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iOS 8.2 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know



Yesterday, Apple released its new iOS 8.2 update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The update brings a number of enhancements and fixes but according to some iPhone and iPad users, it also brings some problems. iOS 8.2 problems are starting to emerge in the aftermath of the update’s release and today, we want to take a look at what you need to know about the issues plaguing Apple’s latest iOS update.

Last year, Apple put the iOS 8.2 update into its beta program ahead of a public release. In the weeks that followed, iOS 8.2 release rumors pegged it for a release before the arrival of the new Apple Watch. Yesterday, Apple confirmed those rumors as it not only announced the release of iOS 8.2 on stage next to the Apple Watch, it started rolling the new update out to iOS 8 users.

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iOS 8.2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is here and it delivers some big time new features including changes to the Health app, enhancements for the Mail app, and bug fixes for a number of iOS 8 problems. iPhone and iPad users struggling with iOS 8 problems were hopeful that it would come with a lengthy list of fixes and it did. But that doesn’t mean that iOS 8 is in the clear.

Incremental updates like iOS 8.2 always have the potential to have a huge impact on iPhone or iPad performance. In some cases, it’s positive. In others, negative. While the iOS 8.2 update is still new, we’re already hearing about some iOS 8.2 problems plaguing iPhone and iPad users.

With iOS 8.2 problems swirling, we want to take a look at everything you need to know about these issues. This roundup offers a look at the issues themselves, potential fixes, and a look at what the future of iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch looks like right now.

iOS 8.2 Problems Plague iPhone & iPad Users

Apple releases incremental iOS updates to fix lingering issues. iPhone and iPad users discover new problems and problems that didn’t get fixed by the current firmware. The cycle repeats.

The fact that iOS 8.2 problems have started to emerge for some iPhone and iPad users should come as a surprise to no one. iOS updates, big and small, always fix some bugs. They also tend to bring their own collection of problems, some new and some old. iOS 8.2 is no different.

Apple’s new update is extremely new which means that we haven’t seen a ton of complaints emerge yet. However, as time goes on and more users find out about iOS 8.2, we should see the list grow.

We’ve starting to see the usual complaints about battery life issues. They aren’t as loud as they normally are but that could be a product of the iOS 8.2 update’s age.

Battery life issues aren’t the only iOS 8.2 problems users are complaining about. iOS 8.2 users are complaining about broken Messages, an issue that seems to be growing as more people install the update. We’re seeing the usual complaints about broken Wi-Fi. We’re also seeing issues with cellular reception, various installation issues, problems with Bluetooth including issues in the car, performance issues on the iPhone 6, problems with apps, and more. This should be the tip of the iceberg given that we’re just 24 hours removed from the iOS 8.2 update’s release.

It’s important to point out that most of these iOS 8.2 problems are isolated issues. There are a few, battery drain in particular, that seem to be affecting quite a few people but most of these issues appear to be limited to just a few users. Right now. Again, bugs have a habit of showing their faces hours, weeks and sometimes months after an iOS release.

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We point these iOS 8.2 problems out for a few reasons. One, we want to generate discussion because discussion always leads to potential fixes. And two, as a reminder.

iPhone and iPad users, even those of you that have owned a device for a long time, need to be cautious when it comes to iOS updates. Even big like iOS 8.2. That’s why we always recommend preparing for these iOS releases. You may not be able to completely stop all of the bugs from surfacing but you can certainly try.

iOS 8.2 Problems Not a Problem for Some

While we’re seeing a number of complaints about iOS 8.2 problems, we’re also getting positive feedback from some iPhone and iPad users. Some users claim that iOS 8.2 actually helped their battery life. That seems to be the case for some people on social media as well. iOS 8.2 didn’t come with any battery life fixes in the change log but as we’ve noted many times, iOS updates have a habit of fixing issues that aren’t listed there.

We’ve posted our initial iOS 8.2 impressions for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 PlusiPhone 5, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, and we’ve rounded up feedback from iPad 2 and iPhone 4s users. What we, and many others have found, is that iOS 8.2 is an extremely stable update. That’s not surprising. This is an update that spent a ton of time in the beta program and its release followed six iOS 8 bug fix updates. It had a solid foundation.


We’ll reserve final judgement until we’ve spent some more time with iOS 8.2 but so far, the update has been treating all of our devices extremely well. iOS 8.2 brings some important bug fixes and enhancements to the iPhone and iPad and so far, we’ve been unable to detect any hero level issues plaguing these devices. Most problems, again, are isolated.

There Are Fixes for iOS 8.2 Problems

If you do happen to stumble upon an iOS 8.2 problem, you should know that there are probably some fixes out there for that problem. We recently put together a list of common iOS 8.1.3 problems and fixes for those issues. These very same issues are impacting the iOS 8.2 update. Go figure.

Many of these fixes have been passed down from update to update so there are some proven solutions in there. These fixes, which range from fixes for battery life problems to installation problems aren’t going to work for everyone. That said, they are worth a try if you do run into some problems after getting the update on board.

Our fixes are going to be a great starting point though we think you need to keep your eyes open. Apple’s Discussion Forums always provide a number of potential fixes for serious issues and the MacRumors community is solid as well. Keep these in mind so that if you do run into issues with iOS 8.2.

You Can Downgrade to iOS 8.1.3

For the time being, you can downgrade to iOS 8.1.3. Apple is currently signing off on the update though it will stop doing so at some point in the future. That means that you’re going to need to act fast if you don’t like iOS 8.2’s performance.


