iOS 9.3.5 update problems continue to plague those stock on Apple’s final version of iOS 9.
iOS updates, even the tiny bug fix updates, always bring their own collection of problems to Apple’s mobile devices.
To address lingering iOS 9 problems, Apple pushed a series of iOS 9 upgrades to its iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch models including its final iOS 9.3.5 update. Devices like the iPhone 4s are stuck on iOS 9 with no way to get to iOS 11 or Apple’s upcoming iOS 12 update.
iOS 9.3.5 delivers three important security updates, but it also features a collection of problems to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users.
Today we want to touch on the current state of iOS 9.3.5 problems for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and provide you with the most important information you need to know as we push into 2018.
This roundup includes a look at fixes for iOS 9.3.5 problems, places to find feedback about your specific update, information about the iOS 9 downgrade, and a look at what’s next.
iOS 9.3.5 Problems
iOS 9.3.5 is a small update for iOS 9 users with a short list of patches for some serious exploits. The iOS 9.3.5 update is working fine for some users, but many others are running into trouble with Apple’s final iOS 9 update.
iOS 9.3.5 users are complaining about issues with Bluetooth, battery life, random reboots, Wi-Fi, problems with Apple Music, issues with Touch ID, problems syncing photo albums, installation issues, and more.
Latest iOS update (9.3.5) is sucking battery like a thirsty camel.
— Charlie Pratt (@charlesrpratt) August 28, 2016
Convinced that the battery drain I'm having with iOS (now 9.3.5) isn't a bad battery, as it happens with the battery case as well.
— Matt McMillion (@mattisadev) August 28, 2016
Anyone noticing major battery drain after the new iOS 9.3.5 update?
— Andrew Gabriel (@alphangolf) August 28, 2016
The iOS 9.3.5 update Apple released yesterday is important to install but it seems to have broken Bluetooth audio with my Citroen C4
— Nibs (@nibsuk) August 26, 2016
That’s the bad news. The good news is that iOS 9.3.5 problems appear to be isolated to a small group of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners. Many users are having positive experience on iOS 9.3.5.
Where to Find Feedback About iOS 9.3.5
It’s important for everyone using an iOS 9-powered device, particularly those who have already upgraded to iOS 9.3.5, to keep an eye on feedback about the update’s performance.
We’ve put together some reasons to and not to install the iOS 9.3.5 update right now. If you’re on the fence, start there.
We’ve put together our impressions of the update’s performance on the iPhone 4s, one of the high profile devices stuck on iOS 9. This roundup will give you some insight into iOS 9.3.5’s potential problems, and benefits.
If those aren’t enough, we recommend keeping an eye on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter/Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for additional feedback about the iOS 9.3.5 update.
How to Fix iOS 9.3.5 Problems
If you’ve run into an iOS 9.3.5 problem on your device, there’s no need to panic. There’s a good chance there’s a fix out there for your issue.
If an iOS 9 problem problem pops up on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, start with our list of fixes for common iOS 9 issues.
Our list features fixes for the most common iOS 9 problems including abnormal battery drain, Wi-Fi issues, and problems with Bluetooth.
If you run into iOS 9.3.5 activation problems you’ll want to consult Apple’s support document because it comes with a potential fix.
If you can’t find a fix there, you should head on over to Apple’s discussion forums for iPhone, iPad, Apple Music, and more. There, you’ll find a library of fixes and a helpful community that can and will point you in the right direction.
If you can’t find a fix online, you can get in contact with Apple Support via Twitter or schedule an appointment to see a Genius at an Apple Store.
You Can’t Downgrade
If you moved to iOS 9.3.5 the only place to go is up, to Apple’s iOS 11 update, if your device is compatible. You can’t go back to anything older than iOS 9.3.5.
If you need help understanding this process, take a look at our iOS 9 downgrade walkthrough. It’ll help you drop down to an old iOS upgrade in minutes.
iOS 9.3.5 was the last iOS 9 upgrade for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iOS 10 took over for iOS 9 on September 13th, 2016, and iOS 11 took over for iOS 10 last September.
Moving to Apple’s iOS 11 update could improve your device’s performance. Unfortunately, iOS 11 isn’t available for all iOS 9.3.5-powered devices. Some devices will stay on iOS 9.
Those of you with the iPhone 4s, the iPad 2, original iPad mini, or an iPod touch fifth-generation or below can’t move to iOS 10 or iOS 11. You won’t get iOS 12 either.
If you own one of those devices and you’re dealing with an iOS 9 problem, you’ll need to fix the problem yourself or take the device in to an Apple Store.
Install iOS 10.3.3 If You Want Better Security
If you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider downloading the iOS 10.3.3 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
iOS 10.3.3 brings 24 security patches addressing vulnerabilities plaguing Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari.
It also includes a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit dubbed "Broadpwn." That patch alone is a great reason to install iOS 10.3.3 right now or in the immediate future.
If you failed to download previous versions of iOS, your iOS 10.3.3 update will bring even more security features.
If you passed on iOS 10.3.2, iOS 10.3.3 will deliver 23 additional security patches for potentially dangerous issues.
If you skipped iOS 10.3.1, your iOS 10.3.3 update will bring its lone security patch. If you skipped iOS 10.3, iOS 10.3.3 will bring its monster list of patches to your device.
The iOS 10.3 update delivered over 60 known patches for potential exploits. That's substantial, even for a milestone upgrade.
If you skipped the iOS 10.2.1 update and/or the iOS 10.2 update, iOS 10.3.3 brings their security patches with it. The iOS 10.2.1 update had 14 important patches on board. You can see them all right here.
If you failed to install Apple's iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.3.3 will also bring the three crucial security patches it delivered last year. These patch up serious security problems that could potentially expose your calls, contacts, texts, and emails.
These patches enhance the security on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch making them ideal for those of you who store sensitive files/data on your device.