iOS 7.1.1 Update: 5 Problems & Fixes

The iOS 7.1.1 update is a small release that fixes a few important iOS 7.1 problems and bugs on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. For the most part the iOS 7.1.1 update delivers good performance on the iPhone and iPad, but some users are complaining about a slowly growing number of iOS 7.1.1 problems.

We’ve already shared iOS 7.1.1 reviews on the top Apple devices, and while our experience is mostly positive we are taking a closer look at problems users are experiencing and possible fixes.

Apple tests these small updates internally before releasing them to fix lingering issues with iOS 7 and iOS 7.1, but without a widespread test on millions of devices there is always a chance that something will go wrong out in the real world. For users that end up on a device with an iOS 7.1.1 update problem it could be a long wait for a fix.

Here are common iOS 7.1.1 update problems and possible fixes.

Here are common iOS 7.1.1 update problems and possible fixes.

We expect to see iOS 8 announced on June 2nd, but it will not likely arrive for users until this fall. While Apple will not necessarily stop iOS 7 updates as soon as they announce iOS 8, the focus certainly shifts. Once May 2013 arrived Apple shifted to issuing device specific updates to iOS 6, and we could see a similar push to incorporate any new features and bug fixes into an iOS 8 release.

Here is a look at the most common iOS 7.1.1 update problems that users are complaining about on Apple Support forums and on Twitter and possible fixes when they are available.

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iOS 7.1.1 Problems & Fixes

As we mention in our iOS 7.1.1 review on the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5, small bug fix updates can solve a lot of issues, but they can also bring new problems.

iOS 7.1.1 Battery Life Problems

After every major iOS update users complain of bad iPhone battery life. There are many users complaining of bad iOS 7.1.1 battery life on Twitter and on Apple Support forums. For many users the iPhone battery life is dropping to less than six hours, which is a big issue.

If iOS 7.1.1 battery life problems are keeping your iPhone from lasting a full day there are a few steps you can try. If your iPhone battery life is only a little bit worse you should read up on these iOS 7.1 battery life tips that can help fix small problems.

For more serious cases you’ll need to reset all network settings, reset all settings or reset your phone and start from scratch. You can follow the steps outlined in this post to fix IOS 7.1.1 battery life. If all else fails you can usually ask an Apple Store Genius to test the iPhone battery for free.

iOS 7.1.1 WiFi Problems

WiFi problems are common after an iOS update, and while there are scattered reports of WiFi not working after the iOS 7.1.1 update there is a simple fix for most users.

Most of the users that report this problem were able to fix it by restarting their router. If you are at home you can unplug the router or about 60 second and plug it back in to restart it. After that it should start working. If this simple fix does not work make sure you can connect to other WiFi networks and try restarting the iPhone before taking more drastic steps like buying a new router.

iOS 7.1.1 Update Problems

A major iOS 7.1.1 update problem hit iPad owners, mostly iPad 3 and older iPad owners which caused some users to lose data unless they had a backup. Multiple reports on Twitter and in the Apple Support forums discuss this problem.

Sadly, the only real fix to this iOS 7.1.1 update problem is to plug your iPad in and back it up before the update in case you run into a problem that requires you to restore the iPad. It does not appear that the iOS 7.1.1 update broke any iPads permanently. If you tried to update to iOS 7.1.1 and it did not work you will need to plug into a computer and use iTunes to restore the iPad as a new device and then restore from a backup.

iTunes Will Not Recognize the iPhone

Some users are able to upgrade to iOS 7.1.1 easily, but after the update is complete they cannot connect to iTunes to backup or sync. The main report of this iOS 7.1.1 update problem is in the Apple Support forums.

If you experience this you should put the iPhone into DFU mode by following these instructions, starting at step 3, or watching the video above.

iOS 7.1.1 Crashes

IOS 7.1.1 crashes bring back a painful bug for some users.

IOS 7.1.1 crashes bring back a painful bug for some users.

Another big problem that is back with the iOS 7.1.1 update is the return of the freezing and crashes that plagued iPhone owners for months after the iOS 7 release. Apple fixed this for the most part with iOS 7.1 but after this update one of our review devices experienced a crash while using FaceTime Audio and others report this happening on Twitter.

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Unfortunately there isn’t a quick fix for this problem. Users can try to regularly restart the iPhone or to do a full restore, but there is no promise that it will stop the iPhone from crashing on iOS 7.1.1.

