Some users of Apple Watches and paired iPhones experienced new problems after updating to iOS 14 and watchOS 7.
Thankfully, a fix for that problem is available, but it’s a bit nasty.
It looks like the only way to fix the problem is to factory reset your Apple Watch and iPhone. Therefore, ensure that you have backed-up all your data via iCloud or iTunes before proceeding to do that.
Apple has recently released a support guide detailing a range of problems reported by users, including the omission of routes, health data, broken fitness apps that fail to open, and the now-popular “increased battery drain on your iPhone or Apple Watch.”
Twitter user Matt Swider was one of the first to report the fix:
?iOS 14 battery drain issues?
⌚️Do you have an Apple Watch paired w/ your iPhone?
?It may require resetting BOTH, says Apple.
☁️Backup to iCloud first!
— Matt Swider (@mattswider) October 1, 2020
Amazingly, Apple’s suggestion to fix the problem is unpairing the devices, backing them up, and resetting them both.
That might be a bit of a problem if you don’t own paid iCloud storage.
iOS 14 problems kept manifesting since Apple introduced the update, which is expectable for a new operating system.
However, it’s relatively uncommon for an update to be so drastic that an incremental OS update can’t fix it. Though iOS 14.0.1 was released, the problem wasn’t fixed by the update.
Still, that’s just one battery fix, though many other problems are still present.
Resetting your devices might sound pretty straightforward, but you should be extra cautious to avoid complications or losing precious data.