Apple’s iOS 13.2.2 update wipes out some glaring issues, but problems are plaguing the latest release for iPhone.
iOS 13.2.2 is a small maintenance release and it brings a batch of bug fixes to iOS 13 users. Some iPhone users are already noticing positive changes after moving up from iOS 12, iOS 13.0, iOS 13.1, iOS 13.1.1, iOS 13.1.2, iOS 13.1.3, and iOS 13.2.
On the flip side, some iPhone users are noticing bugs and a variety of performance issues after installing Apple’s new firmware. Some of these issues have carried over from iOS 12, iOS 13.0, iOS 13.1, iOS 13.1.1, iOS 13.1.2, iOS 13.1.3, and iOS 13.2. Other problems are brand new.
In this guide to iOS 13 problems we’ll take you through the current state of these issues. We’ll show you where to find potential fixes for the most common iOS 13 problems and provide you with some resources that should help if you run into trouble.
We’ll also touch on the state of the downgrade and outline what you can expect from Apple and iOS 13 down the road.
iOS 13.2.2 Problems
As we push away from the release we’re hearing and seeing complaints about bugs and iOS 13.2.2’s performance. Some of these issues are minor, others are much bigger.
The current list of iOS 13.2.2 problems includes some familiar faces. Some users are having trouble downloading and installing the new update. If your iOS 13.2.2 installation gets stuck, try hard resetting your phone. This typically resolves the issue.
We’re also seeing complaints about abnormal amounts of UI lag, AirPlay issues, syncing issues with the Notes app, Touch ID and Face ID issues, weird battery drain, issues with first and third-party apps, Exchange issues, HomePod issues, iMessage issues, Wi-Fi problems, Bluetooth problems, CarPlay issues, lockups, freezes, and crashes.
The update is still fairly new so we expect the list of iOS 13.2.2 problems to grow as more people transition from iOS 12, iOS 13.0, iOS 13.1, iOS 13.1.1, iOS 13.1.2, iOS 13.1.3, and iOS 13.2 to the latest software.
If you haven’t downloaded the iOS 13.2.2 update yet, we recommend preparing your iPhone for the download. Some prep work ahead of time can help you avoid major headaches.
We’ve put together a step-by-step pre-installation process and it will take you through the best way to prepare for the move.
Where to Find Feedback
If you’re currently running an older version of iOS 13 or you’re planning to upgrade, you’ll want to sift through feedback from those we have installed the software. This feedback will alert you to potential bugs and performance issues.
We’ve released our list of reasons to and not to install the iOS 13.2.2 update and it’s a good starting point for those of you weighing an upgrade.
How to Fix iOS 13 Problems
Some issues might require a fix from Apple, but some you might be able to fix on your own.
If you own a HomePod, you’ll want to download Apple’s new iOS 13.2.1 update.
The company recently released iOS 13.2.1 for HomePod and the upgrade will prevent the speaker from bricking. Here is the update’s change log which includes some new features:
- The ability for HomePod to recognize the voices of different family members to provide a personalized experience.
- Handoff music, podcasts, or phone calls by bringing your iPhone close to HomePod.
- Add music to your HomeKit scenes.
- Play relaxing high-quality soundtracks with Ambient Sounds.
- Set sleep timers to fall asleep to music or Ambient Sounds.
Before you make an appointment at your local Apple Store, have a look at our list of fixes for the most common iOS 13 problems. It might have what you’re looking for.
We’ve also released some tips that could help you improve your device’s performance and a guide that shows you how to fix iOS 13 battery life problems.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our guides, you should head on over to Apple’s discussion forums. If they can’t help you, you might want to get in contact with Apple Support via Twitter or via the Apple’s website.
If you still can’t fix your issue(s), you might want to schedule an appointment to see a Genius at your local Apple Store. They should be able to diagnose your problem in minutes.
You Can’t Downgrade from iOS 13.2.2
If you can’t stand iOS 13.2.2’s performance on your iPhone, note that you can no longer downgrade.
Apple is no longer signing on iOS 13.2 which means you can no longer take advantage of a loophole to drop back to it in an effort to improve your device’s performance.
The company’s also closed off the downgrade path to iOS 13.1.3, iOS 13.1.2, iOS 13.1.1, iOS 13.1, iOS 13.0, iOS 12.4.1, iOS 12.4, iOS 12.3.2, iOS 12.3.1, iOS 12.3, iOS 12.2, iOS 12.1,4, iOS 12.1.3, iOS 12.1.2, iOS 12.1.1, iOS 12.1, iOS 12.0.1, iOS 12.0, and iOS 11 so there’s no going back to any of those updates.
If you really want to get off iOS 13.2.2, you can try moving to the iOS 13.3 beta.
For more about how the downgrade process works, take a look at our walkthrough.
If your device is struggling on iOS 13.2.2, it could be a few weeks before we get a new batch of bug fixes.
Apple’s confirmed iOS 13.3, but the update is currently in beta testing ahead of an unknown release date for iPhones around the world.
Again, if you’re really struggling on iOS 13.2.2, you might want to jump up to the iOS 13.3 beta. It has its own collection of issues, but it could do wonders for your phone’s performance.
For more on iOS 13.3, please take a look at our guide.
Install iOS 13.2.2 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 13.2.2 update right away.
iOS 13.2.2 doesn't have any new security patches on board, but if you skipped an older version of iOS 13, you'll get patches with your version of iOS 13.2.2.
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.
If you missed iOS 13.1.1, you get its fixes with iOS 13.2.2. 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 13.2.2 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. 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 13.2.2 update.
iOS 12.4.1 only had one patch on board, but Apple's iOS 12.4 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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