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iOS 14.8.1 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know



iPhone users are running into iOS 14.8.1 problems. Some iPhone owners are already noticing a big difference after moving their device from older versions of iOS to the latest version of iOS 14.

Performance has improved for some iPhone users. On the flip side, some iPhone users have already run into bugs and a variety of performance issues on iOS 14.8.1. 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 the most common 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.

iOS 14.8.1 Problems

As we push away from Apple’s latest iOS 14 release we’ve seen a number of complaints from iPhone users. Some of these issues are minor, others are far more problematic.

The current list of iOS 14.8.1 problems includes some very common issues. iPhone users are having trouble downloading and installing the software. If your iOS 14.8.1 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, Wi-Fi problems, Bluetooth problems, issues with Podcasts, stuttering, CarPlay issues including a fairly widespread glitch impacting Apple Music, a “No Service” bug, issues with Widgets, lockups, freezes, and crashes.

If you haven’t downloaded iOS 14.8.1 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 iOS 14.8.1 Reviews

If you’re currently running iOS 14.8.1, or if you’re planning to upgrade, you’ll want to sift through feedback from early adopters. This feedback will alert you to potential problems and performance issues others are having on the same iPhone as yours.

We’ve released our list of reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 14.8.1 update and it’s a good starting point for those of you weighing a move from iOS 14.8 or older iOS software.

We also recommend keeping an eye on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for additional feedback about iOS 14.8.1’s performance.

We’ve published our mini iOS 14.8.1 reviews for the iPhone 8iPhone 7iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE so check those out if you need additional feedback.

How to Fix iOS 14.8.1 Problems

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

Before you get in contact with Apple support, 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’re running into severe battery drain issues on iOS 14.8.1, these tips could help.

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 Status

If you run into bugs or performance issues on iOS 14.8.1, note that you can’t downgrade your iPhone’s software in an effort to improve its performance.

Apple isn’t signing on iOS 14.8 which means you can’t drop your iPhone back to the previous version of iOS 14 if you run into trouble on iOS 14.8.1.

Unfortunately, Apple has also stopped signing on iOS 14.7.1, iOS 14.7, iOS 14.6, iOS 14.5.1, iOS 14.5, iOS 14.4.2, iOS 14.4.1, iOS 14.4, iOS 14.3, iOS 14.2.1, iOS 14.2, iOS 14.1, iOS 14.0.1, iOS 14.0, and iOS 13 which means there’s no way back to those versions of iOS either.

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

What’s Next

Initially it looked like Apple would let iPhone users stay on iOS 14 and still receive new software upgrades. Those plans have changed, it seems.

Apple hasn’t pushed a new version of iOS 14 in months and the most recent version of iOS 14 is gone. Devices running iOS 14.8 and below can only move to the latest version of iOS 15, there’s no way to move to the most recent version of iOS 14.

It’s unclear if this policy will change. So if you want to stay on iOS 14, be prepared to do so without access to the latest bug fixes and security updates.


That being said, iOS 15 brings numerous improvements to Apple’s mobile devices and most iPhone users should upgrade today or at some point in the near future.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 15.8 & 10 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 15.8 for Better Security

Install iOS 15.8 for Better Security

If security is important to you, you'll want to think about installing Apple's iOS 15.8 update right away.

iOS 15.8 isn't a big update, but it does have an important security patch on board. This patch alone should make updating worth it.

As for older updates, iOS 15.7.9 brought a new security patch with it. It addressed an issue where hackers could gain access via PassKit (Apple Wallet) image. For more information, head over to Apple's website.

iOS 15.7.8 had 10 security patches on board. These patches are essential if you want to keep your device and its data safe from harm. Apple's outlined the changes in detail and they're worth a look.

iOS 15.7.7 brought three security patches to iPhone models lingering on iOS 15. For more about them, head over to Apple's security site.

iOS 15.7.6 had several security updates on board. For more information about those patches, head here.

The iOS 15.7.5 update patched up actively exploited vulnerabilities making it an extremely important upgrade for your iPhone. To learn more about the patches, check out Apple's guide.

iOS 15.7.4 brought important security fixes to older iPhone models as well. If you want to learn more about these changes, check out Apple's guide.

iOS 15.7.3 also brought a batch of security patches to iPhone. You can learn more about these changes right here.

iOS 15.7.2 brought numerous patches along with it. For more about them, head over to Apple's website for more details.

iOS 15.7.1 update brought 17 security patches with it while iOS 15.7 delivered 11 security patches to iPhone. If you want a look at the details, head over to Apple's security site for more information.

