Top Problems with iOS 16 and How to Fix Them
Every new version of iOS comes with a bunch of bugs and issues, some bigger than others, and iOS 16 is no different. Apple will iron out many of these problems with subsequent software updates, but it’s important to know whether the problems you’re experiencing on your own iPhone are known bugs in iOS 16 — and to learn about some of the workarounds and fixes you can try.
Troubleshooting isn’t always an exact science, so bear in mind that some detective work might be required to figure out what’s going wrong with your own particular iPhone. It’s possible that something other than iOS 16 is to blame for the problems you’re encountering, but we should be able to help you figure it out one way or the other.
What are the problems with iOS 16?
The current list of iOS 16 problems includes abnormal battery drain, Wi-Fi issues, cellular data issues, Bluetooth issues and app crashes. A lot of the problems are brand new, others have carried over from older versions of iOS.
Common iOS 16 problems and solutions
Some iPhones Won’t Charge in iOS 16
If you’ve got an iPhone 11 or 11 Pro Max, you might encounter some charging problems with iOS 16.
Simply put, it sounds like there are times when these models of phones simply won’t charge. The reason for this is unknown, but it seems to be a simple software issue that will probably be fixed in the near future.
However, there’s a way to fix it before then. As long as you make sure that you see the charging symbol and hear a beep when you put your lightning cable in, then you’re fine. Otherwise, don’t trust that your phone is charging.
What to do?
Dealing with a phone that has stopped charging can be extremely frustrating. But do not worry. You may easily fix it. If your phone refuses to charge the battery, here is what you can do:
- Are you plugged in? Yes, this sounds silly but check anyway. Make sure that your iPhone is tightly plugged in and it is connected to a power source. Furthermore, make sure that you hook up everything as it should be. Look at each contact. There should be only a very minimal wiggle room.
- Check your cables and adapter. Make sure that you are using the charging accessories that came with the iPhone.
If this is not possible make sure that your accessories are Apple certified. You may see a “This Accessory Is Not Supported By This Device” message.
In addition, make sure that:
your cable or adapter are not damaged. If you notice anything, do not use the damaged accessories.
try a different cable and adapter.
- Check the power source. It is possible that your iPhone or your cable and adapter may not be the problem, the problem may be the power outlet. You may want to try a different power source:
If you’re trying to charge from the wall, try even a different wall outlet. Make sure that the wall outlet is functioning properly.
If you’re charging from a USB port, try a different port and if that does not work, plug iPhone directly into a wall outlet.
- Maybe your charging port is dirty? One of the causes of your iPhone’s charging problem is dust, lint, and debris. It is possible that this dust and dirt can keep the connector from making an electrical connection. This means that it is possible the lightning port may be clogged. This can cause your charger port to stop working. Try cleaning out the port with a toothpick, and then try again.
- Some iPhone models support wireless charging. If wireless charging is not working, please pay attention to the following:
If your iPhone has a thick case, remove it.
Place your iPhone in the center of the charger.
Ensure that your wireless charger is properly connected to a power outlet.
- Check for updates. make sure that your iPhone has the latest version of the iOS software. It is really easy to update your device.
Go to Settings > General > Software Update. If there is an update available, follow the onscreen instructions to install the updates on your iPhone.
WI-FI PROBLEMS IN iOS 16
Wifi connection problems always crop up alongside a new iOS release, and iOS 16 has been no different—it must be something about the application of a brand new software layer that confuses your phone (or the networks that it’s connecting to), often resulting in dropped or unstable connections.
In the case of iOS 16, one of the most widely reported problems have been issues with slow wifi and dropped wifi connections. According to numerous users, iPhones running iOS 16 tend to lose their connections to wireless internet and then refuse to reestablish the link, which causes problems for just about everything you could want to do on a smartphone.
What to do?
- Simply restart your iPhone: (Settings > General > Shut down>
- Turn on Airplane mode, wait a few seconds, and then turn it off (Settings > Airplane Mode).
- Ensure that you are not too far from your Wi-Fi router/modem and your iPhone is within range and can get strong signals.
