While some people are having a great experience, others are running into problems on their iPhone SE 2.
After years of rumors and speculation, Apple’s new iPhone SE is finally out on shelves. The 4.7-inch phone is a solid option for those looking to get into Apple’s ecosystem without having to break the bank.
As we push deeper into the year we continue to hear about issues plaguing the device. We haven’t heard about any widespread “gate” issues, but we have heard about various bugs and performance issues.
With that in mind, we want to take you through the most important things to know, right now, iPhone SE 2 problems.
This guide we’ll take you through the current state of these issues, potential fixes for problems, places to find feedback about problems, and what’s next from Apple.
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iPhone SE 2 Problems
If you’re having issues activating your iPhone SE 2, check Apple’s System Status page. If “iOS Device Activation” doesn’t have a green symbol next to it, you’ll want to wait until it’s green before trying the activation process again.
If it’s green and the process still isn’t working, make sure you have a SIM card inserted into your iPhone. If you’re receiving a “No Sim” or “Invalid SIM” error, you’ll want to head to this guide on Apple’s website for assistance.
iCloud Restore issues are also a common problem. If you run into issues restoring your data from iCloud, head here for some potential fixes.
We’re also hearing about a variety of issues including issues with Touch ID, abnormal battery drain, issues with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Exchange issues, and a variety of other problems.
We expect the list to grow as more people pickup the iPhone SE 2 throughout 2020.
Where to Find Feedback
If you’re thinking about buying an iPhone SE 2, or if you already own one, you’ll want to monitor feedback from early adopters. This feedback will alert you to potential issues with the device’s hardware and software.
We recommend keeping an eye on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter, and the MacRumors forums for ongoing feedback about the budget device.
If your iPhone SE 2 is running an older version of iOS out of the box (the current version is iOS 14.2), and you’re debating a move to the latest software, check out our reasons to, and not to, install the latest version of iOS 14.
How to Fix iPhone SE 2 Problems
While some issues might require a fix from Apple in a future iOS update, some problems can be fixed from the comfort of your home.
If you run into a problem, take a look at our list of fixes for the most common iOS 14 problems. It will take you through fixes for issues like broken Wi-Fi.
We’ve also released some tips to help your device’s performance and a guide that could help you improve battery life if you’re noticing abnormal drain.
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If you can’t find a fix in those guides, you’ll want to check Apple’s discussion forums for potential fixes for your problem(s).
If you can’t find anything on Apple’s forums, you might want to get in touch with Apple. You can do so via the company’s support account on Twitter or via the company’s website.
If you’d rather explain your issue in person, you should take your new phone into your local Apple Store once they open back up. If you’ve got an Apple Store in your area, and it’s open, you’ll want to schedule a Genius Bar appointment when you can.
If your problem is serious, Apple might offer you a replacement. Remember, your phone is currently under warranty.
How to Downgrade iPhone SE 2 Software
If you’re having issues on your iPhone SE 2, you can sometimes downgrade the software in an attempt to improve the device’s performance.
Apple isn’t signing on older versions of iOS 14 which means you can’t move your phone off of iOS 14.2 in an effort to improve its performance.
If you’re unfamiliar with the downgrade process our guide will walk you through everything you need to know.
If your phone is struggling, keep an eye out for new software.
Apple is working on an iOS 14.3 for the iPhone SE 2. The software is currently in beta testing and the milestone upgrade should carry new features and bug fixes for some of iOS 14’s lingering issues.
We don’t have an iOS 14.3 release date yet but you can download the beta onto your phone right now if you can’t wait.
If you’re feeling nervous about the move from iOS 13 to iOS 14 or whatever version of iOS 14 you’re running to iOS 14.2, you might want to wait for the next version of iOS 14 to arrive.
For more on iOS 14.3, take a look at our guide.
iPhone SE 2 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.