iOS 11.4 beta problems are plaguing beta testers and this guide will show you how to fix the most common issues.
The guinea pigs testing the pre-release version of Apple’s new iOS 11.4 update are complaining about severe battery drain, Wi-Fi issues, problems with various first and third-party apps, lag, random reboots, installation issues, and various other issues.
While some iOS 11.4 beta problems might require a downgrade to an older version of iOS 11, others simply might require a few seconds or a few minutes of your time.
Today we want to rundown the most common iOS 11.4 beta issues we’ve come across and show you how to (potentially) fix them on in a matter of minutes.
It’s impossible to predict when you’ll see a problem appear on your device so you’ll want to keep a list of fixes handy as the update progresses through testing ahead of the official iOS 11.4 release date.
How to Fix iOS 11.4 Beta Installation Problems
Before you install the iOS 11.4 beta on your device you should take a look at our pre-installation guide. It will help you avoid problems.
Installation problems are extremely common and some users are running into trouble with the iOS 11.4 beta.
If you’re trying to install the iOS 11.4 beta and the installation gets stuck on the Apple logo with no way out, here’s what you probably need to do.
To fix this we’ve had to enter recovery mode and restore to a recent version of iOS. It might take several tries, but the phone should eventually revert to a blank slate. After this, you should able to install the iOS 11.4 beta properly.
If you don’t want to go through all of that yet, you can also try removing the SIM card to see if that helps the installation along. This method has worked for a few people. You should only do this if you’re installing the iOS 11.4 beta on a secondary device.
If it’s the iOS 11.4 beta download that’s getting stuck, try holding down the home button and the power button (if you own an iPhone 7, hold down the volume down and power button) at the same time.
Your device will power down and restart and then you should be able to get the process rolling again.
How to Fix iOS 11.4 Beta Bluetooth Problems
If you can no longer connect your iOS 11.4 beta-powered device to your Bluetooth headset or speakers, try one of these ancient remedies.
Head into the Settings app and go into Bluetooth. Tap on the blue i in the circle next to the Bluetooth connection giving you problems and tap Forget This Device on the next screen. Try reconnecting.
If this quick fix doesn’t work, try resetting your device’s network settings. Head into Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. This process will take a few seconds to complete and your device will forget known Bluetooth devices. Try reconnecting.
If this doesn’t help, try resetting all of your settings. Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. This will revert your settings to factory defaults which means your device will forget all of the stored Wi-Fi passwords. Make sure you have those handy before you try this step.
If you’re dealing with iOS 11.4 beta Bluetooth problems in the car, try these fixes but you also might need to consult your car’s manual and/or your car’s dealer for a potential fix.
How to Fix iOS 11.4 Beta Cellular Data Problems
If your cellular data (LTE, 4G, etc) speeds are slower than normal and/or your connection is unstable, here are a few things to try.
If you’re sure it’s not an outage, try a simple restart. Hold down the power button, swipe to turn it off, hold the button down again to power back on. If you’re still experiencing problems, head into Settings > About and check for a carrier update.
If that doesn’t work, try toggling Cellular Data off and on. Go to Settings > Cellular > Toggle it off. You also might try enabling Airplane Mode for a minute in Settings or Control Center. Turn it off and check your connection.
You might also try resetting your Network Settings. Head into Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
How to Fix iOS 11.4 Beta Wi-Fi Problems
iOS 11.4 beta testers are running into a variety of Wi-Fi issues. Some users are seeing slow speeds, others are experiencing frequent drops. Wi-Fi issues are notoriously hard to fix but here are a few fixes to try if things go awry.
First, you’ll want to make sure it’s not a router/Internet Service Provider (ISP) problem. If your Wi-Fi connection starts acting up, try unplugging your router for a good minute before testing again. We also recommend looking to see if there is a service outage in your area.
If you’re positive it’s not an outage or a router issue, you’ll want to grab your device and head into the Settings app and have your Wi-Fi passwords handy.
Go into Settings > Wi-Fi > Select your connection > and Tap Forget this Network at the top of the screen. Reconnect if you can and check for problems.
If you’re still noticing issues, head into Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. This will cause your device to forget saved passwords so, like we said, have those handy.
If these fail you, Apple’s got its own guide to Wi-Fi problems. You might find a fix that works for you there.
How to Fix iOS 11.4 Beta AirPod Problems
If your AirPods won’t connect to your iOS 11.4 beta-powered device or if only one AirPod connects, try this.
Take both of your AirPods out, put them both inside the case, close the case, wait 5-10 seconds, and then slowly take them out with the case next to phone.
How to Fix iOS 11.4 Beta Touchscreen Problems
If your device’s screen starts to lag or if it becomes unresponsive when using the iOS 11.4 beta, here’s a fix that’s worked for us.
If your screen stops responding to touches and swipes, hold down the power button and home button (volume down and power button on an iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus, like this on the iPhone 8/iPhone 8 Plus and like this on the iPhone X) at the same time. Your phone will reboot in a few seconds and the touchscreen problems should be gone.
If it doesn’t work the first time, try it again until it works. In the past, its taken as many as three hard resets.
How to Fix iOS 11.4 Beta Lag & Random Reboots
If you are dealing with iOS 11.4 beta performance issues like lag, random reboots, and lockups, we’ve got you covered.
