11 Common iOS 8.1 Problems & How to Fix Them

Earlier this week, Apple pushed out its iOS 8.1 update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 8.1 delivers new features but it also brings a laundry list of bug fixes for iOS 8 problems. And while it does fix a number of issues, iPhone and iPad users have discovered some iOS 8.1 problems in the days after its arrival. Here, we take a look at how to solve common iOS 8.1 problems on iPhone and iPad.

In late September, just a few weeks after iOS 8.0 came out of the beta program, Apple released iOS 8.1 beta. Apple did not attach a public iOS 8.1 release date to the beta leaving iPhone and iPad users wondering about the release date. Last week, Apple cleared it all up and announced an iOS 8.1 release date for Monday, October 20th.

In early October, Apple released iOS 8.1 to the public, bringing Apple Pay and a number of bug fixes to those running compatible devices. Apple Pay might be the focus of iOS 8.1 but the update is a massive bug fixer that has solved many of the initial iOS 8.0 problems that sprouted up in the weeks after the initial iOS 8 release and the release of iOS 8.0.2.

Fixes for iPhone 6 Plus problems with LTE.

Fixes for iPhone 6 Plus problems with LTE.

Of course, iOS updates, even massive bug fix updates like iOS 8.1, typically bring problems of their own and that’s exactly what has happened. iPhone and iPad users are reporting that while iOS 8.1 does deliver some key bug fixes, it also breaks features and settings inside iOS 8. We’ve heard from a number of iPhone and iPad users who are dealing with issues after upgrading from iOS 8.0.2 or below. And while the issues don’t seem to be widespread, there are some that are certainly more common then others.

With no iOS 8.1.1 release in sight, iPhone and iPad users dealing with iOS 8.1 problems are going to need to rely on temporary fixes to remedy those issues. And while we can’t say with one hundred percent certainty that the following fixes for iOS 8.1 problems are going to work for everyone, those dealing with bugs will still want to give them a shot.

How to Fix iOS 8.1 Battery Life Problems

While we haven’t seen the usual outpouring of complaints about iOS battery life, we have seen several iPhone and iPad users complain. iOS battery drain, or at least perceived iOS battery drain, is one of the most common problems to emerge in the wake of an iOS upgrade and so it’s no surprise that iPhone and iPad users are noticing issues.

iOS 8.1 on iPhone 6

Fortunately, there are quite a few things that iPhone and iPad owners can try should the device start experiencing heavy battery drain after the iOS 8.1 installation or in the weeks after its download. Battery life issues won’t necessarily pop up right at the start and will often times emerge in the days, weeks and months after an update’s arrival.

While there are a ton of things that users recommend, we think there are several key fixes that iPhone and iPad owners should try. These fixes range from small settings tweaks to changes in your daily use. All of them have the potential to fix bad iOS 8.1 battery life and we highly recommend looking at them before performing a hard reset.

How to Fix iOS 8.1 Wi-Fi Issues

We’ve already heard about several iOS 8.1 Wi-Fi problems and we expect to hear about more before everything is said and done. This isn’t anything new. Apple’s discussion forums have been rife with complaints about iOS Wi-Fi issues for many years now. And while iOS 8.1 does come with a fix for one Wi-Fi problem, there’s a good chance that it’s not going to fix everything for everyone.

There is no guaranteed fix for iOS 8 Wi-Fi issues but there are a few things that iPhone and iPad users can try before performing a factory reset, replacing a router, or taking the device to an Apple Store. These fixes have been passed down from the iOS 6 and iOS 7 updates and they’ve worked for many users in the past.

iOS 8.1 fixes some iPhone 6 plus WiFi problems.

iOS 8.1 fixes some iPhone 6 plus WiFi problems.

The first thing to do is reset the device’s networking settings. This is an extremely easy process though it could take a couple of minutes to complete. Those experiencing Wi-Fi issues will want to set aside some time to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible. To do this, open up the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

Users will need the passcode and a few minutes of time because the phone or tablet is going to reboot itself after the process completes. Users will also want to track down commonly used Wi-Fi passwords because this process is going to wipe those out.

How to Fix iOS 8.1 Cellular Data Issues

We’ve also been getting complaints about cellular data issues on iPhones and iPads running iOS 8.1. Slow connections, no connections and other random problems have plagued some iPad and iPhone users for many years now and it looks like iOS 8.1 is no different.

To try and fix these, users should first try restarting the iPhone or iPad. This has worked for us in the past. If that simple fix doesn’t work, try toggling cellular data on and off. This also has had a positive effect on our connectivity. To do that, Cellular > Cellular Data > Toggle Off. It’s a quick process and one that should return things to normal assuming connectivity isn’t down in the area.

Finally, if none of that works, try flipping Airplane Mode on, waiting 30 seconds, and then flipping it off. This, like the other fixes, has worked to dislodge cellular data issues in the past.

How to Fix iOS 8.1 Bluetooth Problems

Apple’s iOS 8.1 update arrived with a fix for some of the Bluetooth issues plaguing iPhone and iPad users on iOS 8.0.2 and iOS 8.0. However, iOS 8.1 failed to fix every single Bluetooth issue.

Bluetooth problems have given iPhone and iPad users headaches for years. And while iOS 8.1 appears to have alleviated some of the major headaches, it hasn’t eradicated them all.


There doesn’t appear to be a cure all fix but we’ve heard about a few possible fixes that iOS 8.1 users will want to try. iOS users have singled out “Reset All Settings” as a solid fix. It hasn’t worked for everyone but there are a ton of people that are claiming success after trying it on their iPhone. It should work for Apple’s iPad as well.

