iPhone problems and solutions

This is my first post about iPhone. First of all, I am a PC guy and I don’t like Apple products in general. Half a year ago my company offered me a choice of iPhone or Blackberry. I picked iPhone, so since then I am not so anti-Apple as I used to be. I still never going to buy Mac, but I have Leopard OS installed on one of my virtual machines.

So, out of the box, iPhone is a great device. It has a lot of applications, but …

Problem #1

There are too many iPhones around and all of them have the same ringtone for incoming mail and text message. It quickly becomes very annoying. However, there is no way to change it without jailbraking iPhone.

Problem #2

There is no voice dial in iPhone 3G. You can install an app such as Voice Dialer Plus, but you can’t train those apps and unfortunately, they don’t understand my accent or the Russian names in my contacts. Vocalia is a little better app since you can add a pronunciation for your contacts. The only other solution is to buy iPhone 3GS. But maybe it’s time to switch to Google Nexus One instead?

Problem #3

You can develop applications only using Mac and you can make them officially available only thru the app store, but Apple does screen new applications. You can use VMWare virtual machine to run Leopard, however, it’s pretty complicated and might be even not possible with your hardware.


First of all, you need to jailbrake your iPhone, keep in mind this is going to void your warranty. Of course, you can always back up your iPhone and in case of malfunctioning restore it and then bring it to the apple store, but this might not always work. You can read more about jailbrake on Dev Team Blog. Then download WinSCP. Using WinSCP you can access your iPhone over ssh. Make sure that you change default password (alpine).

Note: Starting from July 26, 2010, it is legal to jailbrake iPhone. DMCA has exemptions in this regard. See iPhone jailbreaking and Android rooting get DMCA exemption for more info.

iPhone folders:

Here is a list of iPhone folders that I found to be useful:

Native iPhone applications, such as Map, SMS, Calendar and etc. Those apps can’t be uninstalled, but can be manually deleted using ssh :-).

Apps from the Apple store.

Your ringtones. There is a way to upload ringtones without jailbraking of iPhone.

Use this folder to solve Problem #1.

Posted on January 6, 2010 by


Posted on 2/9/2010 03:48:44 AM by Lakhisana

Please send me the phases of Iphone Technology
What kind of phases? I didn’t get it.

Posted on 3/20/2010 03:29:32 AM by Richard Anandraj. S


my iphone is not switch on. i put my phone in to charge it was charging and i got a call from my client once your discussion over again put the phone in to charge it not happening i try press the start button its not on. please guide how to start my phone all my dates inside.


Goto apple store. Looks like this is hardware problem.

Posted on 4/7/2010 12:39:08 PM by Heather

Help, I have put my iphone on speech where I have to double tap everything to open then, the slide feature dosent work with it so I cant scroll, I need to scroll to get it back to normal settings :o( help
I don’t know how to help you.

Posted on 5/5/2010 09:30:42 AM by Zibarras

The screen has lost one of the primary colours - I think the red - everything looks green and purple. Sometimes by resetting it goes back to the normal colours but this does not work any more. What is the solution?
Sounds like hardware problem. Apple store is your saver.

Posted on 5/12/2010 09:57:48 AM by Anita

when my iphone 3g is in upright position the letter “p” and “zero” doesn’t work it’s hard to get the delete button to work as well. have tried to powering on and off multiple times. used to work but doesn’t now. if i turn it sideways to type then it works. any suggestions
Sounds like you have a dead spot on your touch screen. Open browser on your iphone and try to position some website with link in exact same spot as your letter P. See if link is clickable.

Posted on 5/16/2010 08:45:49 PM by Dee

I have to power off my phone everytime I have to use it and then it won’t let me switch screens it stays on one screen.
Go to apple store.

Posted on 5/24/2010 07:53:28 AM by Janet W

Hello, good morning. The problem that I’m having is with the sound on my iPhone like if somebody calls me or I call them I can’t hear anything. Also, when on my phone constantly switches from silent to sound mode. What do you think I should do?
One of my coworkers had the same problem. This is hardware problem. Go to apple store and exchange your iphone.

Posted on 6/1/2010 04:42:24 PM by Collette

iPhone screen has enlarged everything to the point I slider is too big for screen. How do I decrease back to normal?
Restart your iphone.

