The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are excellent smartphones but they’re not perfect. They have their problems. Here, we take a look at what you need to know about iPhone 6s problems today and going forward.
In early September, Apple confirmed two brand new iPhone models. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were released in late September and they replaced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as the company’s new flagship options. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are still around but they’ve dropped in price.
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been given excellent ratings from critics and users and they are outstanding devices.
They’re two of the best phones around but they aren’t perfect and we continue to see complaints about iPhone 6s problems.
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus run iOS 9 out of the box. iOS 9 is Apple’s latest mobile operating system. In the weeks since launch, the two devices have been outfitted with new iOS 9 updates including iOS 9.2. If you buy the iPhone 6s today, it might be running iOS 9.2.
Today, we want to take a look at iPhone 6s problems. We also want to make sure that you’re prepared for the future, just in case you run into an issue with your phone.
This roundup offers a look at the issues themselves and some steps to take if you do happen to run into iPhone 6s problems.
iPhone 6s Problems Plaguing Users
As we move away from the iPhone 6s release date, we continue to hear about iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus problems.
Many iPhone 6s owners have run into iCloud Restore problems when firing up their phone for the first time.
These iPhone 6s iCloud Restore problems are among the most common iPhone 6s problems and they are giving new iPhone 6s users headaches. Users are reporting long restore times that seem to go on forever. Fortunately, the process actually won’t take forever and we’ve found a potential fix to try.
If you’re running into an iPhone 6s iCloud restore problem, you’ll want to set your phone up as new, install the iOS 9.0.1 update, choose restore, and then restore from iCloud.
One other note. If you are having trouble activating your new iPhone 6s, try restarting the device or trying another connection.
We’ve been hearing complaints about iOS 9.2 downloads getting stuck during the installation process. If this happens during the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus iOS 9.2 update, you’ll want to hold down the power button and home button at the same time. The phone will reboot and the download should work properly.
The iPhone 6s problems go beyond activation issues, problems with iCloud restore and iOS 9.2 installation problems.
iPhone 6s users are complaining about Slide to Update issues (fix for this here), problems with iMessages, overheating issues, and more. Apple’s discussion forums are starting to fill up with complaints about the iPhone 6s and iOS 9 and we expect more complaints to emerge as the dust from the release settles.
hasn't even been 3 months since ive had my iPhone 6s & my battery is already messed😡😡😡
— – (@mvnirxh) December 20, 2015
iPhone 6s users have also encountered many of the same bugs that’ve popped up for other iOS 9.2 users. We’ve seen complaints about bad iPhone 6s battery life, broken Wi-Fi and various Bluetooth problems.
These are all extremely common iOS problems and they affect all iPhone models, not just the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
It’s important for us to note that we’re not pointing these out to nitpick. We’re pointing them out to generate discussion and to serve as a warning.
If this is your first iPhone, you’ll want to take a look at our list of things to do before installing an iOS update and at our iOS 9.2 upgrade tips. You’ll also want to take a look at the first iPhone 6s settings to change.
How to Fix iPhone 6s Problems
If you’re running into iPhone 6s problems, the last thing you want to do is panic. The iPhone 6s might be new but the iPhone itself isn’t. Over the years we, and many others, have compiled a long list of fixes to try in case something goes wrong.
We continue to update our list of fixes for common iOS 9 problems and those should help if you encounter an issue on your device.
These fixes include ways to improve iOS 9 battery life, fix poor Wi-Fi connectivity, and more. The fixes will work for iOS 9.0, iOS 9.1, iOS 9.2 and any and all upcoming iOS updates.
It’s also important to note that some iOS-related problems will dissipate after a couple of days. For instance, battery life tends to settle after a few days with a new device or iOS update. If your iPhone 6s problems persist after a few days, that’s when you’re going to need to take action.
How to Downgrade
If an iOS update isn’t performing to your standards on the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus you can downgrade to an older version of iOS. For a limited time.
Apple isn’t signing off on the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus iOS 9.1 updates which means you don’t have this option right now.
The company typically signs off on older updates for a week or two before pulling the cord. Once that happens, the downgrade loophole will close up and you’ll be left with whatever version of iOS you’re on.
We’ve put together a step-by-step guide that will take you through the downgrade process. We highly recommend getting familiar with it right now so that you can take advantage of the loophole in the future if you need to.
If your needs go beyond our list of fixes or the downgrade process, know that you have a ton of resources at your disposal.
If you’re in need of a fix or advice or feedback about new iPhone 6s iOS updates, you’ll want to check out Apple’s Discussion Forums. It’s going to be a fantastic resource for iPhone 6s problems. Bookmark it so that you can use it going forward.
We’ve also found the MacRumors community to be a great resource so it might be in your best interest to stop by there as well.
Social media websites like Twitter are also places to look for fixes and advice regarding problems with the iPhone 6s. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Your last line of defense is going to be the Apple Store. If you can’t fix your iPhone 6s problem on your own, you’ll want to make an appointment to see a Genius at an Apple Store. They can run diagnostics that you might not be able to do at home and if you’re under warranty, you might be able to get a new phone.
Apple’s next update for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be its iOS 9.2.1 update. The update is currently in beta but it doesn’t have a public release date.
iOS 9.2.1 will be coming to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus next year, probably in the early part of the year. Its official change log isn’t available but it’s expected to bring bug fixes for iOS 9 problems.
If you’re unable to fix your iPhone 6s problems, be on the lookout for it.
Install iOS 10.3 If You Want Better Security
If you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider downloading the iOS 10.3 update on your iPhone or iPad.
The iOS 10.3 update brings 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 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 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 is probably worth a download right now.