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4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 12.5.6 & 10 Reasons You Should



Install iOS 12.5.6 If You've Got Problems

Install iOS 12.5.6 If You've Got Problems

If you're dealing with issues on your device, you might want to install the iOS 12.5.6 update right now. 

iOS 12.5.6 doesn't have any known bug fixes of its own, but it could fix performance issues like severe battery drain, broken Wi-Fi connectivity, UI lag, busted Bluetooth, random reboots, lockups and freezes, and various issues with first-party applications.

These fixes aren't listed in the change log, but iOS updates often fix common performance issues and unlisted bugs. 

If you missed an older iOS 12 update, you might get additional bug fixes with your version of iOS 12.5.5.

iOS 12.5.1 brought a bug fix for COVID-19 exposure notifications. Specifically, it fixed an issue where Exposure Notifications could incorrectly display logging profile language.

If you're running software older than 12.4, your iOS 12.5.6 update has its fixes on board. 

iOS 12.4 included a security fix for the Walkie-Talkie app on Apple Watch and re-enabled Walkie-Talkie functionality. So if you use Walkie-Talkie on your Apple Watch, consider downloading the latest firmware.

If you're on software older than iOS 12.3.1, you get its bug fixes with your version of iOS 12.5.6. The iOS 12.3.1 update delivered the following fixes:

  • A fix for an issue that could prevent making or receiving VoLTE calls.
  • A fix for issues in Messages that could cause messages from unknown senders to appear in your conversation list even though Filter Unknown Senders is enabled.
  • A fix for an issue that could prevent the Report Junk link from appearing in Messages threads from unknown senders.

If you're on software older than iOS 12.3, you get iOS 12.3's bug fixes with your iOS 12.5.6 update. If you're dealing with one of these issues, upgrade immediately.

  • Fix an issue that could prevent Apple TV Remote from pausing video, controlling video, or changing volume on supported receivers
  • Fix for an issue that could cause calls made using Wi-Fi calling to drop
  • Fix for an issue where song information from a connected iPhone may not appear in a car’s display

If you're on older software than iOS 12.2, you get iOS 12.2's bug fixes with iOS 12.5.6. Here are the bug fixes that were on board that version of iOS 12:

  • Improved stability and performance of Apple TV Remote on iOS
  • Fix for an issue that prevented some missed calls from appearing in Notification Center
  • Fix for an issue where a badge notification could appear on Settings even though no action is needed
  • Fix for an issue in Settings > General > iPhone Storage where the storage size of some large apps, the System category, and the Other category in the storage bar graph could be incorrect
  • Fix for an issue that could cause Voice Memos to automatically play back recordings after connecting to a car Bluetooth device
  • For for an issue that could cause Voice Memos to temporarily prevent renaming a recording

If you're on software older than iOS 12.1.3, you get iOS 12.1.3's bug fixes for Messages, HomePod, and CarPlay issues. Here's the full list:

  • Fixes an issue in Messages that could impact scrolling through photos in the Details view.
  • Addresses an issue where photos could have striped artifacts after being sent from the Share Sheet.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause HomePod to restart.
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Siri to stop listening.

If you're on software that's older than iOS 12.1.1, you get a longer list of bug fixes with your version of iOS 12.5.6:

  • Fix an issue that prevented visual voicemail from downloading for some customers.
  • Fix for an issue in Messages that could prevent predictive text suggestions when typing on the Chinese or Japanese keyboards.
  • Fix for an issue that could prevent Voice Memos recordings from uploading to iCloud.
  • Fix for an issue where time zones may not have updated automatically.

If you're on software that's older than iOS 12.1, you'll get an even longer list of bug fixes with your version of iOS 12.5.6. iOS 12.1 included the following fixes:

  • Fix for an issue that caused messages to be merged into one thread when two users were signed in with the same Apple ID on multiple iPhones
  • Fix for an issue that prevented some voicemails from appearing in the Phone app
  • Fix for an issue in the Phone app that could cause phone numbers to appear without their corresponding contact name
  • Fix for an issue that could prevent Screen Time from reporting specific websites in the activity report
  • Fix for an issue that could prevent adding or removing family members from Family Sharing
  • Fix for an issue that could cause MDM Device Enrollment to report an Invalid Profile error for some enterprise users

If you're on software that's older than iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.5.6 update comes with additional bug fixes including:

  • Restored the original position of the “.?123″ key on the iPad keyboard.
  • An issue where subtitles may not appear in some video apps.
  • An issue where Bluetooth could become unavailable.

If you're still running iOS 11, there are some great reasons to make the move to the iOS 12 operating system right now. 

The iOS 12 update focused on improving performance. The company's aging iPhone 5s will open apps 40% faster, swipe to the camera from the lock screen 70% faster, show the keyboard faster, and deliver better all-around performance. Other devices benefit as well.

