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iPhone 7 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

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iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus problems continue to popup as we push away from the latest iOS 15 release.

Apple continues to refine its software with bug fixes and patches, but the company’s most recent iOS 15 firmware is causing problems for some iPhone 7 users.

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 and iPhone 7 Plus users who have made the move to iOS 15 are complaining about a variety of bugs and performance issues.

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 have a 3.5mm headphone jack), touchscreen issues, problems with various first and third-party applications, problems with Widgets, 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.

We’ve also put together a list of things to do before installing the latest iOS 15 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 released a guide that will walk you through the best reasons to, and not to, install the latest version of iOS 15 on your phone. Start there.

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 iOS 15.

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, you should try updating your phone to the latest version. It could stabilize your phone’s 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.

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 if your local store is open.

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.

What’s Next

If your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus is having a rough time, you’re on your own for the time being.

Apple’s put a new iOS 15.5 update into beta testing ahead of a release later this year. The company hasn’t confirmed an iOS 15.5 release date and we expect the software to stay in beta for a little bit longer. As of right now we expect a release sometime in May.

iOS 15.5 is a milestone upgrade which means it should carry a mix of new features, security patches, and bug fixes for ongoing problems.

If your problems are really bad, or you just want to try new software, you might try downloading the iOS 15.5 beta onto your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus right now.

For more on iOS 15.5 and the beta, have a look at our walkthrough. For more about the upcoming iOS 15.5 release date, check out our guide.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 15.5 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 15.5 for Better Security

Install iOS 15.5 for Better Security

If security is important to you, you'll want to think about installing Apple's iOS 15.5 update right away.

iOS 15.5 brings 27 new security patches to the iPhone and they are essential if you want to keep your device and its data protected. You can learn more about these patches over on Apple's security site.

If you missed iOS 15.4.1, it had just one new security patch on board. You can read more about it over on Apple's website

If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. If you want to learn more about these patches, head on over to Apple's security site for the particulars

If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more about it, head over to Apple's security page

If you missed iOS 15.3, you'll also get its patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches to iPhone users. If you're interested in the details, you can read more about them right here.

If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you'll get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about the change over on Apple's website

If you missed Apple's iOS 15.2 update, you'll get its 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about them over on the company's security site

iOS 15.2 also included some important upgrades to privacy. The software brought the company's App Privacy Report to Settings. This lets you see how often your apps have accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts and more during the last seven days. You can also see their network activity. 

In addition, iOS 15.2 brought Apple's communication safety features for kids. You'll find these features in the Messages app, in Siri, in Spotlight, and in Search. 

If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.5 will bring its security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about them on Apple's website

If you missed iOS 15.0.2 you'll also get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it right here.

iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you'll be moving up from iOS 14 and you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.

Apple's updated its website with new information about iOS 15's batch of security patches. The company now says the software patched up an issue that could have exposed a user's private Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also says iOS 15 patched up an issue that allowed apps to override Privacy preferences.

If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.5 update as well. 

In addition to those patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Siri. Requests made to Siri are now processed on the device itself using Neural Engine. This makes it more secure. 

If you're an Apple Card user, you'll now get a security code that changes regularly to use when you make online transactions. 

Apple's also included a built-in authenticator that's similar to Google Authenticator. This will let you generate verification codes for enhanced sign-in security under your Passwords.

There's also a Mail feature that hides your IP address. 

16 Comments

16 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.

    • Patricia Jackson

      10/30/2018 at 1:07 am

      Wifi has started working after upgrading the iOS in my iPhone 7 from Apple Repair Center but the articles is great help for the small iPhone issues

  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.

  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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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).

  7. kosinefx

    01/05/2017 at 6:16 pm

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

  8. 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.

    • Mark W

      08/23/2019 at 11:28 am

      leave it to the greedy totalitarian profiteers at apple to frustrate millions of 3.5mm accessory owners; 1776 called, they are reminding you why King George LOST

      I used the handy apple stickers included with my new gifted iphone7, to put on the back of my laptop: I lay the bitten apple on its uneaten side, and carefully cut a worm from the unsed apple, which I affix protruding from the eaten bite – this aptly advertises my respect for the anti-American profiteering creeps at apple, now working with and openly sharing their encryption system with the Chi-Coms

      FIRST DAY WITH MY NEW IPHONE7 – ALREADY NOTICING THE HORRIBLE BATTERY LIFE, AND I HAVE HARDLY STARTED USING IT YET – THANKS A LOT/NICE JOB, apple!!

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  11. Mikedowdy

    11/02/2017 at 3:42 pm

    Why is it all of a sudden my phone background light goes really dim since I downloaded the new update, especially after I brightened it up to more than halfway up

  12. Domenico Zingaro

    05/09/2019 at 8:07 am

    lAST WEEK AFTER the update the audio no longer works and the speakerphone icon does not light up.
    Apple says phone to throw away, only 28 months of life: is this possible?

  13. Lisa Erskine

    05/20/2019 at 6:06 am

    We have 6 iPhone 7 4 have no service issues but our model doesn’t fall under the recall how can that even be legal if the a1660 model is under recall for the same exact issue? Is there anything we can do? These phones aren’t even paid off yet?

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