iOS 10 Beta Problems: 5 Things to Know

We continue our look at the iOS 10 update with a dive into the iOS 10 beta problems plaguing the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

In June, Apple confirmed its next big iOS update. The iOS 10 update is confirmed for the fall but there’s a way to try out the update and its features ahead of the public release later this year.

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Last month, Apple released an iOS 10 beta for developers. In July, the company released the iOS 10 beta to the general public via the Beta Software Upgrade. If you own a device that can run iOS 10 you can download the software right now.

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The iOS 10 beta is tempting but it’s not for everyone. Early software isn’t perfect and the iOS 10 beta is riddled with issues.

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Today we want to touch on the current state of iOS 10 beta problems for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and provide you with the most important information you need to know as we push toward the final iOS 10 release.

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This roundup includes a look at fixes for iOS 10 beta problems, places to find feedback about your specific update, how to downgrade to the iOS 9.3.2 update, and more.

iOS 10 Beta Problems

Before you download the iOS 10 beta, know that there are tons of problems plaguing the early version of Apple’s next operating system.

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We’ve been using the iOS 10 beta for several weeks now and we’ve endured a number of headaches. Bluetooth is finicky, apps including Pokemon Go crash with regularity, and we’ve encountered performance issues.

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Developers and beta testers using iOS 10 beta 1 and beta 2 have discovered numerous bugs and issues. Here’s a comprehensive list from beta testers on MacRumors. These are some of the problems plaguing iOS 10 beta 2:

  • CarPlay
    • Occasional Siri mishaps such as reading things through the phone speaker or having Siri not work at all.
  • General
    • “Show More” and “Show Less” in Spotlight are underlined sometimes.
    • Status Bar clock may sporadically disappear after unlocking the device and also when in certain apps.
    • After phone (6s Plus) reboot – it needs 4-5 minutes to boot properly. At the beginning it freezes, iMessage app freezes. But after a while all works fine.
    • Feedback assistant shows you’re submitting bugs for iOS 9 and not iOS 10. This is resolved through the introduction of public beta program.
    • Insane amount of Bluetooth audio skips when listening over a Bluetooth device.
    • Usage and standby time are the same for some users.
    • Status bar disappears when returning to home screen while on a phone call.
    • Restarting your iPhone may cause the Camera and FaceTime apps to disappear. As a result, you can no longer take photos. Restarting device does not solve the problem.
  • Notification Center
    • Widgets occasionally show a blank page.
  • Control Center
    • Iconography for AirPlay devices color inverted (same applies to some other graphics).
  • Home App
    • Schlage Sense still shows “Not Supported” in the Home app. Using Siri can still unlock and lock the door. Similar experience with August locks.
    • Hue Accent’s tone adjustment not yet supported.
  • Messages
    • When in conversation view, click on the contact’s photo. Going back to the conversation results in a transparent Status Bar.
  • Music
    • When Apple Music is off, tabs only meaningful for Apple Music briefly show up in app starting animation.
    • Bottom left area of “Now Playing” still vacant, yet tapping on it prompts deletion of current song from library or deletion of device’s download. Existed in Beta 1. [previous bug]
    • Smart playlists are not working they just show blank.
  • FaceTime
    • When leaving a call by going to another app and then relaunching FaceTime, the video will not properly rotate.
  • Hardware
    • Volume buttons stop working. A reboot fixes it but the problem comes back.

This is why we recommend taking a few steps to prepare yourself, and your device, for the iOS 10 beta should you choose to download it. A little preparation will go a long way toward preventing problems on your iPhone or iPad or both.

If you’re interested in downloading the iOS 10 beta, make sure to keep an eye on problems. This is particularly important if you’re moving from an older version of iOS and/or using an older device like the iPhone 5 or iPad mini.

Where to Find Feedback About iOS 10 Beta

If you’re thinking about downloading the iOS 10 beta, we recommend digging into feedback about your device’s update before making the move.

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We’ve put together a list of reasons why you should, and shouldn’t, download the iOS 10 beta right now. If you’re on the fence, take a look. The potential for problems is just part of it.

If you need more than that, you’ll want to take a look on YouTube, Apple’s developer discussion forums, and the MacRumors forums. We’ve also seen critical feedback emerge on social media sites like Twitter.

This feedback from developers and Beta Software Program participants will alert you to potential issues, and benefits, of the iOS 10 beta.

How to Fix iOS 10 Beta Problems

If you’re on the iOS 10 beta and you’re dealing with a problem, you’ll need to be proactive.

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If you encounter abnormal battery drain, broken Wi-Fi, busted Bluetooth, or another problem on the iOS 10 beta, take a look at our list of fixes for common iOS 9 problems. They should work for iOS 10 beta problems as well.

If you can’t find a fix there, head over to Apple’s iOS 10 beta discussion forums. There are a number of knowledgeable users over there that can, and will, help you diagnose and fix your problem.

It appears that Apple’s Support account on Twitter is helping some iOS 10 beta users so that’s another option if you’re unable to track down a fix on your own.

Finally, if you’re using the iOS 10 beta and Facebook Messenger, you’ll want to download the latest update from Facebook.

The current update has a fix for an issue that blocked your top most conversation from view. With this update installed, you’re now able to see that conversation.

You Can Downgrade to iOS 9.3.2

If you download iOS 10 beta and can’t handle the number of problems on board, know that you can drop back down to the iOS 9.3.2 update. Nothing older than that though.

If you’re interested in moving back from iOS 10 beta to iOS 9, our walkthrough will guide you through the process.

How to Report iOS 10 Beta Problems

If you decide to download the iOS 10 beta you’ll want to report problems to Apple. This will help the company improve the final product.

To do that, you’ll want to head to Apple’s Bug Reporter. You don’t need a developer account to login. You just need an Apple ID.

Once you login select New > iOS  > and fill out the form to relay your iOS 10 beta problem to Apple and its engineers.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 10 Beta & 5 Reasons You Should

Install It If You Want to Improve the iOS 10 Update

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Install It If You Want to Improve the iOS 10 Update

If you want to help Apple improve the overall quality of the final iOS 10 release you'll want to download and install the beta ahead of its arrival in the fall. 

Apple's iOS 10 beta allows developers and those in the Beta Software Program to relay feedback about the update's performance.

One of the main goals of the iOS 10 beta is to weed out major problems before it lands for millions of devices around the world. 

If you've encountered a problem with an iOS update in the past and you're tired of dealing with issues (or hearing complaints from other users), think about helping Apple out today or at some point before the final release in the fall. 

Your efforts could prevent a nasty surprise from appearing in the final product.

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