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 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 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 iOS 13 beta 7 or older, you’ll want to update to the latest iOS 13 beta.
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 signing on just one version of iOS 12: 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 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, 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 currently rumored for September 10th while the release date is rumored for September 20th. The iOS 13 release date should land somewhere between those dates.
Install the Beta to Help Improve Apple Improve iOS 13
While trying new features is certainly exciting, remember that you're also helping Apple squash issues before they reach millions of iOS users around the world.
Your testing could help the company discover a nasty bug or performance problem ahead of the final release later this year.
If you're sick of dealing with issues or sick of hearing friends and family complain about problems, think about giving the iOS 13 beta a try.
If you decide to download the iOS 13 beta and find an issue on board, make sure you report it to Apple. This way, engineers can work on a permanent fix.
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