iOS 10.1 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

The iOS 10.1 update brings key bug fixes but it also brings problems. Here, we take a look at what iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners need to know about iOS 10.1 problems as we push away from the upgrade’s release.

In June, Apple released an iOS 10 beta ahead of the update’s release to the public. The early version of iOS 10 delivered many of the features found on the final version of the update including big changes to Messages and Maps and an assortment of bugs and problems.


As promised, the final version of the iOS 10 update is now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update is packed with changes. It’s also packed with problems including issues with battery life, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and more.

To address some of these issues, Apple’s pushed out a massive bug fixer dubbed iOS 10.1.


iOS updates, particularly large updates like iOS 10.1, always bring problems. And many iOS 10.1 users are running into trouble.

Today we want to touch on the current state of iOS 10 problems for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and provide you with the most important information you need to know ahead Apple’s next iOS 10 update.


This roundup includes a look at fixes for iOS 10.1 problems, places to find feedback about your specific update, how to downgrade to an older version of iOS, and a look at how long you might have to wait for the next bug fix update.

iOS 10.1 Problems

While the iOS 10.1 update is working fine for some iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners, others are running into iOS 10.1 problems.

We’re hearing about various iOS 10.1 installation problems including an issue where downloads are locking up. If this happens to you, hold down the home button and the power button until the phone reboots. This typically dislodges the issue.

Broken iPhone 7 home button. Photo from MacRumors forums.

Broken iPhone 7 home button. Photo from MacRumors forums.


It also looks like some iPhone 7 users are running into issues with the device’s non-mechanical home button.

When the new home button fails, iOS 10 delivers an on-screen warning alerting the user to the problem. The warning recommends service and it also provides a workaround in the form of a virtual home button located near the bottom of the screen.

We’re also starting to hear about iOS 10.1 problems with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, battery life, random reboots, third-party applications, lag, Touch ID, Apple Music, Exchange, and photo syncing.

A forensics company recently told Forbes that iOS 10 has weakened backup security. According to Elcomsoft, it can “potentially guess backup passwords 40 times faster using CPU acceleration when compared to the speedier GPU-powered cracking in iOS 9.”

Apple is aware of the issue and says that it plans to address the potential security problem in a new software update. Until then, the company recommends protecting your Mac or Windows PC with a strong password.

This is precisely why we recommend taking a few steps to prepare yourself, and your device, for the iOS 10.1 update. A little preparation will go a long way toward preventing problems on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

As we push away from the iOS 10.1 release date make sure to keep an eye out for iOS 10 problems, particularly if you’re moving to the update on an older device. Older devices have a tendency to act up after new software is installed.

Where to Find iOS 10.1 Feedback

It’s important for those of you on iOS 10, and those of you thinking about moving to iOS 10, to keep an eye on the iOS 10.1 update and its performance.

As we move into the fall, you’ll want to dig into performance about your specific iOS 10 update. This feedback will alert you to potential issues and it will also help you track down potential benefits of the operating system. Some iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s owners have seen a performance boost after installing the software.

Finding feedback about your iOS 10 update is easy if you know where to look.


We’ve put together some reasons to and not to install the iOS 10.1 update right now so if you’re on the fence about iOS 10 you’ll want to start there.

We’re also in the process of digging into the final versions of the iOS 10.1 update and we’ll link out to our impressions right here when they go live.

We also recommend keeping an eye on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter/Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for additional feedback about Apple’s various iOS 10 updates for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

How to Fix iOS 10.1 Problems

If you run into an iOS 10.1 problem on your device, don’t panic. There’s a good chance there’s a manual fix out there for your issue.

If an iOS 10.1 problem problem pops up on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, start with our list of fixes for common iOS 10 problems.

This list includes fixes for battery drain, Wi-Fi problems, Bluetooth problems, installation issues, and more.


If you’re unable to find a solution there, you should head on over to Apple’s discussion forums for iPhone, iPad, Apple Music, and more.

There you’ll find a growing library of fixes for iOS 10.1 problems and a helpful community that can and will point you in the right direction.

If that’s still not enough, you can get in contact with Apple Support via Twitter or schedule an appointment to see a Genius at an Apple Store.

Geniuses will run diagnostics on your device and should be able to pinpoint the problem in a matter of minutes.

You Can Downgrade to iOS 10.0.2 or iOS 10.0.3

If you think dropping back to an older version of the iOS 10 update might improve your device’s performance, you can try that as well.

Apple is no longer signing off on its iOS 9.3.5/iOS 10.0.1 updates which means you can no longer take advantage of a loophole and drop back down to one of those.

You can, however, drop down to the  iOS 10.0.2 or iOS 10.0.3 update if you wish. Of course, there’s no guarantee this will fix your issue so you’ll want to be sure before you make the move.

Apple will likely close up these two downgrade options before the end of the year so you’ll want to move quickly.

For more on the iOS 10.1 to iOS 10 downgrade, look at our guide.

What’s Next

If you’re unable to find a manual fix, you’ll want to keep an eye out for the next iOS 10 bug fix update from Apple. iOS-10-vs-iOS-9-Walkthrough-4

Now that the iOS 10.1 update is out we aren’t sure when Apple release its next bug fix upgrade for its latest operating system. It could be tomorrow, it could be a month from now.

Apple’s now in the habit of releasing rapid fire iOS updates to address bugs so we could see the first iOS 10.1 bug fixer roll out before the end of the year.

Keep an eye out for a new beta in the weeks ahead.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 10.1 & 5 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 10.1 If You Want Better Security

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Install iOS 10.1 If You Want Better Security

If you value your security, you'll seriously want to consider downloading the iOS 10.1 update for your device right now.

The iOS 10.1 update brings 12 security patches with it. These patches enhance the security on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch making them ideal for those of you who store sensitive files/data on your device. Most people do.

Apple's iOS 10.1 update comes with those patches and it also brings the patches from Apple's previous versions of iOS 10. If you haven't downloaded iOS 10 yet, you'll get all of those baked in. This is important, particularly for those of you on something older than iOS 9.3.5. 

If you failed to install the iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.1 will also bring the three crucial security patches it delivered earlier this year. These patch up serious security problems that could potentially expose your calls, contacts, texts, and emails.

If security is important to you, iOS 10.1 is probably worth a download today. 

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