iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus problems continue to popup as we push into the summer months.
While some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus problems are running into minor bugs, others are running into serious issues with their device.
Apple’s refined its software with bug fixes and patches, but iOS 11.4.1, the company’s most recent upgrade, is causing problems for many iPhone 7 users. With an iOS 12 update on the horizon, iOS 11.4.1 could be the final version of iOS 11. The iOS 12 release date is expected to arrive in September.
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 an issue with your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. iPhone issues can popup out of nowhere.
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
The earliest iPhone 7 problems centered around iCloud Restore and Activation issues. These were the same issues that affected the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at launch.
Complaints about these issues have died down in the months since the iPhone 7 launch, but if you do happen to run into an activation or iCloud Restore problem, head here for more on these problems and potential fixes.
— Jeremy Lucas (@Jeremy_Lucas8) October 15, 2017
— Scott Smith (@heyscottsmith) October 17, 2017
Is it the iPhone 7 or iOS 11 that is always turning my Bluetooth on?!
— Dionysia 👸🏾 (@iDionysia) October 8, 2017
My iPhone 7 battery dies so fast recently tf
— Juan (@juanitorecinos) January 4, 2018
my iphone 7 battery life sucks, @Apple explain.
— lo☀️ (@laurennntobolic) January 9, 2018
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus problems go beyond iCloud Restore and activation issues. We’re also seeing complaints a variety of other bugs.
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 11 update on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus and it’s worth a look if you’re new to iOS and 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 iOS 11.4.1 update. Start there. We’ve also released our impressions of the iPhone 7’s iOS 11.4.1 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 11 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 from the comforts of your computer chair.
We’ve put together a list of fixes for common iPhone 7 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.
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 an 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.
If you recently downloaded an update on your iPhone 7 and you start experiencing problems 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 week or two after a new update’s release so you’ll need to act quickly if you want to make the move back down.
The downgrade is currently closed. Apple isn’t signing off on older versions of iOS 11 which means you can no longer downgrade from iOS 11.4.1 if it starts giving you trouble.
For more on the downgrade process, please take a look at our guide.
The iOS 12 update is currently in beta which means anyone with an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus can try it before its official release date.
The beta isn’t perfect, but there’s a chance you’ll see your device’s performance improvement. Give it a shot if you can’t wait for Apple to roll out the next version of iOS.
Install iOS 12 for Better Security
If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12 right now or in the new future.
If you value your device's security you'll want to install the iOS 12 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch sooner rather than later.
The iOS 12 update carries several important security patches that tackle potential exploits. Specifically, there are 16 patches for security issues. You can read about all of them over on Apple's website.
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:
If you skipped any previous versions of iOS 11, you'll also get the security patches from those updates in your iOS 12 upgrade.
Long story long, if you store sensitive data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you have some really good reasons to upgrade today.
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