Apple’s iOS 11.4.1 update fixes several prominent bugs, but its also brought its own collection of problems to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
While some iPhone and iPad users have seen a performance boost, many other iOS 11.4.1 users are running into installation problems, abnormal battery drain, Wi-Fi problems, lag, and issues with Bluetooth.
In this guide we’ll take a look at the iOS 11.4.1 problems currently plaguing Apple’s mobile devices. We’ll also help those of you running into bugs and performance issues on iOS 11.4.1 and previous versions of iOS 11.
This walkthrough will show you where to find potential fixes for the most common iOS 11.4.1 issues. It also lists off some resources that could come in handy if your version of iOS 11 starts acting up.
Our walkthrough also takes you through what to know about the iOS 11.4 downgrade and a few things you can expect from Apple and its iOS updates going forward.
iOS 11.4.1 Problems
The iOS 11.4.1 update is causing problems for some iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. Some of these problems are brand new, others have carried over from previous versions of iOS 11.
iPhone and iPad users have run into various iOS 11.4.1 installation problems including errors in iTunes and frozen downloads. If your iOS 11.4.1 download gets stuck, hard reset your phone or tablet. This typically resolves the issue.
iOS 11.4.1 users are also reporting heavy battery drain, AirPlay issues, Touch ID problems, issues with Face ID, abnormal amounts of lag, problems with sound, missing battery indicators, problems with various first and third-party apps, and issues updating apps from the App Store.
A report from MacRumors reveals a microphone issue impacting select iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models running iOS 11.3.1 and iOS 11.3.
Some iPhone 7 users are seeing a grayed-out speaker button during phone calls and some claim they’re unable to be heard during regular phone calls and FaceTime video calls.
Apple is reportedly aware of the issue, but it’s unclear if the company will fix the issues with a software update. For now, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users dealing with these issues are encouraged to get in contact with Apple customer service and escalate the issue to a senior AppleCare advisor.
— Wanna Get Away (@Wanna2Cry) July 10, 2018
First iOS 11.4.1 bug: Bluetooth connection with AirPods (at least on my case).
I was able to fix it by turning it off from the Settings app for a few seconds though.
— Lee Palisoc (@leepalisoc) July 9, 2018
— Kai Baumgartner (@kaibaumgartner) July 10, 2018
Apple’s official discussion forums, Reddit, and social media sites like Twitter are filling up with complaints about iOS 11.4.1 and we expect to see new problems emerge as we push further away from the update’s release date.
You can’t predict what kind of performance you’ll see on your phone or tablet and that’s why we recommend doing some prep work before you install iOS 11.4.1 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
We’ve put together a step-by-step process and our checklist will take you through everything you should do before jumping to iOS 11.4.1.
iOS 11.4.1 Feedback
As we push away from the iOS 11.4.1 release date it’s important to keep your eyes on feedback coming from your fellow iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners.
Digging into ongoing iOS 11.4.1 feedback will alert you to potential benefits and potential problems.
We’ve put together some reasons to and not to install the iOS 11.4.1 update to help get you started. If you’re on the fence about making the move to iOS 11.4.1, start there.
How to Fix iOS 11.4.1 Problems
If you start running into trouble on iOS 11.0, iOS 11.0.1, iOS 11.0.2, iOS 11.0.3, iOS 11.1, iOS 11.1.1, iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.2, iOS 11.2.1, iOS 11.2.2, iOS 11.2.5, iOS 11.2.6, iOS 11.3, iOS 11.3.1, iOS 11.4, or iOS 11.4.1 there’s no need to panic. You can manually fix most issues from the comfort of a computer chair or couch.
We’ve put together a list of fixes for the most common iOS 11 problems. The list is a great starting point for those of you dealing with iOS 11 issues.
We’ve also released a list of tips that could help you improve your device’s performance and some ways to fix iOS 11 battery life problems.
If you’re unable to find a fix for your issue in those guides, you should go to Apple’s discussion forums for help. If Apple’s forums aren’t helpful, you can get in contact with Apple Support via Twitter or via the company’s website.
