How to Fix the 5 Most Common iOS 15 Problems

Troubleshoot issues with the iOS update

If you've updated to iOS 15 and you've found some issues with using the latest version of iOS, you're almost certainly not alone. Whether it's a quick fix issue or something more complicated, it's inconvenient but doesn't have to be a permanent problem. Here's how to fix the five most common iOS 15 issues.

Are There Any Problems With the Latest iOS Update?

iOS 15 is currently available as a public beta for iPhone users which means it's stable enough to be released for general use, but it's not an official build just yet. It's still in the testing phase, so it's best for those that want to see new features before everyone else. However, you still need to opt into the process rather than hit the update button like you would with a regular iOS update. 

Before committing to downloading the latest iOS update, here's a brief look at the fundamental problems you may experience by doing so:

  • Stability issues. Your iPhone may be less responsive or crash more quickly when using iOS 15. If it's vital that your iPhone is stable at all times or you need all software to work correctly, don't install iOS 15.
  • Random bugs. The point of a public beta is to narrow down common issues. If you find certain apps don't work or certain functionality isn't working correctly, it's almost certainly because this is still a work-in-progress.
  • Battery life degrades. If your iPhone is running out of battery life faster than usual, it's almost certainly because the iOS 15 beta isn't as power-efficient as ideal right now. 

How to Fix an Issue With iOS 15

If your iPhone is acting up since you installed iOS 15, you can fix some of these issues. Try these troubleshooting tips to get it back up and running when experiencing the five most common iOS 15 problems.

You can't fix all iOS 15 problems. Because it's currently a public beta, some of the issues need to be solved by Apple with a new update. 

  1. Restart your device. It's a simple fix that covers pretty much all forms of technology, but often, a quick restart will fix your iPhone even when running a new iOS update. A restart works particularly well if your iPhone is unstable, seems to be crashing regularly, or specific apps won't work correctly.

  2. Update your apps. While not all apps will update to cater for iOS 15 just yet, it should be your first port of call. Update everything wherever possible to have the latest experience, including any beta updates for iOS 15.

  3. Only install iOS 15 on a secondary device. Apple recommends that you never install its public betas on your main device. It's a better idea to use it via a spare iPhone if you happen to have one rather than the device you rely upon.

  4. Remove and re-add Bluetooth devices. One of the most significant issues with any new iOS install is that your iPhone can forget its Bluetooth settings. Go to Settings > Bluetooth > tap the i next to a device > Forget This Device, then re-add it to fix this most common problem. This problem can also happen with Wi-Fi issues. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi > tap the i > Forget This Network to rejoin your network.

  5. Downgrade to iOS 14. If you continue to have issues with iOS 15, it is possible to download to iOS 15. Do so if you need the most stable experience with your iPhone, and you don't want to wait for patches and updates to fix iOS 15.

Is It Safe to Install iOS 15? 

For the most part, yes. The worst that can happen is that your iPhone may run slower or be less stable using iOS 15. That's why we recommend only installing the iOS 15 public beta on a secondary device rather than the main phone you use. 

Other than that, installing iOS 15 won't 'kill' your phone, and it won't cause any permanent damage. 

Should I Download iOS 15?

That depends on how tech-savvy you are and how keen you are about the new iOS 15 updates. iOS 15 offers many valuable features such as improved Siri support, better FaceTime, better notifications, messages, and a whole heap more. 

However, it hasn't been finalized yet, so regular users can wait until the official release of iOS 15 later in 2021. The operating system will be more stable and updated via the usual method on your iPhone. 

  • How do I get iOS 15?

    Check for software updates on your iPhone from Settings > General > Software Update. If your iPhone can upgrade to iOS 15 and it's available, you'll see the update from this screen. Tap Download and Install and follow the instructions.

  • How do I downgrade from iOS 15?

    If you created a backup of your phone to your computer before upgrading to iOS 15, connect the two devices to restore that prior version. Then enter recovery mode on your iPhone and select Restore > Install to downgrade from iOS 15 to iOS 14. Another option is to reset your device: Select Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Erase All Content and Settings.

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