If you own a newer model you'll see sharing options 2x faster and your apps should launch much faster than they did on iOS 11.  

If you're struggling on iOS 12.5.5, or an older version of iOS, you should give iOS 12.5.6 a shot.



  1. Yashaswi

    10/27/2018 at 3:06 am

    iOS 12.0.1 is draining the battery of my phone. My phone is also heating you

  2. Matthew

    11/06/2018 at 8:24 am

    iOS 12.1 has a SERIOUS security flaw, enabling stealing your contacts via a mere phone call!!! DO NOT UPGRADE!!!

  3. Melinda

    12/04/2018 at 11:27 pm

    Fix the Facebook photo orientation please. Landscape photos keep going in portrait mode when using iPad in landscape mode. I am using iPad Pro First generation. 12.9 inch. 128 Gig if that helps.

  4. Melinda

    12/04/2018 at 11:44 pm

    ⬆️ ⬆️ ⬆️ ⬆️ ⬆️

    Using iOS 12.1. Did not have this issue with iOS 12.0.1.

  5. dharmesh pandey

    01/01/2019 at 11:47 pm

    iphone 12.1 is very bad update for me because my APN setting is not seen on my mobile so plz guide me guys

  6. Diana

    02/06/2019 at 10:09 am

    I have an iPhone SE..and now I have the iOS 12.1
    I am really scared to download this new update 12.1.3, because I’m afraid my phone is gonna crash, get really slow, or something else that makes it worse.
    I think I’ll just wait a little bit more., What do you think?
    It does seem like my battery goes down very quickly..and my phone is not that old (I bought it in the fall of 2017..
    Apart from the battery (and that it dies in the cold.. which it actually always have), it works fine.

    But I miss being able to take Live Photo’s on Facetime!! I have nieces and nephews in other countries, so I really want that back. Is that feature on this new update?

    Hope I’ll get some feedback from you guys!☺️ Is it best to just wait with this update?

    – Diana


      02/24/2019 at 9:13 am

      I haven’t updated my ios in a REALLY long time. I’m on 12.1 and I always read about problems that new ios brings and I’m so happy I haven’t updated. I don’t have any problems with connecting to wifi or cellular data and I can still make calls. So it’s up to you if you roll the dice and update. I personally choose not to.


      02/24/2019 at 9:15 am

      Also that new feature screen time could be why your battery drains so fast. Try turning it off.

  7. kezo

    03/21/2019 at 6:11 pm

    this article is bullshit

  8. Billy Dee

    03/26/2019 at 1:10 pm

    Do you guys every provide content without dividing it into multiple pages and 1-2 paragraphs per page? I bet you’d get more quality visitors if you’d actually provide an article on one to two pages. As soon as i see the page 1 of 13 count, I just go elsewhere…

    • Steve McGee

      05/21/2019 at 9:00 am

      This is the most important feedback for this website. It’s such a ridiculous effort to get ANY information out of this stupid site. All redundant paragraphs. Click after click for vague, meaningless, not committed information. Why ever bother?

      • BobbyZ

        09/13/2019 at 2:07 pm

        My thoughts exactly. Article sounds like it was written by an adolescent AI Chinese programmer. Specificilly designed for SEO, told me everything except what I wanted to know.

    • Steve Jobs Sagan

      05/24/2019 at 11:32 am

      Agree with you 100%! The slideshow display should be optional, not the default. Plus, if to be the default, then there should be a single page option.

      I’m not going to waste my time clicking through *15* pages!

      They should have provided a nice table listing the 4 cons and 11 pros!

      • Barbara Tebben

        08/16/2019 at 5:09 am

        i agree. I don’t otimor knowledge to understand an update that is saying tthe same thing over and over. Between that and the pages of advertising I am having difficulty keeping track of what ever new information there is. I also just don’t have the skills to understand what most of the updates.
        If my phone says it will automatically update that is fine. I don’t know what it means or expect me to sit and study and some users expect no futher need to do anything related to update the phone changes and ignore them because they don’t know how to do it. Just expect everything to work.

    • EJR

      06/09/2019 at 7:37 pm

      Rarely do I have to read so many words and get so little useful information. What a WASTE!

      • Dave

        06/28/2019 at 11:44 am

        It’s because the owner of the site signed up for the crappy Google Ads with the hope 1000’s of morons will actually click on a dumb ad.

        Whenever I see a site with Google Ada on it I know it’s crap!

        Dump the ads and get credibility with readers. Content is king and flooding a site with crap ads that net you pennies is foolish.

  9. Raju

    03/27/2019 at 11:53 pm

    I am on 10.3.3
    Should i instal 12.2 or not? please advice.


  10. bhuvnesh pratap singh.

