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iOS 11.4.1 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

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.

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.

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.

We also recommend keeping an 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 iOS 11.

We’ve also published our mini iOS 11.4.1 reviews for the iPhone XiPhone 7, iPhone 6siPhone 6, iPhone 5s, and the iPhone SE. Check those links for additional feedback.

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.

What’s Next

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.

The final iOS 12 release arrives sometime this fall alongside new iPhones and a new iPad Pro.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 12.1.1 & 10 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 12.1.1 for Better Security

If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.1.1.

If you value your device's security you'll want to install the iOS 12.1.1 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch today. Apple's iOS 12.1.1 update comes with new security patches that will help protect your phone.

In all, there are 17  patches for potential security exploits and you can read about them over on Apple's website

If you skipped iOS 12.1, you'll get its 24 patches with your version of iOS 12.1.1. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.1.1 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 12.1.1 update comes with a 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 website.

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:

  • Enhanced Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari prevents embedded content and social media buttons from tracking cross-site browsing without your permission
  • Suppresses ad retargeting by reducing advertisers’ ability to identify iOS devices uniquely
  • Strong and unique passwords are suggested automatically when creating an account or changing a password in most apps and in Safari
  • Reused passwords are flagged in Settings > Passwords & Accounts
  • Security code AutoFill presents one-time security codes sent over SMS as suggestions in the QuickType bar
  • Sharing passwords with contacts is easier than ever using AirDrop from Passwords & Accounts in Settings
  • Siri supports quickly navigating to a password on an authenticated device 

Long story short, if you store sensitive data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you have some really good reasons to upgrade to iOS 12.1.1 today.

Adam Mills

Adam's been covering consumer technology for a decade with a focus on mobile hardware and software. He's been playing video games since 1987. Prior to joining the team at Gotta Be Mobile he wrote for The Next Web. You can follow him on Twitter or on Google+. You can reach him by email at

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  • When I click on a Pages or Numbers document in the new Files app it launches Google Drive app and prompts me to save them to my Google account. I deleted the Google Drive app and the apps now launch into their respective apps. However, when I re-downloaded the Google Drive app, the incorrect behavior returned. Anyone else who has Google Drive app installed have this issue? I’ve posted this to Apple in two bug reporting locations

  • Since upgrade 11.0.2 I keep getting and error that says iTunes Store error and when I try to go into iTunes all I get is cannot connect! I’ve tried several recommendation but nothing helps. Is there anyone out there that can help and why has Apple not fixed this if they know about it. So frustrating!

  • Since I've installed the iOS 11.0.2 on Wednesday, 10/4/17 I've had problems with my, iPad mini, my iPhone s.e and my Mac Pro. I can't send to receive emails, messages or sign into iCloud. I have been in communications with 3 different people trying to help me. They wrote a ticket to the engineering department. I've never ever been so frustrated with apple as I am now.

    I can't believe that apple would roll out a new software with so many bugs and problems. The real explanation for the long waiting time. I'm afraid that while everything is glitchy and down that my devices may be vulnerable to hackers.

    Don't down load the iOS 11.0.2 !!!!!

  • iOS 11.x (in my case 11.0.2) also broke USB connectivity for hands free and music for 2011/2012 (possibly other years with the same receiver) Hyundai cars/trucks.

    As I have an iPhone 6s, I was able to roll back to 10.3.3, then update to 11.0.1 to repair the issue (but had to upgrade to beta 11.1 first to facilitate the rollback).

    That door will now be closed as 11.0.3 fixes the screen issue with the 6s that Apple left the downgrade to 10.3.3 open for.

    People should also be aware, once you downgrade iCloud backups are no longer possible with your device. Apple also hides any iCloud backups for older iOS revisions. They don't support rolling back.

  • iPhone. Was working fine i did the update now my. Phone don’t work called talk over 3 HOURS TO APPLE THE SAID GO IN STORE BUT NOW I HAVE TO PAY1

  • Since upgrading my iPad my touch screen will not work when I try to play FarmVille 2 country escape. The game loads but will not let me do anything.

  • Very bad battery killer this iOS 11.1.2, my i phone like desktop , it works only with charging cable connection. Need to fix immediately battery drain, WiFi problem & network also....

  • Whenever a new macOS or iOS comes out, I do not upgrade for close to a year, and only when the next OS is going to be launched. That way, I get an ultra-stable macOS and iOS for an entire year, while you wonderful people beta test the latest operating system. Oh, I was once like you, but I learned my lesson a few years ago, and life has been smooth, at least in terms of Apple operating systems.

  • There is another problem in messaging, the time is not shown the exact time when the mesage was sent by someone it only shows current time when you turn on your phone

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