If Apple’s online support can’t help, you should schedule an appointment to see a Genius at your local Apple Store. They should be able to diagnose your issue and provide you with a fix or a replacement depending on your warranty.
You Can’t Downgrade from iOS 11.4.1
If you run into trouble on iOS 11.4.1 you’re stuck until Apple rolls out a new version of iOS.
Apple’s stopped signing on iOS 11.4 which means you can no longer use a loophole and downgrade from iOS 11.4.1 in an effort to improve your device’s performance.
Unfortunately the company’s also stopped signing on iOS 11.3.1, iOS 11.3, iOS 11.2.6, iOS 11.2.5, iOS 11.2.2, iOS 11.2, iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, iOS 11.1, iOS 11.0.3, iOS 11.0.2, iOS 11.0.1, iOS 11.0, and iOS 10.3.3.
For more about how the downgrade process works, take a look at our detailed walkthrough.
Apple hasn’t confirmed an iOS 11.4.2 update and we don’t expect it to roll out a iOS 11.5 milestone upgrade this summer. That means iOS 12 could very well be the next update in the pipeline.
The company’s released an iOS 12 beta for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and the upgrade comes with a suite of new features and a focus on reliability and performance. This should be music to the ears of those who have struggled on iOS 11.
Beta software typically isn’t a viable alternative to official software, but those of you struggling on iOS 11.4.1 could try the iOS 12 beta and see if it helps.
Install iOS 12.4.6 for Better Security
If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.4.6.
Apple says the iOS 12.4.6 update includes security patches though the company hasn't outlined them in detail. If you value your device's security, you'll probably want to download the update right now.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.5, you get its security updates (which are also unpublished) with your upgrade to iOS 12.4.6.
If you missed the iOS 12.4.4 update, you'll want to download iOS 12.4.6 in the near future because it brings iOS 12.4.4's security patch to your device. You can read about it right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.3, you get its security patches (also unpublished) with your upgrade.
If you missed iOS 12.4.2, you get an additional patch with your upgrade. You can read about the security contents of iOS 12.4.2 here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.1, you'll get its security patch with your iOS 12.4.6 update. You can read about that patch right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4, you get its patches with your iOS 12.4.6 update.
iOS 12.4 brought 19 security patches to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on Apple's security site.
If you skipped iOS 12.3, your iOS 12.4.6 update carries iOS 12.3's security patches on board. The iOS 12.3 update brought 23 patches and you can read about all of them right here on Apple's site.
If you skipped iOS 12.2, you'll get its security patches with your version of iOS 12.4.6.
iOS 12.2 brought a whopping 41 security patches to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can read more about the iOS 12.2's patches over on the company's website.
It's important to note that Apple's iOS 12.2 update patched up an exploit that allowed websites to use motion sensors to "fingerprint" devices.
Fortunately, Apple's patched up the issue. If you skipped it, you'll probably want to move to iOS 12.4.6 soon.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.4, you get four important security patches including fixes for a widespread FaceTime eavesdropping bug that lets you call someone via FaceTime and hear the audio coming from their phone before they pick up the phone.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.3, you get some additional patches with your version of iOS 12.4.6. Again, they're baked into your upgrade.
Apple lists a grand total of 23 patches on board iOS 12.1.3 and you can read about all of them over on Apple's website.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.1, you'll want to install the iOS 12.4.6 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch today.
The iOS 12.1.1 update brought 17 patches for potential security exploits. They'll will help protect your phone. You can read about them here.
If you skipped iOS 12.1, you'll get the 24 patches from that update with your version of iOS 12.4.6. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.4.6 update brings two additional patches. Both patches are for potential lock screen exploits.
If you skipped iOS 12.0, and you're still running iOS 11.4.1 or below, your iOS 12.4.6 update comes with an even longer list of security updates.
The iOS 12.0 update delivered 16 patches for security issues. You can read about all of them over on Apple's security page.
In addition to those patches, iOS 12 delivers new security features aimed at protecting you and the data you store on your device. These include:
Long story long, if you store sensitive data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you have some really good reasons to upgrade to iOS 12.4.6 today.
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