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15 Common iOS 12 Problems & How to Fix Them

The iOS 12 update went through a lengthy beta, but upgrades have discovered problems lurking in the final version of the operating system. Apple’s iOS 12 update is finally out of beta and the update delivers a long list of changes including performance enhancements, patches, and new features.

Not listed on the change log are the bugs and performance issues that’ve popped up for some iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. The list currently includes weird battery drain, issues with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth problems, issues with Touch ID, sound problems, and more. While some iOS 12 problems might require a fix from Apple or a visit to an Apple Store, others can be fixed from the comfort of a computer chair or couch.

In this guide we’ll take you through fixes for the most common iOS 12 problems. If you’re dealing with battery drain, connectivity issues, or something else entirely, take a look at our list before you get in contact with customer service or take your device into a store.

How to Fix iOS 12 Installation Problems

If your iOS 12 download or installation gets stuck, there’s a simple fix that should take care of the problem. If you aren’t able to download the latest version of iOS 12, you’ll want to hard reset your phone or tablet. On older devices you’ll want to hold down the home button and the power button at the same time until the device reboots.

If you own an iPhone 7, you’ll want to hold the volume down and power button. On the iPhone 8, press volume up and release, press volume down and release, then hold the power button for about 5-10 seconds to hard reset your device.

If you own the iPhone X, press volume up, volume down, then hold the side button on the right edge of the device. If you’re experiencing long download times, you’ll either want to wait a few minutes and try again or investigate your internet connection. It could be an issue with your router.

How to Fix iOS 12 Battery Life Issues

If you’re noticing faster battery drain than usual, it might not be the iOS 12 update causing the issues. Rather, it could be a rogue app or some of your bad habits.

In some cases, battery life might even out after a few days. Your device is acclimating to a new update and sometimes it’ll even out on its own.

If you’re experiencing extreme battery drain after installing iOS 12, take a look at our list of fixes. It’ll walk you through some of the best ways to get a handle on bad battery life.

If you can’t find a solution, you might have a bad battery. In that case, you’ll need to get in touch with Apple about a replacement. If you live near an Apple Store, make an appointment at the Genius Bar. They’ll be able to diagnose your problem in minutes.

How to Fix iOS 12 Bluetooth Problems

Bluetooth problems can popup at any time and they can be rather tricky to fix. If you’re unable to connect your iPhone or iPad to a Bluetooth device, here are a few solutions that’ve worked for us in the past.

First, you’ll want to forget the Bluetooth connection on your device:

  • Head into your Settings.
  • Tap Bluetooth.
  • Select the connection using the “i” in the circle.
  • Tap Forget this Device.
  • Try reconnecting.

If that doesn’t work you’ll want to reset your device’s Network Settings. To do this:

  • Go to your Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Reset.
  • Tap Reset Network Settings.

The process will take a few seconds and your device will forget all known Bluetooth devices. It’ll also forget your known Wi-Fi networks so make sure you have your passwords handy. Try reconnecting your device and see if it works.

You also might try resetting your device’s settings back to their factory defaults. To do this:

  • Head into Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Reset.
  • Tap Reset All Settings.

This will also cause your device to forget all known Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections so make sure you’ve got the proper credentials handy.

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