The iPhone SE is still a very solid device, but it’s far from perfect. iPhone SE owners are dealing with a myriad of problems.
We haven’t run into any major software 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 13 down the road.
iPhone SE Problems
The current list of iPhone SE problems features some familiar faces, issues that’ve popped up on every iPhone Apple’s ever made.
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, problems with the temperature of the device (it sometimes runs abnormally hot), and issues with the phone’s camera.
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. Once a week at least.
We’ve also released a pre-installation guide for Apple’s iOS 13 updates that will take you through some things to do 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 13.5.1 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 iOS 13.5.1 is causing problems, note that you can no longer downgrade to the previous version of iOS 13.
Apple has stopped signing on iOS 13.5 which means you can no longer move back to an older version of iOS 13 in an effort to improve your phone’s performance.
If you’re interested in the downgrade process, take a look at our guide.
iOS 13.5.1 might be followed by iOS 13.6.
The iOS 13.6 update is currently in beta testing ahead of an unknown release date for the iPhone SE. We expect a release sometime this summer.
We don’t have the full change log yet, but the update should carry new features and under-the-hood improvements for lingering issues.
We don’t have a iOS 13.6 release date yet, but if you don’t want to wait, you can download the iOS 13.6 beta onto your iPhone SE right now.
For more on iOS 13.6, take a look at our guide.
The company is also working on iOS 14 and the first beta is available right now via Apple’s beta program.
For more on iOS 14 and the beta, take a look at our guide.
Install iOS 13.5.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 13.5.1 update.
iOS 13.5.1 brings one security to iOS 13-powered iPhone models which you can read about on Apple's website. The patch is for an exploit used by jailbreak developers.
If you skipped iOS 13.5, iOS 13.5.1 brings iOS 13.5's 41 new security patches with it. Apple's posted the details on its website and you can dig into the particulars if you're interested.
Among them, patches for the company's Mail app, Wi-Fi, AirDrop, Bluetooth, FaceTime, Messages, and Notifications.
If you skipped the iOS 13.4 update, you'll get iOS 13.4's 28 security patches with your upgrade. You can read about all of them on Apple's website right here.
iOS 13.4 also brought several improvements to Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention. Apple's John Wilander outlined them in a blog post and it's worth checking out.
Reports have outlined a vulnerability in Wi-Fi chips made by Broadcom and Cypress Semiconductor that left billions of devices susceptible to attack.
Dubbed Kr00k, the vulnerability allows nearby attackers to decrypt sensitive information that's relayed over-the-air.
Fortunately, it looks like the issue was patched up with the release of iOS 13.2, an update that arrived all the way back in October.
So if you're running a really old version of iOS 13, you'll really want to move your device up to the newest version of iOS 13.
If you skipped iOS 13.3.1, you get its patches with iOS 13.5.1.
The iOS 13.3.1 update included 21 new security patches that will help protect your device from harm. The company's outlined those patches in detail if you want to dig in.
If you skipped iOS 13.3, you get its patches with iOS 13.5.1. iOS 13.3 brought 12 new security patches to the iPhone and you can read about each one over on Apple's security page.
The iOS 13.3 update also added support for NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-compliant security keys in the Safari browser.
If you missed iOS 13.2, it had 16 new security patches on board. You can read about all of them on Apple's website right here.
iOS 13.1.1 brought a security patch for a third-party keyboard issue to your iPhone. If you're interested in the particulars, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
If you passed on installing iOS 13.1, you get an additional patch with your iOS 13.5.1 update. You can learn more right here.
If you're moving up from iOS 12, you'll get iOS 13.0's nine security patches with your upgrade to iOS 13.5.1. Read about those here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.1 or any older versions of iOS 12, you'll get their security patches with your iOS 13.5.1 update.
iOS 12.4.1 only had one patch on board, but Apple's iOS 12.4 update brought 19 security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on right here.
In addition to those patches, iOS 13 itself comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improved anti-tracking features in Safari and the ability to get rid of location metadata in your photos.
You also now have the ability to block apps from using Bluetooth and the ability to allow apps to access your location just once.
iOS 13 will also send you reminders about applications that track your data.
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