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10 Things to Know About the iPhone 4s iOS 9.0.2 Update



On Wednesday, Apple rolled out a brand new iPhone 4s iOS 9.0.2 release. Now that we’re a few days removed from the release, we want to take a look at the most important things to know about Apple’s new iPhone 4s iOS 9.0.2 update.

In September, Apple released three iOS updates for the iPhone 4s, four if you count the iOS 9.1 update that Apple currently has in its beta programs for developers and public testers.

The first update, iOS 9.0, rolled out with new features and enhancements on September 16th. The iOS 9.0 update is the fourth major iOS upgrade for the iPhone 4s meaning the aging former flagship is the first iPhone to get four major system updates.

A week later, Apple rolled out iOS 9.0.1, a small update for the iPhone 4s and a bug fixer. iOS 9.0.1 reigned for only a week because on Wednesday, Apple sent out another iPhone 4s iOS 9 update in the form of iOS 9.0.2.


iOS 9.0.2 is a small update but an important one. It comes with fixes for some annoying iOS 9 problems and it also promises stability upgrades for the Podcasts application.

iOS 9.0.2 fixes problems but it reportedly comes with its own collection of iOS 9 problems. We’re starting to see complaints about the software pop up and that’s precisely why we’ve put the update under the microscope.

In the hours since the iPhone 4s iOS 9.0.2 release, we’ve seen several new details emerge. Today, we want to take a look at those details and the rest of the important information we think current and prospective iPhone 4s iOS 9.0.2 users need to know as we push away from the update’s release.

iPhone 4s iOS 9.0.2 Performance

iPhone 4s iOS 9.0.2 Performance

Now that we're a few days removed from the iOS 9.0.2 release, we're starting to see iPhone 4s users post feedback about the update's performance. (We unfortunately don't have an iPhone 4s on hand right now to test the update.)

One user has compared the iOS 9.0.2 update to three versions of iOS including iOS 8.4.1, iOS 9.0.1 and the iOS 9.1 beta 3. Some people swear by iOS 8.4.1, others are saying that iOS 9 is working out fine on the iPhone 4s. It's a mixed bag.

That's precisely why you'll want to dig into the current batch of feedback and upcoming feedback from iPhone 4s users. 

Before you update, we recommend poking around YouTube, Apple's discussion forums, and Apple-centric forums like MacRumors for details on the update.

Older devices sometimes struggle with new updates and it looks like some iPhone 4s users are struggling with iOS 9.0.2. Be very careful.  



  1. MizzIphone

    10/02/2015 at 8:20 pm

    So is this iOS update just for iPhone 4s? I have iPhone 6+ and the update I saw new features but the 2nd no difference believe I read bug fix for cellular data loss I loose my connection constantly

  2. Kalu

    10/08/2015 at 1:50 pm

    I have updated from 7 to 8.4, and my phone become a slow motion phone, then come the 9.02 and I have clean all (reset) phone, app and configurations (factory reset) and do a fresh install to 9.02, and all work OK and more fast…

  3. nck

    10/10/2015 at 3:33 am

    useless article! we know we need to do research before updating. thst is why we visit this page. thanks for the brilliant advise though.

  4. Pumpkineatar

    10/16/2015 at 11:36 pm

    My wife an I both have an iPhone 4s which have operated smoothly on the previous iOS platforms.unfotunatley since updating to iOS 9.0
    9.01& the latest 9.02 problems with the phone have arisen, which seem to include shorter battery life, slower internet browsing and most annoyingly the phone freezing up!
    I initially felt my phone was on its way out but my wife is also experiencing these problems????

    • Shawn

      10/21/2015 at 8:16 pm

      I am experiencing the same exact problems as I just updated to 9.01…. Any ideas on how to get relief from this POS upgrade? I have an iPhone 4s that worked great until this update screwed everything up!

    • Keaton Robinson

      03/07/2016 at 10:31 pm

      Apple convienantly “signed off” on the 8.4 revert. Herd of planned obsolescence? Look into the recent class action case filed against Apple for allegedly planning to kill off old devices with bugged upgrades.

  5. Bob Yourheadtothis

    10/23/2015 at 6:34 pm

    Fu ck iphones! I have a 4s and since I upgraded I can no longer sign in on any websites.

  6. LaDeana

    11/10/2015 at 10:32 am

    I’m having the same issues. It is very frustrating. Is this happening because they are trying to force us to upgrade to a 5or 6? won’t happen with me, I will go to an android if that is the case.

  7. Dale

    11/24/2015 at 12:47 pm

    I have a problem where the phone is just black pi and touch pad won’t work. The only way to wake it up is round keep switching on and of using both buttons. This has only happen since update. Have tried soft reboot does not work. I have gone out and bought android.only use this pile of junk now fir a game I like. Never will go back it’s

  8. Venus

    11/28/2015 at 10:36 pm

    Same here. Struggling with the connection to wifi. It’s either auto unhook or can’t scan wifi. The phone iPhone 4s just freezes. iPhone 5s also equally sucks after upgrading to iOS 9.0.2

  9. brendan

    12/30/2015 at 3:54 am

    I bought new iPhone 4s less than 2 years ago [iPhone 5 (too big and too expensive) had just come out]. Loved it, especially as it fitted my trouser pocket and did everything I wanted. IOS updates failed each time. That was good luck rather than judgement. Unfortunately app designers are requiring IOS 8 & 9 but after seeing others experiences with updates, I won’t be doing it. It is a totally reprehensible cynical ploy by Apple to force one to buy a new phone before the old one is dead. My next phone will be Windows based to fit in with my home computing. Sadly, finding a competent phone robust enough and small enough to fit my trouser pocket may be difficult.

  10. Dr kalpana

    02/01/2016 at 4:49 pm

    even i encountered the same probs…i had to delete games coz of very poor battery life…..freezing screen and web pages….strucking while typing….relle frustrating….my phn js blanked out with no keys functioning…then i saw some videos to how to make it work…pressing two buttons simultaneously made my phn on… does anyone hav any idea abt the nxt update??

  11. Simon Meeklah

    05/25/2016 at 4:26 pm

    I recently bought a second hand iphone 4s. Initially I was really pleased. Then it offered the is09 and I upgraded. Then the problems started. I could not add a contact. Instead, I have to take an old ‘contact’ and edit it – so primitive it’s unbelievable. Then it stopped sending text alerts. It took me ages to find a solution – I kept looking at the settings, thinking I had done something wrong. Then I read it helped if you just switched off the phone, then back on again. I’m just now waiting for the next bug and am thinking of taking it back to the shop (offered a 1 year guarantee) to see what they say. Shame. It seems a well made device. Good signal even in a bad signal area. Nice size and feels the business. I read about the controversy of Apple and their IS09 alleged conspiracy with their older phones. It’s a perfectly good piece of hardware in my view.

  12. Smitha

    06/02/2016 at 5:37 am

    I have iphone 4S, can i upgrade to IOS 9.0? will the phone support it?

    • Chris Sterbenz

      08/21/2016 at 12:01 am

      Have you considered reading the article, that’s kinda what it is talking about.

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