If you missed iOS 15.6.1, it had two security patches on board. You can read more about the pair on Apple's website.

If you missed Apple's iOS 15.6 update, it had 30+ security upgrades on board. You can learn more about them right here.

If you missed iOS 15.5 it brought 27 new security patches to the iPhone. You can learn more about these patches over on Apple's security site.

If you missed iOS 15.4.1, it had one new security patch on board. You can read more about it over on Apple's website

If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. If you want to learn more about these patches, head on over to Apple's security site for the particulars

If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more about it, head over to Apple's security page

If you missed iOS 15.3, you'll also get its patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches to iPhone users. If you're interested in the details, you can read more about them right here.

If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you'll get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about the change over on Apple's website

If you missed Apple's iOS 15.2 update, you'll get its 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about them over on the company's security site

iOS 15.2 also included some important upgrades to privacy. The software brought the company's App Privacy Report to Settings. This lets you see how often your apps have accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts and more during the last seven days. You can also see their network activity. 

In addition, iOS 15.2 brought Apple's communication safety features for kids. You'll find these features in the Messages app, in Siri, in Spotlight, and in Search. 

If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.8 will bring its security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about them on Apple's website

If you missed iOS 15.0.2 you'll also get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it right here.

iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you'll be moving up from iOS 14 and you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.

Apple's updated its website with new information about iOS 15's batch of security patches. The company now says the software patched up an issue that could have exposed a user's private Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also says iOS 15 patched up an issue that allowed apps to override Privacy preferences.

If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.8 update as well. 

In addition to those patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Siri. Requests made to Siri are now processed on the device itself using Neural Engine. This makes it more secure. 

If you're an Apple Card user, you'll now get a security code that changes regularly to use when you make online transactions. 

Apple's also included a built-in authenticator that's similar to Google Authenticator. This will let you generate verification codes for enhanced sign-in security under your Passwords.

There's also a Mail feature that hides your IP address. 



  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.


    01/19/2021 at 6:05 am

    My phone automatically downloaded version 14.2 on my iphone 8. I did not want this update loaded. Now I am having trouble with using my speaker on the phone. Before when I answered my phone a large screen appeared where I could press for the speaker phone. No when I answer the phone a small screen appears in a bar at the top of the phone. It shows the green icon and the icon for the speakerphone. The volume is turned up on my phone but I can barely hear the person speaking. Why is this?

  3. Fred

    01/26/2021 at 6:27 pm

    what about the ongoing issues of most iphone 12’s dropping calls?

  4. Rick

    01/29/2021 at 8:01 pm

    I’m having hotspot issues with iOS 14.4. It’s dropping out, falling off the list of available networks on my PC – same stuff, different OS version. I’ve been on the phone with T-Mobile 4 times today about the issue and they are finally escalating the issue. I wonder though – should I be talking to Apple or T-Mobile? Anyone else having hotspot issues?

  5. Todd

    02/04/2021 at 11:13 am

    After 14.4 touchscreen doesn’t work at all!

  6. John Drenth

    05/11/2021 at 5:52 pm


  7. Jim

    05/26/2021 at 11:41 am

    It just works.

  8. Marty

    08/05/2021 at 10:44 pm

    it just works….hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha thats funny. and for this they want how much for these phones? gtfooh!!! computer industry s the biggest lie of mankind

  9. Tony

    09/14/2021 at 8:36 am

    I’ve had no service since 3:00 PM yesterday, and I still do not. I’ve reached out to Verizon multiple times and they have no solution as of right now. This is beyond frustrating. I can’t believe this issue is so horrible! I can’t make phone calls, text, or call 911. This is absurd. For the love of gosh- do NOT update to 14.8 whatever you do.

  10. MALCOLM A Campbell

    09/21/2021 at 2:32 am

    Neither I nor my wife can connect to blue tooth except another IPhone, most frustrating as I own a Ford with Sync and cannot connect to my car, can’t imagine all these problems when Steve Jobs was around, come on Apple, get yourselves sorted out or you will lose customers

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