    04/01/2019 at 10:01 pm

    iOS 12.1.2

    how to get rid of system storage of 19GB+ while iPhone 7 phone memory of 32GB is majorly divided into the following factors: photos 5848 — 7.66GB
    System : 19.19GB

    pls, share if any solution anybody has.

  11. Ninja Games

    04/27/2019 at 7:25 am

    After installing IOS 12.2 onto my iphone x i see a massive improvement, however, when installed onto my iphone 6s the improvement was not noticeable at all

  12. Jimmy T

    05/03/2019 at 4:58 am

    Big Issue with 12.2, WI-Fi keeps dropping out and wont reconnect. This is to a network that its been connected to for years. This is on both an 8+ and a pad. Was fine on 12.1. Also when trying the ‘fix’ it refuses to accept the password, nothing apart from IOS121.2 has changed for over 5 years. Come on Apple, this is costing me money on data useage.

  13. anonymous

    05/31/2019 at 11:52 pm

    iOS 12.3.1 broken safari privacy severely. Safari kidnap me to app store app whenever I click app advertisement link, without any popup alert, without asking, without granting. Till iOS 12.3 I was protected from app advertisement link kidnap by popup alert. and I was able to cancel redirection by just clicking cancel button. It is not possible anymore. I am thinking that this issue may not a bug. If apple made this change intentionally, I will leave iOS world and go into android9+ world. At least, Android is not barring me running code for “VPN based DNS blocking”. This is critical to prevent fingerprinting in any mobile OS. iOS environment is no more a specially good for anti fingerprinting. Zeroing advertisement ID is rather a joke. iOS has been being made for just their money not a privacy. Try to think why Apple is exclusively possessing webviewer (webkit) in the html5 generation. for your privacy? No way!

  14. Jessie

    06/17/2019 at 4:27 am

    I am completely confused by apple passwords user names iTunes ring different etc. I am 98 Years. Old so most of the wording means nothing to me. I always get the Pe not correct. Is there anyway I can get allgoing.i I am using an iPad 166 GB

  15. Dianne

    08/09/2019 at 11:46 pm

    If I see “if you skipped …..” one more time . I thought all my updates were current, guess not ‍♀️. Certainly did not deliberately omit them! This article is crap, don’t have time or the brain power to decipher what I SKIPPED, which is a poor selection of words!!! I’m just letting the upgrade download when it downloads and be done with it!!! Agree with the poster who said pro/con list is all we need, not this diatribe of bs!!!

  16. Marc Jeffery

    08/17/2019 at 1:18 am

    Not being funny but this article is fairly useless. It lists all the changes IF you haven’t updated through the various versions of iOS12, which most people have so there’s little point reading it. Rather than having 15 pages of un-needed information, maybe try having 1 page of needed information otherwise it’s a waste of most people’s time. Just sayin’.

  17. Arthur Schueneman

    08/23/2019 at 6:07 pm

    Pretty poor exposition of changes in 12.4. There is more that is important to this user than just security. Apple has a long history of trashing good apps and features when they can make more money by doing so. Just look at what they have done to the music apps over the years. Consumers ofApple products are being treated like sheep when we are not told about changes we might not want, and I think it is the responsibility of any so-called “reviewer “ to provide us with that level of information or get out of the business of writing reviews.

  18. Lê Văn Thanh

    08/30/2019 at 7:18 am

    You are going to lose videos app after you upgrade 12.4.1 iOS version. So you will lost all your video files also.

    • Debra

      09/18/2019 at 1:43 am

      Really? That’s crazy

  19. Andrew Hosking

    09/16/2019 at 4:39 am

    My I phone 7 is performing very poorly. Usually just for general browsing, despite having a strong wi fi connection and / or 4G. “the Circle Of Death” prevails like I’ve never experienced on anything before, really painful experience.
    My near 6 year old I pad air with a chip a good 4 generations behind the phone slaughters my phone for performance. I’ve had enough of it now, and after 10 years of I phones I’m going Android next.

  20. bullet force

    09/27/2019 at 12:44 am

    Strong and unique passwords are suggested automatically when creating an account or changing a password in most apps and in Safari.

  21. Fermano

    03/29/2021 at 7:18 pm

    2 days ago I upgraded my IOS iphone 6 plus to IOS 12.5.2. after install, problems start to appear. Suddenly it likes to restart itself, then Wi-Fi and Bluetooth cannot be activated, until the touch screen is a little problematic. for my case I do not find a battery that runs out quickly. has anyone experienced the same incident. anyone know how to solve this? thank You.

  22. Annoyed

    06/27/2021 at 4:05 am

    Well if you were sitting on the fence about upgrading to iOS 12.5.4… too bad. It seems Apple is forcing it to be installed without approval now. I only ever enact iOS upgrades via iTunes, after having taken a full backup. Tonight my iPhone advised me that it had just finished installing iOS 12.5.4. Thanks, Apple.

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