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iOS 13.4 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

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Apple’s iOS 13.4 update wipes out some glaring issues, but the update has some problems of its own.

iOS 13.4 is a milestone upgrade and it brings a nice list of features, enhancements, and 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, iOS 13.2, iOS 13.2.2, iOS 13.2.3, iOS 13.3, and iOS 13.3.1.

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On the flip side, some iPhone users are noticing bugs and a variety of performance issues after installing the new firmware. Some of these issues have carried over from older versions of iOS, others 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 13.4 Problems

As we push away from iOS 13.4’s release we’re seeing complaints about bugs and performance problems. Some of these issues are minor, others are much bigger.

Some users are having trouble downloading and installing the new update. If your iOS 13.4 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, 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 iOS 13.4 and macOS 10.15.4 updates have also prevented FaceTime calls from working with devices running older versions of iOS.

There are a ton of complaints about the issue online and it looks like devices running Apple’s newer updates are having issues with devices running iOS 9.3.5 and iOS 9.3.6 in particular.

There’s also an issue that keeps VPN’s from encrypting traffic. The issue is also present in iOS 13.3.1.

If you’re using a VPN there’s a potential workaround that you should use while we wait for Apple to deliver a permanent fix for the problem. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Connect to your VPN.
  • Turn on Airplane Mode.
  • Turn off Airplane Mode.

Apple’s also confirmed issues with personal hotspot and the problems apparently date back to iOS 13.1.2. iOS 13.1.2 was released back in September.

According to MacRumors, Apple has told service providers to instruct people dealing with this problem to toggle Personal Hotspot off and then toggle it back on. This is a temporary fix while we wait for a permanent solution.

We expect the list of iOS 13.4 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, iOS 13.2, iOS 13.2.2, iOS 13.2.3, iOS 13.3, and iOS 13.3.1 to the latest software.

If you haven’t downloaded the iOS 13.4 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 13.4 update and it’s a good starting point for those of you weighing a potential upgrade.

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 about iOS 13.4 performance.

We’ve also published our mini iOS 13.4 reviews for the iPhone 11, iPhone XS, iPhone XRiPhone X, iPhone 8iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE so check those out if you need additional feedback.

How to Fix iOS 13.4 Problems

Some issues might require a fix from Apple, but some you might be able to fix on your own.

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 13.4

If you can’t stand iOS 13.4’s performance on your iPhone, note that you can no longer move back to the previous version.

Apple has stopped signing on iOS 13.3.1 which means you can no longer drop down in effort to improve your device’s performance.

Unfortunately, the company’s also closed off the downgrade path back to iOS 13.3, iOS 13.2.3, iOS 13.2.2, iOS 13.2, 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 either.

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

What’s Next

Help is on the way.

Apple’s confirmed a new iOS 13.4.5 update and the software is currently in beta testing ahead of an unknown release date. iOS 13.4.5 will likely carry bug fixes and security patches.

We don’t have a release date to look forward to, but odds are good the software rolls out in April or early May. If you can’t wait that long, try downloading the beta and see if that helps improve your iPhone’s performance.

For more on iOS 13.4.5, take a look at our guide.

WWDC 2020 will feature an online format.

The company is also working on iOS 14 though the first beta will most likely arrive in June shortly after the conclusion of Apple’s WWDC 2020 keynote.

For more on iOS 14, take a look at our guide.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 13.4 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 13.4 for Better Security

Install iOS 13.4 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 13.4 update right away.

iOS 13.4 brings 28 new security patches with it and you can read about all of them on Apple's website right here

iOS 13.4 brings several improvements to Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention. Apple's John Wilander has outlined these 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 13.4. 

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 13.4. 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 13.4 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 13.4. 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 13.4 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. 

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Max

    09/27/2019 at 1:48 pm

    Weird thing for me, ios 13.1.1 doesn’t even show up to download!

  2. Jack st lawrence

    09/29/2019 at 8:40 pm

    My iPhone X will not load ANY EMAILS. My iPad will, but loads them very slowly.

    • Marisa

      10/01/2019 at 5:34 am

      I’m having the same email issues. The screen is white. If emails do load the app then crashes or takes forever to open a message.

  3. Miguel

    09/30/2019 at 10:31 am

    Anyone else having connectivity issues when going from WiFi to network connection? When I leave my phone and my phone goes to LTE, I get a no connection error message even though my phone displays LTE. I’m always having to restart my phone, or in some cases, reset my network but that’s only a temporary issue.

  4. Tim Halpin

    09/30/2019 at 5:36 pm

    I’m having the issue on my iPhone X where it shows LTE and not wi-fi, along with a number of third-party apps that don’t appear to be connecting to the internet at all. I took my phone to the Apple Store on Saturday and waited two hours for a “Genius” to tell me she had no idea why this was happening. Tried downgrading to 12 — it took 6 hours to download the IPSW file, I went thru the process of starting over with a new phone, and when I restored from iCloud it ONLY gave me the option to install 13.1.2 again. I couldn’t opt out of the update, so I did it, hoping whatever was broken would magically fix itself. Nope. Same issues, different OS. Very frustrating. I have an 11 Pro on order — hopefully Apple fixes these issues before it arrives, or I’ll have an even MORE expensive phone that doesn’t work the way it should.

  5. Charles Kurre

    10/01/2019 at 10:42 am

    iPhone 8+ Since update to 13.1.2 cox email imap & smpt setttings used for the past ten years no longer work, so no getting or sending email from the phone using the cox.net account. My work around is email forwarding all emails from cox web mail to second email account I also get on my phone, but this is a bummer

  6. RICK

    10/02/2019 at 11:45 am

    MY APLLE WATCH 4 IS NO SYNING WITH THIS NEW 13.1.1 , I I CLICK ON THE APP ON THE PHONE AND IT WANT TO PAIR SO I TRIED AND IT WON’T PAIR

    HAS ANYONE HAD THIS PROBLEM?

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