iOS 9.3.1 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

The 9.3 update delivered a batch of new features and enhancements but it also arrived with some serious including one that forced Apple to roll out a brand new 9.3.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

We had a hunch the iOS 9.3 release date would land on March 21st and it did. Apple rolled it out to iPhone and iPad owners shortly after the conclusion of its iPhone SE and new iPad Pro launch event in San Francisco.

As expected, the iOS 9.3 update was a major update for iOS 9 users bringing Night Shift, Verizon Wi-Fi Calling, improvements to apps, changes to 3D Touch, and more. Apple’s iOS 9.3 update was an exciting upgrade but it wasn’t perfect.


As the roll out picked up speed, we started to hear about iOS 9.3 plaguing iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. This didn’t come as a surprise.

iOS updates, even iOS updates that go through extensive testing like iOS 9.3, always bring their own collection of problems. The iOS 9.3 beta wiped out a number of issues but some made it through to the final release.

These iOS 9.3 problems forced Apple to roll out a brand new iOS 9.3 update called iOS 9.3.1. It’s now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. And like iOS 9.3, it brings its own collection of issues to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners.

Today we want to touch on the current state of iOS 9.3 and iOS 9.3.1 problems for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and provide you with the most important information you need to know about them ahead of the next iOS 9 update.

This roundup includes a look at fixes for iOS 9.3 and iOS 9.3.1 problems, the iOS 9.3 downgrade, and more.

iOS 9.3 Problems

Those who remain on iOS 9.3 have been complaining about a number of issues including battery drain, random crashes, issues with Siri, issues with Mail, Wi-Fi problems, Bluetooth issues, issues with a Chinese input method, and more.

Activation issues forced Apple to halt the iOS 9.3 update for older devices (iPhone 5s and below, iPad Air and below) while its engineers fixed the problem. This new iOS 9.3 build started rolling out in late March with a fix on board.

If you ran into iOS 9.3 activation problems you’ll want to consult Apple’s support document as it comes with a fix.


These activation problems weren’t the only widespread iOS 9.3 issues. iPhone and iPad users also saw a pickup in app crashes when tapping on links inside Safari and other applications like Chrome, Messages and Mail.

Apple promised a fix for this problem and it delivered. The iOS 9.3.1 update that’s now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch solves this problem for good.

iOS 9.3.1 Problems

iOS 9.3.1 is a small update for iOS 9.3 users with a single fix for that web link crashing issue. It’s much bigger (thanks to iOS 9.3) if you’re coming from iOS 9.2.1 or older.

The iOS 9.3.1 change log notes that it “fixes an issue that caused apps to be unresponsive after tapping on links in Safari and other apps.”

If you experienced this problem on iOS 9.3 or iOS 9.2.1, you’ll want to download
the iOS 9.3.1 update right now.

iOS 9.3.1 isn’t perfect either. Users are reporting a number of problems with the new build including abnormal battery drain, problems with Safari, Wi-Fi issues, Apple Music issues, issues syncing with iTunes, erratic behavior, issues blocking contacts, and widespread iPhone SE Bluetooth issues.

It appears that these iPhone SE Bluetooth problems are impacting owners on iOS 9.3 and the new iOS 9.3.1 update.

Apple is reportedly tracking the issue but the issue is still a problem in the first version of the iOS 9.3.2 beta.


This is precisely why we recommend taking a few steps to prepare yourself, and your device, for iOS 9.3.1. A little prep work will go a long way toward preventing problems.

Where to Find Feedback About iOS 9.3.1

It’s important for everyone, those who have already upgraded to iOS 9.3.1 and those who haven’t, to keep an eye on feedback about the update’s performance.

As we push away from the release date, you’ll want to dig for feedback about performance on your device, particularly if you’re coming from something older than iOS 9.2.1 and/or using an older device like the iPhone 5 or iPhone 4s.

