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 12.3.1 for Better Security
If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.3.2 if you own an iPhone 8 Plus or iOS 12.3.1 if you own another device.
If you skipped previous versions of iOS 12 and you value your device's security, you'll want to download iOS 12.3.2/iOS 12.3.1 in the near future because it could bring important security patches for your device.
iOS 12.3.2 and iOS 12.3.1 don't have any security updates of their own, but if you skipped iOS 12.3, your iOS iOS 12.3.2/12.3.1 update carries iOS 12.3's security patches on board. The iOS 12.3 update brought 23 patches and you can read about all of them right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.2, you'll get its security patches with your version of iOS 12.3.2/iOS 12.3.1.
iOS 12.2 brought a whopping 41 security patches to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in March. You can read more about the iOS 12.2's patches over on the company's website.
It's important to note that Apple's iOS 12.2 update patched up an exploit that allowed websites to use motion sensors to "fingerprint" devices.
Fortunately, Apple's patched up the issue. If you skipped it, you'll probably want to move to iOS 12.3.2 or iOS 12.3.1 soon.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.4, you get four important security patches including fixes for a widespread FaceTime eavesdropping bug that lets you call someone via FaceTime and hear the audio coming from their phone before they pick up the phone.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.3, you get some additional patches with your version of iOS 12.3.2/iOS 12.3.1. Again, they're baked into your upgrade.
Apple lists a grand total of 23 patches on board iOS 12.1.3 and you can read about all of them over on Apple's website.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.1, you'll want to install the iOS 12.3.2/iOS 12.3.1 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch today.
The iOS 12.1.1 update brought 17 patches for potential security exploits. They'll will help protect your phone. You can read about them here.
If you skipped iOS 12.1, you'll get the 24 patches from that update with your version of iOS 12.3.2/iOS 12.3.1. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.3.2/iOS 12.3.1 update brings two additional patches. Both patches are for potential lock screen exploits.
If you skipped iOS 12.0, and you're still running iOS 11.4.1 or below, your iOS 12.3.2/iOS 12.3.1 update comes with a longer list of security updates.
The iOS 12.0 update delivered 16 patches for security issues. You can read about all of them over on Apple's security page.
In addition to those patches, iOS 12 delivers new security features aimed at protecting you and the data you store on your device. These include:
Long story short, if you store sensitive data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you have some really good reasons to upgrade to iOS 12.3.2 or iOS 12.3.1 today.
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