iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus problems continue to popup as we push away from their latest update.
As we push into the fall 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 serious issues with their device.
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.
— Jeremy Lucas (@Jeremy_Lucas8) October 15, 2017
— Scott Smith (@heyscottsmith) October 17, 2017
So I’m seriously considering returning the iPhone 7. Bluetooth is TERRIBLE! 6S then? Or android? 😶
— 🏳️🌈 ᗢᘏᓗ 🇪🇺 (@clarissawam) October 10, 2017
Is it the iPhone 7 or iOS 11 that is always turning my Bluetooth on?!
— I, Dionysia (@iDionysia) October 8, 2017
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 taken a look at reasons to and not to install the iOS 11.0.3 update. Start there. We’ve also released 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 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 open. Apple is signing off on older versions of iOS 11 which means you can no longer downgrade from iOS 11.0.3 if it starts giving you trouble.
For more on the downgrade process, please take a look at our guide.
Apple hasn’t confirmed an iOS 11.0.4 update which means it could be a few weeks before we see the next iOS 11 update roll out.
The company’s currently testing an iOS 11.1 update that will deliver new features, and bug fixes, to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users. The company hasn’t confirmed a specific release date, but we’re expecting it to arrive in late October or early November.
If you want to test the iOS 11.1 update’s performance on your device, you can do that via the iOS 11.1 beta. If it causes problems, you can always drop back down to an official version of iOS 11.
For more on the iOS 11.1 update and its beta, take a look at our walkthrough. It will take you through everything you need to know ahead of its release.
Install iOS 11 for Better Security
If the security of your device is important to you you'll probably want to install iOS 11.0.3 today or sometime in the near future.
The iOS 11.0.3 update doesn't come with any new security patches. It simply features the patches from the iOS 11.0 update. (Note: iOS 11.0.1/iOS 11.0.2 didn't come with any new patches either.)
Apple's initial iOS 11.0 update delivered several patches for potential exploits. These patches address serious vulnerabilities in iOS. If you're coming from iOS 10, the iOS 11.0.3 update delivers eight patches to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
That's not all. iOS 11 also comes with new security features aimed at keeping your data safe. Elcomsoft recently discovered a change to the way iOS deals with trusted devices.
In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust.
If you skipped previous versions of iOS, your iOS 11.0.3 update will come with an even longer list of security patches.
Apple's iOS 10.3.3 update delivered 24 security patches addressing potential issues with Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari. It also included a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit called "Broadpwn."
If you skipped iOS 10.3.2 you'll get 23 additional patches in iOS 11.0.3. And if for some reason you missed iOS 10.3, you'll get 60 security patches with your version of iOS 11.0.3.
If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to iOS 11/iOS 11.0.3 soon. This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.