Apple’s fixed a lot of iOS 11 beta problems but its latest beta, iOS 11 beta 6 (beta 5 for public beta users), is causing problems for some testers.
Installing the iOS 11 beta might be tempting but most iPhone and iPad users should avoid the iOS 11 beta and stick to official iOS 10 software.
The beta process has squashed a ton of bugs but the company’s latest, iOS 11 beta 6, is plagued with a variety of problems. Some of these issues are tiny bugs, others could disrupt your workflow and your day-to-day use.
If you’re interested in trying the iOS 11 beta it’s important to get familiar with the issues impacting testers. And if you’re running into iOS 11 beta problems, you might be looking for help. You have a bunch of resources available to you, you just need to know where to look.
Our guide to iOS 11 beta problems looks at the current state of the issues. It also 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.
The walkthrough also offers a look at what’s next from Apple in terms of fixes for iOS 11 beta problems.
iOS 11 Beta Problems
The iOS 11 beta isn’t perfect, far from it actually.
New bug at iOS 11 public beta 3. Just look where is time, network, and battery status…! pic.twitter.com/9UG3zwoTPd
— Rajat Verma (@RajatVerma78472) August 1, 2017
Still had terrible battery drain overnight using iOS 11 beta 5. Guess I’m gonna have to restore and set up as new to see if that helps. Ugh
— Adam I (@iAdam1n) August 8, 2017
Just updated my phone…in iOS 11 beta 5, the lag is still very present when force touching an icon…
— Sirhcx (@xaqt93) August 8, 2017
— Karthik Jayakumar (@karthikjai) August 10, 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.
Apple’s iOS 11 beta 5 fixes some of the beta’s early issues including an annoying problem with the DirectTV but there are a number of known bugs on board. Here are a few known issues from the beta 6 change log:
- MobileIron Mobile@Work may crash on launch.
- Tweetbot may not be able to post tweets containing photos that have been recently taken.
- Square Cash may crash on or shortly after launch.
- Some accounts using a phone number as the Apple ID may be unable to add certain payment types.
- iPad prepaid data plan purchases made on the device may fail on a cellular connection.
- In some cases when restoring from an iTunes backup, app icons and names may be missing until app sync and installation is complete.
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 to iOS 10.3.3
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 one iOS update: iOS 10.3.3. The company is no longer signing off on the older iOS 10.3.2 update. This means you can only downgrade to iOS 10.3.3 if your version of iOS 11 beta is too buggy.
This is a permanent change. The company won’t bring back iOS 10.3.2 or any of its older iOS updates. They are gone forever.
If you’re interested in downgrading from the iOS 11 beta to iOS 10.3.3, 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 of these issues in future beta releases.
Apple typically releases new beta software every two weeks, usually on Monday’s around 10AM Pacific. This pattern could change as Apple ramps up testing ahead of the final release.
iOS 11 beta 6 was released just one week after iOS 11 beta 5 and we could see rapid fire releases as Apple prepares for its next iPhone launch.
Look for the final iOS 11 release to emerge (with its own set of problems) in September.
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 lurking in the latest iOS 11 beta, make sure you report it to Apple.