These iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro problems have easy workarounds and fixes.
If the name GeeksModo isn’t enough of a giveaway, we are obviously huge fans of the Apple iPhone here. Fanboying aside, we have to admit that iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro are far from perfect, and various issues pop up from time to time. While some are device-specific, some problems are caused by the OS itself. Here’s a roundup of some of the most common iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro issues and how to fix them.
See also: How to Fix Common iOS 15 Problems
No phone is perfect and the iPhone 13 series is not without their own set of issues either. Yes, the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max are very good phones but one months after launch, it’s clear that these phones have some issues and problems as well. Check out this article to know about some of the most common iPhone 13 issues and how to fix them.
Some of the most common issues being reported by iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro owners include overheating, rapid battery drain, slow wireless charging speed, cellular network connectivity loss, Bluetooth devices not showing up or pairing with the device, Wi-Fi connectivity issues, and more. The good thing is that most of these issues are due to an underlying issue with the software meaning Apple can fix them in a future iOS update..
Thankfully, some of these issues can be easily resolved, while for others, there are workarounds. Check out some of the most common iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro issues and how to fix them below.
iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Issues and How to Fix Them
iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro not charging past 80 percent
Despite being left to charge overnight, it is possible that your iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro might not charge to 100 percent. This is not due to an iOS bug or an issue with your iPhone. Instead, it is the Optimized Charging feature of iOS at play.
This feature optimizes the battery charging rate to increase the lifespan of the battery. Your iPhone will charge to 80 percent, and then depending on your usage and charging habits, it will wait to charge until 100 percent to extend the battery’s lifespan.
Go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health and turn off Optimize battery charging.
iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Slow Wireless Charging Speeds
Apple bumped the wireless charging speeds on the iPhone 13 series to 15W. However, most people do not realize that the faster wireless charging speeds are only available when using a MagSafe charger. With all other non-MagSafe chargers, your iPhone 13 will continue to charge at a painfully slow speed of 7.5W.
If your iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro is charging slowly even with a MagSafe charger, make sure it is a genuine Apple accessory. You can find plenty of cheap MagSafe wireless chargers on Amazon and your nearby local store, but there’s a strong possibility they will stop working properly after a few weeks of use.
iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Battery Drain problem
Apple made a slight battery improvement on iPhone 13 series. However, most iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro users have noticed their new iPhone does not last as long as their previous iPhone due to heavy battery drain.
The issue was not that pronounced when the iPhone 13 first launched, but the extreme battery drain can rundown your iPhone 13 battery pretty quickly.
The issue here lies with iOS 15 updates. Compared to the initial iOS 15 public release, subsequent point releases of the OS have had a negative effect on the battery life of the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and other older iPhones. The decline in battery life in an hour or more in many cases, which can be easily felt in daily use.
Apple has seemingly fixed some of the battery drain issues with the latest iOS 15 update. You can try updating your iPhone 13 to see if that fixes the battery drain issues or not.
Though a software bug could most probably be behind the issue, you shouldn’t overlook other power-hungry features.
That includes Background App Refresh (Settings -> General -> Background App Refresh) and Location Services (Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services) features. We suggest you disable both of these features entirely or on a per-app basis to improve your iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro battery life.
Besides, it would also be apt to update all apps and get rid of outdated ones, considering how problematic they have always been. Do note that we recently published a detailed guide on how to fix the iOS 15 battery drain issue. So, if you want to take control over all the power-sucking features, make sure to check out this guide to help your iPhone last longer between charges
Wi-Fi Not Working on iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro
Wi-Fi connectivity has also been found to be ill-functioning on iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. In some cases, the iPhone automatically disconnects from the Wi-Fi network. And, at times, the iPhone refuses to connect to the Wi-Fi network. Since Wi-Fi issues on iOS have been around for years, there is no need to lose sleep over it either. As for the solution to fix the Wi-Fi issues on iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, I recommend trying out these potential fixes.
- Turn Off/ On Wi-Fi: go to Settings -> Wi-Fi and turn off/ on the Wi-Fi toggle.
- Forget the Wi-Fi Network and Reconnect: head over to Settings -> Wi-Fi -> “i” button located right next to the Wi-Fi network -> Forget This Network.
- Reset Network Settings: go to Settings -> General -> Transfer or Reset iPhone -> Reset -> Reset Network Settings.
Personal Hotspot Missing/ Not Working
Many of you must have already expected the personal hotspot issue to feature in this article, hadn’t you? Pretty much on the predicted line, the personal hotspot is not working for a good chunk of iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro users. In some cases, it’s completely grayed out/ missing from the device. If you have also been confronted with this iPhone 13 problem, check out the solutions below to fix it right away.
- Turn Off/On Mobile/Cellular Data: go to Settings -> Mobile/ Cellular and turn off/ on the toggle.
