iOS 14.2 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know
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iOS 14.2 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

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Apple’s iOS 14.2 updates wipe out some glaring issues, but the latest upgrades are causing problems for some iPhone users.

iOS 14.2 is available to download right now and it brings new features and an assortment of bug fixes for lingering iOS 14-related issues.

The company’s also pushed an iOS 14.2.1 update to iPhone 12 users and it brings bug fixes to the flagship models.

Some iPhone users are already noticing a huge difference after moving their device from iOS 13/iOS 14.0/iOS 14.0.1/iOS 14.1 to iOS 14.2 or, in the case of iPhone 12 series owners, iOS 14.1/iOS 14.2 to iOS 14.2.1.

On the flip side, some iPhone users have already run into bugs and a variety of performance issues. Some of these issues have carried over from previous versions of iOS, others are brand new.

In this guide to iOS 14 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 14 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 14 down the road.

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iOS 14.2 Problems

As we push away from the software’s release we’ve seen complaints from people who have made the move to iOS 14/iOS 14.0.1/iOS 14.1/iOS 14.2/iOS 14.2.1. Some of the problems are minor, others are far more problematic.

The current list of iOS 14.2.1/iOS 14.2 problems includes some very common issues. iPhone users are having trouble downloading and installing the new operating system. If your iOS 14.2 installation gets stuck, try hard resetting your phone. This typically resolves the issue.

We’re also seeing complaints about UI lag, AirPlay issues, Touch ID and Face ID issues, abnormal battery drain, issues with first and third-party apps, iMessage issues including missing messages and missing notifications, Wi-Fi problems, Bluetooth problems, CarPlay issues, issues with Widgets, lockups, freezes, and crashes.

We expect the list of iOS 14.2.1/iOS 14.2 problems to grow as more people move from iOS 13 to iOS 14.2, iOS 14.0/iOS 14.0.1/iOS 14.1 to iOS 14.2, and iOS 14.1/iOS 14.2 to iOS 14.2.1.

If you haven’t downloaded iOS 14.2.1/iOS 14.2 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 iOS 14.2.1/iOS 14.2 or if you’re planning to upgrade, you’ll want to sift through feedback from early adopters. 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 14.2.1/iOS 14.2 updates and it’s a good starting point for those of you weighing a move from iOS 13, iOS 14.0, iOS 14.0.1, iOS 14.1, or iOS 14.2.

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 14.2.1/iOS 14.2’s performance.

We’ve also published our mini iOS 14.2 reviews for the iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8iPhone 7iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE so check those out if you need additional feedback.

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How to Fix iOS 14.2 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 14 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 14 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 customer support via 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.

iOS 14 Downgrade Options

If you own an iPhone 12 and you run into trouble on iOS 14.2.1, you can try downgrading your phone’s software to iOS 14.2. Apple is signing on the update.

If you’re currently running iOS 14.2 and you can’t stand its performance, note that you can’t downgrade to the previous version of iOS 14.

Apple has stopped signing on iOS 14.1 which means you can’t drop your iPhone’s software back in an attempt to improve its performance. The company’s also closed off the downgrade path back to iOS 14.0.1, iOS 14.0, and iOS 13.

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

What’s Next

If your device is struggling on iOS 14, help is on the way.

Apple recently confirmed a new iOS 14.3 milestone upgrade. The software is currently in beta testing ahead of an unknown release date.

We’ve heard that iOS 14.3 will be pushed to iPhones sometime later this year so there’s a chance the software arrives in December.

Apple’s also confirmed plans to enable 5G in dual SIM mode on the iPhone 12 series in a software update later on this year. It didn’t call the software update out by name, but it could be iOS 14.3.

If your problems are serious, you should download the iOS 14.3 beta on your phone. It’s available, for free, via Apple’s Beta Software Program.

For more on iOS 14.3, please check out our guide.

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Install iOS 14.2 for Better Security

Install iOS 14.2 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.2.1 or iOS 14.2 right away.

iOS 14.2 includes 24 security patches that will help protect you and your device from harm. You can learn more about the patches on Apple's security website

If you own an iPhone 12 and you skipped the iOS 14.2 update, you'll get these patches with your iOS 14.2.1 upgrade. 

If you're still running iOS 13, iOS 14.2.1/iOS 14.2 will also include iOS 14.0's security updates. 

iOS 14.0 brought 11 new security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.

If you skipped iOS 13.7 or any older versions of iOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 14.2.1/iOS 14.2 update. 

In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari. 

For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.

With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them. 

There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.

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  1. Jeff

    09/16/2020 at 6:55 pm

    Same tired list that you have for early problems every single release. I so hope you actually do some early research on a release some day, rather that just repeating the same stuff.

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