Posted on 6/22/2010 03:01:56 AM by shaz

updated itunes while iphone was connected now icon on iphone of charger going up to itunes. only emergency calls also, have tried everything i can think of and am on the verge of throwing it out the window, can you help?
Did you try to install update? Did you try jail brake it?

Posted on 6/23/2010 07:46:44 AM by Bob

Is there a way to download iphone photos in the order they were taken and are shown on the iphone? I have a Windows XP system. They come off all jumbled up..


Sort them by date.

Posted on 6/28/2010 01:16:08 PM by tom

i sometimes cannot hear an incoming or outgoing call; the caller can hear me; very hit and miss;
Wait until it starts happening more often and then go to apple store to replace phone. The same thing happened before for my co-worker.

Posted on 7/25/2010 03:35:03 AM by kai

hi i have a problem with my iphone, its already jailborken, i wondered why i cannot make outgoing calls and text even if i have load. I can receive tx and calls. I only download fee application games and download music in itunes via CD so now i cannot call. can you please help me to solve my issue asap. tnx a lot..

Posted on 7/28/2010 08:02:59 AM by Kishor

Hi my iphone had a problem For every second when i unlock my mobile a message has been displaying on the screen continuesly,This is the message

This accessory is not made to work with iphone

would you like to turn on airplane Mode to reduce audio interference ?You will not be able to make or receive calls.{yes or No}

I use my laptop for charging and i never connect it to any other accessories.

Plz Find me a solution

Thnk u .

I never heard of this problem. Sorry, I can not help you.

Posted on 10/26/2010 07:25:26 AM by karen osborn

my phone some times excepts calls then when people try & call me it says unable to connect you please help i am missing a lot of important calls x

Posted on 11/4/2010 01:25:51 AM by Bob Taylor

The screen on my 3g just went blank with slight virtical lines running top to bottom, more so on the right hand side. It is only just over a year old.
I am sorry. Looks like it is dying.

Posted on 12/6/2010 10:06:14 PM by alisha

my iphone freeze up i cannot get it to shut down i cannot slide it accross not moving
Let battery die and then you would be able to restart it.

Posted on 12/24/2010 11:47:48 AM by roger

heh,i got my iphone 3g unlocked so i could put in my other sim card and now the phone wont recognise any sim card,it just comes up saying no sim,is this serious what do i have to do

Posted on 12/28/2010 10:12:40 PM by Shirish silwal

I have got ifile n downloaded many ringtone but while coping to var/stash/ringtones it doesn’t copy … So any solution
Did you jailbrake your phone? What are you using to copy files? SSH?

Posted on 1/28/2011 01:32:12 AM by santanu banduri

not able to download itunes another question how to jailbrake?

Posted on 2/13/2011 10:58:29 AM by Kashaan

Hi!!my iPhone is not charging by wall but when I connect it with pc or laptop it charges…plz help
Try different wall charger.

Posted on 2/17/2011 09:16:44 PM by Ray

My friend son has a iPhone3 that was jail broken , his son hooked it up to the computer and update the software , after he was done his phone turn off . He try to turn it on and the only thing that happens screen comes on with the apple image for about 1 min. Then turns off , everytime he try’s , it’s the same. Can you please help me , I have the phone and Iam trying to help them.
Search http://blog.iphone-dev.org/ they might help you.

Posted on 2/26/2011 04:28:41 AM by tope

my iphone 3g will not come on again,whenever i tried to put it on it hangs and i cant even access it on my computer
I think it’s time to buy iPhone 4g

Posted on 3/16/2011 08:35:16 AM by Satbir

I have apple 2G 8GB, a warning come on my phone " this iphone needs to be restored from itunes" after that my network is not working. It shows “NO Service”. Please help what to do now…

Posted on 3/18/2011 04:09:11 AM by lpsuthar

sir may iphone not slid un look plese halp me
Drain your battery all a way in order to reset it.

Posted on 5/14/2011 11:33:27 AM by Abhishek

I bought an iphone 4

But after a month i faced problem with youtube.

after seeing one video,

keyboard does not open for second searching

we have to restart phone for search of another video.

Please Help me out of this problem

Posted on 5/17/2011 10:00:02 PM by Gaurav

I have iPhone 3GS. Yesterday when I was taking my phone from pocket to attend a call, the fonts converted to gigantic size. Now everything is comming in that gigantic size. want to convert to normal size…pls help..

