Apple’s iOS 13 beta is causing problems for iPhone users. Some of them are minor, others are far more problematic.
The iOS 13 beta is still live for those enrolled in Apple’s developer program and those enrolled in the company’s public Beta Software Program.
The early version iOS 13 is loaded up with changes including new features and performance enhancements which means there are plenty of reasons to give it a go before the final release this fall.
That said, the iOS 13 beta also has its fair share of issues. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given that it’s unfinished software and Apple’s pre-release software typically has a variety of bugs and performance issues on board.
This is precisely why Apple runs these beta programs. It wants the public’s help weeding out bugs and performance issues ahead of the official release.
Those of you who are interested in trying the beta need to understand what you’re getting into before you hit download. And those of you using the beta need to know where to find fixes and feedback about the performance of each iOS 13 beta release.
In this guide we’ll take you through the current state of iOS 13 beta problems. We’ll also provide you with a list of resources that might come in handy if you download the beta and you start noticing problems.
iOS 13 Beta Problems
We’re hearing about installation and download problems, abnormal battery drain, Wi-Fi connectivity issues, Face ID problems, Touch ID problems, problems with auto-brightness, crashes, lag, and problems with first and third-party applications. All of these are common issues.
Apple will fix some of these problems in future iOS 13 betas, but some of them will probably linger on throughout the beta process.
It’s impossible to predict exactly what you’ll see during your time on the beta and that’s why we recommend doing some prep work before you install the iOS 13 beta for the first time or when you install a new version of the beta.
We’ve put together a pre-installation checklist that will help you get everything in order so take a look at that, especially if this is your first time using an iOS beta.
We’ve also put together a walkthrough that will hold your hand through the iOS 13 beta installation process. If you’re having installation problems, check it out.
Where to Find Feedback
If you’re using the iOS 13 beta or thinking about downloading it, make sure you keep an eye on feedback from users. The feedback they provide will give you a look at the most prominent issues and it’ll also outline the benefits of downloading the iOS 13 beta.
If you’re using an older phone or having a good experience on an older version of iOS 12, you’ll want to dig into feedback before you jump to the beta.
If you’re currently running iOS 12.3.2 or another version of iOS 12, there’s no way back to your current version once you install the iOS 13 beta.
There are a few places to check for iOS 13 beta feedback. You can check YouTube for information about your device. We’re seeing a lot feedback about bugs, performance issues, and the overall speed of the beta.
We’ve also put together a list of reasons to and not to install the iOS 13 beta right now and it’s worth a look if you’re on the fence about installing it.
How to Fix iOS 13 Beta Problems
Some issues will require a fix from Apple. Others you should be able to fix on your own.
We’ve put together a list of fixes for the most common iOS 13 beta problems and it’s a great starting point for those of you struggling right now.
If you’re dealing with performance issues (lag, lockups, etc), take a look at our list of tips to improve the iOS 13 beta’s performance on your phone.
If you’re experiencing weird battery drain, check out our guide to fixing bad iOS 13 beta battery life. It should help you improve it in minutes.
One last thing. If you’re having issues and you’re running an older version of the iOS 13 beta, you’ll want to update to the latest version.
You Can Downgrade from iOS 13 Beta
If you can’t stand iOS 13 beta’s performance on your device, you can drop back down to iOS 12. You’ll lose access to iOS 13’s features, but it could help your device’s performance return to normal.
Apple is currently signing on two versions of iOS 12: iOS 12.4.1 and iOS 12.4. Unfortunately, the company’s stopped signing on iOS 12.3.2, iOS 12.3.1, and older versions of iOS 12 which means you can’t drop your device back down to any of those.
If you decide you want to get off the iOS 13 beta, we’ve released a downgrade guide that will take you through the entire process.
Apple will periodically release new versions of iOS 13. New iOS 13 betas will bring bug fixes for lingering issues, but they’ll also bring problems of their own.
The company typically releases new beta software every other week and then every week once we get closer to the Gold Master and final release.
New betas are usually released on Monday or Tuesday around 10AM Pacific though we occasionally see betas pushed on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.
The final version of iOS 13 should arrive in mid-September shortly after the company confirms new iPhone models.
The 2019 iPhone launch date is confirmed for September 10th while the release date is rumored for September 20th. The iOS 13 release date should land somewhere between those dates with September 16th and September 17th the most likely candidates.
If you’re really struggling, but don’t want to downgrade back to iOS 12, you can try moving to the iOS 13.1 beta.
Apple’s already confirmed the first iOS 13 milestone upgrade and the iOS 13.1 update is in beta testing ahead of an official release later this year.
The iOS 13.1 beta is available for all iPhones capable of running iOS 13.
Install iOS 13.5.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 13.5.1 update.
iOS 13.5.1 brings one security to iOS 13-powered iPhone models which you can read about on Apple's website. The patch is for an exploit used by jailbreak developers.
If you skipped iOS 13.5, iOS 13.5.1 brings iOS 13.5's 41 new security patches with it. Apple's posted the details on its website and you can dig into the particulars if you're interested.
Among them, patches for the company's Mail app, Wi-Fi, AirDrop, Bluetooth, FaceTime, Messages, and Notifications.
If you skipped the iOS 13.4 update, you'll get iOS 13.4's 28 security patches with your upgrade. You can read about all of them on Apple's website right here.
iOS 13.4 also brought several improvements to Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention. Apple's John Wilander outlined them in a blog post and it's worth checking out.
Reports have outlined a vulnerability in Wi-Fi chips made by Broadcom and Cypress Semiconductor that left billions of devices susceptible to attack.
Dubbed Kr00k, the vulnerability allows nearby attackers to decrypt sensitive information that's relayed over-the-air.
Fortunately, it looks like the issue was patched up with the release of iOS 13.2, an update that arrived all the way back in October.
So if you're running a really old version of iOS 13, you'll really want to move your device up to the newest version of iOS 13.
If you skipped iOS 13.3.1, you get its patches with iOS 13.5.1.
The iOS 13.3.1 update included 21 new security patches that will help protect your device from harm. The company's outlined those patches in detail if you want to dig in.
If you skipped iOS 13.3, you get its patches with iOS 13.5.1. iOS 13.3 brought 12 new security patches to the iPhone and you can read about each one over on Apple's security page.
The iOS 13.3 update also added support for NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-compliant security keys in the Safari browser.
If you missed iOS 13.2, it had 16 new security patches on board. You can read about all of them on Apple's website right here.
iOS 13.1.1 brought a security patch for a third-party keyboard issue to your iPhone. If you're interested in the particulars, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
If you passed on installing iOS 13.1, you get an additional patch with your iOS 13.5.1 update. You can learn more right here.
If you're moving up from iOS 12, you'll get iOS 13.0's nine security patches with your upgrade to iOS 13.5.1. Read about those here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.1 or any older versions of iOS 12, you'll get their security patches with your iOS 13.5.1 update.
iOS 12.4.1 only had one patch on board, but Apple's iOS 12.4 update brought 19 security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on right here.
In addition to those patches, iOS 13 itself comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improved anti-tracking features in Safari and the ability to get rid of location metadata in your photos.
You also now have the ability to block apps from using Bluetooth and the ability to allow apps to access your location just once.
iOS 13 will also send you reminders about applications that track your data.
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