iOS 10.1.1 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

Apple’s iOS 10.1.1 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 10.1.1 problems as we push away from its release date.


In September, Apple released its long-awaited iOS 10 update. The upgrade delivered a number of positive changes to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It also delivered some problems to those that upgraded from iOS 9 and below.

To address these iOS 10 problems, Apple’s pushed out a series of bug fix updates. The latest is an iOS 10.1.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that comes with a fix for broken Health app data.


iOS updates, even small bug fix updates like iOS 10.1.1, always bring problems with them. And many iOS 10.1.1 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 10.1.1 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 10.1.1 Problems

While the iOS 10.1.1 update is working fine for some iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners, others are running into iOS 10.1.1 problems.


We’re hearing about various iOS 10.1.1 installation problems including an issue where downloads are locking up.

If this happens to you, hold down the home button and the power button (power button and volume down button on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus) until the phone reboots. This typically fixes the issue.


We’re also hearing about a serious issue that’s causing iPhones to lock up and freeze.

Reddit users have discovered an issue wherein an MP4 file from a link sent via iMessage will cause any phone running iOS 10 to lockup. We’ve tested the issue on devices running iOS 10.1.1 and iOS 10.2 beta and the issue is present on both.

To recover from the crash, you must hold down the home button and power button (power/volume down on the iPhone 7) to reboot the phone.

We’re hearing about problems with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, random reboots, third-party applications, lag, Touch ID, Apple Music, Exchange, 3D Touch, problems, various third-party applications, and photo syncing.

There are also growing complaints about issues with broken earpods and severe battery drain. A report from Forbes notes that iOS 10.1.1 is “causing the microphone of Apple Earpods to malfunction during phone calls.”

This is precisely why we recommend taking a few steps to prepare yourself, and your device, for the iOS 10.1.1 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 10.1.1 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 10.1.1 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 10.1.1 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 update right now. If you’re on the fence about iOS 10 you’ll want to start there.

We’ve been posting our feedback about the iOS 10 update. We’ve taken a look at iOS 10.1.1 on the iPhone 7, iPhone 6siPhone 6, iPhone 5siPhone 5, and iPad. Those roundups should help you get a feel for your version of iOS 10.1.1.

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 10.1.1 Problems

If you run into an iOS 10.1.1 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 10.1.1 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 10.1.1 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 10.1

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/iOS 10.0.2/iOS 10.0.3 updates which means you can no longer take advantage of a loophole and drop down to one of those.

You can, however, still drop down to the iOS 10.1 update if you wish. Of course, there’s no guarantee this will fix your issue so proceed at your own risk.


Apple will likely close up the iOS 10.1 downgrade option before the end of the year so you’ll want to move quickly.

For more on the iOS 10.1.1 to iOS 10.1 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. Unfortunately, it could be a few more days before we see it.


During its MacBook event Apple confirmed a new iOS update for December. The update will deliver the new Apple TV app to the iPhone and iPad and a whole lot more.

Apple recently confirmed a brand new iOS 10.2 update. The iOS 10.2 beta update, available for developers and the general public, has the new Apple TV application on board so it appears the December update and iOS 10.2 are one in the same.

On top of that, the iOS 10.2 update delivers several other new features (70+ emoji is the crown jewel of the update) and we expect it to bring bug fixes and security patches as well.

Apple hasn’t confirmed an iOS 10.2 release date and it probably won’t announce anything ahead of time. So if your iOS 10.1.1 problem can’t wait until next month, you’ll need to take your device in to an Apple Store or try to fix it on your own.

Keep an eye on the iOS 10.2 beta and keep an eye out for the iOS 10.2 release as we enter the month of December.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 10.1.1 & 6 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 10.1.1 If You Want Better Security

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Install iOS 10.1.1 If You Want Better Security

If you failed to make the move to iOS 10.1 before the iOS 10.1.1 release and you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider the iOS 10.1.1 update.

If you failed to download iOS 10.1 know that iOS 10.1.1 brings iOS 10.1's 12 security patches along 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 10.1.1 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 Apple's iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.1.1 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 10.1.1 is probably worth a download right now.

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