The iOS 10.3.1 update brings bug fixes and security patches to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch but it’s far from perfect. iPhone and iPad users are already complaining about iOS 10.3.1 problems plaguing their devices.
Three weeks ago, Apple replaced the iOS 10.3 update with iOS 10.3.1. The iOS 10.3.1 update delivered bug fixes and an important security patch but it also brought some annoying problems to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners.
iOS 10.3.1 problems emerged on release day and the complaints have grown louder as we’ve pushed away from the update’s release date.
With that in mind we want to take a look at the most important things iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners need to know about iOS 10.3.1 problems as march into the month of May.
This roundup takes a look at the current state of iOS 10.3.1 problems, shows you potential fixes for the most common iOS 10.3.1 issues, and provides some resources that could come in handy if you start to see trouble with your version of iOS 10.3.1.
It also takes a look at what’s next from Apple in terms of bug fixes.
iOS 10.3.1 Problems
iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users are running into a number of frustrating iOS 10.3.1 problems. The list includes the usual suspects.
iOS 10.3.1 users are encountering installation errors, weird battery drain, Wi-Fi issues, busted Bluetooth, Touch ID problems, 3D Touch issues, Hey Siri problems, and some issues with third-party applications including Facebook.
We’re also hearing about UI lag on older devices, random reboots, issues with sound, and various problems with the App Store including broken downloads.
Apple’s discussion forums, Reddit, and social media sites like Twitter continue to fill up with various complaints about the iOS 10.3.1 update and we expect the list to grow as more people find and install the new software.
— Myklo (@3JustMike3) April 4, 2017
@My_AppleGadgets experiencing battery drain with ios 10.3.1
— Kurt Gilchrist® (@Kurtgilchrist) April 4, 2017
Sensing that iOS 10.3.1 may have introduced a few Bluetooth reliability issues. Anyone else?
— Michael Firth (@TechFirth) April 10, 2017
iOS 10.3.1 is reallly bad on battery…
— Mathieu L. (@mletourn) April 18, 2017
ios 10.3.1 destroys my battery life
— Erzy Pratama F (@erzypratama) April 14, 2017
Is it just me or in iOS 10.3.1 bluetooth audio is flawed? The sound is interrupted briefly but it's ANNOYING!
— Claudio Coletta (@ClarkColet) April 16, 2017
thanks for not letting wifi work ios 10.3.1 🙃 @AppleSupport
— ✨ s t a r i o s a ✨™ (@dcheungsta) April 21, 2017
@AppleSupport Can't download any apps/updates from AppStore (iOS-Germany) on any device (wifi&cellular). (iOS 10.3.1) Known issues?
— Jan Hambsch (@TeachHam) April 23, 2017
It’s virtually impossible to predict what kind of performance you’ll see on your phone or tablet and this is precisely why we always recommend doing a some prep work before installing an iOS release, even before a small release like iOS 10.3.1.
We’ve put together a step-by-step process that will take you through the pre-iOS 10.3.1 installation process we used on our iPhones and iPads.
At the bare minimum you’ll want to make a backup of your device. This way you won’t lose any important files.
Where to Find Feedback
As we push away from the iOS 10.3.1 release date it’s important to keep tabs on the update’s performance. Part of this is monitoring your version of the update for issues. Part of it is digging into feedback from other iOS 10.3.1 users.
Digging into some of this iOS 10.3.1 feedback will alert you to potential iOS 10.3.1 problems and it’ll help you find potential benefits of the iOS 10.3.1 update.
To start you off, we’ve put together some reasons to and not to install the iOS 10.3.1 update on your device right now. If you’re on the fence about making the move to iOS 10.3.1, start there.
As always, 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 the current version of iOS 10.
How to Fix iOS 10.3.1 Problems
If you do run into an iOS 10.3.1 problem on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, there’s no need to panic. Chances are, you’ll be able to fix your issue from the confines of your home or office.
Before you take your iPhone or iPad down to an Apple Store or carrier store you’ll want to try and fix your issue(s) manually.
We’ve put together a list of the most common iOS 10 problems and fixes and it’s a great place to start if you’re in trouble.
We also recently released a list of tips that could help you improve performance. Some of these will take seconds to complete, others are a little more involved.
If you’re unable to find a fix for your issue there, you should go to Apple’s discussion forums for help. There are tons of helpful users there.
You Can’t Downgrade
We’ve got some bad news for those of you dealing with iOS 10.3.1 problems.
Apple is no longer signing off on iOS 10.3 or iOS 10.2.1 which means you can no longer downgrade from iOS 10.3.1 in an effort to improve your device’s performance.
This is a permanent change and it means those of you who are experiencing iOS 10.3.1 problems are on your own. Apple’s next iOS update is probably a few weeks away.
Those of you who haven’t made the move to iOS 10.3.1 yet should take note. Once you upgrade, there’s no going back to whatever version of iOS you’re on.
For more on the downgrade process, take a look at our detailed walkthrough. It’ll help you prepare for next time.
A new version of iOS 10.3 is confirmed.
The iOS 10.3.2 update is official and it’s currently in beta for developers and those in the free Beta Software Program. The update arrived alongside new beta software updates for tvOS, watchOS, and macOS.
The iOS 10.3.2 update appears to be a maintenance release which means it will likely have critical bug fixes and security patches on board.
Unfortunately, we don’t know when iOS 10.3.2 will be released to the general public. Apple typically releases several beta updates before pushing the final product. We’re currently on beta 4 and we could see Apple release one or two more betas before it’s comfortable releasing the software to the public.
If you’re dealing with an iOS 10.3 problem, make sure you keep a close eye on iOS 10.3.2 and the iOS 10.3.2 beta.
You might even try the iOS 10.3.2 beta on your device. You can always drop back down to the iOS 10.3.1 update if you decide to install the beta on your phone.
Install iOS 10.3.1 If You Want Better Security
If you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider downloading the iOS 10.3.1 update on your iPhone or iPad.
iOS 10.3.1 brings a single security patch for a potential Wi-Fi exploit. But if you failed to install iOS 10.3, your iOS 10.3.1 update will bring its monster list of patches as well.
The iOS 10.3 update delivered over 60 known patches for potential exploits. That's substantial, even for a milestone upgrade. The previous version of iOS 10, iOS 10.2.1, brought 14 known patches.
Among them is a patch for a Safari ransomware bug that scammers used to extort iOS users who viewed pornography on their device.
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.
If you skipped the iOS 10.2.1 update and/or the iOS 10.2 update, know that iOS 10.3.1 brings their security patches with it as well. Again, the iOS 10.2.1 update had 14 important patches on board. You can see them all right here.
If you failed to install Apple's iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.3.1 will also bring the three crucial security patches it delivered last year. These patch up serious security problems that could potentially expose your calls, contacts, texts, and emails.
If security is important to you, iOS 10.3.1 is probably worth a download right now.