Pre-release software is almost always riddled with bugs and performance problems so it’s not surprising to see a growing list of iOS 11 beta problems.
The iOS 11 release date is confirmed for the fall but iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners can try the software early via Apple’s iOS 11 beta.
The iOS 11 beta and its list of new features are tempting but most iPhone and iPad users should avoid the iOS 11 beta, at least for the moment.
The second version (beta 2) of Apple’s iOS 11 update is, like its predecessor, plagued with a variety of problems. Some of these issues are tiny bugs, others could disrupt your workflow or your day-to-day use.
We expect Apple’s public iOS 11 beta to be more stable than the developer release but it will almost certainly cause problems of its own.
Our guide to iOS 11 beta problems takes a look at the current state of the issues, offers some potential fixes for the most common iOS 11 beta issues, and provides some resources that could come in handy if you start to see trouble with your version of the iOS 11 beta.
It also looks at what’s next for those of you using the iOS 11 beta and those looking to try a more stable version of Apple’s pre-release software.
iOS 11 Beta Problems
The iOS 11 beta isn’t perfect, far from it.
Before you download it on your device, note that many iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users are complaining about a wide variety of issues with the first beta.
iOS 11 beta 1 battery life = terrible #WWDC2017
— Billy Ellis (@bellis1000) June 6, 2017
don’t download ios 11 beta my battery percentage is getting lower every other minute
— ㅤ (@beIIcmy) June 7, 2017
Anyone else having issues with enabling Bluetooth on iPhone 6S on iOS 11 beta
— azamsharp (@azamsharp) June 7, 2017
In other iOS 11 beta news, Wifi doesn’t work on my iPhone right now, and may Apple Watch battery is at 18% after about 18 hours of wear.
— Matt Birchler (@mattbirchler) June 7, 2017
This battery on the first beta of iOS 11 is absolutely horrendous! I hope beta 2 comes out today!
— Tony Trenkle Jr. (@DoubleT2323) June 19, 2017
I hope we get an #iOS 11 beta on Tuesday. I could use some battery life and fewer sporadic restarts.
— Archimage (@Archimage) June 18, 2017
The running list of problems features various installation issues which include a frustrating Unable to Verify Update error, severe battery drain, Wi-Fi issues, busted Bluetooth, UI lag, freezes, problems with auto-brightness, various issues with widgets and notifications, and random reboots.
iOS 11 beta users are also complaining about app crashes and compatibility issues. The Photos app, a core application for most iPhone, has crashed numerous times during our brief time with the iOS 11 beta. Other troublemakers include the new Podcasts app, Chrome, Twitter, and Spotify.
Beta testers on MacRumors discussion forums have also uncovered some annoying bugs lurking in the iOS 11 beta 2. These include:
- Buggy 3D Touch (We’ve confirmed this on our devices running iOS 11).
- Issues with Safari content blockers.
- Weird issues with haptic feedback.
We expect the list of problems to grow as more people find and install Apple’s beta software. The beta is currently limited to developers but it’ll open up to the general public before the end of June.
It’s difficult to predict what kind of issues you’ll see on your phone or tablet once you download the beta so you’ll want to be extremely careful, especially if this will be your first time trying pre-release software.
Where to Find Feedback
As the beta progresses you’ll want to keep tabs on the beta’s performance. If you’re on the beta or if you’re thinking about installing it, you’ll want to dig into feedback from fellow beta testers.
Digging into iOS 11 beta feedback will alert you to potential benefits of the beta. It’ll also provide you with information about the problems plaguing your device.
New software has a tendency to cause problems on older devices so if you own an older model like the iPhone 5s, you’d be wise to wade through iOS 11 feedback before jumping from official software to the beta.
To help get you started, we’ve put together some reasons to and not to install the iOS 11 beta update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
You’ll also want to keep eye on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter/Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for additional feedback about the current version of the iOS 11 beta.
How to Fix iOS 11 Beta Problems
While some iOS 11 beta problems might require an app update or a downgrade, others can be fixed manually from the comfort of your couch or computer chair.
We’ve put together a list of the most common iOS 11 beta problems and fixes for those issues. It’s a good place to start if you notice battery drain, Wi-Fi issues, or problems with Bluetooth.
If you’re dealing with performance issues (lag, lockups, etc) take a look at our list of tips to improve the iOS 11 beta’s performance on your device.
If you don’t find what you’re looking for in our guides, you should go to Apple’s discussion forums for help.
You Can Downgrade from iOS 11 Beta
If you can no longer tolerate the iOS 11 beta problems plaguing your phone or tablet, you might think about making the downgrade to an official version of iOS.
Apple is currently signing off on two iOS updates, iOS 10.3.1 and iOS 10.3.2, which means you can downgrade to either one of those if iOS 11 beta is too buggy.
If you’re interested in downgrading from the iOS 11 beta, take a look at our walkthrough. It’ll hold your hand through the entire process.
Problems will plague the iOS 11 update throughout the beta process but you can expect Apple to fix some bugs in future beta releases.
Apple typically releases new beta software every two weeks, usually on Monday’s around 10AM Pacific. New betas will come with bug fixes but they’ll also come with their own collection of bugs and issues.
We expect future iOS 11 beta’s to be more stable than the initial offerings so if you’re concerned about these issues, it might be a good idea to wait.
Again, Apple plans to release a public beta in a few days (we’d circle this coming Monday on the calendar) and in our experience, public betas have been more stable than developer versions of pre-release software.
Apple’s next iOS 10 update will be iOS 10.3.3. The next iOS 11 beta release will be beta 3.
Install iOS 11 Beta If You Want to Improve the Final Version
Have you ever installed a new iOS update only to discover problems on board your device? If you've experienced frustrating iOS problems, you might want to give the iOS 11 beta a shot.
The iOS 11 beta lets you try out new features but it also helps Apple improve the software ahead of the release in the fall.
Your beta testing could prevent a major problem or a minor bug from appearing in the final iOS 11 release for your device.
If you're sick and tired of running into problems with iOS updates, do something about it. Download the iOS 11 beta and hunt for bugs.
If you find something, make sure you report it to Apple.