Problems have slipped into Apple’s latest iOS 15 release for iPhone.
Apple continues to refine iOS 15 with software updates and the latest release, iOS 15.7.1, brings important security patches to iPhone users.
Some iPhone users are noticing a huge difference after moving their device up from older versions of iOS 15. We’ve seen a bunch of positive feedback about the latest software.
On the flip side, some iPhone users have already run into a variety of bugs and performance issues. Some of these issues have carried over from iOS 15.7 and older versions of iOS 15 while some are brand new.
In this guide to iOS 15 problems we’ll take you through the current state of these issues. We’ll show you where to find potential fixes for the most common iOS 15 problems and provide you with some resources that should help if you run into trouble.
We’ll also touch on the state of the iOS downgrade and outline what you can expect from Apple and iOS down the road.
iOS 15 Problems
Some iPhone users are having trouble downloading and installing the new software. If your iOS 15.7.1 installation gets stuck, try hard resetting your phone. This typically resolves the issue.
We’re also seeing complaints about abnormal battery drain, UI lag, AirPlay issues, Touch ID and Face ID issues, issues with first and third-party apps, iMessage issues, Wi-Fi problems, various issues with Siri, issues with Location Services, Bluetooth problems, CarPlay issues, lockups, freezes, and crashes.
We expect the list of iOS 15.7.1 problems to grow as more people transition from older iOS 15 firmware to the latest version of iOS 15.
If you haven’t downloaded the latest version of iOS 15 yet, we recommend preparing your iPhone for the download. Some prep work ahead of time can help you avoid major headaches.
We’ve put together a step-by-step pre-installation process and it will take you through the best way to prepare for the move.
Where to Find iOS 15 Reviews
If you’re currently running iOS 15.7.1 on your iPhone, or if you’re planning to upgrade, you’ll want to sift through feedback from those who have made the move. This feedback will alert you to potential problems and performance issues others are having on the same iPhone model.
We’ve released our list of reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 15.7.1 update and it’s a good starting point for those of you weighing a move from older software to the latest version.
We also recommend keeping an eye on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for additional feedback about the latest version of iOS 15.
How to Fix iOS 15 Problems
Some issues might require a fix from Apple, but you may be able to fix others on your own.
Before you get in contact with Apple support, have a look at our list of fixes for the most common iOS problems. It might have a fix that works for you.
We’ve also released some tips that could help you improve your device’s performance and a guide that shows you how to fix iOS battery life problems. If you’re running into severe battery drain issues on iOS 15, have a look at those.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our guides, you should head on over to Apple’s discussion forums. If they can’t help you, you might want to get in contact with Apple Support via Twitter or customer support via Apple’s website.
If you still can’t fix your issue(s), you might want to schedule an appointment to see a Genius at your local Apple Store. They should be able to diagnose your problem.
iOS 15 Downgrade Status
If you run into bugs or performance issues on iOS 15, you can try downgrading your iPhone’s software in an effort to improve its performance. That is, if the option is available. Currently, it is.
Apple’s currently signing on iOS 15.7 which means you can move your iPhone to the previous version of iOS 15 in an effort to improve its performance.
Unfortunately, the company isn’t signing on iOS 15.6.1, iOS 15.6, iOS 15.5, iOS 15.4.1, iOS 15.4, iOS 15.3.1, iOS 15.3, iOS 15.2.1, iOS 15.2, iOS 15.1.1, iOS 15.1, iOS 15.0.2, iOS 15.0.1, or iOS 15.0.
Initially it looked like Apple would allow users to stay on iOS 14 and continue to receive security updates and, perhaps, bug fixes for lingering issues, but that’s changed it seems.
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 to the latest version of iOS 15 or iOS 16.
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.
For more about how the downgrade process works, take a look at our walkthrough.
iOS 15.7.1 might wind up being the final version of iOS 15. Apple could choose to push additional versions of iOS 15 but that hasn’t been confirmed.
The company’s also released its new iOS 16 operating system and the software is currently available to download right now if you own a compatible iPhone model.
For more about the iOS 16 update, take a look at our guide. It goes over the best reasons to, and not to, move your iPhone from iOS 15 to iOS 16.
Install iOS 15.7.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, you’ll want to think about installing Apple’s iOS 15.7.1 update right away.
The iOS 15.7.1 update has 17 security patches on board. They are essential if you want to keep your device and its data safe from harm.
As for older updates, iOS 15.7 brought 11 security patches to iPhone. If you want a look at the details, head over to Apple’s security site for more information.
If you missed iOS 15.6.1, it had two security patches on board which . You can read more about the pair on Apple’s website.
If you missed Apple’s iOS 15.6 update, it had 30+ security upgrades on board. 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 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 15.7.1 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 15.7 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.