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iPhone SE 2 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

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While some people are having a great experience, others are running into problems on their iPhone SE 2.

As we push deeper into 2021 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 information about the next iOS 14 software update for iPhone SE 2 users.

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.

We recommend keeping an eye on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter, and the MacRumors forums for ongoing feedback about the budget device.

If your iPhone SE 2 is running an old version of iOS 14, and you’re debating a move to the latest iOS 14 software, check out our reasons to, and not to, install the latest version of iOS 14.

We’ve also put together a list of the best reasons to, and not to, install the latest version of iOS 15. iOS 15 is Apple’s newest operating system for the iPhone SE 2.

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.

We’ve also released some tips to help your device’s performance and a guide that could help you improve battery life if you’re noticing abnormal drain.

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 can’t find anything on Apple’s forums, you might want to get in touch with Apple. You can do so via the company’s support account on Twitter or via the company’s website.

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 15.0.2, iOS 15.0.1, and iOS 15.0 which means users dealing with performance issues and bugs on iOS 15.1 can’t move their device back to older versions of iOS 15 in an effort to improve performance.

Unfortunately, the company has also stopped signing on iOS 14.8 and older versions of iOS 14 so there’s no way back to those versions of Apple’s iOS firmware either.

If you’re unfamiliar with the downgrade process our guide will walk you through everything you need to know.

What’s Next

If your phone is struggling, you might be on your own for a bit.

Apple’s confirmed a new iOS 15.2 update and it’s currently in beta testing. We expect the iOS 15.2 release date to land in November or December.

If your problems are really bad, you might try downloading the iOS 15.2 beta onto your iPhone SE 2 and see if it helps improve your phone’s performance. You can always downgrade back to stable software.

For more on iOS 15.2 and the beta, have a peek at our walkthrough. For more about the iOS 15.2 release date, check out our guide.

If you’re still running iOS 14 on your iPhone SE 2, note that you can skip the iOS 15 upgrade and stay put on Apple’s previous operating system. Apple will continue to push updates to iOS 14 users.

For more on that, check out our guide.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 14.8.1 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 14.8.1 for Better Security

Install iOS 14.8.1 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.8.1 right away.

The iOS 14.8.1 update brings 12 new security patches to the iPhone. You can read about all of them over on Apple's site

If you want to better protect your iPhone and its data, you'll want to install the iOS 14.8.1 update in the near future. 

If you missed iOS 14.8, you'll get its security patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about them right here

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 14.8.1 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 14.8.1. 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 14.8.1. 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 14.8.1 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 14.8.1 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

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