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iOS 12 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know



Apple’s iOS 12.5.6 update is causing issues for some iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners

iOS 12.5.6 is an extremely small update, but some users are running into big problems after installing Apple’s latest iOS 12 firmware.

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users are dealing with installation issues, abnormal battery drain, lag, connectivity issues, and problems with Touch ID. These are all common iOS problems and most of them can be fixed in minutes.

In this guide to iOS 12.5.6 problems we’ll take you through the most glaring issues. Our walkthrough will also show you where to find potential fixes for the most common iOS 12 problems and direct you to a few resources that could come in handy if and when you run into trouble.

We’ll also touch on the state of the iOS 12 downgrade and a few things you can expect from Apple and the next version of iOS.

iOS 12.5.6 Problems

While some iOS 12.5.6 problems are brand new, others have carried over from previous versions of iOS 12.

The iOS 12.5.6 download is getting stuck on some iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models. If this happens, you’ll want to hard reset your device. This usually resolves the problem and gets the download moving again.

We’re also seeing reports about Wi-Fi and Bluetooth issues, GPS problems, 3D Touch problems, landscape problems, user interface lag, lockups, freezes, app crashes, and AirPlay problems.

Months ago, Apple acknowledged a widespread, extremely problematic, eavesdropping FaceTime issue impacting several versions of iOS 12 (iOS 12.1-iOS 12.1.3).

In a nutshell, the bug lets you call someone via FaceTime and hear the audio coming from their phone before they pick up the phone.

Apple addressed the problem in iOS 12.1.4 and those who want to continue using Group FaceTime must download a newer version of iOS 12 for it to work. The feature is permanently disabled on iOS 12.1-iOS 12.1.3.

Some iOS 12.1.4 users were still having issues with Group FaceTime, but Apple’s iOS 12.2 update fixed them. If you’re running software older than iOS 12.2, make sure you download iOS 12.5.6. The fixes from iOS 12.2 are baked into your upgrade.

If you’re running iOS software older than iOS 12.2, you must download iOS 12.5.6 if you want to use Group FaceTime.

If you haven’t downloaded iOS 12.5.6 yet, we recommend preparing your device for the download. A little prep can go a long way toward preventing problems.

To assist you we’ve put together a step-by-step pre-installation process and our checklist will take you through the most important things you need to do before you install iOS 12.5.6.

Where to Find Feedback

If you’re running iOS 12.5.6 or you’re thinking about upgrading, it’s important to dig into feedback from those using the updates. This feedback will alert you to potential problems and potential benefits as well.

We’ve released our list of reasons to and not to install the iOS 12.5.6 update right now and it will help get you started. If you’re on the fence about making the move to iOS 12.5.6, this is a good starting point.

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.

How to Fix iOS 12 Problems

Some iOS 12.5.6 problems can be fixed in minutes.

If you’re running into trouble on iOS 12.5.6, there’s no need to panic. We’ve put together a list of fixes for the most common iOS 12 problems. It’s a great place to start.

We’ve also released a list of tips that could help you improve your device’s performance and also one that outlines ways to fix iOS 12 battery life problems.

If you’re unable to find a fix for your problem in our 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 services fail you, you might want to schedule an appointment to see a Genius at your local Apple Store if it’s open.

They should be able to diagnose your issue in minutes and provide you with a fix or a replacement depending on your warranty and problem.

You Can Downgrade from iOS 12.5.6

If you run into trouble on iOS 12.5.6 note that you can downgrade to the previous version of iOS 12.

Apple’s currently signing on iOS 12.5.5 which means you can drop back down to the software in an attempt to improve your device’s performance.

Unfortunately, the company’s closed off the downgrade path back to iOS 12.5.4, iOS 12.5.3, and older versions of iOS which means there’s no way back to those updates.

For more about how the downgrade process works, take a look at our detailed walkthrough.

What’s Next

If you’re running into problems on iOS 12 and you’re using an iPhone 6s or newer, you should upgrade to iOS 15. If you’re using a newer iPad model, you should upgrade to iPadOS 15.

iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 come with performance upgrades and they could have a noticeable impact on your device’s overall performance.

If you’re using an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, or iPod touch sixth-gen, you’re stuck with iOS 12.

It’s unclear when Apple plans to release a new version of iOS 12. We could see Apple release a new version of iOS 12 down the road, but that’s far from guaranteed.

If your device is really struggling on iOS 12.5.6, keep an eye out for a new release.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 15.7.9 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 15.7.9 for Better Security

Install iOS 15.7.9 for Better Security

If security is important to you, you'll want to think about installing Apple's iOS 15.7.9 update right away.

iOS 15.7.9 brings a new security patch to iPhone. It addresses an issue where hackers could gain access via PassKit (Apple Wallet) image. For more information, head over to Apple's website.

