Apple’s iOS 7.1.2 update was released to fix lingering iOS 7.1 problems and problems that the iOS 7.1.1 update brought along with it. However, in the days since its release, we’ve heard numerous iPhone and iPad users complain about iOS 7.1.2 problems and here, we want to tell you how to fix some of the more common issues.
In March, Apple finally took the iOS 7.1 update out of its beta program and delivered it to the public-at-large. The iOS 7.1 update, as many iPhone and iPad owners know, was a much bigger update than most. While it wasn’t on par with iOS 7, it did deliver new features, design tweaks and performance enhancements on top of a ton of bug fixes.
And while iOS 7.1 was pushed out to solve iOS 7 problems, we soon learned that the iOS 7.1 update brought some problems of its own. iPhone and iPad owners ran into an assortment of issues after the iOS 7.1 update including battery life woes, Wi-Fi issues, problems with iMessage, random reboots, and more. Those just scratch the surface.
In an effort to quell these issues, Apple rolled out iOS 7.1.1. The update rolled out in April with several fixes on board. Unfortunately, iOS 7.1.1 brought some problems of its own and failed to fix lingering iOS 7.1 issues. We heard a ton of complaining in the weeks leading up to July and it now appears that Apple listened to those pleas.
Last week, Apple rolled out iOS 7.1.2, another bug fix update for iOS 7.1 and an update that offers a trio of bug fixes for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. You can probably see where this is going.
Yes, the iOS 7.1.2 update also delivered problems for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners. We’ve touched on a number of those issues which range from abnormal battery drain to problems with cellular data.
With an iOS 7.1.3 update out of the picture and an iOS 8 release slated for the fall, those struggling with iOS 7.1.2 problems must gamble on temporary fixes to alleviate some of these problems. While we don’t have the remedy to every single iOS 7.1.2 problem, we do have some potential fixes for common iOS 7.1.2 issues.
Keep in mind, these fixes aren’t guaranteed to work but they are certainly worth a shot if you performance has taken a hit after installing the iOS 7.1.2 update on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
How to Fix iOS 7.1.2 Installation Problems
iPhone and iPad users were extremely vocal about iOS 7.1.2 installation problems on release day and in the days after the update’s arrival. The issues are similar. During the installation process, the iOS 7.1.2 update hangs up and refuses to complete. We’ve already pointed out this fix numerous times but there are still plenty of people that have yet to upgrade to iOS 7.1.2 so let us point it out again.
If you are unable to install iOS 7.1.2, all you need to do is perform a hard reset. To do this, hold down the power button and the home button for about 10 seconds, until the Apple logo shows up and the phone reboots. This should dislodge this issue and should allow you to continue on in the iOS 7.1.2 installation process.
We’ve received tons of positive feedback about this fix so we’re confident that this is going to solve most, if not all, iOS 7.1.2 installation issues. As we pointed out in our reviews, we installed iOS 7.1.2 without problems.
How to Get Better iOS 7.1.2 Battery Life
iPhone and iPad owners consistently complain about the negative impact that iOS updates have on their battery life and iOS 7.1.2 did not escape their wrath. There isn’t a guaranteed fix for these issues but there are a few things that we recommend trying in an effort to calm these issues.
There are a few things to try but the first is a quick and easy fix. Here is what you need to do:
- Tap on Settings.
- Tap on General.
- Scroll down and Tap on Reset.
- Tap on Reset all Settings.
- Enter passcode if prompted.
This will reset all of your settings so the process is going to take a few minutes to complete. And while it’s not guaranteed to fix your battery life problems, there is a chance that things will improve.
If that doesn’t work, check out our extensive list of iOS 7.1 battery life tips. They could help resolve your issues and who knows, they might just help you formulate some better habits.
How to Fix iMessage Problems in iOS 7.1.2
iMessage problems have popped up after every single iOS 7 update. Some users are able to receive iMessages but not send them and some aren’t able to receive them or send them. We’ve run into iMessage issues in iOS 7.1.2 ourselves. Messages, for whatever reason, are delivered hours later or not at all. Fortunately, there are some fixes to try.
The first thing to try is toggling iMessage off an on. If that doesn’t work, try rebooting the phone. If neither of those work, it’s time to reset the device’s network settings. (Both of these have worked for us in the past.)
To do that, head into Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. The phone will reboot, and while you’ll lose your stored Wi-Fi networks, reentering a Wi-Fi password is a small price to pay for working iMessages.
How to Fix iOS 7.1.2 Wi-Fi Issues
For the past two years, Apple’s discussion forum have been rife with complaints about Wi-Fi issues. iPhone and iPad users have complained about a wide variety of issues from grayed out Wi-Fi to unstable connections. From the look of things, it appears that many of those issues persist in iOS 7.1.2.
There is a chance that the fixes that worked in iOS 6 will work with iOS 7.1.2. Users saw success with these fixes last year and they are worth a shot this time around as well.
We also suggest trying to reset the network settings on the iPhone or iPad. To do that head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. This isn’t a guaranteed fix but it’s certainly one to try if Wi-Fi isn’t playing nice.
If that doesn’t work, it could be a problem with a router. We suggest making sure the router’s firmware is up-to-date. If it is, try resetting it. Some people have had success with that. Older routers seem to have issues with newer iOS updates so it’s possible that a router, not iOS 7, is to blame.
How to Fix Problems with Apps in iOS 7.1.2
While we haven’t heard a ton of complaints about app performance in iOS 7.1.2, there are enough to warrant a mention here. App instability is common after iOS updates and there are a few things that iPhone and iPad owners can try in an attempt to alleviate them.
First, make sure your applications are updated. Developers like Facebook are getting better about keeping their apps up-to-date with bug fixes and enhancements and you’ll want to ensure your apps have the latest fixes. You can simply turn on automatic App Store updates if you don’t want to do it yourself. This will update your apps automatically and ensure that they are always on the latest version with the latest bug fixes.
We’ve also heard that flipping off Background App Refresh has had positive results. To do that, head to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and flip it off. This actually might help your battery life settle down as well.
If none of this works and you can’t find a solution on Apple’s discussion forums, we have two recommendations. First, take the iPhone or iPad to a Genius Bar at your local Apple Store. They’ll help you diagnose the problem.
If you don’t want to do that, well, then it might be worth performing a factory reset. Factory resets will wipe your device clean.
To do that choose Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. This will wipe everything from the iPhone or iPad, so back up before you do this, even though we recommend not performing from a restore. Setting up all of your accounts and apps is time-consuming, but it may be the fastest way to fix bad iOS 7.1.2 problems.