7 Things to Know About the iPhone 6 iOS 11.2.6 Update

Apple’s iPhone 6 iOS 11.2.6 update is a small bug fix upgrade, but it could help, or hurt, your device’s performance.

The company’s latest software update is smaller than its predecessor (iOS 11.2.5), but it comes with two essential fixes including one for a crashing bug.

If you’re currently running iOS 11.2.5 on your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, you get the smallest iOS 11.2.6 change log and download size.

If you still haven’t upgraded from iOS 10 or if you’re running an older version of iOS 11, your version of iOS 11.2.6 will be larger because it’ll deliver the changes from the iOS updates you missed.

The iPhone 6’s iOS 11.2.6 update is currently treating us pretty well, but we’ve run into some problems with Apple’s newest upgrade.

Fellow iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users are also complaining about a variety of issues including abnormal battery drain, issues with Bluetooth, and annoying problems with various applications. We haven’t seen any of those, but we’ve noticed lag and occasional freezes.

Our guide to the iPhone 6 iOS 11.2.6 update goes over these problems and provides fixes to those in need. It also highlights iOS 11 features missing on the iPhone 6 and provides you with a look ahead at Apple’s plans for the iPhone 6 and iOS 11 in 2018.

We’ve been using the iOS 11.2.6 update on the iPhone 6 for a full day now and we want to start with our impressions of its performance on the 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

Our impressions will take you through some quick thoughts about battery life, connectivity, and overall speed.

iPhone 6 iOS 11.2.6 Impressions

iPhone 6 iOS 11.2.6 Impressions

Before we relay our impressions, a few notes about the download and installation process. 

The iPhone 6 iOS 11.2.6 update is a fairly small download if you're coming from iOS 11.2.5. It's just a few megabytes and it should only take you a few seconds to download it. 

The installation process took a little bit longer, just around 6 minutes on our iPhone 6. Exact timing will vary from person-to-person, device-to-device.

If you're installing iOS 11 for the first time, or if you're moving up from an older version of iOS 11, your iOS 11.2.6 download and installation will take longer.

For more on the iOS 11.2.6 download time and installation, take a look at our roundup

The iPhone 6 is getting older, but our device continues to hold up as we push into 2018. 

We've been running iOS 11.2.6 for a short time so we can't speak about long term battery life yet. We can tell you that we haven't noticed any battery drain yet.

Connectivity (Bluetooth, cellular data, and Wi-Fi) remains strong. We've successfully connected the device to Bluetooth devices (headsets and speakers) and several routers including eero.

App performance remains steady. We haven't seen frequent crashes or any catastrophic issues with our core applications. 

Random reboots have been a problem on our iPhone 6, but we haven't experienced any while running iOS 11.2.6. That said, we have run into user interface lag during our short time with iOS 11.2.6. 

Animations are occasionally choppy and we've experienced some keyboard lag when sending texts via Messages. This was a problem for us on iOS 11.2.2 and iOS 11.2.5 as well.

We've also started to notice slowdown when pulling up Control Center and when pulling down Notification Center. 

It's definitely a red flag and we'll keep our eyes on it as we continue to push away from the iOS 11.2.6 update's release.

If you're feeling leery, you might want to wait for additional long-term iOS 11.2.6 feedback to emerge over the next week or so. 

In the meantime, take a look at our list of reasons to and not to install the iOS 11.2.6 update on your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.


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  3. Mandy

    10/05/2017 at 9:15 pm

    My 6s keeps crashing since installing 11 and 11.02
    Apps stop working, phone freezes, phone turns off.
    When calling someone It dials but I can’t hear it ring or it disconnects. Or in middle of convo it turns on.
    This has been the WORST experience with any apple updates I have ever had! I keep looking for next up grading hoping the patches work. 11.02 has turned my perfectly good phone into a unreliable piece of junk. I’m very upset about this!! Any one have suggestions for me?


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    • Steph

      01/14/2018 at 5:50 pm

      I should have learned my lesson by now. This happens every time I update a less-than-new iPhone model. The updates always break my “older” phones so I have to go buy the newest version. No one is surprised by this that that’s F#%ed up! How does Apple get away with this? Anyway, I have the 6, and just did the 11.2.2 update a couple days ago. My issue is basically the same, battery life is mysteriously draining 80% down to 20 out of no where & then shuts off with hardly any time to plug in. Apps are all glitchy, “hey Siri” doesn’t work. It’s really unfair how Apple treats customers. I really should stop buying into their crap but I have invested so much into their apps, music, accessories and what not, it’s hard to break it off.


  6. Jim

    10/17/2017 at 2:15 pm

    Installed a few hours ago, already had modal calendar notification effectively almost freeze the device forcing hard reset, and email is dreadfully, noticeably slower now. #$&*!


  7. Evan

    10/20/2017 at 5:02 pm

    This article had a positive tone but I consider iOS 11 to be high treason. My mint condition iPhone 6 hardware destroyed by a software upgrade of questionable value. How positively Microsoftian.


  8. shihab

    10/29/2017 at 11:52 pm

    plz help me 11.0.3 is bad vry bad my iphone vry heat. i need ios 10.3.3 plz hepl


  9. Dissatisfied

    11/05/2017 at 3:12 am

    I am regretting switching to iOS 11 on my 6 plus (currently running 11.2.0 beta). I can’t think of an app that DOESN’T take 4 to 5 seconds just to open in lag time alone. Want to take a quick picture? Ain’t gonna happen. Texting? Hopefully that text isn’t a rush. Phone call? You better hope it’s not 911 you need. If I downgraded to the last iOS 10 version, not only would I loose a lot of important things since my upgrade, but, Apple would continuously bug me to upgrade my software. I tried that with my iPad. It almost made me late for work a couple of times, because the notification window would pop up and freeze the alarm clock bugging me to install the new iOS. This is almost enough to drive me away from Apple products.


  10. Alan

    11/11/2017 at 7:56 am

    Since I downloaded iOS 11, now on 11.1 my iPhone 6s loses its internet connection when I leave a WiFi area I’m connected to. I then need to switch on airplane mode and off again to connect to my cellular internet and data. Is this a software or hardware problem?


  11. Sharon

    11/19/2017 at 7:46 am

    This is crap!!! Downloaded today. Phone shuts down. Home button doesn’t work. A piece of crap!! downloaded on a 6S.


  12. Markus

    01/10/2018 at 10:04 am

    Just did the most stupid thing possible to my 6+, install this piece of crap !

    I had a perfectly good 6+ running smooth as silk with 8.something, after the update to 11.something 3 days ago I became a completely useless piece of metal, all lagged, keyboard took ages to show and respond, apps crashing, connectivity erratic, quick battery drain, the whole lot, in fact I was about to go shopping for a new android (note8 or mate10pro were my options) and ditch apple forever, being apple full ecosystem user since 2005 !

    To be fair, I have installed, just right now, while writing this, the 11.2.2 update (it couldn’t get any worst) and looks to have improved dramatically, lags gone & back to almost normal responsiveness.

    About the battery issue, will see, when started this note had 55%, did the update, opened and closed some apps, wrote some drafts and is down to 49%, fair to say the update took a relatively big time to install.


  13. José

    02/12/2018 at 11:49 am

    This updates are absolute Shit Apple simply wants to sabotage older models.
    Hope worldwide authorities teaches them a important lesson as they think they are untouchable.
    Abdroid for me


  14. Vrej Khachadourian

    02/17/2018 at 7:26 am

    After update my iPhone 6 the Facebook app it’s disconnecting be it salf, every time when I’m opening the Facebook hardly dowloding and turning off by it’s salf.


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