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iPhone SE Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

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iPhone SE users are reporting problems with iOS 15 and the list includes abnormal battery drain, issues with connectivity, lag, and other performance issues.

As we push deeper into the year, 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.

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 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 touchscreen, 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 recommend keeping an eye on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter/Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for feedback about the iPhone SE’s hardware and software.

We’ve also released a guide that will take you through the best reasons to, and not to, install the latest version of iOS 15. The current version is iOS 15.6.

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.

We’ve also put together some tips to help you improve your iPhone SE’s overall performance and another guide that will help you improve your iPhone SE battery life.

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 you don’t find what you’re looking for there, it’s time to get in touch with Apple. You can contact Apple customer service on Twitter or via the company website.

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 15 you’re currently running on your phone is causing problems, you can try downgrading to the previous version if Apple’s signing on older software.

The company signs on older software for a short time after it releases new iOS software. 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.

What’s Next

If you’re struggling on iOS 14.8.1, iOS 14.8, or an older version of iOS 14, and you’re determined to stay on iOS 14, you’re on your own.

Initially it looked like Apple would allow iPhone users to stay on iOS 14 and continue to receive security updates and, perhaps, bug fixes for lingering issues, but that’s changed.

Apple hasn’t pushed a new version of iOS 14 since the release of iOS 14.8.1 in October and that update is now gone. Devices running on iOS 14.8 and below can only move up to the latest version of iOS 15.

This is important because it means there likely won’t be a way to downgrade from iOS 15 to iOS 14 moving forward. The only way this happens is if Apple releases a new version of iOS 14.

So, at this point, don’t expect Apple to push new versions of iOS 14 to iPhone. If you want the latest bug fixes, you’ll have to move your device to iOS 15.

iOS 15.6 will serve as one of Apple’s final upgrades to iOS 15. There’s a chance it winds up being the last iOS 15 update. We could see a point update or two down the road, but don’t expect much.

Apple is also working on its new iOS 16 operating system. Unfortunately, the iPhone SE won’t make the move to iOS 16 and will get left behind on iOS 15.

For more about iOS 16, check out our guide.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 15.6 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 15.6 for Better Security

Install iOS 15.6 for Better Security

If security is important to you, you'll want to think about installing Apple's iOS 15.6 update right away.

The iOS 15.6 update has 30+ security upgrades on board and they are essential if you want to keep your device and its data protected. You can learn more about them right here.

If you missed iOS 15.5 it brought 27 new security patches to the iPhone. You can learn more about these patches over on Apple's security site.

If you missed iOS 15.4.1, it had just one new security patch on board. You can read more about it over on Apple's website

If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. If you want to learn more about these patches, head on over to Apple's security site for the particulars

If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more about it, head over to Apple's security page

If you missed iOS 15.3, you'll also get its patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches to iPhone users. If you're interested in the details, you can read more about them right here.

If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you'll get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about the change over on Apple's website

If you missed Apple's iOS 15.2 update, you'll get its 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about them over on the company's security site

iOS 15.2 also included some important upgrades to privacy. The software brought the company's App Privacy Report to Settings. This lets you see how often your apps have accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts and more during the last seven days. You can also see their network activity. 

In addition, iOS 15.2 brought Apple's communication safety features for kids. You'll find these features in the Messages app, in Siri, in Spotlight, and in Search. 

If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.6 will bring its security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about them on Apple's website

If you missed iOS 15.0.2 you'll also get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it right here.

iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you'll be moving up from iOS 14 and you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.

Apple's updated its website with new information about iOS 15's batch of security patches. The company now says the software patched up an issue that could have exposed a user's private Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also says iOS 15 patched up an issue that allowed apps to override Privacy preferences.

If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.6 update as well. 

In addition to those patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Siri. Requests made to Siri are now processed on the device itself using Neural Engine. This makes it more secure. 

If you're an Apple Card user, you'll now get a security code that changes regularly to use when you make online transactions. 

Apple's also included a built-in authenticator that's similar to Google Authenticator. This will let you generate verification codes for enhanced sign-in security under your Passwords.

There's also a Mail feature that hides your IP address. 

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