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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 14 release.

Apple continues to refine its software with bug fixes and patches, but iOS 14.7.1, the company’s most recent upgrade, 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 users who have made the move to iOS 14 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 14 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 latest iOS 14 update. Start there.

We’ve also released our impressions of the iPhone 7’s iOS 14.7.1 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 iOS 14.

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 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 on iOS 14.7.1, iOS 14.7, or an older version of iOS, you’re on your own for the time being.

Apple is reportedly working on a new iOS 14.8 update though it’s unclear when the software will roll out. We’ll let you know when we learn more.

Apple’s also working on its new iOS 15 operating system and the software’s headed to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus later on this year.

If you don’t want to wait until September, you can try the iOS 15 update on your device right now. Most people should opt for the public iOS 15 beta.

For more on iOS 15, have a peek at our walkthrough.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 14.8 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 14.8 for Better Security

Install iOS 14.8 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.8 right away.

iOS 14.8 doesn't have a lot on board, but it does bring two new security patches with it. You can learn more about them right here

If you want to better protect your iPhone and its data, you'll want to install the iOS 14.8 update in the near future. 

If you missed iOS 14.7.1, you'll get its patch with your upgrade. If you want to learn more about iOS 14.7.1's security update, check out its support page.

If you missed iOS 14.7, you'll get its 31 security patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about those on Apple's website

If you skipped iOS 14.6, you'll get the update's 38 security patches with your iOS 14.8 update. If you're curious about the particulars, you can read about them right here.

If you skipped iOS 14.5.1, you get the update's two security patches on board. You can read about them over on Apple's website. Both are related to WebKit. 

If you missed iOS 14.5 you'll get its patches with your upgrade. You can read more about those changes over on Apple's website.

iOS 14.5 also brought Apple's new App Tracking Transparency which lets you control which apps are allowed to track your activity across other companies' apps and websites for ads or sharing with data brokers.

If you skipped iOS 14.4.2, you get its security patch with iOS 14.8. You can learn more about that patch over on Apple's website as well. 

If you missed iOS 14.4.1, you get its patch with your upgrade to iOS 14.8. You can read about that patch right here.

If you skipped iOS 14.4, you get the update's patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about iOS 14.4's security patches right here

If you skipped iOS 14.3 you'll get its nine security updates with your upgrade. You can read more about them on its security site

iOS 14.3 also included a new privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices.

If you skipped iOS 14.2, your iOS 14.8 update includes 24 additional security patches. You can learn more about the patches on Apple's security website

If you're still running iOS 13, iOS 14.8 includes iOS 14.0's security updates. 

iOS 14.0 brought 11 new security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.

In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari. 

For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.

With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them. 

There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.

Researchers also discovered that Apple brought a new "BlastDoor" sandbox security system to iOS 14. The system is meant to prevent attacks from occurring via the Messages app. 

You can read more about "BlastDoor" right here

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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