The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are solid replacements for the previous models but they aren’t perfect. iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus problems are popping up around the world and today we want to take a look what you need to know as we push away from their release.
In early September, Apple took the stage and announced the expected. The company confirmed two brand new iPhone models dubbed iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and they take over flagship duties from last year’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are outstanding successors and they’re already getting solid reviews from critics and the general public. They are two of the best phones on the market but like any phone, they have their flaws.
Over the past few weeks we’ve been hearing about iPhone 7 problems plaguing the 4.7-inch model and the iPhone 7 Plus. We expect complaints about iPhone 7 problems to pickup in the weeks ahead as devices start shipping out around the world.
Today, we want to take a look at the current state of iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 problems. We also want to make sure that you’re prepared for the future, just in case you run into an issue with your iPhone 7 model.
This roundup offers a look at the issues themselves and some steps to take if you do happen to run into iPhone 7 problems.
iPhone 7 Problems
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are now available which means we’re starting to hear and see complaints about the two new flagships and their iOS 10 operating system. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus run iOS 10 out of the box.
Right out of the gate we’re hearing about iPhone 7 iCloud Restore and activation issues. These are the same issues that affected the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launch last year and they should ease as we push away from the iPhone 7 release date.
After activating one of our iPhone 7 devices it lost connectivity and is acting like it was never activated. Head here for more on these problems and potential fixes.
iPhone 7 problems go beyond iCloud Restore and activation issues. We’re starting to hear about several other issues plaguing the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Wifi keeps disconnecting on iPhone7 and iOS 10. Didn't do this on iPhone 6. Needs fixing #Apple
— Nexus1974 (@Nexus1974) September 16, 2016
When your iPhone 7's battery is just as bad as your old iPhone 6
— Zach Voss (@zachvoss0306) September 20, 2016
Least favorite feature of new iPhone 7 Plus: Bluetooth that stops streaming music to my car after about 30 seconds
— Daniel Raffel (@danielraffel) September 25, 2016
We’re hearing about odd battery drain, issues connecting to Wi-Fi, problems connecting to Bluetooth (which is a big problem given that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus don’t come with a 3.5mm headphone jack), touchscreen issues, an odd hissing issue, problems with various applications, issues syncing photos, and a “No Service” bug.
iPhone 7 Bluetooth problems are among the most prominent issues affecting iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus owners.
iPhone 7 users are experiencing issues connecting to Bluetooth in the card, speakers, and Bluetooth headphones. iPhone Bluetooth issues are common but the fact that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus don’t come with headphone jacks has put a brighter spotlight on the issue.
Apple’s iOS 10.1 update “improves Bluetooth connectivity with 3rd party accessories” but we’re still hearing about issues in the days since the iOS 10.1 release.
This is why it’s extremely important to prepare. You’ll want to make a backup of your old phone before you move to your iPhone 7.
You’ll also want to take a look at our quick setup guide for some tips on how to properly get started with your new phone.
A little prep work will go a long way toward preventing iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus problems.
How to Fix iPhone 7 Problems
If you do run into a problem with your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, there’s no need to panic. There’s a good chance you’ll be able to fix the issue from the comforts of your computer chair.
We’ve put together a list of fixes for common iPhone 7 problems and it offers fixes for battery life issues, problems with Wi-Fi, issues with Bluetooth, and more.
It’s important to note that some iOS-related iPhone 7 problems will likely dissipate after a couple of days of use.
For instance, battery life tends to settle after a few days with a new device or iOS update. If you continue to experience problems with battery life or something else after more than two days of use, you’ll want to take action.
If you’re experiencing cellular data problems on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, and you failed to download the iOS 10.0.3 update, you’ll want to download the iOS 10.1 update.
The iOS 10.0.3 update delivered “fixes bugs including an issue where some users could temporarily lose cellular connectivity.”
How to Downgrade
If you move your iPhone 7 to iOS 10.1, and you start noticing problems, you can downgrade back to iOS 10.0.2 or iOS 10.0.3.
Downgrading isn’t a guaranteed way to fix performance issues but it’s an option if you decide you’ve had enough of your device’s poor performance.
Apple typically keeps the downgrade loophole open for a week or two after a new update’s release so you’ll need to act quickly if you want to drop back down.
For more on the downgrade process, please take a look at our guide.
Where to Find Feedback
If you need additional help, there are a number of other places to look for fixes and feedback about iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus performance.
We’ve taken a look at reasons to and not to install the iOS 10 update. Start there. We’ve also put together our impressions of the iPhone 7 iOS 10 update and that’s a great resource if you want to keep tabs on performance.
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 iPhone 7 and its upcoming iOS 10 updates.
Apple’s discussion forums in particular are a great resource and the users there are generally very polite and helpful.
Your last line of defense is Apple itself. If you can’t fix your iPhone 7 problem on your own, you have a couple of options.
You can get in touch with Apple on Twitter and see if its support can help. If they can’t help you, and you still can’t fix your issue, you might think about taking your phone into an Apple Store.
Make an Genius Bar appointment and have them run diagnostics on your device to see if they can pinpoint the problem. Your iPhone 7 is under warranty so they might offer you a replacement if they can’t fix the issue.
It’s not clear at this point.
Now that the iOS 10.1 update is out we’re not sure what’s next for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. It could be hours, it could be days or it could be weeks before we see another iOS 10 update roll out.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is that Apple has been pushing out rapid fire bug fix updates for its mobile operating system. The company hasn’t let its software sit for more than a few weeks.
Unfortunately, it’s difficult to predict when we might see iOS 10.1.1 (or something else) so you’ll need to be extremely proactive if you do run into an issue.
If you can’t wait for an official fix from Apple, you’ll need to solve your iPhone 7 problems on your own.
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.