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11 Common iOS 9 Beta Problems and Fixes

The iOS 9 beta allows iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users to try out the new iOS 9 features before the full iOS 9 release date this fall. Last week Apple kicked off the public iOS 9 beta and we are already seeing users run into iOS 9 beta problems. Here is a look at some of the common iOS 9 beta problems and fixes.

If you are reading this while on iOS 8.4, keep in mind that bugs and problems are a part of the beta process. Apple normally fixes a lot of iOS problems before the official release. If you test the iOS 9 beta and do not like it you downgrade to iOS 8.4, which is a very fast fix to common iOS 9 beta problems.

After weeks of a developer iOS 9 beta Apple released a public iOS 9 beta that any user can sign up for. If accepted you can test iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan early.

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How to fix common iOS 9 beta problems.

We offer a deep dive into what’s new in iOS 9 so you can see what all the new features are on iPhone and iPad. After an initial rush in June, a huge influx of new iOS 9 beta users arrived with the public release and with that uptick we also saw a rise in the number of iOS 9 beta problems.

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Here is a look at the common iOS 9 beta problems for the public iOS beta and for the developer beta, and fixes that can help you get your iPhone or iPad back up and running in tip-top shape again.

iOS 9 Proactive Screen is Blank

Fix a blank Proactive screen in the iOS 9 beta.
Fix a blank Proactive screen in the iOS 9 beta.

One of the biggest new iOS 9 features is a Proactive home screen that sits to the left of your main home screen. If you swipe over and this is blank you need to perform a three-step fix. Go to Settings -> General -> Spotlight Search -> Off. Restart your iPhone. Now turn the setting back on. According to Lanky_Ape on Reddit this will fix the problem for you.

Problem Switching from WiFi to Cellular

Another iOS 9 beta problem we are seeing happens when you leave WiFi and need to switch to cellular data. cerialkiller741 reports, “I’m having an issue where, when I disconnect from a wifi network, like leaving home in the morning, my cellular data won’t work.”

Fix Cellular data not turning on when you leave WiFi.
Fix Cellular data not turning on when you leave WiFi.

There are two potential solutions to this problem. You can try toggling airplane mode from Control Center for a fast fix, but for some users this will not work. If this doesn’t work you need to go to Settings -> Cellular -> Cellular Data -> Off. Wait a second or two and then turn it back on.

Cannot Use Volume Button to Take Photo

If you rely on the volume button to take photos on your iPhone, this is not working in the iOS 9 public beta. This is a known issue and one that Apple is likely to fix with a new iOS 9 beta in the next few weeks.

For now the only option is to wait for the next beta. While this is not an instant fix, you should soon be able to upgrade and resolve this issue.

iOS 9 Beta Battery Life Problems

For many users the iOS 9 battery life is very good, but a handful of users report problems with iOS 9 battery life including draining fast.

[contextly_sidebar id=”c4Rk8X0AFdVoCVQX7XjE4SiXUwmMUcPU”]If you run into bad iOS 9 beta battery life, you can go use these steps to identify the problem. First off go to Settings -> General -> Usage -> Battery Usage to see if there is an app that is the primary problem. You may need to delete that app or reinstall it.

If you are streaming songs from Apple Music, that may be burning your battery life faster, so store them locally when possible.

You can also try to restart your phone and if that doesn’t work, choose to Reset All Settings. Open Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings and then enter your pass code. If this fails, you may need to reset your phone or downgrade to iOS 8.4.

Public iOS 9 Beta WiFi Problems

A small number of users report iOS 9 beta WiFi problems that prevent connecting to any networks or include disconnects.

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If you run into iOS 9 beta WiFi problems there are two steps to try before you downgrade to iOS 8.4. First off is a Network Settings Reset and next up is telling your iPhone to forget the connection and reconnecting.

Forget WiFi networks and reconnect to fix some iOS 9 beta problems.
Forget WiFi networks and reconnect to fix some iOS 9 beta problems.

Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings to wipe your network settings clean. This can solve many problems. Another option is to go to Settings > Wi-Fi > WiFi Name > Tap Forget this Network.

iOS 9 Beta Status Bar Problems

If your iOS 9 beta shows a status bar that takes too long to go away when you open an app, you can fix this with a simple reset of settings. Watch the video below to see this iOS 9 beta status bar problem in action.

