Common iOS 11 Problems & Solutions

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress”. While I wouldn’t exactly use the word “struggle” to describe some of the issues users are finding in Apple’s latest iOS 11 update, it’s just a good quotation to keep in mind if when you encounter a new bug or glitch. Despite the extensive beta testing and public developer programs, there are still a handful of problems that are plaguing users in iOS 11. Today, we’ll go over some of the more common bugs users are encountering and how to fix them.

Touch Screen Functionality & Brightness Settings in iOS 11.3

iphone touch screenIf you’ve replaced the screen on your phone, whether through Apple or a third-party such as using one of our GIGA Fixxo kits and are now finding issues with your touch screen or brightness after updating to iOS 11.3 don’t worry – it’s probably not the new screen’s fault.

According to Engadget, those who’ve had their iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X’s screens replaced by official Apple retailers are seeing issues with their touch screen functionality and have noticed the brightness settings acting strangely.

Having this problem? No worries. One Apple insider report has shown that conducting a DFU (device firmware update) restore will fix these issues. Here’s how to run a DFU thanks to Macworld.

iOS 11 Battery Issues

iphone batteryOne of the latest features of iOS 11.3 is a new Battery Health tool that allows you to take a look at the health of your iPhone’s battery. It also gives you the option to turn off battery throttling if you have an older battery.

Prior to this update, there were many concerns about battery life after users installed iOS 11. If you’re noticing that your iPhone’s battery is dying much quicker after updating, first make sure that you’re running the latest version of iOS 11.

  1. Open up “Settings”
  2. Scroll down follow this sequence: General > Software Update
  3. If there’s a new version available, you’ll see a description of the update and be given an option to “Download and Install”.

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Once you’ve installed the latest version of iOS 11, head on over tot he Battery Health tool by following this sequence: Settings > Battery > Battery Health (Beta). Here, you’ll be able to see if your battery’s health is sufficient. Have a look at our Battery Health Tool article for a deeper dive into this tool’s functionality and how it can help if your phone’s battery is being drained too quickly.

WiFi & Bluetooth Confusion in iOS 11

wifi and bluetoothIf you’ve recently tried to toggle your Bluetooth or WiFi on or off within the control center, you’ve probably noticed a message reading “Disconnecting Nearby WLAN Until Tomorrow” at the top of your screen. What this means is that yes, you’ll have effectively disabled the WiFi or Bluetooth functionality on your phone, however, it will automatically turn on and reconnect the following morning at 5 am.

Apple’s reasoning for this is that the following apps need to have constant access to WiFi/Bluetooth in order to work.

  • AirPlay
  • Airdrop
  • Apple Watch
  • Apple Pencil
  • Instant Hotspot
  • Location Services

So, while you might think that by turning off Bluetooth of WiFi from within the control center is actually disabling these functions, it’s actually not the case. If you want to completely turn off Bluetooth or WiFi, you’ll have to do it within the Settings section of your phone. Simply navigate Settings>WLAN(or Bluetooth)>Toggle them “On” or “Off”. One thing to note is that even when you disable WiFi or Bluetooth within Settings, they’ll still be automatically turned on the following day at 5 am.

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So as you can see, progress cannot be made without a few hiccups along the way. Thankful for Apple users like you and me, they’re always working on a new version of iOS in order to enhance user experience while improving the functionality of their software.