Do not panic if you suspect your iPhone or iPad has a virus. Apple has made it hard for hackers to enter your devices. So think smaller, instead of thinking your device is the problem. It couldn’t be a virus— it could be something else we’ll cover below.
However, hackers can infect your iPhone and iPad. First, let’s talk about signs that you might be a hack victim. Then we will provide you with tips to get rid of your iPhone and iPad viruses and bugs.
The first thing that we will say, and we know how frustrating it is to hear this question, but we must ask: Have you tried to power down and restart your device completely? Almost always a reboot fixes problems. If you did that and still have problems, read on.
Signs that you have a bug or virus on your iPad or iPhone Typical symptoms of problem include data use suddenly from charts that are higher than you normally use. You may also have pop-ups that will not go or freeze your screen. A common sign is the rapid drain of the battery.
Virus versus buggy app
It may not be a virus if something is off. Maybe you’ve got a buggy app. Do ads continue to pop up on your screen? Does Safari forward you to the App Store? If so, a hacker can have an app you are using infected. That’d be great news. An app is easy to lose.
What are the problems that make you think that you have a virus? Be careful the next time it happens, whatever it is. Do these annoying problems only occur when one particular application is open? It is possible that an app developer may have used a virus-infected development kit.
Check the App Store to see if your problem app is newer. You may also scan recent user reviews and comments to see if others have had similar problems. The developer may have updated the problem to fix it.
If that doesn’t work, delete the app: from your home screen, tap the app until all applications wobbling > > If the upper left corner of the app contains little X, tap.
Note: Don’t jailbreak it to avoid problems on your iPhone or iPad. That means that you are circumventing the security of Apple to download unauthorized apps. Applications which are not available in the App Store are not subject to Apple scrutiny. You are therefore jeopardizing your devices, privacy and security.
Removal for viruses There’s a good chance that your phone has been infected with an app that you haven’t found in the app store if you have a virus on your iPhone or iPad. But it did, however, you must get rid of it.
1. Start your iPhone or iPad again: hold down the power button until you see Power off slide > > touch and slide until it is disabled. Keep the power button down for several seconds until you see the Apple logo.
2. Remove your history: Settings > > Safari > > Remove History and Data Web sites > > Tap Remove.
3. Restore iPhone or iPad to a new backup. Ensure that your device is set to backup automatically. If so, you can restore it to a previous backup if you haven’t had a problem. To turn backup on: Configuration > > iCloud > > turn backup on.
4. See the Apple Store for help in removing the virus.
5. Continue with utmost caution. If everything else fails, you can remove everything from your iPhone or iPad and get started. That means you can remove everything and start from scratch from your smartphone or tablet. This is done by: Settings > > General > > Reset > > Content and Settings can be erased.
Keep your iPhone and iPad safe
It’s good that you can now get rid of your iPhone and iPad buggy apps and viruses. But you can first avoid a problem with only a modest amount of effort. Doing both of these things will keep your iPhone or iPad free of viruses.
1. Don’t ever jail your iPhone or iPad to get unauthorized apps downloaded by bypassing its security features. Maintain updated your iPhone and iPad: settings > > General > > Update Software