According to the user who uploaded this video you need to go to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings to fix this problem.

Constant Sign in to iTunes Store Pop Ups

One problem we ran into on the iPhone 6 Plus with the iOS 9 beta installed is a constant request to sign in to the iTunes Store.If you continue to see a pop up and cannot download apps on the iOS 9 beta, you may need to use this fix shared on Reddit.

Go to Settings -> Touch ID & Passcode -> iTunes & App Store -> Off. If it happens again, turn it back on. Keep toggling as you need to make this work.

Time is Wrong on iOS 9 Beta

Although this is a minor issue compared top other iOS 9 beta problems, some users report that the time is messed up and does not reflect the current time in their location.

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If this happens to your iPhone or iPad you should go to Settings -> General -> Date & Time -> Set Automatically -> Off.

This should fix the problem for now, and Apple will likely solve this in the next beta.

iOS 9 Beta Install Error 56

While trying to install the iOS 9 beta you may end up with an Error 56 Unable to Install message. The blue_vortex reports, “yikes, my iOS 9 install froze at the loading apple for hours… I rebooted it and now its in recovery mode… can’t even recover to iOS 8… gives error 56 unable to update…”

You can try another computer or a new iPhone cable, but you will likely need to find the iOS 9 beta 3 developer download for your device and follow these instructions to force iTunes to install the iOS 9 beta. You may need to register your iPhone UDID with a service like IMZDL for this to work.

iPhone Does Not See Public iOS 9 Update

How to force the iPhone to see the iOS 9 beta download.
How to force the iPhone to see the iOS 9 beta download.

If you are signed up for the iOS 9 public beta, but your iPhone or iPad does not see the update you may need to re-install the profile. Apple uses a profile to allow your iPhone to download the iOS 9 beta. Sometimes the installation fails.

To repeat this process go to beta.apple.com/profile and tap on Download Profile. Once downloaded, choose Install. Restart your iPhone and then go to Settings -> General -> Software Update and you should see the iOS 9 public beta download.

Downgrade iOS 9 to iOS 8.4

If you experience other iOS 9 beta problems you can downgrade from the iOS 9 beta to iOS 8.4. This process is easy and you can restore a backup you made before upgrading, but not a iOS 9 backup.

Use these instructions to downgrade from the iOS 9 beta to iOS 8.4 in less than 30 minutes without looking for an iOS 8.4 download.

iOS 9 vs iOS 8: What’s New in iOS 9

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iOS 9 vs iOS 8 Walkthrough - Home Screen

The image above shows that the iOS 9 home screen looks very much like the one on iOS 8. This is not surprising, but you will notice one major change to this screen. 

The new iOS 9 font on the home page carries over through settings and apps. It's surprising how much the look of the system can change with a small tweak to a new font.

From the home screen you can now swipe left to a new search screen, and you can still swipe down to Spotlight from any of the home screen pages.

When you upgrade you will also see options to add iCloud Drive to your home screen. 

Apple adds two new default iOS 9 apps that you cannot delete. Find iPhone and Find Friends apps now come with the iPhone by default. You can hide them in a folder, but you cannot delete the apps. The Find My iPhone app is a very good addition, while Find My Friends is still not as widely used. 

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43 Comments

  1. nelson

    07/16/2015 at 1:11 pm

    I can bypass passcode screen by asking ‘Siri, what language do you speak,’ and simply tapping on the settings.

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  2. andy

    07/16/2015 at 6:33 pm

    You have touch ID on? When you activated Siri did you use the finger registered to it?

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  3. jaymz692015

    07/17/2015 at 6:30 pm

    I can do it too on my iphone 6 Plus with Touch and passcode enabled. LOL

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    • andy

      07/18/2015 at 12:34 pm

      That’s weird…I tried it and it doesn’t work for me…I activate Siri with the registered finger on Touch ID and when I press settings it will ask for a Pass Code

      Reply

  4. Andrew Drwenski (@ADrwenski)

    07/19/2015 at 11:25 am

    Siri bypass doesn’t work for me as long as I don’t use a registered fingerprint (kinda a duh moment).

    I frequently lose all LTE data after leaving Wifi.

