iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus problems continue to plague many users on iOS 9 and iOS 10.
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus currently run iOS 10.3.1 and many users are running into trouble on the most up-to-date version of iOS 10.
iPhone 6s users on older versions of iOS 10 and iOS 9 are also running into trouble with their software. Help is on the way but some of you might not be able to wait for Apple and its next iOS update.
Today, we want to take a look at iPhone 6s problems and offer some resources to those of you running into trouble.
We also want to make sure that you’re prepared for the future, just in case you run into an issue with your phone.
iPhone 6s Problems
As we push into 2017 we continue to hear about iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus problems.
iPhone 6s iCloud Restore problems are among the most common iPhone 6s problems and they’re giving new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users headaches.
Users are reporting long restore times that seem to go on forever. Fortunately, the process actually won’t take forever and we’ve found a potential fix to try.
If you’re running into an iPhone 6s iCloud restore problem, you’ll want to set your phone up as new, install the iOS 10 update, choose restore, and then restore from iCloud.
One other note. If you are having trouble activating your new iPhone 6s, try restarting the device or trying another connection.
We’ve been hearing complaints about iOS 10 downloads getting stuck during the installation process. If this happens during your install, you’ll want to hold down the power button and home button at the same time. The phone will reboot and the download should continue properly.
The iPhone 6s problems go beyond activation issues, problems with iCloud restore and software update installation issues.
iPhone 6s users are complaining about Slide to Update issues (you can find a fix for this here), problems with iMessages, overheating issues, abnormal battery drain, Wi-Fi problems, Bluetooth issues, random reboots, UI lag, and a whole lot more.
Apple’s discussion forums continue to fill up with complaints about the iPhone 6s and we expect more complaints to emerge throughout the year as Apple releases new software for the former flagship smartphones.
iPhone 6s battery is such garbage..
— dakoda (@DCrabtree52) May 3, 2017
If this is your first iPhone, or if you’re planning to install a new iOS update you’ll want to take a look at our list of things to do before installing an iOS update and at our reasons to and not to install the latest iOS update.
You’ll also want to take a look at the first iPhone 6s settings to change.
How to Fix iPhone 6s Problems
If you’re running into iPhone 6s problems, there’s no need to panic.
We’ve also put together some ways to improve iOS 10’s performance on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus. If you notice lag or random freezes, start there.
It’s also important to note that some iOS-related problems will dissipate after a couple of days. For instance, battery life tends to settle after a few days with a new device or iOS update.
If your iPhone 6s problems persist after a few days, that’s when you’re going to need to take action.
How to Downgrade
If an iOS update isn’t performing to your standards on the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus you can downgrade to an older version of iOS. For a limited time.
Apple isn’t signing off on any iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus iOS updates which means you don’t have this option right now.
The company typically signs off on older updates for a week or two before pulling the cord. Once that happens, the downgrade loophole will close up and you’ll be left with whatever version of iOS you’re on.
We’ve put together a step-by-step guide that will take you through the downgrade process once it opens back up.
We highly recommend getting familiar with it right now so that you can take advantage of the loophole in the future if you need to.
If your needs go beyond our list of fixes or the downgrade process, know that you have a ton of resources at your disposal.
If you’re in need of a fix or advice or feedback about new iPhone 6s iOS updates, you’ll want to check out Apple’s Discussion Forums.
It’s a fantastic resource for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s problems. Bookmark it so that you can use it going forward.
We’ve also found the MacRumors community to be a great resource so its in your best interest to stop by there as well.
Social media websites like Twitter are also places to look for fixes and advice regarding problems with the iPhone 6s. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
@AppleSupport I purchased iPhone 6s on 18th November 2016 within 6 month earphone it's not working…! I'm really pissed off
— Faiyaz Ahmed (@SFAhmed91) May 1, 2017
Your last line of defense is going to be Apple itself. The company runs an active Apple Support account on Twitter and it’s worth a try if you’re having an issue.
If you can’t fix your iPhone 6s problem on your own, you’ll want to make an appointment to see a Genius at an Apple Store.
They can run diagnostics that you might not be able to do at home and if you’re under warranty, you might be able to get a new phone.
Apple’s next update for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be its iOS 10.3.2 update. The update is currently in beta but it doesn’t have a public release date. We expect it to be released soon.
If you’re unable to fix your iPhone 6s problems on your own, be on the lookout for it. It should include some bug fixes for lingering iOS 10 problems.
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 or iPad.
iOS 10.3.3 brings (by our count) 24 security patches for a potential exploits. That's a ton for a small maintenance update and a great reason to install iOS 10.3.3 in the near future.
Your iOS 10.3.3 update will bring even more security features if you failed to download previous versions of iOS.
If you passed on iOS 10.3.2, your version of iOS 10.3.3 will deliver 23 additional security patches.
If you skipped iOS 10.3.1, your iOS 10.3.3 update will bring its 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. The previous version of iOS 10, iOS 10.2.1, brought 14 known patches.
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. Again, 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.