Double tap the screen with 3 fingers and it will unzoom. Then to switch the feature off,

go to settings, accessability and turn off zoom feature.

Posted on 7/2/2011 07:12:16 AM by rocca

hello my iphone 3 home button is no more working pliz help , am far from the city n working in mine, become my saver pliz

Posted on 7/2/2011 01:20:12 PM by rishub

on my phones lock screen its sayin “charging is not supported with this accessory” wat does this mean ??

i dint evn plug it into ny laptop or a comp !

Posted on 7/3/2011 10:45:22 PM by anil sarangle

this accessory is not made to work with iphone

would uou like to turn on airplane mode to reduce audio interface? You will not be able to make or receive calls.

this error is on my iphone 2G and when i play any video there is no audio

Posted on 7/5/2011 06:25:16 PM by raghavi

my iphn is not switch oning n either it is taking charging plz help me…….

Posted on 7/7/2011 09:27:16 PM by Satish

My iPhone is switching off when I insert the sim

Posted on 7/17/2011 01:22:22 AM by Vaibhav

My iphone is automatically flipping pages and when i organise folders it starts deleting apps plz give me a solution to this irritating problem …. Thnx

Posted on 7/27/2011 08:02:45 AM by Nello

How do I convert from military time?

Posted on 8/5/2011 04:34:08 AM by Mohammad Haris

My iPhone acts like someone is pushing the wake/sleep button continuously, but I’m not touching it! The iPhone may work just fine for a period, then it starts all over and then it goes off….it automatically send the option “slide to poweroff” again and again
Sorry, I can’t help. May be it is possessed?

Posted on 8/20/2011 08:55:21 PM by moyna

my iphone 3gs. when i insert a new sim card it doesn’t show the contract number which one is already saved in those sim card.

Posted on 8/25/2011 06:04:11 AM by marcus swain

i was texting then my i phone switch off and it wont go back on and i had it on charge all last night what should i do

Posted on 9/2/2011 01:12:31 AM by richard

Pls. help my iphone 4 was automatically shut-off even still have around 50% battery life, i tried to charge it but can’t open anymore…
Go to apple store. It is probably hardware issue.

Posted on 9/8/2011 07:28:15 AM by sridhar chittoor

Help, I have put my iphone on speech where I have to double tap everything to open then, the slide feature dosent work with it so I cant scroll, I need to scroll to get it back to normal settings :o( help

Posted on 9/8/2011 11:53:47 PM by sureshbabu

I have iphone 3gs.If i keep in my pocket and I walk small distance getting switch off. When I connecting the charger on the screen showing itunes icon on the top and bottom showing usb cable. some times it is not open the main screen. What is the problem.

Posted on 9/9/2011 10:18:49 AM by trevor

Iv’e got a pay as you go 3g and live in Jersey,and have been to the mainland recently where my phone did’nt work.

I bought a tesco pay as you go sim,which i used for the week.And returning home i switched the sim card back only to find no sim tray,would the phone still work without the tray or do i need to buy a new one.

                 thank you.

Posted on 9/26/2011 10:58:49 AM by Kevin Pinner

Cant snyc iphone after so long i get the message unknown error occured (.39) How do I resolve

Posted on 9/29/2011 02:59:41 AM by Rahul k

Hello, I tried to restore my iphone 3g and now it showing connect to intunes in screen and i when i use to connect ,my windows is not able to download the apple drivers.

pls help me..my phone is in dead mode

Posted on 10/5/2011 11:48:54 PM by A

i have an Iphone 2G but its says no Sim eaven tho its inside..wat should i do?iv tried replacing my sim but the problem comes back aftersome time
Buy iPhone 4, it should be on sale now.

Posted on 10/6/2011 09:54:28 AM by rohan

sir my Iphone 4 got switch off………n its nt getting started…..callls r cuming bt my cell is in switch off mode………..what can i do?
Goto apple store

Posted on 10/10/2011 12:50:07 PM by Dwen

I downloaded something from Cydia when it was finished It says Restart Springboard so I pressed it. Then how many minutes already the white loaders is still there what should I do??
Just restart you phone. It won’t harm.