Comments

  1. Apple2go says

    Ya blahhhhh this writer of this article sounds like he or she works at apple store giving the same ole lies to cover know issues for years!!! This is my last iPhone going back to samsung galaxy s5 apple sucks

    • Apple gone now!!! says

      Just did today as a matter of fact and sole iPhone on eBay for 400 bucks fora 5s and $$$ left over not a ad day at the office

  2. justinkk2005 says

    My battery life on iOS 7.1.1 is about 3 hours of usage and I get down into the teens. I charge multiple times per day. Installing a fresh version of 7.1.1 now :/

    • SSGS5 & HTC M8 says

      Galaxy s5 dude or HTC M8 I had iPhone 5s put the samsung and HTC on my two lines dumped iPhones ya bigger screen really don’t need but android battery lasts the iPhone did drain in half day?? Did you close all running apps on your iPhone ?? If not try that, I did and I got maybe a hour more battery lol also Facebook if u use will drain any phone but iOS 7.1.1 has issues for sure the 5s was my first and last iPhone apple has great computers but phone nope!!! I agree there with apple2bgone post the samsung s5 rocks also try HTC M8 that’s a good chice too but depends on the network your on too… Good luck there justin!!

        • SSGS5 & HTC M8 says

          5150apple you need to seek professional help!! Discharge??? Your sick 5150apple says it all!! What phone you use a walmart flip phone of trac one?? Go spam somewhere else

  3. Jan says

    I am having trouble with my iPad Mini since update of 7.1.1! I can’t even do any more updates as it just sits there & keeps spinning. I can’t open thing on my e-mails such as Facebook, Youtube or anything sent to me. It is getting very aggravating!!! I can’t get more done on my Droid phone than I can on my iPad Mini! I love my iPad Mini and have only had it a year & a half. Is there any fixes for this problem??? I save a lot of crochet patterns on it and can’t access most of them. PLEASE HELP!!!

  4. James says

    I used to be able to turn Iphone sideways and read with larger print. Won’t work now & I hate it.

  5. Dwane says

    I cant connect to internet with 3g. I have done a factory reset, and i even got a new sim-card but i doesnt work. I tested the sim card on another phone and it worked fine.
    Really weird

    If anyone now how to fix it i would be happy ;-)

  6. Ajanish says

    in iphone4 with ios7.1.1 my display gets an yellow curve mark on display after use of 30mins for evary start why anyone help me plzzzzzzzzzzz

  7. Denise Mills says

    Unable to update or download new apps/iCloud apps since iOS 7.1.1. Finally resorted to resetting back to factory settings then restoring through itunes but it still does not work. Help!

  8. Karla says

    As of two days ago, I can no longer send or reply to emails on either my iPhone 4s or my iPad. I have deleted and re-created my email account several times. Can still receive emails. Both have iOS 7.1.1. Does anyone know of a fix? Suddenlink tells me it must be the email program. Thanks!

  9. Leart78 says

    A lot of trolls here.. Nicknames like apple has gone now, apple to go and garbages like that can’t be trusted ..
    The battery life on 7.1.1 is like usual, if you use all features 3G, wifi, location service, bluetooth, brightness to the max you will get 4-5 hours of usage.
    If you close what you don’t need with an eye to battery saving you can reach 6-7-8 hours of normal usage… Android toy phones like Samsung are way more worst than this.

  10. Fred Odiboh says

    I just updated my iPad using iTunes on my laptop. After a successful download of iOS 7.1.1 it fails to install for unknown error. Right now my iPad is showing connect to iTunes and I didn’t do any backup before the update. Pls what do I do?

  11. Jim Aus says

    Same problem upgrading to 7.1.1 Have no usable wifi on S4. Can connect to Samsung Hot Spot when 2 phones next to one another. All other networks, receive msg “unable to join network”. If freeze phone, see many more networks but can not join. Called Apple support. When I provided version 7.1.1.(11D201) he said my upgrade was corrupt and I need to pay $149 as phone out of warranty. Phone worked perfectly before upgrade. When I asked if I would get my money back if Apple fix did not work, NO was the response. As I did not cause the problem I declined to pay to fix an apple error. I then asked if there was any way Apple would accept responsibility for the problem and fix the phone. He went off to speak with supervisor to check. I waited 30 mins. Clearly Apple’s response is ***** you unless u pay. I was about to upgrade my wife’s Samsung to Apple but you can guess what I will be doing. DO NOT UPGRADE ANY IOS DEVICE TO 7.1.1 Apple – own up to causing a problem and fix it Steve would have done so. Jim

  12. Dwane says

    I had lot of problems with the new update.
    but since i REMOVED all my profiles that i had (settings/general/profiles) it now works again.

    /T

  13. Ratha says

    my iphone 4 is running IOS 7.0.6 after i upgrade it to 7.1.1 it don’t have Cellular Data Network.

    please help me to fix it, thanks beforehand ….

  14. Dwane says

    Hi. I had problems with 3g Internet connection.
    But when i removed all profiles that i had under settings/general/profiles and restarted the phone it worked again. Wohoo.

    /Dwane

  15. Steph says

    My IPhone 4s wifi is greyed out after download ios 7.1.1,apple can’t help as my warranty is finished.they assured me that ios 8 will fix the problem,let’s hope it does cause if not I am jumping ship to android.i have been without wifi for 1month now,waiting for ios 8 which is due on the 9th September 2014 in South Africa!

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