The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are excellent smartphones but they’re far from perfect. iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus problems continue to popup every day.
Since their launch in September we’ve been hearing and seeing complaints about various iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus problems Some users are running into minor bugs, others are running into more serious issues with their device.
Apple’s refined its software with bug fixes and patches but iOS 10.3.2, the most up-to-date version of iOS 10, is causing problems for many users.
Today, we want to take a look at the current state of iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 problems. We also want to make sure that you’re prepared for the future, just in case you run into an issue with your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. iPhone issues can popup out of nowhere.
This roundup offers a look at the issues themselves and some steps to take if you do happen to run into a problem with your device.
iPhone 7 Problems
The earliest iPhone 7 problems centered around iCloud Restore and Activation issues. These were the same issues that affected the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at launch.
Complaints about these issues have died down in the months since the iPhone 7 launch but if you do happen to run into an activation or iCloud Restore problem, head here for more on these problems and potential fixes.
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus problems go beyond iCloud Restore and activation issues. We’re also seeing complaints a variety of other bugs.
Iphone 7 battery sucks so bad fully charged an hour ago 25% gone with medium usage
— Yusuf Hassan (@hassanxciv) June 19, 2017
My iPhone 7 battery has been TERRIBLE since the last update!??? Anyone else having issues?
— Natalie Megson (@natalieestarr) June 22, 2017
This iPhone 7 actually has pretty terrible battery life… So much effort for Apple's famed "lasts all day" claim
— Keinan Thompson (@keinanthompson) June 22, 2017
— Serg (@SergHernan7) June 22, 2017
My iPhone 7 plus lags when I play bf and can't play it on ultra setting while my Nexus 6p doesn't lag and ultra setting works awesome for me
— Lethal devotee (@MrLD17FTW) June 20, 2017
Why does my iPhone 7 plus lag more than my android ever did 🤔
— Henry Lara (@nvo_henry) June 19, 2017
We’re hearing about odd battery drain, issues connecting to Wi-Fi, problems connecting to Bluetooth (which is a big problem given the two phones don’t come with a 3.5mm headphone jack), touchscreen issues, an odd hissing issue, problems with various applications, issues syncing photos, and more.
It’s impossible to predict what you might run into during your time with the iPhone 7 so you’ll want to occasionally make a backup of the files stored on your phone.
If you don’t know how to do that, we’ve put together a guide that will take you through the backup process using Apple’s iTunes software.
If you don’t want to use iTunes, we also have a guide that details the backup process via Apple’s iCloud service.
We’ve also put together a list of things to do before installing a new iOS update on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus and it’s worth a look if you’re new to iOS and iPhone or if you simply need some additional help.
Where to Find Feedback
If you need additional help, there are a number of other places to look for fixes and feedback about iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus performance.
We’ve taken a look at reasons to and not to install the iOS 10.3.2 update. Start there. We’ve also put together our impressions of the iPhone 7 iOS 10.3.2 update and it’s a great resource if you want to keep tabs on performance.
We also recommend keeping an eye on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter/Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for additional feedback about Apple’s iPhone 7 and its iOS 10 updates.
How to Fix iPhone 7 Problems
If you do run into a problem with your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, there’s no need to panic. There’s a good chance you’ll be able to fix the issue from the comforts of your computer chair.
We’ve put together a list of fixes for common iPhone 7 problems and it offers fixes for battery life issues, problems with Wi-Fi, issues with Bluetooth, and more. We’ve also put together some tips to help you improve performance.
It’s important to note that some iOS-related iPhone 7 problems will likely dissipate after a couple of days of use.
For instance, battery life tends to settle after a few days with a new device or iOS update. If you continue to experience problems with battery life or something else after more than two days of use, you’ll want to take action.
If you’re experiencing cellular data problems on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, and you failed to download the iOS 10.0.3 update, you’ll want to download the iOS 10.3.2 update.
The iOS 10.0.3 update delivered “fixes bugs including an issue where some users could temporarily lose cellular connectivity.” This fix is baked into Apple’s iOS 10.3.2 update for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
If you’re running into Bluetooth problems on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus note that Apple’s iOS 10.1 update improved Bluetooth connectivity with third party devices.
If you failed to download iOS 10.1, the iOS 10.3.2 update will bring these bug fixes to your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.
Your last line of defense is Apple itself. If you can’t fix your iPhone 7 problem on your own, you have a couple of options.
— Scott stevens (@Fartohot666) April 11, 2017
You can get in touch with Apple on Twitter and see if its support can help. You can also get in contact with Apple Support via the company website.
If customer service can’t help you, and you still can’t fix your issue, you might think about taking your phone into an Apple Store.
Make an Genius Bar appointment and have them run diagnostics on your device to see if they can pinpoint the problem. Your iPhone 7 is under warranty so they might offer you a replacement if they can’t fix the issue.
If you recently downloaded an update on your iPhone 7 and you start experiencing problems problems, you might be able to downgrade back to an older version.
Downgrading isn’t a guaranteed way to fix performance issues but it’s an option if you decide you’ve had enough of your device’s poor performance.
Apple typically keeps the downgrade loophole open for a week or two after a new update’s release so you’ll need to act quickly if you want to make the move back down.
The downgrade is currently open. Apple is currently signing off on iOS 10.3.1 which means you can downgrade from iOS 10.3.2 if it starts giving you trouble.
For more on the downgrade process, please take a look at our guide.
Help from Apple should arrive soon.
Apple’s confirmed a new update for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus called iOS 10.3.3, and it’s currently in beta ahead of an unknown release date.
The iOS 10.3.3 update should be a maintenance upgrade which means it will probably come with patches and bug fixes for lingering issues.
If you want to test the iOS 10.3.3 update’s performance on your device, you can do that via the iOS 10.3.3 beta. If it causes problems, you can always drop back down to iOS 10.3.2 or iOS 10.3.1.
For more on the iOS 10.3.3 update and its beta, take a look at our walkthrough. It will take you through everything you need to know ahead of its release.
Install iOS 10.3.2 If You Want Better Security
If you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider downloading the iOS 10.3.2 update on your iPhone or iPad.
iOS 10.3.2 brings (by our count) 23 security patches for a potential exploits. That's a ton for a small maintenance update and a great reason to install iOS 10.3.2 in the near future.
Your iOS 10.3.2 update will bring even more security features if you failed to download previous versions of iOS.
If you skipped iOS 10.3.1, your iOS 10.3.2 update will bring its security patch. If you skipped iOS 10.3, iOS 10.3.2 will also bring its monster list of patches as well.
The iOS 10.3 update delivered over 60 known patches for potential exploits. That's substantial, even for a milestone upgrade. The previous version of iOS 10, iOS 10.2.1, brought 14 known patches.
If you skipped the iOS 10.2.1 update and/or the iOS 10.2 update, know that iOS 10.3.2 brings their security patches with it as well. Again, the iOS 10.2.1 update had 14 important patches on board. You can see them all right here.
If you failed to install Apple's iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.3.2 will also bring the three crucial security patches it delivered last year. These patch up serious security problems that could potentially expose your calls, contacts, texts, and emails.
These patches enhance the security on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch making them ideal for those of you who store sensitive files/data on your device.