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  5. ωåÿηΣ (@ctt1wbw)

    07/20/2015 at 1:28 am

    Well, that’s a first for me. Something I said anywhere made it in a respectable new site! :)

    I’m still having the LTE issues which isn’t a big deal really. I can always fix it and now I know Apple is aware of the problem, which is really the whole reason for a beta. I don’t mind helping out.

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  6. Kailen

    07/20/2015 at 3:58 am

    Wow honestly having no problems here using iOS 9 on my iPad air and iPhone 6 I have seen significant increases in battery life for my iPhone which is awesome even with heavy use.

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  7. Steve Bachman

    07/20/2015 at 1:05 pm

    Major issue. Cannot log into iTunes or Apple TV as it requires the auth code from the 2-step process. There is seemingly nowhere to put in the 6 digit code preventing me from logging in. I tried to downgrade back to 8.4 from 9.0 beta but the log in still thinks I am on 9.0. Cannot disable the 2 step auth process. Major frustrated. Spent an inordinate amount of time with tech support and nothing so far. Any work arounds or help would be appreciated. Thanks

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  8. St

    07/20/2015 at 11:11 pm

    I am having printing problems but I guess they will be fixed.

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  9. Bruce C.

    07/26/2015 at 5:18 pm

    Siri seemed to have stopped talking her responses but the text still comes up!

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  10. Jon Eisenberg

    07/31/2015 at 8:44 am

    getting the time wrong is hardly a minor problem if you rely on your clock or calendar!

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  11. KRoseQuayle

    08/03/2015 at 3:43 pm

    I have had nothing but problems in IOS 9. Seemed to free up some space, nice to look at, was a little laggy when swiping or trying to close apps in general. But then one day I tried to put my password in after it went into the lock screen and it showed different numbers than what I was typing in. Several attempts produced the same result and I unlocked it with my touch ID. Since then there have been multiple bugs randomly throughout the day. Sometimes the backspace refuses to work. At other times it types completely different letters than I am typing in safari to search. I have even seen it open up several apps or open settings- app- settings in front of me without my touching it. Spooky and nearly to the point I can’t use the phone. This has been especially bothersome in messages and facebook messenger but no w am having typing problems in Pinterest. I’ve used plenty of betas before and never issues to this degree. Will uninstall.

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  12. Mel Rockin Quagrainie

    08/08/2015 at 10:55 am

    Is it just me or is the silent switch not working? Heck everything that should have sound (except for videos and music) are completely silent.

    Reply

  13. Aaron Shackleton

    08/09/2015 at 3:55 am

    Anyone else having issues where you keep receiving messages saying insufficient funds ?

    Reply

  14. Dennis

    08/12/2015 at 5:09 pm

    iOS 9 has completely frozen my iPhone 6 at a black screen. It’s completely unresponsive and Home + Power Reset doesn’t do a thing, iTunes doesn’t recognize the iPhone when it is connected, plugging power doesn’t do anything, it is a complete brick. Anybody have this issue or know of a way to fix this?

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    • samantha

      09/10/2015 at 8:11 pm

      i have the same problem. i dont know how to fix it.

      Reply

    • Laperla

      09/17/2015 at 10:45 am

      I have same issue

      Reply

    • Sienna

      09/17/2015 at 11:29 am

      I have the same problem do you have any advice to fix it

      Reply

  15. Dennis

    08/12/2015 at 5:49 pm

    Freezer trick worked! Put my iPhone 6 in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes to drain the battery completely and plugged it in… I got the red dead battery on my screen…. ITS ALIVE!!!!! Restoring 8.4 immediately

    Reply

  16. Sawyer

    08/14/2015 at 9:24 pm

    I keep reinstalling the profile but it still won’t recognize the update.

    Reply

  17. yarin.conen999@gmail.com

    08/16/2015 at 3:19 pm

    Everything upside down on my phone !

    Reply

  18. Ruthjtoney

    08/30/2015 at 11:16 pm

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  19. Luke

    09/15/2015 at 5:32 am

    My FaceTime and messages aren’t working

    Reply

  20. Katy

    09/17/2015 at 3:07 am

    firstly I have not got enough storage to upgrade to iOS 8.4 never mind 9.0 however last night it offered me the download so I upgraded it. Left it to do it over night and woke up at 2 am to go through the all the various things like putting a passcode in and everything and when it came to the end I’d finished all of that and I pressed finish or whatever it said. Since then I cannot use my phone, it brings up the apple logo screen, asks me to put in the passcode I entered, shows the apple logo screen again with the loading bar and then asks me to put in my passcode again, it then continues in this cycle until the end of time and I can’t get any further and I can’t use my phone :( any help welcome.

