iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus owners are dealing with numerous problems including Bluetooth issues, sound problems, and various issues with the device setup.
iPhone 8 users are reporting issues with their hardware and the iOS 11 software that powers the two devices. We expect the list of problems to grow as more people buy the iPhone 8 and as Apple releases additional firmware updates throughout the year.
This guide will take you through the current list of iPhone 8 problems. It will also provide you with some resources that will come in handy if you start noticing issues with your new phone.
It also includes a look at what to expect from Apple and the next version of iOS.
iPhone 8 Problems
Apple’s pushed out numerous iOS 11 bug fix updates, but we continue to see iPhone and iPhone 8 users complain about performance issues and bugs.
We’re hearing about Wi-Fi issues, Bluetooth connectivity issues, problems with first and third party apps, Touch ID and 3D Touch problems, restore problems, abnormal battery drain, and iCloud issues.
I’ve had my iPhone 8 for around 7 months now and the battery life is getting about as bad as my iPhone 6s was after 2 years. @Apple I’d like the rest of the battery life I paid for.
— Whitt (@whittmightbefit) May 30, 2018
Anyone else’s iPhone 8 battery absolutely shite ???
— jordyn (@jordynXgundlach) May 26, 2018
@AppleSupport Ever since the 11.3.1 update, my iPhone 8 gets very hot and the battery drains way too fast. When are you going to fix this?
— Victoria E Coon (@VictoriaECoon) May 21, 2018
@Apple, why am I paying so much for iPhone 8 when apparently it can’t do simple things my 6 could do, like connect to Bluetooth accessories? I’ve already tried all the troubleshooting tips – this is really annoying. #notworthit #fixthis
— Madai Miller (@purplegreyhound) May 23, 2018
Problems can popup at any time so you’ll want to be as prepared as possible. We recommend periodically backing up the files on your phone to keep them safe.
To assist you, we’ve put together a guide that will take you through the backup process using Apple’s iTunes software. We’ve also released a guide that details the backup process via Apple’s iCloud service.
Apple will eventually release a new version of iOS 11 for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. When it does, you’ll want to prepare your device. New iOS updates always bring trouble and a little prep work will go a long way toward preventing headaches.
We’ve released a pre-installation guide that will take you through some things to do before installing new software on your device. If this is your first iPhone you should get familiar with the process.
Where to Find Feedback
If your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus is struggling, you’ll want to dig into feedback and fixes from fellow users. Here are a few places to do that.
We recommend keeping an eye on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter/Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for feedback about the iPhone 8’s hardware and its version of iOS 11.
We’ve also put together a guide to the iPhone 8 iOS 11 update. This guide provides our feedback about the upgrade and some tips that’ll help you prevent issues.
How to Fix iPhone 8 Problems
If you run into problems with the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus your first thought might be to take it back to Apple or the place where you bought it. Before you do that you should try fixing the issue from home.
Before you take your phone down to an Apple Store, take a look at our list of fixes for common iPhone 8 problems. It offers fixes for the most common problems.
We’ve also put together some tips to help you improve your iPhone 8’s overall performance and a guide to improving iPhone 8 battery life.
If iOS 11.3 killed touchscreen functionality on your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, try installing the iOS 11.4.1 update.
If you can’t find a fix in those guides make sure you check Apple’s discussion forums. There are a lot of knowledgable users over there and you could get a solution to your problem within minutes.
If Apple’s customer service can’t help you solve whatever it is that’s plaguing your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, it’s time to take your phone to an Apple Store (if one is close by) or your local carrier store.
Make an Genius Bar appointment and have them run diagnostics on your device to see if they can pinpoint the problem. Your iPhone 8 is under warranty so they might offer you a replacement if the issue is serious.
Downgrade Your iPhone 8
Once you move your iPhone 8 to iOS 11.4.1 you’re stuck with it.
Apple’s stopped signing off on iOS 11.4 which means iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus users running into problems with iOS 11.4.1 are on their own.
We don’t know when Apple will release the next version of iOS 11 though we’re hoping for a surprise iOS 11.4.2 release ahead of iOS 12’s release this fall.
Downgrading isn’t a guaranteed way to solve problems, but its worked for many users in the past. If you’re new to the iPhone and iOS, take a look at our guide to downgrading iOS.
iOS 11.4.1 could be the final version of iOS 11.
Apple hasn’t confirmed an iOS 11.4.2 update so those of you dealing with problems could be on your own for a few weeks while Apple prepares its next operating system.
Install iOS 11.4.1 for Better Security
Apple's iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 15 patches for potential security issues. If you value your security, you should think about installing it today.
iOS 11.4.1 also comes with a USB Restricted Mode that disables the Lightning port on your iPhone or iPad if a device hasn't been unlocked or connected to a computer using a passcode within a certain amount of time.
The new setting is located in Settings > Face ID/Touch ID & Passcode. There you’ll see a new toggle for USB Accessories. It's toggled off by default.
This provides an added layer of protection and prevents the use of cracking tools like GrayKey.
If you skipped iOS 11.4, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 30+ patches aimed at improving your device's security. This makes it an essential download for most iPhone and iPad users.
If you missed any of Apple's previous iOS updates, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with a lot more.
If you skipped iOS 11.3.1, your version of iOS 11.4.1 comes with iOS 11.3.1's four security patches.
If you skipped iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 27 additional patches for potential exploits. Those of you lingering on iOS 11.2.6 would be wise to make the move sooner rather than later.
If you missed iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.4.1 update also includes a new privacy feature. When an Apple feature wants to use your personal information, an icon now appears with a link to access detailed information about how your data will be used and protected.
If you're running iOS 11.2.5 or older, you're currently exposed to an issue that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iOS-powered device and block access to the Messages app. It can also block apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Outlook, and WhatsApp.
The iOS 11.2.6 update's main purpose was to patch up this issue. If you skipped iOS 11.2.6, you'll get these enhancements with iOS 11.4.1.
If you're running iOS 11.2.2 or below and receive a certain GitHub link through your Messages app, your iPhone or iPad can lockup or respring. The Messages app will also become unusable.
Apple's iOS 11.2 update fixed several problems, but it also brought problems of its own including a potentially nasty zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability.
The vulnerability, discovered by Tian Zhang, allowed for unauthorized control of HomeKit accessories including garage door openers and smart locks.
Apple quickly rolled out a server-side fix, but the company restored full functionality with the release of iOS 11.2.1. If you skipped iOS 11.2.1 and use HomeKit, you should download iOS 11.4.1 right now.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.4.1 update. Apple's iOS 11.2 update delivered 11 patches including one for Mail and one for Wi-Fi.
The iOS 11.2 and iOS 11.2.1 updates also patched up a widespread security issue called "Meltdown." Apple says its analysis suggests it "has the most potential to be exploited."
Meltdown affects all iOS 11 powered devices so we highly recommend downloading iOS 11.4.1 if you skipped iOS 11.2.
If you skipped iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, and iOS 11.1, you'll get additional patches with your iOS 11.4.1 update.
The iOS 11.1 update delivered eight security patches including a fix for a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability called KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack. KRACK is an exploit that targets the common WPA2 encryption protocol.
If you're just now making to move from iOS 10 (or whatever you're on) to iOS 11, your iOS 11.4.1 update will come with even more security-related features.
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 want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to the latest version of iOS. This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.