Our Biggest iOS Annoyances And How To Fix Them

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:

Republished from Lifehacker