iPhone X Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

iPhone X users are dealing with an assortment of problems including Face ID problems, Bluetooth issues, activation problems, Wi-Fi issues, and odd battery drain.

The iPhone X is finally in the hands of consumers around the world. And while many people are having an excellent experience with Apple’s new flagship, we’re hearing about a variety of iPhone X problems as we push into the new year.

The current list includes some of the most common iPhone problems, problems like weird battery drain, issues with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and other performance-related issues.

We’re also hearing about hardware-related problems with the device’s new Face ID facial recognition, 5.8-inch OLED screen, and its speakers.

The list of iPhone X problems continues to grow as devices arrive on doorsteps in the United States, Europe, and countries around the world.

Our guide will take you through the current list of iPhone X problems. It will also provide you with potential fixes and some places to look for feedback from other iPhone X users.

It also includes a look at what to expect from Apple and the next version of iOS 11.

iPhone X Problems

The current list of iPhone X problems features some familiar faces including iCloud Restore problems. If you run into issues restoring from iCloud, head here for a few potential fixes.

We’re also hearing about strange battery drain, abnormal amounts of user interface lag, GPS issues, issues with 3D Touch, connectivity problems including issues with cellular data, problems Messages, and various iCloud problems. Some iPhone X users are also saying the device sometimes runs extremely hot.

To avoid major headaches, make sure you periodically backup the files on your iPhone X to iTunes or through iCloud. To assist Our guide will take you through the backup process using Apple’s iTunes software. If you prefer to backup via iCloud, we’ve got a guide for that method as well.

Apple will occasionally roll out new iOS updates with new fixes and you’ll want to make sure you and your device are ready for the download. A little prep work ahead  goes a long away toward preventing issues.

We’ve released an iOS pre-installation guide that will take you through some things you should do before installing new software on your iPhone.

Apple’s latest update, iOS 11.2.2, fixes lingering iOS 11 issues.

Where to Find Feedback

As we push away from the iPhone X release date it’s important to keep an eye on feedback from other iPhone X users. This feedback will alert you to potential problems and it could help you work out your own problems. Here are a few places to find feedback about the iPhone X’s hardware and software.

We recommend looking on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter/Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for feedback about the iPhone X’s hardware and its version of iOS 11.

We’ve put together some thoughts on the iPhone X’s latest version of iOS 11 and you should also a look at our reasons to and not to install iOS 11.2.2.

How to Fix iPhone X Problems

If you’re dealing with an iPhone X problem your first instinct might be to contact Apple, head into your local carrier store, or make an appointment to see a Genius at an Apple Store.

Those are certainly options, but you might be able to fix your issue from the comfort of your computer chair or couch.

Take a look at our list of fixes for common iPhone X problems. Our guide offers fixes for some of the most common problems plaguing Apple’s software.

We’ve also put together some tips to help you improve your iPhone X’s overall performance and a guide to improving iPhone X battery life.

If you can’t find a fix for your issue there, make sure you check Apple’s discussion forums. There are a lot of knowledgable users on Apple’s forums and you might get a solution to your issue in a matter of minutes.

If you want to get in touch with Apple, you can do so via the company’s Twitter account. You can also get in contact with Apple Support via the company’s website.

If Apple’s frontline customer service can’t help you solve your issue, it’s time to take your iPhone X to an Apple Store (if one is close by) or your local carrier store.

Schedule a Genius Bar appointment and have them run diagnostics on your device to see if they can pinpoint the problem. Your iPhone X is under warranty so they might offer you a replacement if it’s a serious defect.

Downgrade

If you own the iPhone X, you’re stuck with iOS 11. There’s no way to downgrade your device to iOS 10 to avoid iOS 11’s problems.

There’s also no way to downgrade iOS 11.0.1, iOS 11.0.2, iOS 11.0.3, iOS 11.1, iOS 11.1.1, or iOS 11.1.2 once you make the move to iOS 11.2.2. You can however downgrade to iOS 11.2 or iOS 11.2.1 if you hate Apple’s current version of iOS 11.

Downgrading to an older version of iOS isn’t a guaranteed way to solve problems, but its worked for many people in the past. If you’re new to the iPhone and iOS, take a look at our guide to downgrading.

It’ll help you prepare for the iPhone X’s next update.

What’s Next

iOS 11.2, iOS 11.2.1, and iOS 11.2.2 tackled some glaring issues, but problems are still plaguing iPhone X owners. Unfortunately we don’t know when Apple’s next bug fix update will roll out.

Apple’s currently got an iOS 11.2.5 update in beta, but it’s unclear when it will arrive. iOS 11.2.5 appears to be a bug fix update though it’s not expected to have a lengthy change log.

If your problems can’t wait for Apple’s next big bug fix update, you’ll need to be proactive.

Seek out manual fixes for your issues and keep an eye out for new iOS 11.2.5 betas and the official release as we push deeper into 2018.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 11.2.2 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 11.2.2 for Better Security

Install iOS 11.2.2 for Better Security

If you're on iOS 11.2.1, your iOS 11.2.2 update includes security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre. If you're running an older version of iOS, your iOS 11.2.2 will come with a lot more.

Apple's iOS 11.2 update fixed several problems, but it also brought problems of its own including a potentially nasty zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability.

The vulnerability, discovered by Tian Zhang, allowed for unauthorized control of HomeKit accessories including garage door openers and smart locks.

Apple quickly rolled out a server-side fix, but the company restored full functionality with the release of iOS 11.2.1. If you skipped iOS 11.2.1 and use HomeKit, you should download iOS 11.2.2.

If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.2.2 update. Apple's iOS 11.2 update delivered 11 patches including one for Mail and one for Wi-Fi.

The iOS 11.2 and iOS 11.2.1 updates also patched up a widespread security issue called "Meltdown." Apple says its analysis suggests it "has the most potential to be exploited."

Meltdown affects all iOS 11 powered devices so we highly recommend downloading iOS 11.2.2 if you skipped iOS 11.2. 

If you skipped iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, and iOS 11.1, you'll get additional patches with your iOS 11.2.2 update. 

The iOS 11.1 update delivered eight security patches including a fix for a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability called KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack. KRACK is an exploit that targets the common WPA2 encryption protocol.

If you're just now making to move from iOS 10 (or whatever you're on) to iOS 11, your iOS 11.2.2 update will come with additional security features.

Apple's first iOS 11 update delivered several patches for potential exploits. iOS 11 also comes with new security features aimed at keeping your data safe. Elcomsoft recently discovered a change to the way iOS deals with trusted devices.

In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust.

If you skipped older versions of iOS, your iOS 11.2.2 update will come with an even longer list of security patches.

Apple's iOS 10.3.3 update delivered 24 security patches addressing potential issues with Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari. It also included a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit called "Broadpwn."

If you skipped iOS 10.3.2 you'll get 23 additional patches in iOS 11.2.2. And if for some reason you missed iOS 10.3, you'll get 60 security patches with your version of iOS 11.2.2.

If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to iOS 11.2.2 soon.

This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.

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