As for older updates, iOS 15.7.8 had 10 security patches on board. These patches are essential if you want to keep your device and its data safe from harm. Apple's outlined the changes in detail and they're worth a look.

iOS 15.7.7 brought three security patches to iPhone models lingering on iOS 15. For more about them, head over to Apple's security site.

iOS 15.7.6 had several security updates on board. For more information about those patches, head here.

The iOS 15.7.5 update patched up actively exploited vulnerabilities making it an extremely important upgrade for your iPhone. To learn more about the patches, check out Apple's guide.

iOS 15.7.4 brought important security fixes to older iPhone models as well. If you want to learn more about these changes, check out Apple's guide.

iOS 15.7.3 also brought a batch of security patches to iPhone. You can learn more about these changes right here.

iOS 15.7.2 brought numerous patches along with it. For more about them, head over to Apple's website for more details.

iOS 15.7.1 update brought 17 security patches with it while iOS 15.7 delivered 11 security patches to iPhone. If you want a look at the details, head over to Apple's security site for more information.

If you missed iOS 15.6.1, it had two security patches on board. You can read more about the pair on Apple's website.

If you missed Apple's iOS 15.6 update, it had 30+ security upgrades on board. You can learn more about them right here.

If you missed iOS 15.5 it brought 27 new security patches to the iPhone. You can learn more about these patches over on Apple's security site.

If you missed iOS 15.4.1, it had one new security patch on board. You can read more about it over on Apple's website

If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. If you want to learn more about these patches, head on over to Apple's security site for the particulars

If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more about it, head over to Apple's security page

If you missed iOS 15.3, you'll also get its patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches to iPhone users. If you're interested in the details, you can read more about them right here.

If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you'll get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about the change over on Apple's website

If you missed Apple's iOS 15.2 update, you'll get its 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about them over on the company's security site

iOS 15.2 also included some important upgrades to privacy. The software brought the company's App Privacy Report to Settings. This lets you see how often your apps have accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts and more during the last seven days. You can also see their network activity. 

In addition, iOS 15.2 brought Apple's communication safety features for kids. You'll find these features in the Messages app, in Siri, in Spotlight, and in Search. 

If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.7.9 will bring its security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about them on Apple's website

If you missed iOS 15.0.2 you'll also get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it right here.

iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you'll be moving up from iOS 14 and you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.

Apple's updated its website with new information about iOS 15's batch of security patches. The company now says the software patched up an issue that could have exposed a user's private Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also says iOS 15 patched up an issue that allowed apps to override Privacy preferences.

If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.7.9 update as well. 

In addition to those patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Siri. Requests made to Siri are now processed on the device itself using Neural Engine. This makes it more secure. 

If you're an Apple Card user, you'll now get a security code that changes regularly to use when you make online transactions. 

Apple's also included a built-in authenticator that's similar to Google Authenticator. This will let you generate verification codes for enhanced sign-in security under your Passwords.

There's also a Mail feature that hides your IP address. 



  1. Jeff

    09/17/2018 at 11:56 am

    Note that before you panic about battery draining problems after installing iOS 12, the new iOS will be doing background tasks related to the upgrade (reindexing and other stuff), which takes power and can make your phone warm. This is typical after most of the bigger iOS updates. Apple says this can take up to a day with iOS 12. So don’t jump to any conclusions, go overboard with messing with stuff, or downgrade for at least 24 hours after installing iOS 12.

  2. Ifixservice

    09/21/2018 at 8:09 pm

    Good article. Something we need to check it before u brought. Thanks for the blog.

  3. Dale

    10/08/2018 at 8:48 am

    I installed the iOS 12 update yesterday, and ever since, have had to repeatedly swipe up 5 or more times to bring up any apps I have been using so I can completely close them.

    This is not only infuriating, but spoils my reading of the news. Sometimes I have to close Apple News completely in order to escape some article that refuses to “go quietly”. Otherwise, even if I 5-finger pinch it shut and tap the icon again, it just brings up the article I was trying to get rid of.

    I am always afraid that THIS time, maybe even 5, 6, or any number of swipes will fail to produce an effect and my iPad will be clogged with who knows how many “open” apps behind the scenes, that I can’t get at to really close them.