- Ensure that your iPhone is updated to the latest version of iOS. Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
- You may try forgetting your Wi-Fi network. And then reconnect. Here is how: Go to Settings > Wi-Fi > tap the i > Forget This Network to rejoin your network.
- If you are using a VPN, disable VPN and then try again (Settings > VPN).
- Reset network settings by going to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset Network Settings. Please note that resetting network settings will delete all of your network settings, for example, your saved Wi-Fi passwords will be deleted.
- Restart router or modem: Restart your router and modem. Simply unplug it, leave them unplugged for a minute and then plug it back in.
- Update your router and modem with the latest firmware: You may want to check its manual.
- See if there’s an internet outage: Maybe the internet is down in your area. Contact your Internet service provider or cable company. It is possible that they may be having issues. See if there is an issue with your account. Maybe you forgot to pay your bill and they disconnected your Internet. Simply contact them.
iPhone showing ‘no service’
Are you losing cellular service on your iPhone in areas you’ve previously had signal?
This issue doesn’t impact all users, but it has been reported on Apple’s forums multiple times with very similar circumstances, where it limits your phone’s signal more than before you upgraded the software.
What to do?
- Undertake a carrier settings update: Move to an area where you know you have previously had coverage with your cellular provider. If you get signal at home, you should be able to do this from there. You should then go to the Settings app, tap on General and then tap on About. If there is an update available, you will then be able to apply it there under carrier settings. If that hasn’t resolved your issue, try the troubleshooting tips below.
- Check your settings: Let’s check basic settings. The following settings will disable cellular and Wi-Fi service if they are enabled.
Make sure that Airplane Mode is not enabled. (Settings > Airplane Mode)
Make sure that Cellular Data is not disabled. (Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data)
Are you traveling internationally? You may see this message if Data Roaming is disabled. Go to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Options > Data Roaming and enable this.
- Check-in with your carrier: Contact your carrier (Verizon, AT&T, T Mobile etc). Perhaps they are experiencing a temporary outage that may be affecting your iPhone services. When you call them, if this is the issue, they may provide an estimated time of repair completion. Furthermore, even if your carrier is not experiencing outages, it is possible that your wireless service is suspended or even canceled. Contact your current cellular network provider.
- Update your iPhone: Your problem that causes the no service problem could be a common problem affecting a lot of users, due to iOS software bugs. If this is the case, Apple fixes these bugs quickly. So simply update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS. Go to Settings > General > Software Update. And if there is an update available, update your phone.
- Check your SIM card: Is your SIM card placed properly? It may be out of place. Perhaps it is damaged? You may want to remove your SIM card and place it back. Here is how:
Turn off your iPhone
Find the SIM tray
There is a hole beside the tray
Using a paper clip, push in and open the TrayRemove SIM and Insert
Remove the SIM card
Check your SIM card, does it look damaged. If it is damaged, contact your current carrier fort further support. Does it look dirty. If it is dirty, you may want to clean with a clean lint-free cloth.
If it is not damaged, place the SİM in the tray and insert the tray back in.
Turn on your phone
- Reset network settings: To do this, you should head to the Settings app, tap on General, tap on Transfer or Reset iPhone, select reset and then tap on Reset Network Settings. Be aware that this will mean your phone forgets your Wi-Fi passwords, but it may be worth that small annoyance to try to fix the issue.
Otherwise, you may have to wait until Apple rolls out a new update.
APPS THAT close ON iOS 16
There are always one or two apps that don’t work properly with a new iOS release: Developers have to work hard to get their software to work with Apple’s updated operating system, and sometimes bugs do slip through the cracks.
What to do?
- Restart the app: Close and reopen the problematic app. Here is how:
Force quit the app. If your iPhone model is X, 11, 12 or later, go to the Home Screen and then swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone’s screen. If you have an older model, double click the Home button. This will reveal your recently used apps. Find the problematic app (you may swipe left or right) and then swipe up on the app.
And then try to open the app to see if it is working now.
- Update your iPhone and apps: Update your device to the latest version of iOS. You can check for updates by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
Update your apps. While not all apps will update to cater for iOS 16 just yet, it should be your first port of call. Update everything wherever possible to have the latest experience: (App Store > your profile icon).