So where will you find this feedback about iOS 9.3/iOS 9.3.1 performance and potential problems? Well, you can start here.

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We’ve put together some reasons to and not to install the iOS 9.3.1 update right now. If you’re on the fence, start there.

We’ve also started releasing our impressions of iOS 9.3 updates for popular devices. We’ve started with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, and iPad.

If those aren’t enough, we recommend keeping an eye on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, and the MacRumors forums for additional feedback about the iOS 9.3 update.

This feedback will alert you to potential issues and also, potential benefits.

How to Fix iOS 9.3 or iOS 9.3.1 Problems

If you’ve run into an iOS 9.3 or iOS 9.3.1 problem, there’s no need to panic. There’s a good chance there’s a fix out there for your issue.

If an iOS 9.3 or iOS 9.3.1 problem pops up on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, start with our list of fixes for common iOS 9 problems.

Our list features fixes for the most common iOS 9 problems including abnormal battery drain, Wi-Fi issues, and problems with Bluetooth.

iOS 9.3 Update Details

If you can’t find a fix there, you should head on over to Apple’s discussion forums for iPhone, iPad, Apple Music, and more. There, you’ll find a library of fixes and a helpful community that can and will point you in the right direction.

If you can’t find a fix online, you can get in contact with Apple Support via Twitter or schedule an appointment to see a Genius at an Apple Store.

No iOS 9.3 Downgrade

Apple is no longer signing off on the iOS 9.3 update which means you can no longer drop back down from iOS 9.3.1 to iOS 9.3.


So if you’re on iOS 9.3.1 you’re stuck there until Apple releases its next iOS 9 update. Fortunately, we could see a new update soon.

What’s Next

Apple has confirmed its next iOS release and it won’t be iOS 10 or iOS 9.4. Instead, the company is planning an iOS 9.3.2 bug fix update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Apple’s released iOS 9.3.2 into beta which means those of you willing to try early software can download
and install it right now.

According to its change log, it’s coming with bug fixes and improvements including one for a lingering Game Center issue which can be seen in the video below.

These Game Center issues have been around since iOS 8 but it looks like help is on the way. Hopefully the fix sticks all the way to the final release. Stay tuned.

We still don’t have an iOS 9.3.2 release date. So, if you encounter a problem with iOS 9.3 or iOS 9.3.1, you’re on your own.

After iOS 9.3.2 could be iOS 10 beta. Stay tuned.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 9.3.1 & 5 Reasons You Should

Install If You Use YourDevice at Night & Want Better Sleep

1 / 9Install If You Use YourDevice at Night & Want Better Sleep

One of iOS 9.3’s most impressive features is called Night Shift. If you’ve used f.lux, you’re familiar with this feature. If you aren’t, here’s what Night Shift is all about. 

iOS 9.3’s night mode feature changes the color temperature of your screen. Colors become warmer after sunset and they adjust back to cooler more natural colors in the morning. So what does this mean for average iOS users?

The bright blue light that comes from your screen at night can interrupt your circadian rhythms making it harder to fall asleep. With Night Shift enabled, your iPhone’s or iPad’s display will automatically adjust using your location and time of day. 

There’s a convenient way to disable Night Shift via the Control Center menu that you access swiping up from the bottom of the display. And if you use Low Power Mode, it will automatically disable Night Shift to help you conserve battery.

If you use your iPhone or iPad right before you go to bed, and you want to help improve your sleep, try iOS 9.3 and Night Shift to see if they help.

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We saw a noticeable improvement to our quality of sleep during our time with the iOS 9.3 beta and we’ve seen similar results after using the final release for several weeks. 

Before you go and download
iOS 9.3.1 for Night Shift and Night Shift alone you should know that Night Shift is only available for the iPhone 5s or later, iPad Pro, iPad Air or later, iPad mini 2 or later, and iPod touch (6th generation).

If you have something else, you’ll need to jailbreak and get f.lux. 

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