  4. David Covington

    11/01/2018 at 9:12 am

    Your issues lists just shows how Apple is no longer the ‘peoples computer’ company, especially under the visionless Tim Cook. Apple’s iOS offerings shows their incompetence and disrespect of their customers by the continual ‘dumping’ of buggy, sometimes dangerously so, crap on their customers (H/W is great but their S/W has become pathetic). I have no intention of going to iOS 12, especially because of moron Tim Cook’s changing iMessage to use the only Apple ID causing messages to be sent to the wrong (even multi[le) people. I mean, just how stupid is that? I wished I’d stayed on iOS 10, Apple’s last, decent O/S. Apple these days is just Microsoft spelled A-p-p-l-e. Both are big, incompetent corporations and prostitutes to the God almighty dollar bill, abusing their customers trust. If people really had any brains, they’d stop buying from both corporations until they put ‘quality’ into their software, not just more new buggy features.

    • Bob

      02/12/2019 at 8:04 pm

      Agree 100%. If it has Apple on it anywhere, it’s JUNK.

    • lateteatoto

      02/22/2019 at 12:02 pm

      Absolutly right

  5. thonking_emoji

    12/08/2018 at 9:01 am

    God damn it is hard to come across an article full of useless information like this one. I gotta congratulate the author for wasting my time in the most effective manner possible.

  6. Jorge

    12/15/2018 at 9:47 am

    Me, my wife and other family members thought we would not use any Apple device anymore, because they broke 2 Iphone 6 after seeing IOS 12.1.1 updated, both phones turn off and turn on continuously, we took it to a store professional repair, they said that the problem was the battery, we paid for batteries and the problem continues, how can Apple send an update to break the Iphone 6? We lost all our information, contacts, photos, notes and more. Damn the apple shit.

  7. MikeBates

    12/20/2018 at 3:48 pm

    I updated to iOS 12.1.2 on an iPhone 8 earlier today. When I plug it into a PC (as well as to a MacBook Air), I get the message that I need to update to -you guessed it – iOS 12.1.2. After it downloads I get an error message that the iPhone couldn’t be updated for an unknown reason.
    Whatever happened to Apple?

  8. Bill

    02/08/2019 at 9:08 am

    I asked a friend who works at Apple if I should install 12.1.4. They read this article and said it contains no useful information other than backup your device before updating. They called it a “click-bait” site that gets users to click links to increase their advertising revenue. Best advice is to wait for a week or two or maybe until 12.2 comes out that will be tested better.

  9. Steve J

    02/11/2019 at 6:35 pm

    Latest update (12.1.4) has made it impossible to turn ipad off. The sleep/on button works for waking and sleeping, but holding it down to get the Switch off slider doesn’t happen any more. So I can’t turn it off, unless I set up that AssisstiveTouch floating button.

  10. Kate

    02/16/2019 at 7:41 am

    Its better not to install ANY UPDATES!!! Goddamn Apples is screwing with us constantly. Every update creates new issues, I’m getting sick of it….First files, then passowrds in Safai,now no WIFI connection at all!! Your days are over Apple. These are my last apple devices I ever buy…

    • David

      02/28/2019 at 2:34 am

      I agree.. but you know, Android is even worse so it’s like choosing between cancer or the plague – it’s the ict gestapo industry of young billionaires moving around barefoot on a Segway to their private jets! They damn well understand how to build their software and policies in such a manner that you cannot avoid their rules! Ever noticed the endless passwords (up to 64 characters of hexadecimal code) and to agree to their legal terms (thick as a bible) in order to install your purchased software package? If you don’t agree you can’t install it! If you love your old software or machine at one point it simply won’t function anymore properly and gets ver very very veryyyyy slow!!! This is never due to the hardware it’s all of hidden tricks in the software that “sees” you’re using in their mind an obsolete piece of hardware of software that they want you to forget using. E.g iPhones 4 (the best most sturdy one) or Windows XP

      • Mom

        02/28/2019 at 7:52 pm

        Clearly you don’t know anything about Android. Saying it’s even worse is like saying water is no good for consumption.
        You’re an idiot!

  11. David

    02/28/2019 at 2:24 am

    Just another shitty update from the ICT fascists that suddenly causing problems like endless loopholes while using Safari and other vague issues never encountered before. But not updating isn’t an option because then your phone will soon no longer perform at all. Thanks guys!

  12. Joe Blogs

    02/28/2019 at 7:50 pm

    This article was as useful as an Apple update!
    Too long, full of crap and unnecessary information.
    Just get to the f***ing point! I think you might have The Guinness World Record for the amount of external links in an article too!
    Never seen so much twaddle and crap in all my life!

  13. jasimp

    03/09/2019 at 2:16 pm

    too many negative comments

  14. Dr Toney Charles

    03/21/2019 at 12:19 pm

    Pandora was unable to buffer. Turned the iPhone off to reset. Would not turn back on. Connected to a charge cable and it reset. Pandora still wouldn’t play. Repeated the above sequence at 55, 73, and 98 percent battery. Reloaded Pandora app. Still won’t play. Still can only reset the iPhone if it’s on a charger cord.