We’ve put together a step-by-step guide that will take you through the downgrade process. It will take a little bit of effort but it could prove beneficial to those of you that do run into iOS 8.2 problems on the iPhone or iPad.

iOS 8.3 Release Date MIA

If you happen to run into an iOS 8.2 problem or two on your device, you’re going to need to be extremely proactive. Whether that means looking for fixes or downgrading is up to you.

We say that because there’s no guarantee that Apple will roll out an iOS 8.2.1 update. If it has one in the works, it’s not saying. We would not be surprised if it did though without any hero level bugs, there may not be much incentive. We will see.


Apple’s next confirmed update is iOS 8.3. The update, which is in its second beta, is expected to go through two more betas before it’s released to the public. That could mean that the release is still months away. And even then, it probably won’t fix everything and it could bring some problems of its own. Just like iOS 8.2.



  1. len fernandex

    03/11/2015 at 8:29 am

    my iphone 4s went black after the updating process. it seemed that the lcd isnt working because my phone vibrates when switching to silent mode. and i can also hear the camera sound. what to do??

  2. Jas

    03/11/2015 at 1:05 pm


    Apparently 8.2 segregates your iTunes video purchase from your non iTunes purchases.

    If you buy season 23 of the Simpsons from iTunes, it will be in a different location from the season 1 you converted from DVD.

  3. chris9465

    03/14/2015 at 12:28 am

    Hahaha so glad i stayed away from ios updates learned my lesson when ios 7 came out bricked my iphone 4 never again will i update a perfectly running phone.

    iphone 5s runs smooth and bug free with ios 7.1.2….why on gods green earth would i intentionally break it w/ios 8? hahahaha I know apple wants me on the iphone 6 so they break my 5s operating system…never ever again! LONG LIVE IOS 7.1.2!

  4. Sound

    03/14/2015 at 8:53 am

    How to fix the sound

  5. Fred Jaramillo

    03/23/2015 at 9:53 am

    I too have noticed an incredibly fast battery drain. I had a 100% charge, and two hours later when I went to check it, it was down to 88%, and this with absolutely zero use, no calls, no texting, no app use, nothing. Hopefully there is a fix in the works for this problem.

  6. Jennifer OConnell

    03/28/2015 at 7:16 am

    I updated my iphone6 to IOS 8.2 a couple of days ago and have been noticing all kinds of problems. My calendar, voice messaging, Mapmyhike and even Siri doesn’t work right. This release is the worst I’ve seen coming from Apple. Is there a good forum to tell Apple how bad it is? I’m going to try and change back per your instructions. Hope it works!

  7. Kelly richardson

    03/29/2015 at 2:46 pm

    For the first time in 5 years I am disgusted in Apple. 2 weeks ago my battery started draining fully within 4 hours on my 5s so I book a genius bar appointment at my nearest shop over an hours drive away where I pay to replace the battery because no one chose to tell me that it could be the updates they supply that have caused the change in my battery life. Since the new battery I have also done a full reset on the phone and I have managed to prolong it to approx 6 hours but only with very little use. Why can’t Apple do the decent thing and explain how we are supposed to use a phone that can’t even keep a full charge through a working day??? I have been an avid Apple supporter and I’m starting to thing about the Samsung when my next upgrade is due because quite frankly I’m appalled.

    • Kelly richardson

      04/19/2015 at 2:03 am

      Just an update to my comment above…….Apple have now redeemed themselves just about. My phone also started messing about with charger cables, I bought a new one from Apple and my phone still said it was not certified and wouldn’t charge so I only had 1 cable that worked so after 4 visits to the Genius Bar and 4 calls to Apple technical support, a new battery at £60 and what feels like a thousand software resets they finally replaced my phone for no additional cost and I am now happy to report normal service has resumed. When I don’t use my phone the battery can last for up to 3 days now. You have to be persistent and patient but don’t give up because they have to admit that you have a problem when they have literally tried everything else even if they do make you feel a lil stupid along the way.

  8. Carl

    04/01/2015 at 4:50 am

    Since the update my phone suddenly turns off and i have to hard boot to get it back on regardless of how much battery i have.

  9. Abdu

    04/06/2015 at 8:08 am

    I have upgraded my iPhone 5sto iOS 8.2 now it has a poor internet performance .and fast battery phones much better than the iPhone 5s

  10. Wanda

    04/11/2015 at 6:05 am

    After 8.3 update I am unable to text! Ugh! Does anyone else have the same issues and if so how did you fix? Iphone5s

  11. A H

    04/18/2015 at 2:28 pm

    updated my ipad 4 to the 8.something…..8.2 i think. anyway it worked fine for a day then the battery was low so i put it on charger. wont charge. now it toggles between a screen with a dead battery, and the apple logo. i have reinstalled itunes on comp, and tried to recover. i held down the home button while plugging into computer, whit itunes already open. it gave me the itunes logo with the charger icon and itunes recognized the ipad. gave me the option to update or restore. i tried update first….took another 5 hours to download. now im back to the dead battery and apple logo, alternately. gonna go buy another charger, apple brand….and then try to restore from computer. will lose all my stuff im sure. seems there are alot of others with this problem. ive been on forums since last night. ugh! not a happy camper.

  12. Kombo Gayus Habila

    07/20/2015 at 3:27 am

    my ipad battery runs down while in used, since then the ipad is failing to booth even while charging. it start boothing and show red battery signal after that, it goes blank. what may be the solution?

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