From the moment the iOS 10 became available to developers (And not only!), more and more iDevices are being upgraded to iOS 10 version.
Since these are beta versions (This is not only happening to beta versions, but also to early releases of iOS versions), many people complain about bugs and error codes, before, during and after the installation.
In this article we will focus on the following Error Codes (And it will be constantly updated with new fixes and solutions):
- Fix Error 14
- Fix Error 17
- Fix iPhone Activation Error
- Fix Lock screen issues
- Fix App issues
- Fix battery issues
Fix iOS 10 Beta Error 14
This is a common Error Code, not only for iOS 10 beta version, but for most of the other iOS versions.
The Error 14 Code is triggered when:
- After trying to install the iOS 10 Beta version
- While trying to restore your iDevice from a backup
While in iOS 8 & 9, restoring from a backup was (and is) possible, in iOS 10 it is not allowed, due to a source code update.
How to Fix iOS 10 Beta Error 14 Code:
- Do a full backup of all your important data and settings on your iDevice through iTunes.
- Perform a clean restore of iOS 9.3.2 (The latest stable iOS version) but do not select your personal backup files.
- Then do a clean restore of iOS 10 with the IPSW file you downloaded (Download iOS 10 version).
- Proceed with a restore to your iDevice’s backup files after the iOS 10 beta installation.
In order to make a clear restore to your iDevice, you will need either Xcode 8 or tvOS installed to your on Mac.
Three more solutions for fixing Error 14 Code:
- Verify that your USB is working (Find a new USB to test it)
- Try to use a different device
- Do an iOS 10 installation OTA (Over the Air)
Fix iOS 10 Beta Error 17 Code:
This error code is also known as (not exactly the same, but very very similar) iTunes 17 Error and Error 3194.
Most of the times (If not all the times), this error code (To all its forms and names) emerges when there is a connectivity problem.
It will popup during an iOS upgrade, just like Error Code 14. The solution depends on the iPhone model, your iDevice’s jailbreak state and for previous hosts file alteration (Due to app installation or iOS upgrades/downgrades).
Check your local network and your ISP’s network:
During an iOS upgrade, iTunes is trying to connect with the correct IPSW file, to complete the upgrade. If this is a connectivity issue, make sure to check if your connection is ONLINE. Also, if you are on WiFi, make sure that it is stable, and if it is possible switch to a LAN.
Firewall and Antivirus:
Firewalls and Antivirus programs, always manage to apply some rules that will ruin our connection. You can check step by step if your Firewall or your Antivirus blocks any incoming or outgoing connections, but for a quicker solution, just deactivate them for the upgrading procedure (Then bring them back ON!).
Edit the “Hosts” file:
I suggest this as a final solution, because you will have to make some editing here to a “sensitive” file.
First, locate the hosts file:
On Mac: Open the /etc/ folder and look for the hosts file.
On Windows: Go to C:/Windows/System32/drivers/etc/ and open the hosts file.
Do a backup of the hosts file before starting editing it!!
Once you open the hosts fil, scroll down and find the first line that has gs.apple.com (or any other modification of apple.com). Delete only the line that contains the apple.com reference.
Restart iTunes and start again the iOS upgrade procedure.
OTA iOS upgrade (Over the Air):
Make sure that you have a stable WiFi connection, go to Settings, General and Software Update.
Fix iPhone Activation Error iOS 10 beta
This is not a very common Error, but being prepared for anything that might come, is always a good strategy!
The iPhone Activation Error for iOS 10 beta version may appear with the following three forms:
- Your iPhone could not be activated because the activation server is temporarily unavailable.
- The iPhone is not recognized and cannot be activated for service.
- iTunes was unable to verify your device.
There are 7 ways to come around the iPhone Activation Error, so lets start:
1 – Just give it a minute (or more):
There is always the chance that Apple’s activation servers are extremely busy or a bit buggy (Due to the new iOS version), so waiting for a few minutes might actually fix this!
2 – SIM-Card:
You can try removing the SIM-Card from your iPhone and then insert it again. (And restart the Activation procedure of course!).
3 – Reboot:
This is the most common answer (not solution!) to any electronic device. If you inform anyone that your device is not working properly, he/she will ask you “Have you restarted it?”. So do it!
4 – Locked/Unlocked Status:
If you are trying to activate a Locked iPhone with a non compatible SIM-Card, the Activation Error Code will definitely appear. You need either to Unlock your iPhone’s SIM-Lock or use a compatible SIM-Card. (You can check if your iPhone is Locked/Unlocked).
5 – Connectivity/Network issues:
Make sure that your connection is stable, and that no programs (Firewall or Antivirus) block the gs.apple.com!
6 – Use iTunes for the Activation:
Connect your iDevice to your computer via USB, turn it OFF and then ON, and let iTunes to open automatically (Do it manually if it does not open). Once it detects your iDevice, it will start the Activation procedure (Follow the on-screen instructions).
7 – iOS Restore:
If none of the above helped you, then you will have to make a full iOS restore.
Fix Lock screen issues of iOS 10 beta version
Lets list of all the known bugs/issues of iOS 10 beta version regarding the Lock screen:
- Force Touch feature for replying SMS through the Lock screen causes to the reply window to freeze
- Taking a screenshot of your Lock screen might restart your iPhone
- Lock screen will time out (in 30″) even if you are interacting with it
- Replying to an iMessage will send you a notification of the same message again
- The lock sound cannot be deactivated
- Alarm will be visible to the Lock screen as Snoozing with a negative time even after you turn it OFF
For the time being, the only way to neutralize the above bugs, is with a restart of your iPhone. I know that this is not a permanent solution, but iOS 10 version is still extremely buggy. Most likely, the next beta version will fix everything!
Fix App issues for iOS 10 beta version
There are plenty of apps that do not work correctly with iOS 10 beta version, and currently there are no fixes for them.
The only way to fix those bugs, is either with a new iOS 10 beta updated version or with an updated version of those applications to support iOS 10 version!
Some of the apps that have issues are, Safari app, Today view app, iMessage, Facebook, Siri, Apple Maps, Photos app, App Store, bluetooth and more.
Fix battery issues iOS 10 beta version
Again, the batter drain issue, cannot be fixed for the time being. It is not a matter of disabling applications or locations or notifications, the problem lies on the new iOS 10 source code.
Only a new updated beta version will do the trick!
Until then, be patient OR downgrade to iOS 9.3.2 version!
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