Posted on 10/13/2011 08:11:33 AM by roy

hi. i am useing a iphone4. and i use prepaid starhub sim card. when i go on line something. and when i gat a incoming phone call. i can manages to answer. when it cut off the phone call. my phone become display black, so i need to prass power switch. and again i need to go in line. it’s like problem for me. my friends iphone not like that. pls help me, what should i do?

Posted on 10/25/2011 07:52:46 AM by chris

A “Cydia” app got downloaded onto my phone, which seems to be causing problems on it. I do not know where it comes from or what it is suppose top do. How do I delete it?
You don’t download Sydia. You need to jailbrake your iphone to get it. Restore original firmware to get rid of Cydia

Posted on 11/7/2011 02:09:38 AM by rocky


i was going through cydia, yesterday night and downloaded sbsettings for iphone 3gs. its been more than 15 hours, i am not getting signal in my phone, all of a sudden it disappeared and now i am worried. please tell me what to do…..

Posted on 12/6/2011 08:25:50 PM by harjit

Sir i have an iphone 3g and am facing a prob of charging and itune/pc connection. Sir whenever i put my iphone on charging,neither it show charging arrow on battery nor itune connection. It is not recognized by pc when connected through usb. But aftr all, charging percentage increases slowly when put on charging.

Posted on 12/14/2011 09:55:56 AM by rajat

my iphone is giving error that “this accessory is not optimized for this iphone” and the sound of the phone is not working what to do..??

Posted on 12/14/2011 03:39:46 PM by Michael

I have the 3G iPhone, all my apps stopped working. When I press the apps shortcut it either loads for 2 seconds or not at all and returns me back to the main menu. What should I try doing?

Posted on 12/31/2011 08:50:55 PM by dr.m.m.francis

when i touched the i phone something went wrong so i

cannot go to the homescreen tell me why

to the email address [email protected]

Posted on 1/4/2012 08:03:52 AM by jonny

recently my 3gs has, at random intervals, but mostly when im connected to the internet or am watching a video, just restarts itself. Or at least the screen goes totally blank and the apple logo appears, then it starts up again like i had just held down the wake/sleep and home button down for 10 seconds; anything i had done was then reversed again.

What is the name of this prolem and how can i fix it?

p.s. my phone is no longer under warranty.

Posted on 1/13/2012 01:23:00 PM by Fildah

My iPhone ear speaker is not working cant hear any conversation have to use speaker to answer calls

Posted on 2/5/2012 10:25:16 AM by raza

I m having problem while synchronizing my iphone to the itunes software…. itunes is asking for making backup of all the purchased applications present on my phone… and as it proceeds it starts removing those applications from phone….. can anybudy guide me to fix this problem???

Posted on 2/19/2012 10:15:13 AM by Darshan Doshi

I have I-Phone 4, wen i m using FB, Twiteer or any other App. at tat time my phone goes on switchoff mode. i can see full network on my screen but caller can see it’s on switch off mode. after using app, i get miss call aleret on my phone. nobody helps me for this problem. pls do needful.

Posted on 3/9/2012 12:43:15 AM by Riya

My iphone 4 lights get off while working in 2sec..wen i slightly move it gets on.im facing dis problm 2-3times a day.pls help

Posted on 4/12/2012 11:03:14 AM by james

i put my phone charge through my pc n i update my phone version then i jst dont know whts happening it shows a image like connected with itunes and itunes show that there is no sim card installed in the iphone you are attempting to activate so any one plz can help me out of this problem…………..

Posted on 5/14/2012 09:25:08 PM by Deane

Hi, um I’ve been having troubles lately -_- my P and the 0 in my iphone wont work! I always try pressing it BUT it just presses the letter O and the number 9!! PLEASE HELP! :(

Posted on 5/19/2012 02:07:54 AM by Jo Martin

Hi, recently my iphone 3GS (iOS5) has started taking photos automatically of what’s on the screen without me touching it. Also, it randomly calls numbers via voiceover. I have done a reset and also let the battery run down completely and done another reset. Do you have a solution to this problem please. Thanks.

Posted on 7/17/2012 11:10:29 PM by Nicholas

Hi recently I recently discovered that when I am trying to enter in my apple id or my email on my iphone3gs I have to use the letter o and the number 9. Everything was perfectly fine until now because when i try to type the letter o it either goes p or i and when i try to enter the number 9 it either goes 0 or 8. That number and letter is at the top of the iphone screen.

