7 Common iOS 12 Beta Problems & Fixes

iOS 12 beta problems are annoying users who have decided to jump onto the pre-release version of Apple’s next operating system.

Apple’s iOS 12 beta is currently limited to developers, but Apple plans to push the update into its public beta program later this month.

The first two iOS 12 betas feature many exciting changes, but the software is causing a variety of problems ranging from small bugs to performance issues.

If you install the iOS 12 beta on your device there’s a good chance you’ll run into errors, bugs, and issues that impact the performance of your battery, connectivity, and apps. Issues with apps and performance are extremely common and can be tricky to fix.

If you can’t wait for Apple to fix your issue, you’ll need to solve the problem manually or downgrade to iOS 11 and wait for the new version to roll out.

This list of fixes will help get you started and couldfi help you avoid a downgrade back to Apple’s iOS 11 update.

How to Fix iOS 12 Beta Installation Problems

If this is your first time trying an iOS beta, make sure you take a look at our iOS 12 beta installation guide. It will help you avoid installation issues by holding your hand through the entire process.

If your installation suddenly gets stuck, you can try a hard reset and try installing the beta again. You can also try entering recovery mode and restore to a recent version of iOS. After you revert back to an older version of iOS, you can try installing the iOS 12 beta again.

If neither of those steps work for you, you can also try removing the SIM card. This method has worked for a few people, but you should only do this if you’re installing the beta on a secondary device.

How to Fix iOS 12 Beta Bluetooth Problems

If your Bluetooth connectivity starts acting up on iOS 12 beta, here are a few quick workarounds to try.

First open up your Settings app and head to your Bluetooth connections. 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. Once your device forgets the device, try reconnecting.

You can also try resetting your device’s network settings. Here’s how to do this:

  • Go into Settings.
  • Go to General.
  • Scroll down to Reset.
  • Tap Reset Network Settings.

This process will take a few seconds to complete. It’ll also cause your device to forget known connections including Wi-Fi connections so make sure you have your passwords present.

You might also try resetting all of your settings, reverting them back to their factory defaults.

  • Go into Settings.
  • Go to General.
  • Scroll down to Reset.
  • Tap Reset All Settings.

This will also cause your device to forget known connections so, again, make sure you have passwords to your favorite Wi-Fi connections handy.

How to Fix iOS 12 Beta Cellular Data Problems

If your cellular connection (LTE/4G) suddenly becomes unstable while running iOS 12 beta, there’s no need to panic. It might be an outage or it could take a simple tweak to get it working properly.

The first thing to do is check in with your carrier to determine if there is an outage in your area. Follow these links to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon to see if there are widespread issues. If you need to, you should contact their customer service lines. Reps there could provide you with more info.

If you’re positive the issue isn’t related to a carrier outage, try restarting your phone or tablet to see if that jumpstarts the connection.

If you’re still experiencing problems after a restart, head into Settings > About and check for a carrier update. This can sometimes alleviate the issue.

You can also try toggling Cellular Data off and on. To do this, go into Settings > Cellular > Toggle it off. You also might try enabling Airplane Mode on your device for a minute or two in Settings or via Control Center and then check your connection again.

You might also try resetting your Network Settings:

  • Go into Settings.
  • Go to General.
  • Scroll down to Reset.
  • Tap Reset Network Settings.

This will cause your device to forget known Wi-Fi networks so make sure you’ve got your Wi-Fi passwords written down somewhere.

How to Fix iOS 12 Beta Wi-Fi Problems

iOS 12 beta testers are noticing slow speeds and frequent drops. Wi-Fi issues are notoriously hard to fix, but here are a few things to try if you start seeing issues.

First, try unplugging your router for a minute or two. We also recommend looking to see if there is a service outage in your area. You can use Down Detector to find your ISP.

If you’re sure it’s not related to an outage or your router, head into settings and forget the Wi-Fi network giving you problems. Here’s how to do this:

  • Go into Settings.
  • Tap Wi-Fi.
  • Select your connection.
  • Tap Forget this Network at the top of the screen.
  • Type in your password and reconnect.

If the issues persist, head into Settings and reset your network settings.

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Scroll to Reset.
  • Tap Reset Network Settings on the next screen.
  • Type in your password and see if it reconnects.

Apple’s also got its own guide to Wi-Fi problems and you might find a fix that works for you there.

How to Fix iOS 12 Beta App Problems

If you’re having trouble downloading apps or app updates from the App Store, restart your device and try downloading the app or the app update again.

If you’re dealing with app performance problems, you should make sure you’re running the latest version of the app. If that doesn’t solve the issue, try reinstalling the app.

It’s important to note that some apps and services simply won’t run well on pre-release software. App developers won’t release iOS 12 support updates during the beta.

If you’re on the latest iOS 12 beta/version of the app and it isn’t running well, you might have to downgrade to iOS 11.

How to Fix iOS 12 Performance Problems

If you start experiencing an abnormal amount of lag while using iOS 12 beta, please take a look at our guide to fixing performance issues.

If you start noticing freezes and lockups, try restarting your iPhone or iPad. If you’re seeing these issues within a particular application, check for an app update.

If you start noticing stuttering when switching between applications, you should try adjusting the click speed of the home button. To do that, head into your Settings > General > Accessibility > Home Button.

How to Fix iOS 12 Siri Problems

iOS 12 beta users are reporting a few issues with Siri.

Some users are noticing issues with the “Hey Siri” feature. If Hey Siri starts acting up while running iOS 12, here are a few fixes to try.

  • Make sure Hey Siri is turned on. Go to Settings > Siri & Search and make sure it’s enabled.
  • If Hey Siri is enabled, try turning Siri off and restarting the device. Once your device reboots, toggling Siri back on.
  • If neither of those steps work, try resetting all of your Settings. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. This will cause your device to forget Wi-Fi passwords so write those down if you need to.

If Messages won’t when tapping on message content, you’ll need to exit Siri and launch Messages. Apple will likely include a fix for this issue in a future iOS 12 beta.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 11.4 & 8 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 11.4 for Better Security

Install iOS 11.4 for Better Security

The iOS 11.4 update comes with 30+ patches aimed at improving your device's security making it an essential download for most iPhone and iPad users. 

iOS 11.4 also reportedly comes with a USB Restricted Mode that disables the Lightning port on your iPhone or iPad if a device hasn't been unlocked or connected to a computer using a passcode within the last week.

If you missed any of Apple's previous iOS updates, your iOS 11.4 update could come with a lot more.

If you skipped iOS 11.3.1, your iOS 11.4 update comes with iOS 11.3.1's four security patches.

If you skipped iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.4 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 11.4 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 currently 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 11.4.

If you skipped iOS 11.2.5, you'll get 10 additional security patches including one for the malicious chaiOS link exploit.

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 11.4 update includes security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre.

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 11.4 right now.

If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.4 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 11.4 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 11.4 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 11.4 update will come with even more security features.

Apple's first iOS 11 update delivered several patches for potential exploits. iOS 11 also comes with new security features aimed at keeping your data safe.

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 want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to the latest version of iOS. This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.

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