After the stampede of iOS users rushing to install the newest iteration of the iPhone operating system there have been mixed reviews. Most major issues boil down to a few tweaks that can be done easily. Knowing this, here are the 5 most annoying things about iOS 7 and how you can fix them.
iOS 7 gave the Notification Center a major refresh and with that some things changed. The biggest change is the addition of a day view calendar and some weather information.
To get rid of these and go back to just notifications, open the settings app > Notification Center and turn off the following:
- Today View
- Today Summary
- Tomorrow Summary
- Calendar Day View
With these off, your Notification Center is now focused around just that: notifications.
Automatic App Updates
This seems like a great idea. Let the iPhone update your apps automatically for you. You’ll always be up to date on your apps and never need to open the update tab again.
In theory it’s a great idea. In actuality, however, this means that buggy updates automatically push over and you don’t get the chance to hold off on the update. You also rarely get to read the release notes unless you check regularly and that kills the whole idea. To turn this off, go to Settings > iTunes & App Store and turn off the Updates toggle under Automatic Downloads.
One of the best updates to iOS 7 has to be Control Center. The lack of Control Center in the past was a solid reason to Jailbreak your device. Having access to quick toggle settings is a real plus.
While this is great, it can become annoying when you’re playing a game and it launches thanks to a misplaced swipe. iOS 7 lets you turn Control Center off in apps only, so you don’t lose core functionality. Open up Settings > Control Center and turn on the Access Within Apps toggle.
Easily the biggest annoyance with iOS 7 (and every previous iOS update for that matter) is battery drain. iOS 7 comes with some pretty cool new features that give a great feel to the OS, but in use they drain way too much power. There are two major offenders you can fix to give back a hefty share of your battery.
1. Parallax, while fun to look at, doesn’t do a lot for overall usefulness in the iPhone. While it doesn’t add a lot of real usefulness, it does add a lot of battery drain. To turn Parallax off, open Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion. Turn Reduce Motion On and say goodbye to Parallax.
2. Background App Refresh is the other major battery killer in iOS 7. This is a great feature that allows your apps to continue working while they are in the background and you’re doing something else. This is perfect for downloading or uploading files, but can suck the life from your battery. To turn this off, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and turn it off. You can also turn it off for specific apps to see what the major offender is, too.
With design being such a major focus in iOS 7, overall system typography was updated to match the clean, flat feel of the rest of the OS. The major complaint here is that the font is too thin and needs to have more weight to it. This is actually pretty easy to do. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn on Bold Text. You’ll need to restart your phone to turn this on, but check out the screen shots below and judge for yourself.
Fixing these 5 annoying things about iOS 7 seems to help most users that were unhappy about the upgrade. There are more that you can turn off, but after a certain point you start making iOS 7 more like iOS 6 and at that point, you might as well just not install the update at all.
Try these fixes out and let us know in the comments below what your actual mileage was with them. Let us know if the battery fixes did anything for you or if you have another awesome battery tip, too.