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10 Common iPadOS 13 Beta Problems & How to Fix Them



The iPadOS 13 beta is plagued with various bugs and performance issues. While some problems will require a fix from Apple, others can be fixed in a matter of minutes.

Apple’s iPadOS 13 beta brings a ton of new features to the iPad line. The list includes a new Dark Mode, a new Home Screen, improvements to the Apple Pencil experience, enhancements for editing text, an upgraded keyboard, and a whole lot more.

The beta is exciting, but it’s not without problems. iPad owners have been complaining about a variety of issues since the beta’s launch back in June.

We’e seen complaints about small, annoying bugs and we’ve also heard complaints about much larger performance issues. If you decide to install the iPadOS 13 beta on your tablet, there’s a good chance you run into an issue.

If you don’t want to wait for Apple to fix your problem in an upcoming beta, and there’s no guarantee it will, you can try and fix them on your own. You can also downgrade back to iOS 12 if you can’t find the fix you’re looking for.

In this guide we’ll take you through some of the common iPadOS 13 beta issues and take you through some fixes that could help you avoid a downgrade.

How to Fix iPadOS 13 Beta Installation Problems

Some iPad users are having trouble downloading and installing the iPadOS 13 beta.

If this is your first time installing beta software on a tablet, have a look at our installation instructions. We’ll take you through the entire process step-by-step and help you get the software installed the right way.

In its release notes, Apple says users with large photo libraries might need to wait for an extended period while their device displays the Apple logo with a progress bar. So if your installation is taking a long time to complete, remain patient.

If your download or installation does get stuck you should try hard resetting your device and installing the beta again. You can also try entering recovery mode and restoring to iOS 12.3.1 or iOS 12.3.

If that doesn’t work, you can try removing your SIM card and see if that jumpstarts things.

How to Fix iPadOS 13 Beta Battery Life Issues

Some iPadOS 13 beta testers are noticing weird battery drain after making the move from iOS 12. This is a common problem with Apple’s software and it can be tricky to fix.

If you start noticing weird battery drain, please take a look at our full length guide to fixing beta battery life problems. There’s a very good chance it’s one (or more) of your apps causing the issues.

How to Fix iPadOS 13 Beta Performance Issues

We’re hearing about an assortment of performance issues including lag, crashes, lockups, and reboots. These are also common issues.

If you’re dealing with one of these problems, please take a look at our guide to fixing beta performance issues. It’ll take you through fixes that have worked for us, and many others, in the past.

How to Fix iPadOS 13 Beta Wi-Fi Problems

Some iPadOS 13 beta testers are dealing with dropped Wi-Fi connections and slow speeds. Wi-Fi problems can be difficult to fix, but here are a few things to try if your connection starts acting up.

Before you start playing around with your iPad’s settings, try unplugging your router for a minute or two. If you don’t see a change, check and see if there is an outage in your area. You can use a site Down Detector to find your ISP (Internet Service Provider) and see if there are reports from other customers.

If you’re sure your issues aren’t related to your ISP or router, head into tablet’s Settings and forget the Wi-Fi connection that’s not working properly. Here’s how to do that:

  • Go into Settings.
  • Tap Wi-Fi.
  • Select your connection.
  • Tap Forget this Network at the top of the screen.
  • Type in your password and reconnect.

If you continue to deal with the issues, head into your Settings app and Reset your Network Settings. Make sure you have your Wi-Fi passwords handy because you’ll need to re-enter them once this process completes. Here’s how to reset your network settings:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Scroll to Reset.
  • Tap Reset Network Settings on the next screen.
  • Type in your password and see if it reconnects.

If none of these work, Apple’s also got its own guide to Wi-Fi problems and it’s certainly worth a look.

How to Fix iPadOS 13 Beta Bluetooth Problems

If your Bluetooth connectivity is acting up, here are a few fixes you can try.

Open up your Settings app and head to your iPad’s Bluetooth connections. Once you’re there, tap on the blue i in the circle next to the Bluetooth connection that’s having issues and tap Forget This Device on the next screen. Once your iPad forgets the device, try reconnecting.

If that doesn’t help, you should try resetting your device’s Network Settings. Here’s how to do that:

  • Go into Settings.
  • Go to General.
  • Scroll down to Reset.
  • Tap Reset Network Settings.

