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 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 14 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 14.4 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.
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 14.5 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 14.5 looks like it will be a massive upgrade for the iPhone as it currently includes a number of new features, improvements, patches, and fixes.
Apple hasn’t announced an official release date though it will arrive sometime in the early spring. If you can’t wait, you can download the iOS 14.5 beta right now.
For more on the beta and iOS 14.5’s changes, 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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