- Restart your iPhone: Restarting is a simple but effective way to fix this problem. Here is how you can do this:
iPhone X, 11, 12 and later: Press and hold the side button and either of the Volume buttons until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider. Wait for your iPhone to fully turn off. Then press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.
Other iPhone models: Press and hold the power button until you see the power off slider. Drag the slider. Wait a few seconds for the iPhone to completely shut off. And then press and hold the power button until you see the Apple logo.
- Delete the problematic app and then reinstall: Delete the app you are having issues with app and then download and install again. Please note that data stored in the app may be lost. Here is how:
On your Home Screen, tap and hold the problematic app icon. And then tap Remove App (-) icon and then tap Delete to confirm.
Restart your iPhone.
Then open the App Store app, find the app you just deleted and download again.
- Force restart: If you are still having this problem, try force restarting your iPhone. Here is how:
iPhone 8, X, 11, 12 and later: Press and release the volume up button and then press and release the volume down button and then press and release the power button until you see the Apple logo (when your iPhone restarts).
iPhone 7 models: Press and hold the side button and the volume down button together until the Apple logo appears.
iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus: Press and hold the Home button and the power button until the Apple logo appears.
- Contact app developer: If you are still having issues, you may want to contact the app developer.
BLUETOOTH PROBLEMS IN iOS 16
What to do?
If you are experiencing problems with Bluetooth in iOS15 where your iPhone won’t connect to the car or headphones, here are the troubleshooting tips to fix the issue:
- Turn off Bluetooth and turn it on again.
- Restart your iPhone: Here is how you can restart your device:
iPhone X, 11,, 12 or later: Press and hold the power (side) and volume up or down buttons together until you see the power off slider. Then drag the onscreen slider. Wait until your device is completely turned off. Then press and hold the power button until you see the Apple logo.
Other iPhone models. Press and hold the power button (side) until the power off slider appears then drag the slider. And press and hold the power button until the Apple logo appears.
- 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.
iPhone Overheating or Hot in iOS 16
What to do?
- Check for updates: Please make sure that iPhone is running the latest version of iOS. Also, make sure that all of your apps are up to date.
Update iOS: Head to Settings > General > Software Update. If there is an update, follow the onscreen prompts to update your iPhone.
Update apps: Head to App Store > Your Profile > Update All.
- Don’t leave your iPhone on warm or hot items such as radiators.
- Do not charge and while gaming (especially graphic-intensive games) or streaming.
- Do not leave the device in direct sunlight.
- Is your problem started recently? Delete any apps you downloaded shortly before the problem started.
- Use the right charger to charge your device’s battery.
- Check Your Cables: Inspect your lightning charging cable and make sure it is Apple branded and NOT a generic one. Try charging with the Apple cable and see if that makes a difference.
- Remove iPhone Case: Covering the back of your iPhone with a case makes it harder for your phone to release built up heat. Removing it will help your phone to cool down quicker.
- Lower the display’s brightness: Go to Settings > Display & Brightness.
- Force Close iPhone apps:
iPhone X, 11, 12 or later: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal all open apps. Swipe up on all of the apps.
iPhone 8, iPhone SE: Double press the Home button to reveal all open apps. Swipe up on all of the apps to close them.
- Restart iPhone: Go to Settings > General > Shut Down.
- Reset All Settings: Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset All Settings. This will restore default iPhone settings without erasing content. Your data or media will not be removed.
- Reset Network Settings: Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset Network Settings. This will remove all of your network-related settings such as your Wi-Fi passwords.
- Reset Location & Privacy: Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset Location & Privacy. This will delete all of your location and privacy settings.
- 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.
- Reset your network settings: On your device, go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset Network Settings. And follow the onscreen instructions. Please note that doing to will erase previously connected Wi-Fi networks and passwords, and your other network settings.
iOS 16 problems: Fixed!
There are likely more iOS 16 problems than the ones we’ve covered above, but these are the ones that have been most widely reported. It’s worth keeping an eye on Apple’s official iOS 16 updates page, because the company will list the bug fixes being applied to iOS as well as the new features that are being added.
If you’re experiencing an iOS 16 problem that we haven’t mentioned in this article, then tell us your issue below—maybe intrepid GeeksModo readers can help solve it.