To do this, open up the device and head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. This is going to take a bit of time and users will lose all saved settings but the pay off is that it seems to be fixing Bluetooth issues for many people. It’s certainly worth a try if Bluetooth keeps acting up after Apple’s iOS 8.1 upgrade.

How to Fix iOS 8.1 App Issues

We haven’t experienced any issues with applications after getting iOS 8.1 on board but that doesn’t mean that we won’t in the future. Issues with third-party applications are among the most common iOS problems and we’re already hearing complaints from iPhone and iPad users about app performance in Apple’s latest upgrade.

iPhone and iPad users can’t rely on iOS updates for app fixes. Instead, users will need to rely on third-party developers (the makers of the app) and some useful, simple fixes.

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First, make sure applications on the iPhone or iPad are updated. App updates with support for iOS 8 have been trickling out since launch. Many iOS users are horrible about updating apps and that’s a habit that can, and should, be broken immediately.

iPhone and iPad users who are forgetful or lazy will want to turn on automatic App Store updates because it will keep apps automatically behind the scenes. Auto updates will ensure that they are always on the latest version with the latest bug fixes. To do that, head into Settings > iTunes & App Store > Toggle Updates on.

How to Fix iOS 8.1 Random Reboots

Random reboots have plagued iPhone and iPad users for a number of years now, we ourselves have experienced them, and it looks like iOS 8.1 is causing some random issues for iPhone and iPad users.

As we’ve pointed out, the only permanent cure is going to be an iOS update and iOS 8.1.1 isn’t guaranteed to fix things. Fortunately, after years of dealing with these issues, we have some tips to try and minimize this extremely random issue. These fixes helped when we saw them in iOS 7 last year and they have helped to tone them down in iOS 8.

iPhone 6 Plus Problems - 4

First, try restarting the iPad. This helped us when we encountered random reboots on the iPhone and iPad in iOS 7. We also recommend performing a reset on all settings. To do that, Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings.

It also might be worth it to uninstall recent apps if the problems just started. If nothing helps, iPhone and iPad users will simply have to wait for iOS 8.1.1 or whatever is next from Apple.

How to Improve iOS 8.1 Performance

We’ve seen some dips in performance after installing iOS 8.1 and we’ve heard that we’re not alone. Fortunately, there are a few things that could return the device to form.

Back when iOS 8.0 first came out, we outlined a number of different strategies including reducing animations and pretty effects, resetting settings, or restoring back to factory settings. These fixes are for the iPhone 4s but they will help with all versions of the iPhone and iPad as well.

Keep in mind, there is no cure all for performance issues on the iPad or Apple’s iPhone. If nothing works, users will want to try these before performing a factory reset.

How to Fix iOS 8.1 AirDrop Problems

iOS’ AirDrop is a quick way to share files across devices. It’s also a feature that’s been troublesome for some users in the past. We ourselves have encountered AirDrop problems inside iOS 8.1 though we were able to solve them with a simple solution.

iPhone and iPad users experiencing issues with AirDrop, including the inability to send files or discover users, will simply want to try toggling AirDrop to Everyone. To do that, pull up Control Center from the bottom of the screen and change the setting from Off or Contacts Only to Everyone. With this setting turned on, we were able to share files across all devices using iOS 8.1 with no problem at all.

Users will also want to ensure that the device is signed into the proper iCloud account. If it’s not, the feature won’t work.

How to Fix iOS 8.1 Keyboard Lag

Keyboard is a common iOS problem that’s endured through many iOS updates. We’ve already encountered the occasional keyboard lag on the iPad and iPhone when shooting off an email or iMessage and we imagine that others will as we move away from the iOS 8.1 release. Thankfully, there are some simple fixes to try before throwing the phone against a wall or installing Swype.

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First, try turning off Documents & Data in iCloud. To do this, Settings > iCloud > Documents & Data. If everything returns to normal, it should be okay to flip that back on. If that doesn’t work, try resetting all settings. To do that, General > Reset > Reset All Settings. Again, like all these fixes, it’s not guaranteed to work.

How to Fix iOS 8.1 iMessage Issues

iOS 8.1 fixed many of our iMessage problems though there’s always a chance that they will return. In fact we’ve heard from iPhone users who claim that iMessage is still broken in iOS 8.1.

For those experiencing issues after installing iOS 8.1, there are some fixes that are worth trying, fixes that have actually helped to alleviate our own iMessage problems in the past. The first thing to try is toggling iMessage off and on. If that doesn’t work, try rebooting the tablet. If neither of those work, it’s time to reset the device’s network settings.

To do that, head into Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. The iPad or iPhone will reboot, and while the stored Wi-Fi networks will be lost, reentering a Wi-Fi password is a small price to pay for working iMessages.

How to Fix iOS 8.1 Problems If Nothing Else Works

If none of this works and Apple’s discussion forums aren’t helping, we have two recommendations. First, take the iPhone or iPad to a Genius Bar at the local Apple Store. They’ll help diagnose the problem, if they can.


Those that can’t or don’t want to go that route will want to consider performing a factory reset. Factory resets will wipe the device clean which is going to add more work. It does have the potential to iron out problems, especially on older devices.

To do that choose Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Again, this will wipe everything from the iPhone or iPad, so make a back up before doing this. Again, setting all of this up will be extremely consuming, but it may be the fastest way to fix bad iOS 8.1 problems on the iPad or iPhone.