steps that need to be taken in order to perform an action that seems so simple? Maybe you constantly drop your iPhone or it doesn’t feel comfortable in your hands.

Chances are you’re not alone in this struggle. There are some pretty annoying features built into iOS, after all, and whether they’re caused by default or on accident. the good news is, most of them can be turned off or tweaked to your benefit.

Here is a list of 5 problems or pet peeves folks have with their iOS devices and how to fix them in a matter of minutes.

When iOS Asks if You Want to Join a New Wi-Fi Network

Under normal conditions, your iPhone or iPad will automatically switch between known Wi-Fi networks — such as your home or office, when they’re within range — and 3G/4G LTE (depending on your wireless carrier.) However, by default, if you’re not in range of a known Wi-Fi network, but still have the feature enabled, iOS will push notifications to your home or app screens when available networks are within range — asking if you’d like to join any of them.

And that’s kind of annoying, isn’t it? Especially if you’re in the midst of doing something else, like reading or playing a game while in the car, and you really don’t need a Wi-Fi connection.

Fortunately, disabling the “Join Wi-Fi Network” pop up notifications are pretty simple. Just go to Settings > Wi-Fi > and then turn off the “Ask to Join Networks” option.

When iOS Asks if You Really Want to Delete That Email

The typical iPhone user is constantly getting emails that aren’t particularly useful to us. And so, naturally, we would just trash those messages, right? Right … And while iOS has made that easier to do in recent years, with the introduction of swipe to delete or archive gestures in the Mail app, some people still prefer to read the email and then manually press the trashcan icon located in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

And that’s where the frustration often factors in — iOS, by default, will launch a pop-up notification inquiring as to whether or not you really want to delete that particular message. Really? I guess it’s kind of nice for iOS to double-check and confirm our choice, however, let’s be honest, I don’t think many of us would go out of our way to select Trash if that wasn’t what we actually wanted to do. So the notification, in that sense, is just an extra, unnecessary step to take — and all those precious seconds add up fast.

Fortunately, you can easily disable that extra step by going to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > and then switching the “Ask Before Deleting” toggle in the mail section to off.

When iOS Keeps Sending Notifications Even When You Don’t Want Them

Let’s face it — some people just don’t want to be bothered sometimes, when reading a book or playing a game or watching a movie on their iPhone or iPad, for instance. And it’s with that sentiment in mind that Apple originally introduced the “Do Not Disturb” feature alongside iOS 6.

However, even when the feature is enabled, iOS will sometimes send you notifications (for some apps) even though they may be delivered silently — as in, sans the sounds and vibrations, for example. The good news, however, is that the “Do Not Disturb” setting can easily be tweaked to prevent any and all notifications, sounds, vibrations, etc., from popping up — giving you plenty of peace to enjoy that movie or book for hours on end.

To disable ALL notifications, simply navigate to Settings > Do Not Disturb > then scroll down to the Silence section > and finally, select “Always” instead of “Only When iPhone is Locked.”

The “Connect” Button in the Music App

If you’re an Apple Music subscriber, or have navigated the iOS Music app’s user interface before, you’ve likely noticed the “Connect” button positioned in the middle of the navigation menu.

Think of “Connect” as something along the lines of your personal gateway into the lives and current happenings of your favorite musicians and bands. It’s almost like a constant Twitter stream, so to speak, keeping you in the know about the latest and greatest developments taking place in tinsel town.

But what if, like most people, you just don’t care too much about that kind of stuff? What if you’d rather not even see the option to “Connect” with anyone when you simply want to enjoy your Apple Music?

Well fortunately, even despite the obvious omission of an “Edit” option in the Apple Music app, you can still zap that not so little “Connect” button from the icons menu.

When You Keep Dropping Your iPhone

Grab your iPhone and you will notice it can be a little slick and slippery. I know you’ve probably heard this 100 times or more, but you need a case for your iPhone! And don’t just get “any” iPhone case. Try different cases out and see which ones fit well in your hand and will remain comfortable for an extended period of time. Cases can offer additional features that consumers find handy. Several manufacturers now make cases that will also charge your phone. It is possible to purchase cases that decrease the amount of radiation that can make its way into your body. Instead of buying just a generic iPhone case, think about a wallet pouch case cover or a case with extra ridges or grip on it’s surface. Also there are cases on the market that will hold your phone and other essential items like credit cards and business cards. When you find the right case, you will know it!

iPhone annoyances
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Rick Limpert

Rick Limpert is an award winning Atlanta-based freelance writer, columnist, host of The Tech of Sports Podcast and best-selling author. He has covered sports, technology and events all over the world. His works have been featured on Yahoo Sports, Yahoo News, Examiner.com, nba.com and in Sports Illustrated.

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