Jumping into iOS 8 on my iPhone
For those of you who have been reading my blog for any length of time you know I never write about technical topics. There are many bloggers who are great with technology and normally I would not venture into this type of topic.
The reason I am writing this post is to help anyone else who may have jumped in quickly and upgraded to iOS 8 on their iPhone.
Sadly I upgraded when iOS 8 was first released before I read the issues and warnings not to jump in too quickly.
I will walk you through some problems I encountered and solutions I have found but before I do here is a resource I wish I had seen before I upgraded.
Adrienne Smith very kindly sent me an email saying Carolyn Nicander Mohr had written a post on what to do before you upgrade over at The Wonder of Tech. If you have not upgraded you can find the post here. What You Need to Know Before You Update to iOS 8
Adrienne also gave me a link Carolyn shared on how to get back to version iOS 7. Sadly it was too late for me to do that as it is only available for a few days after you have upgraded. Having read the instructions and warning that this should only be done by advanced users I decided maybe it was good it was too late for me. 🙁
The problems I have encountered on iOS 8
I did download iOS 8 via iTunes on my computer as Carolyn suggests. As I read her article after I had downloaded I did not follow any of the other instructions.
# Problem 1 – I quickly ran into the storage issue.
I quickly received a warning on my iPhone saying my storage was almost full. So I did what many others have done and started madly deleting photos, videos and music.
# Problem 2 – Photos – there is no longer a camera roll and my photos have been organized into locations. It would not be so bad if the locations were correct but in some cases they are just plain wrong.
# Problem 3 – I do a lot of videos for my marketing with my iPhone. Uploading them to YouTube from my phone is taking about 10 times longer with iOS 8. I have a couple of apps I had been using which do not work effectively on this system. I now need to upload to my computer and then to YouTube.
iOS 8.2 and more problems
I waited several days after this version came out and read what others were saying. I decided to do this update last week. Hmm not sure that was a good idea either.
# Storage – Having deleted most of my photos I could not get the size of my Usage down enough with my photos and videos. Then I realized the deleted items were going into a “recently deleted” file so still taking up capacity.
After my online research I found out they stay in this “recently deleted” file for 30 days unless you go in and delete them again. So in effect you need to double delete.
Finally I was getting my storage down by now deleting my deleted items! If I had known this earlier I would not have deleted all my music 🙁
# Sending messages – this is perhaps the scariest problem I encountered.
I had sent a few text messages to people who normally respond. This puzzled me and made me wonder if the messages were being sent. They looked like they were. So I did a test text to my husband. He did not receive it.
So back online I went to research this one. What the heck did we do before Google?
I found these instructions :
If you can’t send or receive SMS, iMessage text messages after upgrading to iOS 8, you can follow these steps below.
Step 1. Open up the Settings app, select Messages, and tap the slider to turn, Send as SMS, iMessage off.
Step 2. Under the settings menu, go to General > Reset and tap Reset Network Settings, send text messages again.
Step 3. Go back to Settings > Messages and turn Send as SMS, iMessage back on.
I followed these and now I can send SMS messages. 🙂
You can find answers to a lot of the common problems at this link
My wrap up on iOS 8
I cannot say I have found anything I really like about this operating system. I am sure there are good features but I had so many problems to deal with it has not made it a pleasant experience. I have learned a lesson though in that I will not be jumping in quickly to do updates in the future.
Over to you
If you have an iPhone have you updated? Please let me know your experience.
Have a great day.
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