iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus owners are dealing with numerous problems including Bluetooth issues, sound problems, and more.
Many iPhone 8 users are reporting issues with Apple’s hardware and the iOS 15 and iOS 16 software that powers the two devices. We expect the list of problems to grow as more people buy the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and as Apple releases additional iOS updates throughout the year.
This guide will take you through the current list of iPhone 8 problems. It will also provide you with some resources that will come in handy if you start noticing issues with your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus.
It also includes a look at what to expect from Apple and the next version of iOS.
iPhone 8 Problems
The latest version of iOS is causing problems for some iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus users.
We’re hearing about Wi-Fi issues, Bluetooth connectivity issues, problems with first and third party apps, Touch ID and 3D Touch problems, restore problems, abnormal battery drain, iCloud issues and a variety of other bugs and performance issues.
Problems can popup at any time so you’ll want to be as prepared as possible. We recommend periodically backing up the files on your phone to keep them safe.
We’ve also released an installation guide that will take you through some things to do before installing new iOS software on your device.
Where to Find Feedback
If your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus is struggling, you’ll want to dig into feedback and fixes from fellow users. Here are a few places to do that.
We recommend keeping an eye on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter/Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for feedback about the iPhone 8’s hardware and the latest version(s) of iOS.
We’ve released a list of reasons to, and not to, install the newest version of iOS 15 and it’s worth a look if you’re on the fence about upgrading.
And if you’re thinking about moving to iOS 16 or if you’ve already done so, take a look at our guide to the latest version of that software.
How to Fix iPhone 8 Problems
If you run into problems with the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus your first thought might be to take it back to Apple or the place where you bought it. Before you do that you should try fixing the issue from home.
Before you take your phone down to an Apple Store, take a look at our list of fixes for common iPhone problems.
We’ve also put together some tips to help you improve your iPhone 8’s overall performance and a guide to improving iPhone 8 battery life.
If you can’t find a fix in those guides make sure you check Apple’s discussion forums. There are a lot of knowledgable active users and you could get a solution to your problem within minutes.
You can also get in touch with Apple on Twitter and see if its support crew can help. You can also get in contact with Apple Support via the company website.
If Apple’s customer service can’t help you solve whatever it is that’s plaguing your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, it’s time to take your phone to an Apple Store (if one is close by and open) or your local carrier store.
Make a Genius Bar appointment and have them run diagnostics on your device to see if they can pinpoint the problem. Your iPhone 8 is under warranty so they might offer you a replacement if the issue is serious.
How to Downgrade Your iPhone 8
If you recently downloaded an iOS update on your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus and you start noticing issues, you might be able to downgrade back to an older version of iOS.
Downgrading isn’t guaranteed to fix the issues you’re seeing, but it’s certainly an option if your device is underperforming.
Apple typically keeps the downgrade process open for a few weeks after it releases a new version of iOS so you’ll need to act quickly if you want to move back.
For more on the iOS downgrade, please take a look at our guide.
If your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus is struggling on iOS 16 or iOS 15, you’re on your own for the time being.
Apple recently released iOS 15.7.1. It’s unclear if this will be the final version of iOS 15 or if Apple will continue to release new versions.
As for iOS 16, Apple’s confirmed a new iOS 16.2 update and the software is in beta testing. We expect the iOS 16.2 release to come before the end of the year.
If you can’t/don’t want to wait for the official release date, you might try downloading the iOS 16.2 beta and see if it helps resolve your issues.
For more on iOS 16.2 and the beta, have a look at our walkthrough. For more about the iOS 16.2 release date, check out our guide.
Install iOS 16.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, and you’re still lingering on iOS 15, think about installing Apple’s iOS 16.1 update right away.
The iOS 16.1 update features 19 security patches and you can learn abut the particulars over on Apple’s website.
If you missed iOS 16.0.3, it had one security patch on board. It fixed a potential exploit within the Mail app. For more about the fix, check out Apple’s security site.
If you’re still running iOS 15 your iPhone, you’ll get a bunch of other patches when you upgrade.
iOS 16.0 brought a ton of security patches to the iPhone. If you’re interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple’s security website.
In addition to those patches, iOS 16 brings some additional enhancements to privacy and security including Safety Check which, according to Apple, will help “people in domestic or intimate partner violence situations review and reset the access they’ve granted others.”
The feature also resets system privacy permissions for apps and restricts Messages and FaceTime to the device on hand.
Apple’s also made some improvements to Passkeys in Safari. iOS 16 brings a brand new sign-in method that’s end-to-end encrypted and safe from phishing and data leaks.