Our Biggest iOS Annoyances And How To Fix Them

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Our Biggest iOS Annoyances And How To Fix Them

Whether you love your iPhone or hate (or fall somewhere in between), there are at least a few things about it that annoy you. Here are our — and your — biggest annoyances and how to fix them.

Annoying, Interruptive Notifications

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For those of you who have no interest in jailbreaking, you can’t get rid of the popup notifications. What you can do, however, is minimise how often they bother you and, in some cases, when they show up at all. To get started, go into Settings and tap the Notifications section (it’s the third from the top in iOS 4). This will let you globally disable notifications (as well as sounds and badges) for third party apps, or just set the notifications for each app individually. Back on the Settings main page, go into the Messages section and turn off Repeat Alert. This will disable the repeat notifications you receive when you ignore a text message. (As a side note, in iOS 4.3 you’ll be able to set the number of times a message repeats, but currently you’re restricted to the default: one primary notification and two followups.)

If you want to take it a bit further, you’re going to need to jailbreak. An open-source project called StatusNotifier (you can find the binary in Cydia) is a free jailbreak upgrade that puts your notifications in the status bar, letting you can swipe to access them rather than being interrupted by a popup. Basically, if you’re jailbroken, the problem is solved.

Slow Performance on Old iOS Devices

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Syncing Data to iOS Requires a Cable

never sync with iTunes again

Or is there? If you really want the holy grail of wireless data syncing you’re going to need to jailbreak and purchase Wi-Fi Sync. If you’ve wanted to sync your iOS device untethered, this is the app you need. Although it’ll set you back $US10, it’s worth every penny next time you don’t have a sync cable handy (or are just not in the mood to go get one).

Little Fixes

Those are our big annoyances and fixes, but there are a lot of little things you can implement to solve some annoying problems quickly. Here are some of our favourites:

  • Can’t backup music not purchased through iTunes – Try TouchCopy
  • Annoying autocorrect errorsDamn You Autocorrect! exists for a reason. Either stop autocorrect from being overbearing by typing a Z or teach it to be better with Safari.
  • It takes forever to organise apps into folders – I hate to say it, but organise the apps in iTunes. While it’s not going to make the process any less tedious, it will cut your organisation time in half..
  • Having to choose between turning vibrate off completely, or allowing the phone to vibrate *in your ear* when on the phone and receiving a text or email – Toggle the phone to silent when you answer a call.

Comments

  • Syncing issues to need to be resolved and should be organised in such away that you choose what to sync and when.

    ie – I just downloaded a new album, I only want to sync it (I know, drag’n’drop, but some people actually allow itunes to automatically take care of this), but I don’t want to sync my photos, contacts, calendars and apps (or what ever).

    Less relience of itunes for syncing would be nice. Why can’t I simply drag’n’drop photos to the device (and have the ability to organise them into albums)???

    This would help wireless syncing greatly. Many people already use cloud based syncing solutions (such as gmail) to keep there email, contacts and calendars synced, why not use a similar approach on the device???

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