6 Reasons Not to Install iOS 11.3.1 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 11.3.1 to Fix These Issues

Install iOS 11.3.1 to Fix These Issues

One of the big changes on board iOS 11.3.1 is a bug fix for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus users.

Apple's latest update addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models because they were repaired using "non-genuine" replacement displays.

If you skipped iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.3.1 update comes with a substantial list of bug fixes for lingering iOS 11 issues. If you're dealing with any of these problems, and you skipped iOS 11.3, you'll want to consider downloading iOS 11.3.1 immediately.


  • Fixes a problem that could cause the capitalization of the first letter of some words by the automatic correction feature.
  • Fixes an issue on the iPad Pro that prevented the iPad Smart Keyboard from working after connecting to a captive Wi-Fi hotspot.
  • Fixes a problem that could cause undesirable activation of the digital layout on the Thai keyboard in landscape mode.


  • Corrects a problem with the incorrect description of the Bluetooth status icon and the Bluetooth icon by VoiceOver.
  • Fixes a problem that may prevent the end of call button from appearing in the Phone app when using VoiceOver.
  • Fixes an issue preventing access to an app's built-in ranking with VoiceOver.
  • Fixes a problem that may cause distorted audio playback when using real-time listening.

General Fixes

  • Fixes a problem that may prevent incoming calls from activating the screen.
  • Fixes a problem that may prevent or prevent voicemail playback.
  • Fixes an issue that prevents opening a web link in Messages.
  • Fixes a problem that may prevent users from returning to Mail after previewing an attachment to a message.
  • Fixes a problem that could cause the deleted screen to reappear on the locked screen.
  • Fixes a problem that can cause the time and notifications to disappear on the locked screen.
  • Fixes an issue that prevents parents from using Face ID for approving purchase authorization requests.
  • Fixes a problem that could prevent updating of the current weather conditions in Weather.
  • Fixes a problem that could prevent the synchronization of contacts with a vehicle directory when connected via Bluetooth.
  • Fixes a problem that may prevent an audio app from playing content in a vehicle while it was in the background.

If you skipped iOS 11.2.6, the iOS 11.3.1 update fixes an issue where some third-party apps could fail to connect to external accessories. If you've noticed this problem and you're running iOS 11.2.5 or below, you'll want to install iOS 11.3.1 in the near future. 

If you skipped iOS 11.2.5, your iOS 11.3.1 update comes with bug fixes for several other issues thanks to iOS 11.2.5. These include: 

  • Addresses an issue that could cause the Phone app to display incomplete information in the call list
  • Fixes an issue that caused Mail notifications from some Exchange accounts to disappear from the Lock screen when unlocking iPhone X with Face ID
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Messages conversations to temporarily be listed out of order
  • Fixes an issue in CarPlay where Now Playing controls become unresponsive after multiple track changes
  • Adds ability for VoiceOver to announce playback destinations and AirPod battery level

If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get additional bug fixes with your version of iOS 11.3.1.

Apple's iOS 11.2 update was loaded up with bug fixes including one for the widespread calculator issue where quickly tapping 1 + 2 and the = sign gave the wrong result and a date bug that caused some devices to go into a crash loop.

The iOS 11.2 update also fixed another annoying autocorrect bug that caused the word "it" to change to "i.t." on some devices.

Those are the highlights, and here are the rest of the changes from Apple's official iOS 11.2 change log:

  • Fixes an issue that could cause Mail to appear to be checking for new messages even when a download is complete.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause cleared Mail notifications from Exchange accounts to reappear.
  • Resolves an issue where Settings could open to a blank screen.
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent swiping to Today View or Camera from the Lock Screen.
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent Music controls from displaying on the Lock Screen.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause app icons to be arranged incorrectly on the Home Screen.
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent users from deleting recent photos when iCloud storage is exceeded.
  • Addresses an issue where Find My iPhone sometimes wouldn’t display a map.
  • Fixes an issue in Messages where the keyboard could overlap the most recent message.
  • Fixes an issue in Calculator where typing numbers rapidly could lead to incorrect results.
  • Addressed an issue where the keyboard could respond slowly.
  • Improves VoiceOver stability in Messages, Settings, App Store and Music.
  • Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from announcing incoming Notifications.

If you own an iPhone 7 or an iPhone 7 Plus and you skipped iOS 11.2, iOS 11.2.1, iOS 11.2.2, iOS 11.2.5, and iOS 11.2.6, you probably want to install iOS 11.3.1 right now or in the near future. Here's why.

Apple's iOS 10.2.1 update, released in January of last year, prevented unexpected shutdowns on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE.

iOS dynamically manages the instantaneous performance peaks, only when needed, to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down.

Apple's iOS 11.2 update extended the same capability to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

If you don't want unexpected shutdowns rendering your device unreliable or unusable, think about downloading iOS 11.3.1 today. Just know that it could come at the expense of your device's speed. 


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      09/22/2017 at 8:12 pm

      DO NOT install ios 11! It is a giant step for Apple but a HUGE step back for phone users.
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      11/13/2017 at 10:12 pm

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  4. Pook

    09/20/2017 at 3:32 am

    You actually MUST wait if you’re out of your country.
    I travelled from the US to Ireland and got an update that I wasn’t supposed to get because they do everything by location! Thank goodness it wasn’t bad, but be careful, you can fall into that trap! Maybe because Jony Ive is from the U.K., they get updates first! All I know is I got 10.3.2 before anyone else!!! :)


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  21. Aero

    10/20/2017 at 11:21 am

    Siri is so irritating. The translation feature has a funny example–exactly why this kind of translating often gets it wrong. “Where is the bathroom?” is literally translated. The place someone would point out for you would have nothing to do with a toilet. It would be a place to take a bath.


  22. John Akana

    10/30/2017 at 1:37 pm

    I can’t get any connection on my network or even you tube is so freakin slow or even my Facebook.


  23. Julia Faulkner

    10/30/2017 at 6:41 pm

    I cannot get on WiFi. Tried all suggestions iPad mini 2


  24. John

    11/06/2017 at 4:13 am

    New emojis????? That’s all you care about…..???????
    Why don’t you make a product that….ummm…..works properly!!!!!!!


    • Darrell

      11/08/2017 at 9:27 am

      Exactly. What a waste of time.


  25. Darrell

    11/08/2017 at 9:28 am

    Apple is more concerned about hiding off shore profits than making good products anymore. Sad.


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