This process will take a few seconds to complete. It’ll also cause your tablet to forget known connections including Wi-Fi connections so make sure you have your passwords handy.

If you’re still having Bluetooth issues, try resetting all of your settings. This will revert them back to their factory defaults. Here’s how to do that:

  • Go into Settings.
  • Go to General.
  • Scroll down to Reset.
  • Tap Reset All Settings.

This will also cause your iPad to forget known Wi-Fi connections so make sure you have your passwords on hand prior to making this move.

How to Fix iPadOS 13 Beta Cellular Data Problems

If you own a cellular-powered iPad, and your cellular connection is struggling on iPadOS 13 beta, here are some steps you can take.

First, check in with your carrier and see if there’s an outage in your area. Follow these links to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon and dig into reports.

If you’re positive the issues you’re seeing have nothing to do with a service outage, try restarting your iPad and see if that solves the problem.

If you’re still seeing issues, head into your Settings app, tap About, and check for a carrier update. If there is an update, download it. It could fix the issues you’re seeing.

You can try toggling Cellular Data off and on. Go into your Settings, tap, Cellular, and Toggle it off. Wait a minute and then toggle it back on.

If those fixes don’t work, try resetting your iPad’s Network Settings:

  • Go into Settings.
  • Go to General.
  • Scroll down to Reset.
  • Tap Reset Network Settings.

How to Fix iPadOS 13 Beta App Problems

Developers won’t roll out iPadOS 13 support updates until we get close to the official launch this fall. If an app starts acting up on your iPad, you’ve only got a few options.

If one of your apps starts acting up on the beta, make sure you’re running the latest version of the app. If an update doesn’t solve the issue, you should try reinstalling the app.

If you still can’t get the app to work, you might have to downgrade to iOS 12 and wait for the developer to release a support update for iPadOS 13.

How to Fix iPadOS 13 Beta Face ID Problems

If you own a new iPad Pro and your Face ID starts acting up, you should restart your tablet. This should fix the issue.

How to Fix iPadOS 13 Beta Touch ID Problems

If you have an iPad that utilizes Touch ID instead of Face ID and your Touch ID fingerprint sensor starts acting up, here are a few potential fixes to try.

Before you make changes in your Settings, make sure there isn’t any dirt or sweat on the Touch ID sensor. Also check for oil on your hands because it could cause the sensor to misread your fingerprints.

If everything checks out, try restarting your iPad. Sometimes a simple restart will alleviate the issues.

If that doesn’t work,  try retraining your fingerprints on your tablet. Here’s how to do that:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap Touch ID & Passcode.
  • Enter your Passcode if you have one.
  • On the next screen tap on each print and select Delete Fingerprint.
  • After you do this tap on Add a Fingerprint… to re-train your Touch ID.

How to Fix iPadOS 13 Beta iCloud Problems

Apple notes that when creating a new document in Pages, Numbers, or Keynote in a shared folder, you might see the message “Couldn’t connect to iCloud.”

If this occurs, you’ll want to close and reopen the document. That should fix the issue.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 12.4 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 12.4 for Better Security

Install iOS 12.4 for Better Security

If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.4.

If you value your device's security, you'll want to download iOS 12.4 in the near future because it brings important security patches for your device. 

iOS 12.4 brings 19 security patches to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on Apple's security site

If you skipped iOS 12.3, your iOS 12.4 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 12.4.

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.

The exploit, discovered by researchers in Europe, uses JavaScript to snag data from a device's accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer when the user visits an infected website. If the attack is successful, a device can be tracked around the internet. 

Fortunately, Apple's patched up the issue. If you skipped it, you'll probably want to move to iOS 12.4 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 12.4. 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 12.4 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 12.4. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.4 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 12.4 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:

  • Enhanced Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari prevents embedded content and social media buttons from tracking cross-site browsing without your permission
  • Suppresses ad retargeting by reducing advertisers’ ability to identify iOS devices uniquely
  • Strong and unique passwords are suggested automatically when creating an account or changing a password in most apps and in Safari
  • Reused passwords are flagged in Settings > Passwords & Accounts
  • Security code AutoFill presents one-time security codes sent over SMS as suggestions in the QuickType bar
  • Sharing passwords with contacts is easier than ever using AirDrop from Passwords & Accounts in Settings
  • Siri supports quickly navigating to a password on an authenticated device 

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 12.4 today.

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