While some people are having a great experience, others are running into problems on their iPhone SE 2.
After years of rumors and speculation, Apple’s new iPhone SE is finally out on shelves. The 4.7-inch phone is a solid option for those looking to get into Apple’s ecosystem without having to break the bank.
As we push deeper into the year we continue to hear about issues plaguing the device. We haven’t heard about any widespread “gate” issues, but we have heard about various bugs and performance issues.
With that in mind, we want to take you through the most important things to know, right now, iPhone SE 2 problems.
This guide we’ll take you through the current state of these issues, potential fixes for problems, places to find feedback about problems, and what’s next from Apple.
iPhone SE 2 Problems
If you’re having issues activating your iPhone SE 2, check Apple’s System Status page. If “iOS Device Activation” doesn’t have a green symbol next to it, you’ll want to wait until it’s green before trying the activation process again.
If it’s green and the process still isn’t working, make sure you have a SIM card inserted into your iPhone. If you’re receiving a “No Sim” or “Invalid SIM” error, you’ll want to head to this guide on Apple’s website for assistance.
iCloud Restore issues are also a common problem. If you run into issues restoring your data from iCloud, head here for some potential fixes.
We’re also hearing about a variety of issues including issues with Touch ID, abnormal battery drain, issues with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Exchange issues, and a variety of other problems.
We expect the list to grow as more people pickup the iPhone SE 2 throughout the year.
Where to Find Feedback
If you’re thinking about buying an iPhone SE 2, or if you already own one, you’ll want to monitor feedback from early adopters. This feedback will alert you to potential issues with the device’s hardware and software.
If your iPhone SE 2 is running an old version of iOS (the current version is iOS 14.4), and you’re debating a move to the latest software, check out our reasons to, and not to, install the latest version of iOS 14.
How to Fix iPhone SE 2 Problems
While some issues might require a fix from Apple in a future iOS update, some problems can be fixed from the comfort of your home.
If you run into a problem, take a look at our list of fixes for the most common iOS 14 problems. It will take you through fixes for issues like broken Wi-Fi.
- Stunning 13.3-inch Retina display with True Tone technology
- Backlit Magic Keyboard and Touch ID
- Tenth-generation Intel Core i3 processor
- Intel Iris Plus Graphics
- Fast SSD storage
If you can’t find a fix in those guides, you’ll want to check Apple’s discussion forums for potential fixes for your problem(s).
If you’d rather explain your issue in person, you should take your new phone into your local Apple Store once they open back up. If you’ve got an Apple Store in your area, and it’s open, you’ll want to schedule a Genius Bar appointment when you can.
If your problem is serious, Apple might offer you a replacement. Remember, your phone is currently under warranty.
How to Downgrade iPhone SE 2 Software
If you’re having issues on your iPhone SE 2, you can sometimes downgrade the software in an attempt to improve the device’s performance.
Apple recently stopped signing on iOS 14.3 which means you can’t drop your phone’s software back down if you encounter bugs on your device.
If you’re unfamiliar with the downgrade process our guide will walk you through everything you need to know for next time.
If your phone is struggling, keep an eye out for new software.
Apple is working on an iOS 14.5 for the iPhone SE 2. The software is currently in beta testing and the milestone upgrade should carry new features and bug fixes for some of iOS 14’s lingering issues.
We don’t have an iOS 14.5 release date yet but you can download the beta onto your phone right now if you can’t wait. We expect the official release to take place sometime in early spring.
If you’re feeling nervous about the move from your current version of iOS 14 to iOS 14.4, you might want to wait for the next version of iOS 14 to arrive.
For more on iOS 14.5, take a look at our guide.
Install iOS 14.4 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.4 right now.
iOS 14.4 has important security patches on board and you can read about them right here. These patches will help protect your iPhone from harm.
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 14.4 update includes iOS 14.2's 24 security patches. You can learn more about the patches on Apple's security website.
If you're still running iOS 13, iOS 14.4 include 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.
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