Please Help! Nick

Posted on 7/30/2012 07:45:54 PM by greg

My contract with at+t ended about 2 months ago as well as my warranty. All of a sudden I get “no service” or it continually searches. Took to at+t, changed sim card. They said to take to apple. apple hooked it up and said nothing was wrong with the phone.

I have narrowed it down to the sim is not making a good conection..? Is it possible at+t is messing with my reception to get me to sign another contract? It just so happens I have the grandfathered unlimited data. Could there be something else I could do? One minuted my phone works and the next….no service. I know I sound paranoid but if they can slow data, can the also mess with my phone recption….thanks

Posted on 8/7/2012 07:18:19 PM by Greg

I am back from my previous post about my iPhone 3GS reception. Read a blog that said they turned off their 3G and I did and now my phone works better than ever but I don’t have 3G. I am still in contact with at&t trying to find out why my phone works better with 3G off. No problem except I am paying for 3G. When I am away from wifi my phone has an “E” instead of “3G” up by the bars. Too slow…but…??? Ever heard of such a thing. Apple said my phone was working fine and at&t is saying it is not their service. Don’t really want to go to another company and give up my unlimited data. Everywhere I travel I turn on my 3G to see if it is just where I live and nothing! No Service. Turn my 3G off in “settings” and poof! phone works. Again apple diagnosed my phone and said there is nothing wrong with my phone???

Posted on 8/18/2012 09:45:00 AM by vinod

hello,i have my iPhone 3gs and the problem is it is getting switched off automatically 5 to 6 times in a day i could not point the problem kindly help since the OS is 4.1 basic only

Posted on 9/14/2012 01:36:09 AM by ankit dhingra

i m using iphone4 my phones wifi, cellular data 3g and location services goes off automatically

Posted on 10/7/2012 10:47:50 PM by Satch


I have Iphone4 jv sim the only problem is it doesnot shows camera view but it takes picture properly when i check from photos folder, Is it soft ware issue?



Posted on 3/1/2013 01:39:06 AM by MANISH AGARWAL

in my i phone 3s we have facing problem to remove any app by long pressing the app ikon

pls help me

Posted on 6/19/2013 08:32:16 AM by Chev sokha

Hi! I have a problem with my iPhone 4. When I turn the 3G Off, my phone has no service and when there’s no 3G service, it’s no service too. Please heap me!

This just happens for several weeks.

Posted on 7/8/2013 02:54:58 PM by rashed

i cant download whatsapp ! they want credit card or visa. how can i download free whatsapp app for my iphone 4s

Posted on 7/18/2013 07:35:13 AM by Ejaz

My iphone 3gs is not working the problem is when I switch on it displays Apple symbol and start freezing none of the buttons are are working including touch

Can you please suggest the problem and how much it cost approximately.

Posted on 9/5/2013 07:35:04 PM by veronica g

my iphone in the upright position won’t display the letters ‘p’ ‘0’ or ’ " ’ (the quotation marks) theres no dead spot on my iphone because the apps that are in that area of the phone are still fully functional and working. i was told it might be a glitch in the phone. even after restoring it it still has the same problem, any way i could fix it without having to pay alot of money??

Posted on 9/25/2013 08:52:11 PM by QuSaI

Sir, my phone is dead, not responding to any further charging, nor is it switching on, when pressed the start button a number of times, kindly advice

Posted on 10/18/2013 10:11:29 AM by vimal jain

sir i have i phone 4.

some time i am able to make outgoing call and some times not. but i am able to receive calls every time.

There is some problem related to sound.

Posted on 11/22/2014 09:34:57 PM by Noora

When i open my cellular data its cumin error why

Posted on 1/15/2016 04:48:21 AM by ROMEO T. DY

On January 07 this year I tried to fix my iPhone 3G to detect Wifi, but instead I got into this 1015 problem and unti now 8 days after I cannot even exit from this Recovery Mode that iPhone is offering as a solution. I tried to search the Internet and Websites in the hope of finding the correct solution but haven’t find it yet up to this writing. Hope you have the correct solution. Thank you very much in advance!

Posted on 9/5/2016 10:50:51 PM by krishna

my iphone3gs is disable and locked this does not connect to pc itunes