iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus problems continue to popup as we push away from the latest iOS 13 release.
While some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus problems are running into minor bugs, others are running into serious issues with their device.
With that in mind, we want to take a look at the current state of iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 problems. We also want to make sure that you’re prepared for the future, just in case you run into a bug or performance issue on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.
This roundup offers a look at the issues themselves and some steps to take if you do happen to run into a problem with your device.
iPhone 7 Problems
iPhone 7 users who have made the move to iOS 13 are complaining about a variety of bugs and performance issues.
updated my iPhone 7 to iOS 13 and it’s draining battery as it’s sitting on the charger. so that’s cool
— destiny (@destinynic44) September 30, 2019
We’re hearing about severe battery drain, issues connecting to Wi-Fi, problems connecting to Bluetooth (a big problem given that the two phones don’t come with a 3.5mm headphone jack), touchscreen issues, problems with various applications, issues syncing photos, and much more.
Apple’s discussion forums and social sites like Twitter continue to fill up with complaints about problems plaguing the two flagship devices.
It’s impossible to predict what you might run into during your time with the iPhone 7 so you’ll want to occasionally make a backup of the files stored on your phone.
If you don’t know how to do that, we’ve put together a guide that will take you through the backup process using Apple’s iTunes software.
If you don’t want to use iTunes, we also have a guide that details the backup process via Apple’s iCloud service.
We’ve also put together a list of things to do before installing the latest iOS 13 update on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus and it’s worth a look if you’re new to iOS and the iPhone or if you simply need some additional help.
Where to Find Feedback
If you need additional help, there are a number of other places to look for fixes and feedback about iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus performance.
We’ve put together some reasons to and not to install the latest iOS 13 update. Start there.
We’ve also released our impressions of the iPhone 7’s iOS 13.4 update and it’s a great resource if you want to keep tabs on the upgrade’s performance.
We also recommend keeping an eye on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter/Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for additional feedback about Apple’s iPhone 7 and its iOS 13 updates.
How to Fix iPhone 7 Problems
If you do run into a problem with your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, there’s no need to panic. There’s a good chance you’ll be able to fix the issue(s) from the comfort of your home or office.
We’ve put together a list of fixes for common software problems and it offers fixes for Wi-Fi issues, issues with Bluetooth, and more. We’ve also put together some tips to help you improve performance and battery life.
If you’re running an older version of iOS 13, you should try updating your phone to the latest version. It could stabilize performance.
Your last line of defense is Apple itself. If you can’t fix your iPhone 7 problem on your own, you have a couple of options.
If customer service can’t help you, and you still can’t fix your issue, you might think about taking your phone into an Apple Store.
Make a Genius Bar appointment and have them run diagnostics on your device to see if they can pinpoint the problem. Your iPhone 7 is under warranty so they might offer you a replacement if they can’t fix the issue.
How to Downgrade Your iPhone 7
If you recently downloaded an update on your iPhone 7 and you start experiencing problems, you might be able to downgrade back to an older version.
Downgrading isn’t a guaranteed way to fix performance issues but it’s an option if you decide you’ve had enough of your device’s poor performance.
Apple typically keeps the downgrade loophole open for a few weeks after a new update’s release so you’ll need to act quickly if you want to make the move back down.
For more on the downgrade process, please take a look at our guide.
iOS 13.4.5 might follow iOS 13.4.
The company’s pushed a new iOS 13.4.5 update into beta testing. We don’t have a release date, but we expect the software to roll out in April or early May.
iOS 13.4.5 is a point update will means it will bring bug fixes and security updates to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. It also should have at least one new feature on board as well.
For more on iOS 13.4.5, take a look at our guide.
Apple is also working on an iOS 14 update for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but the first version of the operating system will probably arrive in June.
For more on iOS 14 and its release, please take a look at our guide.
Install iOS 13.4 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 13.4 update right away.
iOS 13.4 brings 28 new security patches with it and you can read about all of them on Apple's website right here.
iOS 13.4 brings several improvements to Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention. Apple's John Wilander has outlined these in a blog post and it's worth checking out.
Reports have outlined a vulnerability in Wi-Fi chips made by Broadcom and Cypress Semiconductor that left billions of devices susceptible to attack.
Dubbed Kr00k, the vulnerability allows nearby attackers to decrypt sensitive information that's relayed over-the-air.
Fortunately, it looks like the issue was patched up with the release of iOS 13.2, an update that arrived all the way back in October.
So if you're running a really old version of iOS 13, you'll really want to move your device up to the newest version of iOS 13.
If you skipped iOS 13.3.1, you get its patches with iOS 13.4.
The iOS 13.3.1 update included 21 new security patches that will help protect your device from harm. The company's outlined those patches in detail if you want to dig in.
If you skipped iOS 13.3, you get its patches with iOS 13.4. iOS 13.3 brought 12 new security patches to the iPhone and you can read about each one over on Apple's security page.
The iOS 13.3 update also added support for NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-compliant security keys in the Safari browser.
If you missed iOS 13.2, it had 16 new security patches on board. You can read about all of them on Apple's website right here.
iOS 13.1.1 brought a security patch for a third-party keyboard issue to your iPhone. If you're interested in the particulars, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
If you passed on installing iOS 13.1, you get an additional patch with your iOS 13.4 update. You can learn more right here.
If you're moving up from iOS 12, you'll get iOS 13.0's nine security patches with your upgrade to iOS 13.4. Read about those here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.1 or any older versions of iOS 12, you'll get their security patches with your iOS 13.4 update.
iOS 12.4.1 only had one patch on board, but Apple's iOS 12.4 brought 19 security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on right here.
In addition to those patches, iOS 13 itself comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improved anti-tracking features in Safari and the ability to get rid of location metadata in your photos.
You also now have the ability to block apps from using Bluetooth and the ability to allow apps to access your location just once.
iOS 13 will also send you reminders about applications that track your data.
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