- Update Carrier Settings: go to Settings -> General -> About. Now, if there is any update available, you will be prompted to update it.
- Reset Network Settings: Head over to Settings -> General -> Transfer or Reset iPhone -> Reset -> Reset Network Settings.
One of the most terrible issues that I have faced on my iPhone 13 is touchscreen unresponsiveness. Unfortunately, it continues to be a nightmare even on the latest iteration of iOS. But bother not, as there are some reliable solutions that help fix the touchscreen not working problem on iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. Follow the pointers below:
- Force Restart Your iPhone: Press and quickly release the volume up button. Then, press and quickly release the volume down button. After that, hold down the power button until you see the Apple logo on the screen.
- Update Apps: go to App Store -> your profile and tap update all.
- Update iOS: Go to Settings -> General -> Software Update and do the needful if there’s an update waiting for you.
- Restore Your Device As New: Go to Settings -> General -> Transfer or Reset iPhone -> Erase All Content and Settings.
-Ensure the Screen protector is applied properly: while it’s not a full-on solution per se, make sure your iPhone 13 screen protector is applied properly. Many cheap screen guards tend to become unresponsive after a while. So, remove the screen guard and try to use the iPhone 13 touchscreen. If the touchscreen works normally, your screen guard and not iPhone 13 was the issue.
iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro 5G Connectivity Issues
The iPhone 13 lineup is the second one from Apple to support 5G, which brings a notable improvement in mobile data speeds and lower latency to go along with it. However, 5G is still in its nascent stages, so there are bound to be some issues.
Many iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro owners report that their phone ends up switching to a 4G network automatically or just refuses to connect to a 5G network. Others have also reported less than expected 5G speeds.
Just because you see a 5G icon in the status bar of your iPhone 13, it does not mean that it is connected to a 5G network. It just means that a 5G network is available, and your iPhone 13 can connect to it.
When you see a 5G UW icon in the status bar, it is only then that your iPhone 13 is connected to a mmWave 5G network where it can deliver gigabit or higher download speeds.
Bluetooth Not Working on iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro
For some iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro users, the iPhone either refuses to connect to a Bluetooth device or randomly disconnects from it. For those unfamiliar, this is a perennial issue that has managed to exist on almost every iteration of iPhone. So, I’m not surprised to see it becoming a focal point in iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro as well. Luckily, the solutions listed below have almost always worked for me, and I hope they help fix your iPhone 13 Pro Bluetooth problem as well.
- Turn Off/On Bluetooth: Head over to Settings -> Bluetooth and turn off/ on the toggle.
- Forget the Bluetooth Device and Reconnect: Go to Settings -> Bluetooth -> “i” button located right next to the Bluetooth device -> Forget This Device.
- Reset Network Settings: Open the Settings -> General -> Transfer or Reset iPhone -> Reset -> Reset Network Settings.
iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro overheating
iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro users have been complaining for the past few days on various online forums of overheating issues. If you are having overheating issues on iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro, follow the tips below to fix the issue.
- Check for updates: Please make sure that your iPhone is running the latest version of iOS. Also, make sure that all of your apps are up to date.
- Update iOS: Head to Settings > General > Software Update. If there is an update, follow the onscreen prompts to update your iPhone.
- Update apps: Head to App Store > Your Profile > Update All.
- Avoid leaving your iPhone on warm or hot items such as radiators.
- Do not charge and while gaming (particularly graphic-intensive games) or streaming.
- Do not leave the device in direct sunlight.
- Is your problem started recently? Delete any apps you downloaded shortly before the problem started.
- Use the right charger to charge your device’s battery.
- Check Your Cables: Inspect your lightning charging cable and make sure it is Apple branded and NOT a generic one. Try charging with the Apple cable and see if that makes a difference.
- Remove iPhone Case: Covering the back of your iPhone with a case makes it harder for your phone to release built up heat. Removing it will help your phone to cool down quicker.
- Lower the display’s brightness: Go to Settings > Display & Brightness.
- Force Close iPhone apps: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal all open apps. Swipe up on all of the apps.
- Restart iPhone: Go to Settings > General > Shut Down.
- Reset All Settings: Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset All Settings. This will restore default iPhone settings without erasing content. Your data or media will not be removed.
- Reset Network Settings: Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset Network Settings. This will remove all of your network-related settings such as your Wi-Fi passwords.
- Reset Location & Privacy: Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset Location & Privacy. This will delete all of your location and privacy settings.
Missing Charger in the Box
If you have just gotten a new iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro, you might be surprised to find out that the charger is missing in the box. That’s because Apple stopped bundling the power adapter in the box of the iPhone.
Instead, you now need to buy a power adapter separately. Apple sells a 20W power adapter for $19.99, though other cheaper alternatives are available in the market.
Are you facing any other issue with your iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro that’s not mentioned above? Drop a comment and let us know about it!