  15. Tim

    04/06/2019 at 9:45 pm

    1) Common apps (Facebook, Instagram, Flipboard, Messages don’t work.
    2) Numerous other apps not working.
    3) Google apps, mail, google app, YouTube unstable.
    4) Apps I’ve been logged into for years suddenly asking for passwords. Even my home wifi password.

    All-in-all a real shit-storm of problems.

  16. Sravs

    04/20/2019 at 12:05 am

    Updated to 12.2 version. And the first thing I see is an exclamation mark over message icon. It basically disables me from sending iMessages, the classic feature. I am well aware about other ways if communication meanwhile Apple wakes up & finds a fix sometime in near future (honestly, dunno when)! But, that’s a bummer! I toggled through different sections & read & re-read stuff- online posts and comments but couldn’t find a fix. That exclamation mark representative of incomplete update in a default application of Apple is a very poor update from the company. A previously satisfied currently prejudiced about Apple products user!

  17. Peter Jones

    05/15/2019 at 3:42 pm

    I’m still on 12.1.4. and i’m keeping it that way until they’ve fixed the 12.3

  18. LilyB

    05/19/2019 at 1:11 am

    Updating my iPhone 6 went without a problem, on iPad Air 2 it took me 10 hours. First, the download failed many times (unexpected error+connectivity error messages). Following USB port and cable changes and several restarts, the download finally was complete. Then verification failed, unexpected issue and error 53 despite iPad being 100% genuine and never had to be repaired. Update only successful after about 20 attempts (again several restarts of Mac and iPad, cable and port changes and using recovery mode). Issues didn’t end here, Apps wouldn’t finish downloading, the few that downloaded were not working and iPad was very slow. I had to erase it completely and set up as a new iPad in the end which also wasn’t easy, I had to try it many times because nothing happened when I pressed erase all content and settings. Now the iPad works fine. I’m getting more and more reluctant to install updates considering this case and when updates caused problems on my other devices before, but I have to do them after a while for improved security and for being able to keep using my apps.

  19. Sal

    05/31/2019 at 7:30 pm

    iOS 12.3.1 is horrible my iPhone X constantly drops WiFi WTH apple! I didn’t pay 1k on a phone to be messed with!

  20. anonymous

    05/31/2019 at 11:58 pm

    iOS 12.3.1 broken safari privacy severely. Safari kidnap me to app store app whenever I click app advertisement link, without any popup alert, without asking, without granting. Till iOS 12.3 I was protected from app advertisement link kidnap by popup alert. and I was able to cancel redirection by just clicking cancel button. It is not possible anymore. I am thinking that this issue may not a bug. If apple made this change intentionally, I will leave iOS world and go into android9+ world. At least, Android is not barring me running code for “VPN based DNS blocking”. This is critical to prevent fingerprinting in any mobile OS. iOS environment is no more a specially good for anti fingerprinting. Zeroing advertisement ID is rather a joke. iOS has been being made for just their money not a privacy. Try to think why Apple is exclusively possessing webviewer (webkit) in the html5 generation. for your privacy? No way !

  21. Vic

    06/03/2019 at 1:50 am

    After update from 12.2. to 12.3.1 my “Videos” app was replaced automatically by “Apple TV” app.
    Now my videos and trailers do not work anymore (message … “There’s a problem with download.”). Had no problems with Videos app until last iOS update.
    Usual actions as reboot & app delete and re-install have no effect.

  22. Swathy

    06/22/2019 at 12:09 am

    Some features of existing apps are not working in new version of ios

  23. Bernard

    08/31/2019 at 7:44 am

    Loaded 12.4 and the phone went into continual search mode. Spent 3 hours over two phone calls to Apple help desk were unable to help. In the end I had to travel 50 miles to the nearest Apple shop (By Appointment) only to be told by one of their geniuses that the answer was to replace my phone with a new one !!!! Can they really get away with serving up questionable downloads and then declare no responsibility. Post all this and two weeks without a useable phone my e-mail complaint to Apple still hasn’t even been given an acknowledgement of receipt. Now using my 16 year old Noki 6210 , a proper phone. No more Apple product for me, they really don’t care.

  24. Cabling Pro

    09/01/2019 at 11:24 am

    Not much useful information in this article. Lot of words to feed search engines but not many prectical takeaways for the iOS users.

  25. Sandra

    09/08/2019 at 12:02 pm

    Updated phone yesterday evening now can’t get Wi-fi or Bluetooth!!!!!!! Nightmare

  26. ANDY

    09/23/2019 at 10:44 pm


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