We recently put together a list of ways to improve poor iOS 11 performance if a simple restart fails to dislodge the problem(s).
If you’re experiencing stuttering when switching applications, try adjusting the click speed of the home button. To get that done, head into your Settings > General > Accessibility > Home Button.
How to Fix iOS 11.4 Beta Battery Life Problems
We haven’t noticed any issues but some iPhone and iPad users are noticing iOS 11.4 beta battery drain. Battery issues are common and they will plague every single iOS 11.4 beta Apple puts out.
If you start to notice abnormal battery drain out of nowhere, take a look at our list of fixes for bad iOS 11 battery life. Our guide walks you through the steps you’ll want to take before giving up.
How to Fix iOS 11.4 Beta App Problems
If you’re having trouble downloading apps or app updates from the App Store, restart your device and try the download again. It should work. If your download is still stuck, rapidly tap “Update” on an app before the “Open” symbol appears.
If you’re dealing with app performance problems, make sure the app is up-to-date with the latest bug fixes. If that doesn’t help, try reinstalling the app giving you issues.
Many apps and services won’t work well with pre-release software and many developers won’t release iOS 11.4 beta compatibility updates.
If these fixes don’t help and your problems become unbearable, you’ll need to downgrade.
How to Fix iOS 11.4 Beta Sound Problems
If your sound suddenly cuts out while you’re on the home screen or while you’re using an application, don’t panic. You should be able to fix the issue in seconds.
Restarting your phone or tablet should alleviate the issue. Hold down the power button, slide to turn off, power the device back on and check. You should also try toggling Bluetooth off and on to see that that fixes your issue.
If these sound problems are taking place in a specific app, check to make sure you’re on the latest version of the app.
We also recommend taking a peek at your speaker grille to make sure debris isn’t causing the issue. If you notice something, carefully remove it to see if that improves your device’s sound.
How to Fix iOS 11.4 Beta Problems If Nothing Works
When Apple releases a new iOS 11.4 beta, download it. We expect upcoming iOS 11.4 betas to come with a variety of bug fixes.
If you’re on the current iOS 11.4 beta and you can’t get a handle on whatever it is plaguing your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you might try dropping back down to stable, official iOS software.
If you’re unfamiliar with the downgrade process, take a look at our walkthrough. It will hold your hand through the steps you need to take to get back to stable software.
Install iOS 11.3.1 for Better Security
Apple's iOS 11.3.1 update comes with four known security patches for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models capable of running iOS 11.
If you skipped iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.3.1 update comes with 27 additional patches for potential exploits. Those of you lingering on iOS 11.2.6 would be wise to make the move sooner rather than later.
If you missed iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.3.1 update also includes a new privacy feature. When an Apple feature wants to use your personal information, an icon now appears with a link to access detailed information about how your data will be used and protected.
If you're running iOS 11.2.5 or older, you're exposed to an issue that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iOS-powered device and block access to the Messages app. It can also block apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Outlook, and WhatsApp.
The iOS 11.2.6 update's main purpose was to patch up this issue. If you skipped iOS 11.2.6, you'll get these enhancements with iOS 11.3.1.
If you're running iOS 11.2.2 or below and receive a certain GitHub link through your Messages app, your iPhone or iPad can lockup or respring. The Messages app will also become unusable.
If you're on iOS 11.2.1, your iOS 11.3.1 update includes security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre. If you're running an older version of iOS, your iOS 11.3.1 update will come with a lot more.
Apple's iOS 11.2 update fixed several problems, but it also brought problems of its own including a potentially nasty zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability.
The vulnerability, discovered by Tian Zhang, allowed for unauthorized control of HomeKit accessories including garage door openers and smart locks.
Apple quickly rolled out a server-side fix, but the company restored full functionality with the release of iOS 11.2.1. If you skipped iOS 11.2.1 and use HomeKit, you should download iOS 11.3.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.3.1 update. Apple's iOS 11.2 update delivered 11 patches including one for Mail and one for Wi-Fi.
The iOS 11.2 and iOS 11.2.1 updates also patched up a widespread security issue called "Meltdown." Apple says its analysis suggests it "has the most potential to be exploited."
Meltdown affects all iOS 11 powered devices so we highly recommend downloading iOS 11.3.1 if you skipped iOS 11.2.
If you skipped iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, and iOS 11.1, you'll get additional patches with your iOS 11.3.1 update.
The iOS 11.1 update delivered eight security patches including a fix for a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability called KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack. KRACK is an exploit that targets the common WPA2 encryption protocol.
If you're just now making to move from iOS 10 (or whatever you're on) to iOS 11, your iOS 11.3.1 update will come with even more security features.
In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust.
If you skipped older versions of iOS, your iOS 11.3.1 update will come with an even longer list of security patches.
Apple's iOS 10.3.3 update delivered 24 security patches addressing potential issues with Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari. It also included a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit called "Broadpwn."
If you skipped iOS 10.3.2 you'll get 23 additional patches with iOS 11.3.1. And if for some reason you missed iOS 10.3, you'll get 60 security patches with your iOS 11.3.1 update.
If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to iOS 11 and iOS 11.3.1 soon.
This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.