iPhone 7 Problems: 5 Things Users Need to Know

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus problems continue to popup as we push away from their latest upgrade.

As we push into the summer we continue to hear, and see, complaints about various iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus problems. Some users are running into minor bugs, others are running into more serious issues with their device.

Apple’s refined its software with bug fixes and patches but iOS 10.3.3, the company’s most recent upgrade, is causing problems for many iPhone 7 users.

Today, 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.

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 (which is 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.

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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 10 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 taken a look at reasons to and not to install the iOS 10.3.3 update. Start there. We’ve also put together our impressions of the iPhone 7 iOS 10.3.3 update and it’s a great resource if you want to keep tabs on the upgrade’s performance.

We've taken a look at iOS 10.2 performance on the iPhone 7.
We’ve taken a look at iOS 10 performance on the iPhone 7.

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 10 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.

You can fix iPhone 7 problems from home.
You might be able to fix your iPhone 7 problem from home.

We’ve put together a list of fixes for common iPhone 7 problems and it offers fixes for battery life issues, problems with Wi-Fi, issues with Bluetooth, and more. We’ve also put together some tips to help you improve performance.

It’s important to note that some iOS-related iPhone 7 problems will likely dissipate after a couple of days of use.

For instance, battery life tends to settle after a few days with a new device or iOS update. If you continue to experience problems with battery life or something else after more than two days of use, you’ll want to take action.

If you’re experiencing cellular data problems on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, and you failed to download the iOS 10.0.3 update, you’ll want to download the iOS 10.3.3 update.

The iOS 10.0.3 update delivered “fixes bugs including an issue where some users could temporarily lose cellular connectivity.” This fix is baked into Apple’s iOS 10.3.3 update for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

The iOS 10.2 update could fix your Bluetooth issues.
The iOS 10.3 update could fix your Bluetooth issues.

If you’re running into Bluetooth problems on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus note that Apple’s iOS 10.1 update improved Bluetooth connectivity with third party devices.

If you failed to download iOS 10.1, the iOS 10.3.3 update will bring these bug fixes to your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.

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.

You can get in touch with Apple on Twitter and see if its support can help. You can also get in contact with Apple Support via the company website.

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.

Downgrade

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 is no longer signing off on iOS 10.3.2 which means you can no longer downgrade from iOS 10.3.3 if it starts giving you trouble.

For more on the downgrade process, please take a look at our guide.

What’s Next

iOS 10.3.3 might be the last iOS 10 update which means it could be a few more weeks before we see Apple roll out bug fixes for iOS 10 problems.

Apple’s next iOS release could be the iOS 11 update it recently confirmed for the fall. The company hasn’t confirmed a specific release date but we’re expecting it to arrive in September.

If you want to test the iOS 11 update’s performance on your device, you can do that via the iOS 11 beta. If it causes problems, you can always drop back down to iOS 10.3.2 or iOS 10.3.3.

For more on the iOS 11 update and its beta, take a look at our walkthrough. It will take you through everything you need to know ahead of its release.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 10.3.3 & 9 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 10.3.3 If You Want Better Security

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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, iPad, or iPod touch.

iOS 10.3.3 brings 24 security patches addressing vulnerabilities plaguing Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari.

It also includes a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit dubbed "Broadpwn." That patch alone is a great reason to install iOS 10.3.3 right now or in the immediate future. 

If you failed to download previous versions of iOS, your iOS 10.3.3 update will bring even more security features.

If you passed on iOS 10.3.2, iOS 10.3.3 will deliver 23 additional security patches for potentially dangerous issues. 

If you skipped iOS 10.3.1, your iOS 10.3.3 update will bring its lone 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.

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. 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. 

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11 Comments

  1. Antonio Soto

    09/19/2016 at 6:03 pm

    The article is called “iPhone 7 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know”, yet you barely mentioned the lack of the 3.5mm jack connector.

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  2. [email protected]

    09/27/2016 at 6:56 pm

    What a crappy, useless article. If I had read the entire thing I would definitely think less of myself… The only positive to come out it is that I now know to avoid this site in the future.

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  3. Mike

    10/01/2016 at 11:16 am

    really bad article. The blue tooth issues and battery drain is huge. How many people can’t connect to hands free in the car. Not isolated, but very well know. Battery drain, as well.

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  4. Football Zone (@SportsClips365)

    10/09/2016 at 4:28 pm

  5. Linda

    10/12/2016 at 6:45 pm

    I have a new iPhone 7 Plus, Black matte (prob irrelevant), but it is getting really hot when I talk on the phone. When I hang up, it seems to cool down. It’s having most of the other problems mentioned above as well. $1,000. Piece of crap!

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  6. klinton

    10/26/2016 at 11:40 am

    My 7+ has resetting its self for the past 12 hours. I cant use the phone huge inconvienents

    Reply

  7. Michelle A. Rogers

    11/07/2016 at 11:07 am

    Not an insane improvement over the 6 but the addition of water resistance is great (and long overdue). I’m not a fan of the omission of the headphone jack. This is especially an issue when you want to use the adapter to use your own headphones but also want to charge the phone at the same time (i.e. long flight while watching movies).

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  8. kosinefx

    01/05/2017 at 6:16 pm

    hey what do people expect for a bargain basement item.. oh sorry

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  9. MdRucks

    01/25/2017 at 7:48 pm

    Not a single problem with my iPhone 7 Plus. Definitely not the garbage you mention. And, to the dope calling the headphone jack a problem, 1892 called and wants it back. I love my Bluetooth. It gets well over 10 hours. Not to mention you get a lightning headset with the phone. You always can plug a wired headset it into a the dongle that Apple provides as well. And, for $6 you can buy an adapter to charge and listen at the same time. Anyway, I hate using a wired connection now. The freedom to use my Bluetooth for over 10 hours without crappy wires is great.

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