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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.

The first four iOS 12 betas come with a long list of 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 could 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 12.4.8 & 9 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 12.4.8 for Better Security

Install iOS 12.4.8 for Better Security

If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.4.8.

Apple says iOS 12.4.8 provides important security updates. Unfortunately, the company hasn't outlined those updates in the detail and it probably won.t   

That said, if you value your device's security, you'll probably want to download the iOS 12.4.8 update right now. 

If you skipped iOS 12.4.7, you get the update's three security patches (two for the Mail app and one for Wi-Fi) with your upgrade to iOS 12.4.8. 

If you skipped iOS 12.4.6 and iOS 12.4.5, you get their security updates (unpublished) with your upgrade.

If you missed the iOS 12.4.4 update, you'll want to download iOS 12.4.8 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 12.4.8 update. You can read about that patch right here

If you skipped iOS 12.4, you get its patches with your iOS 12.4.8 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 12.4.8 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 12.4.8.

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.

The exploit, discovered by researchers in Europe, uses JavaScript to snag data from a device's accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer when the user visits an infected website. If the attack is successful, a device can be tracked around the internet. 

Fortunately, Apple's patched up the issue. If you skipped it, you'll probably want to move to iOS 12.4.8 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 12.4.8. 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 12.4.8 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 12.4.8. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.4.8 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 12.4.8 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:

  • 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 long, if you store sensitive data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you have some really good reasons to upgrade to iOS 12.4.8 today.



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    06/20/2018 at 12:47 am

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  2. Ed Douglas

    07/19/2018 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks for this informative article. I have a 12″ iPad Pro (Wi-Fi) that the first public bets worked well on , but PB 2 and now PB 3 hang during rebooting. This is a shame, as I REALLY live the new iPhone X like gestures introduced. I’m reluctantly dropping out of these betas and waiting for the fall release as I’m tired of having to restore my device time after time. Sigh.

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