The iPhone SE is still a good phone, but it’s far from perfect. iPhone SE owners are dealing with a myriad of problems.
We haven’t run into any major software issues on our iPhone SE, but some users are noticing bugs and a drop in performance. iOS updates aren’t supposed to have a negative effect on your device so this is obviously concerning.
Today we want to address these iPhone SE problems and take you through the most important things those dealing with issues, and those worried about issues, need to know.
Our guide to iPhone SE problems outlines the current set of issues and provides you with some resources that will come in handy if you run into something on your phone.
It also includes a look at what to expect from Apple and iOS 14 down the road.
iPhone SE Problems
The current list of iPhone SE problems features some familiar faces.
We’re hearing about severe battery drain where the device can barely hold a charge. We’re also hearing about issues with Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth devices, abnormal amounts of UI lag when opening folders and apps and while moving around the home screen, random reboots, and issues with first-party apps like Mail and Podcasts.
We’re also seeing complaints about problems with the iPhone SE’s speakers where sound sometimes becomes distorted, issues with the device’s touch screen, issues with the phone’s camera, and issues with Widgets.
Problems can emerge, whenever, wherever, so you’ll want to be as prepared as you can. We highly recommend backing up the files on your iPhone SE on a regular basis.
We’ve also released a pre-installation guide for Apple’s iOS software updates and it will take you through some steps to take before installing new software on your device.
Apple will periodically release bug fixes for the iPhone SE and you’ll want to make sure you, and your device, are prepared before initiating the download.
Where to Find Feedback
You’ll also want to dig into feedback and fixes from iPhone SE users, particularly right after a new iOS update is released. There are a few places to do that.
We’ve also released our own feedback about the iPhone SE’s iOS 14.6 update and we’ll continue to provide feedback about the device’s hardware and software in the months ahead.
How to Fix iPhone SE Problems
If you run into trouble on your iPhone SE your first instinct might be to contact Apple or your carrier. These are all options, good options, but you might be able to fix the issue from the comfort of your home or office.
Before you get in contact with Apple or your carrier, take a look at our list of fixes for common problems. It offers fixes for the most common problems.
If you can’t find a fix on our lists your next move should be a quick look at Apple’s discussion forums. There are a ton of knowledgable people over there and they might have the perfect solution to your issue.
If the company’s online customer support can’t help you, it’s time to take your phone in to a physical store. If you have an Apple store close to you that’s open, make a Genius Bar appointment.
How to Downgrade the iPhone SE
If the version of iOS 14 you’re currently running is causing problems on your phone, you can try downgrading to the previous version if Apple’s signing on older software.
The company typically signs on older software for a couple of weeks after it releases a new iOS update. Once it stops signing on an update, there’s no way to get back. In other words, if you want to downgrade, you need to move quickly.
If you’re interested in the downgrade process, take a look at our guide.
Apple’s working on a new version of iOS 14.
The company’s confirmed a new milestone iOS 14.7 update and the software is currently in beta testing ahead of an official release for the iPhone SE and other iOS 14-powered iPhones.
iOS 14.7 is a milestone upgrade and it should bring new features, security patches, and bug fixes to the iPhone SE.
We don’t have an official iOS 14.7 release date to look forward to yet, but if you can’t wait, you can download a pre-release version of the software right now.
For more on the beta and iOS 14.7’s changes, take a look at our guide.
Apple’s also working on its new iOS 15 operating system and in a bit of a surprise, the software is headed to the iPhone SE this fall.
If you don’t want to wait until September, you can try the iOS 15 update on your iPhone SE right now via Apple’s beta program. We recommend waiting for the first public iOS 15 beta. It drops in July.
For more on iOS 15, have a peek at our walkthrough.
Install iOS 14.6 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.6 right away.
iOS 14.6 brings 38 important security patches to the iPhone. 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 14.6. 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 14.6. 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 14.6 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 14.6 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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