Data Wheel Keeps Spinning

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  1. ugadawgs311 macrumors member

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    I have an iPhone 5 running iOS 7.1. The data wheel (the spinning circle-like lines near the top left of the screen) continuously runs as if something in the background is accessing the internet. I've closed all my apps and tried restarting the phone, but had no luck. It seems to only spin when I'm on the home screen.

    Any ideas?
     
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  3. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    If nothing should be going on and it's still spinning even after restarting the phone (which resolves it for most) then you can try resetting network settings or even resetting all settings and perhaps even doing a restore if none of those do the trick.
     
  4. ugadawgs311 thread starter macrumors member

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    How do you reset the network settings? Will that make my phone forget all WiFi networks?
     
  5. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings

    Yes.
     
  6. ugadawgs311 thread starter macrumors member

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    Finally found a solution. Hold the home and lock button until you see the Apple logo. The phone will restart and the spinning data wheel is now gone.
     
  7. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Well, it might come back still. However, you specifically mentioned in your OP that you tried restarting the phone and that didn't help.
     
  8. ugadawgs311 thread starter macrumors member

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    Before I turned my phone off and let it sit for a few minutes. This time I held the lock and home buttons to force a restart. That difference fixed the issue.
     
  9. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    That's interesting and a bit strange given that there are certainly many that argue that doing one or the other is pretty much the same thing. Perhaps it was more of a matter of doing it multiple times vs. doing it once before.
     
  10. ugadawgs311 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, who knows? Maybe the forced restart quits/closes more processes than simply turning the phone off and back on.
     
  11. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Both should really close everything and then start everything, one is just kind of a sudden one (the restart method) and the other one takes time to turn things off (the shut down method). I guess in this case the main thing is that it worked.
     
  12. I7guy macrumors G5

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    Perhaps synching something to iCloud? Can you tell if this is the case.
     
  13. ugadawgs311 thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't think it was due to syncing something to the cloud. It was spinning for several days, and I can't think of anything that would take that long to upload. Also, once I performed the restart, it stopped immediately.
     
  14. Oz. macrumors regular

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    same here... on clean install iOS7.1
     
  15. ugadawgs311 thread starter macrumors member

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    Same for me. It started after I installed iOS 7.1.
     
  16. kobbe80 macrumors newbie

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    Data Wheel Keeps Spinning

    Hi ugadawgs31, it happen to me as well. the spinning goes away if i restart. Nevertheless, i did the home and lock button hard reset. sinec you reseted on 26th, after 2 day, did the problem appear again?
     
  17. ugadawgs311 thread starter macrumors member

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    Nope. Haven't had the issue since I performed the hard restart.
     
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  19. Curiouser macrumors newbie

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    Worked for me on an iPhone 6 running iOS 9.3.1. Strange problem and stranger solution. Thank you!
     
  20. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Solution isn't really stange in any way, it's just a reset of the device.
     

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