How to Fix the Top 5 Annoyances in iOS 7

iPhone with angry-face drawing

Along with all the new features in iOS 7, many people are dealing with some pretty major annoyances in this version of Apple’s mobile operating system.

The good news is that most of these are easy to fix. Follow the steps below to get rid of the headaches and get the most out of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

1. Automatic App Updates

Anything automatic seems like a great idea. Get the newest, best version of each app without having to do anything. Sweet, right?

This can actually be a pretty big pain. Letting apps automatically update means that when a complete redesign comes around you have no choice but to update to it. You lose the ability to read release notes before you install an update, so if a faulty version of an app you depend on is updated, you’re out of luck until the developer fixes it.

To disable this option, go to Settings > iTunes & App Store and turn off the Updates toggle under Automatic Downloads.

Settings screen, iTunes & App Store screen

2. Notification Center

With iOS 7, the Notification Center received a major refresh, and some pretty big things changed. The biggest update was the addition of a day view and some weather information.

To get rid of these and go back to notifications only, open Settings > Notification Center and turn each of these off:

  • Today View
  • Today Summary
  • Tomorrow Summary
  • Calendar Day View

With these turned off, the Notification Center is now all about notifications once again.

Settings screen, Notification Center screen

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3. Control Center

Control Center is easily one of the best upgrades in iOS 7. The lack of it in the past was a major reason to jailbreak your device. Being able to easily and quickly access settings and app toggles is a major plus.

Still, it can become annoying when you’re playing a game and it launches due to an errant 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 off the Access Within Apps toggle.

Settings screen, Control Center screen

4. The Font

The overall system typography of iOS 7 was updated to match the clean, flat feel of the rest of the OS. But many people feel that the font is too thin and needs to have more weight to it. This is actually pretty easy to change.

Go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn on Bold Text. You’ll need to restart your device for this to take effect, but check out the screenshots below and judge for yourself.
Screenshots of iPhone with Bold text and No Bold text

5. Battery Drain

iOS battery level icon

iOS 7 comes with some pretty cool new features that give it a great feel, but in use they drain way too much power. There are two major offenders you can fix to get back a hefty share of your battery power.

  • Parallax: While fun to look at, Parallax adds a lot of battery drain without adding functionality. To turn Parallax off, open Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion. Turn on Reduce Motion and say goodbye to Parallax.
  • Background App Refresh: This feature is perfect for downloading or uploading files, but it 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 which one is the major offender.

Wrap-Up

Try these out for yourself and see what your results are. Depending on the age of your battery, these will give your device varying degrees of help. Each does remove a key feature of iOS, so remove them until you find a feature you really like. Then it might be time for a charger in your car or office to keep them on.
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