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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 into the fall.

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 12.1, the company’s most recent upgrade, is causing problems for many iPhone 7 users.

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

iPhone 7 users who have made the move to iOS 12 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 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 12 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 iOS 12 update. Start there. We’ve also released our impressions of the iPhone 7’s iOS 12.1 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 12 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 comfort 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 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.

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.

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

What’s Next

Apple’s confirmed a brand new iOS 12.1.1 update and it’ll arrive sometime later this year with bug fixes and security patches.

The iOS 12.1.1 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 the official version to roll out.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 12.1.1 & 9 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 12.1.1 for Better Security

Install iOS 12.1.1 for Better Security

If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.1.1.

If you value your device's security you'll want to install the iOS 12.1.1 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch today. Apple's iOS 12.1.1 update comes with new security patches that will help protect your phone.

In all, there are 17  patches for potential security exploits and you can read about them over on Apple's website

If you skipped iOS 12.1, you'll get its 24 patches with your version of iOS 12.1.1. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.1.1 update brings two additional patches. Both patches are for potential lock screen exploits.

If you skipped iOS 12.0, and you're still running iOS 11.4.1 or below, your iOS 12.1.1 update comes with a longer list of security updates. 

The iOS 12.0 update delivered 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:

  • Enhanced Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari prevents embedded content and social media buttons from tracking cross-site browsing without your permission
  • Suppresses ad retargeting by reducing advertisers’ ability to identify iOS devices uniquely
  • Strong and unique passwords are suggested automatically when creating an account or changing a password in most apps and in Safari
  • Reused passwords are flagged in Settings > Passwords & Accounts
  • Security code AutoFill presents one-time security codes sent over SMS as suggestions in the QuickType bar
  • Sharing passwords with contacts is easier than ever using AirDrop from Passwords & Accounts in Settings
  • Siri supports quickly navigating to a password on an authenticated device 

Long story short, if you store sensitive data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you have some really good reasons to upgrade to iOS 12.1.1 today.

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13 Comments

13 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.

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    03/23/2017 at 3:48 am

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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

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