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  21. r

    09/17/2015 at 6:43 am

    i updated my iphone from Ios 7 to ios9 directly (as i saw the option of installing ios9 pop up) it says my phone updated successfuly but when i “slide to upgrade” it doesnt slide…..any fix for this?

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  22. Khush JAin

    09/17/2015 at 9:32 am

    When I open phone it stucks and in settings when I go in phone it stucks please fix this I can’t call anyone

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  23. Laperla

    09/17/2015 at 10:21 am

    OS 9 has completely frozen my iPhone 6 at a black screen. It’s completely unresponsive. anyone help me please.

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    • Chris

      09/21/2015 at 5:21 pm

      I have the same problem currently and i need to use my phone asap, someone help

      Reply

  24. Wajiha

    09/17/2015 at 10:39 am

    Siri is not working in my iphone 5s after update of ios 9.
    She doesnt talk.

    I have enabling int after restart but it doesnt work. Please help!!

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  25. Calen

    09/17/2015 at 6:46 pm

    FOR PEOPE WHOS PHONE WONT RESPOND TO HOME AND POWER BUTTON: press and hold both until phone shuts off then hold power button to turn it back on

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  26. Carmen

    09/17/2015 at 10:32 pm

    Are they going to try to fix the battery life for some of us . Cause I didn’t use it today at all and it died.

    Reply

  27. Jessica

    09/17/2015 at 11:38 pm

    I updated my ipad 2 to ios 8.4.1 to ios 9 just this morning and when it finished came to the slide screen and asking for the apple id and password i locked them in and press agreed with the terms and cons it keeps on responding could not sign in. How this be fix? i use my ipad for work and I need to use it immediately. :( HELP!

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  28. Jessica

    09/17/2015 at 11:40 pm

    Correction: I updated my ipad ios 8.4.1 to Ios 9.

    Reply

    • checed

      09/18/2015 at 2:56 am

      did you solved your problem with this? I had the same. :'(

      Reply

  29. checed

    09/18/2015 at 2:55 am

    i upgraded my iphone to ios 9 . And after i press the agreed button after the terms and cons.. “could not sign in” pops up. HOW TO FIX THIS! HELPPP! :'(

    Reply

    • Tim Kirkov

      09/26/2015 at 2:26 am

      I have the same problem did anyone find a fix ?

      Reply

  30. Mike

    09/18/2015 at 9:41 am

    DO NOT put your phone in the freezer if it refuses to power it on. Your more likely to brick it this way, and Apple will not help, due to moisture damage. Try holding the power and home button down together until the apple appears. My issue is that it will keep asking for the password for free apps, even though I have told to only ask, if I request a paid app.

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  31. Gyan

    09/18/2015 at 10:18 am

    I got the same problem like Jessica if anyone got solution pls help me out to fix this problem.

    Reply

  32. nami1106@gmail.com Thomas

    09/20/2015 at 6:13 pm

    I have an iPad2 it’s been working reliably years. Now with this upgrade it won’t recognize any passwords.

    Reply

  33. Keds dizon

    09/23/2015 at 12:30 am

    After updated to iOS 9.1 beta i can’t use my siri, voice recording in imsg and front cam video recording its not working. Any one experiencing this problem? Help!

    Reply

  34. Dennis

    09/23/2015 at 10:17 pm

    My apps like Angry Birds and Boom Beach go back to home screen halfway through moves since I downloaded IOS 9. Hope Apple can fix this.

    Reply

  35. nana

    09/29/2015 at 9:26 am

    After i upgrade my iphone to ios 9, i can’t download from app store and the network unable to connect to wifi

    Reply

  36. Lara Croft

    09/30/2015 at 7:09 am

    Not only was this NOT fixed in iOS 9 BETA, but still a problem in the 9.0.1 official release. My iPhone is now almost ONE MINUTE ahead. VERY VERY BAD and APPLY is GETTING WORSE AS IS THEIR STOCK PRICE!

    Reply

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