iOS 9.3.5 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

iOS 9.3.5 update problems continue to plague iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners around the world.

iOS updates, even the tiny bug fix updates, always bring their own collection of problems to Apple’s mobile devices.

To address lingering iOS 9 problems, Apple pushed a series of iOS 9 upgrades including the recent iOS 9.3.4 update and iOS 9.3.5 releases for all devices capable of running the company’s iOS 9 operating system.

iOS 9.3.5 is focused on three important security updates but it also features a collection of problems to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users.


Today we want to touch on the current state of iOS 9.3.5 problems for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and provide you with the most important information you need to know now that the company’s iOS 10 update is out.

This roundup includes a look at fixes for iOS 9.3.5 problems, places to find feedback about your specific update, information about the iOS 9 downgrade, and a look at what’s out there from Apple.

iOS 9.3.5 Problems

iOS 9.3.5 is a small update for iOS 9 users with a short list of patches for some serious exploits. And while the iOS 9.3.5 update is working fine for some users, others are running into trouble with Apple’s last iOS 9 update.

iOS 9.3.5 users are complaining about issues with Bluetooth, battery life, random reboots (we’ve seen one on the iPhone 5), Wi-Fi, problems with Apple Music, issues with Touch ID, problems syncing photo albums, installation issues, and more.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that iOS 9.3.5 problems appear to be isolated to a small group of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners.

If you choose to remain on the iOS 9.3.5 update, keep an eye out for feedback as we push into the fall.

Where to Find Feedback About iOS 9.3.5

It’s important for everyone, those who have already upgraded to iOS 9.3.5 to keep an eye on feedback about the update’s performance.

So where will you find this feedback about iOS 9.3.5 performance and potential problems? Well, you can start here.

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We’ve put together some reasons to and not to install the iOS 9.3.5 update right now. If you’re on the fence, start there. (Note that you might get prompted to install iOS 9.3.5 if you’re trying to move to iOS 10.)

We’ve put together our impressions of several updates. The list includes the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, and iPad. Those roundups will give you some insight into potential problems, and benefits, of the iOS 9.3.5 update.

If those aren’t enough, we 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 iOS 9.3.5 update.

How to Fix iOS 9.3.5 Problems

If you’ve run into an iOS 9.3.5 problem on your device, there’s no need to panic. There’s a good chance there’s a fix out there for your issue.

If an iOS 9 problem problem pops up on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, start with our list of fixes for common iOS 9 issues.

Our list features fixes for the most common iOS 9 problems including abnormal battery drain, Wi-Fi issues, and problems with Bluetooth.

If you run into iOS 9.3.5 activation problems you’ll want to consult Apple’s support document because it comes with a potential fix.

iOS 9.3 Update Details

If you can’t find a fix there, you should head on over to Apple’s discussion forums for iPhone, iPad, Apple Music, and more. There, you’ll find a library of fixes and a helpful community that can and will point you in the right direction.

If you can’t find a fix online, you can get in contact with Apple Support via Twitter or schedule an appointment to see a Genius at an Apple Store.

You Can’t Downgrade to iOS 9.3.4

Apple is no longer signing off on the iOS 9.3.4 update which means you can no longer drop back down to the iOS 9.3.4 update in an effort to improve performance.

If you moved to iOS 9.3.5 the only place to go is up to iOS 10. You can’t go back to anything older than iOS 9.3.5.


If you need help understanding this process, take a look at our iOS 9 downgrade walkthrough. It’ll help you drop down to an old iOS upgrade in minutes.

What’s Next

iOS 9.3.5 was the last iOS 9 upgrade for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iOS 10 took over for iOS 9 on September 13th.

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The final version of iOS 10 could improve your device’s performance and it could squash lingering issues you’re having. Unfortunately, iOS 10 isn’t available for all iOS 9.3.5 powered devices. Some devices will stay on iOS 9.


Those of you with the iPhone 4s, the iPad 2, original iPad mini, or an iPod touch fifth-generation or below can’t get the iOS 10 update which means you can’t depend on it for fixes.

If you own one of those devices and you’re dealing with an iOS 9 problem, you’ll need to fix the problem yourself or take the device in to an Apple Store.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 10.3.1 & 8 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 10.3.1 If You Want Better Security

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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.

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