How to Fix iOS 5.0.1 Contact Bug on iPhone 4S

Apple’s iOS 5, though launched with a plethora of new features and improvements, it does have some battery drainage issues along with other bugs. Apple released an updated iOS 5.0.1 with a view to rectify battery woes but instead ended up in making situation even worst for some customers. The updated firmware is not a complete fix for battery woes instead causing contact recognizing issues as well.

On iOS 5.0.1, the iPhone failed to recognize the contact for incoming calls or text messages. The contact bug issue is first reported by Paul Hontz of The Startup Foundry. He said:

I updated my iPhone 4S earlier today (using the OTA method), and I discovered a nasty bug. My iPhone could no longer remember the names of any of my contacts! I opened up the contacts app on my phone and discovered that all of entries were still there but if I got a text or a call my iPhone would have a sudden bout of amnesia and forget the contacts name.

It is important to note here that the bug is more commonly affecting the users who have updated their devices via over-the-air method and are using Verizon network, while those on AT&T and Sprint networks or users who updated their devices via a conventional method are lucky enough to bypass the issue.

If not all, most of the users have some success in resolving the issue by implementing the steps given below. However, make this thing in mind that this may not work for all the users. Follow the steps to give it a try:

  • Verizon users need to dial *228 – a programming number.
  • Next press ‘1’ to ‘Activate or Program’.
  • After the call disconnects, navigate to task manager by hitting Home Button twice.
  • Now turn your Phone, Message and Contacts apps.
  • Wait for five minutes and run the Message App to see whether it fixes the problem.

As we have said earlier, this might not work for all users. The users on the Apple Support Forums have suggested that pressing ‘2’ after dialing *288 will solve the problem for many. However, if you still failed to have any success then you might need to restore from a backup.

If you fear of losing your contacts, don’t worry, your contacts are still there but your device just unable to recognize them. We hope the Apple team will now come with a permanent fix for all these issues. Till then be patient and better stick to iOS 5 rather than updating to iOS 5.0.1.

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