iOS 7 Download Problems Run Rampant

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Apple released the iOS 7 update on Wednesday, and some users have had a lot of issues when trying to update their devices. Not only are many users having trouble downloading the iOS 7 update, they are having difficulty activating the download as well. While any Apple update is going to have glitches, some users are reportedly spending hours and hours trying to update their devices.

If Apple is trying to get their iPhone users to smash their old devices in a fit of anger so they’ll buy the iPhone 5S that is released today, then well played, Apple, well played. If their goal isn’t the destruction of older devices, however, then the company is off to a rough start with the operating system that is supposed to compete with the Android.

While slow download times is one huge problem being mentioned with the iOS 7 update, many users are reporting getting download errors.


So far there is no word from Apple on all of the iOS 7 download problems, but an update that is (at least mostly) bug-free should be released eventually. Hopefully an update won’t take months, as was the case with the iOS 6 bugs. Just a side note–the writer of this article has an iPhone 5 and updated her phone to the iOS 7 yesterday with no problems. The download and update took all of 15 minutes. From the looks of some humorous Twitter posts, however, such an easy download and installation wasn’t the norm.

Do you plan to update to iOS 7? Discuss your experience below.

After users eventually update their devices to iOS 7, the new operating system does have some pretty cool updates. In addition to flatter, more simplistic icons, the camera settings are improved, a Control Center was added and multitasking is made easier.

Main image via YouTube; Error image via Sun

iOS 7 Download Problems Run Rampant
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  • Rachel

    Hi I’ve got an iPhone 5 and after downloading ios7 I can’t get any 3G or internet access when not connected to wifi. Have checked settings, restarted network settings and checked mobile data is on. Any ideas anyone? I’m on O2. Thanks

  • Jdoho

    My iPhone went into restore mode and I’ve lost all photos, etc. I’ve tried for 2 days to get the phone working again. Apple is telling me that it is a problem with my network. The guy form Apple yesterday ended with “try to have a nice day”.

    • Missy

      I had two problems, My Itunes account had been disabled and could not download or update any apps except the IOS7.After the IOs7 download I had wi-fi connection problems. On surfing the web I found the phone number for Apple customer service, and dialed it from my Iphone. 1-800-694-7466. . I got the help I needed,, they contacted Itunes and they enabled my account and brought it up to date.. Then I was told to reinstall the apps I was having problems with. Now everything works perfect and I got the speed back in my wi-fi.

  • Chris

    My iPhone won’t let me upload videos to YouTube I hit publish and then it just freezes up. It’s been doing this since the ios7 update.

  • Mark

    Well, iOS 7 only took 1 hour for me to install. Check Apple’s iOS 7 compatibility chart. It worked just fine on my iPad mini.

  • Maryann

    Is anyone having trouble with their texts? In the other version I was able to delete portions of my texts without deleting the entire message and also miss the forward button on screen bottom. There are some portions of the text I need to keep without a complete deletion.

  • jennifer

    ever since I downloaded ios7 my facebook is slow downloading pics and you tube and fb won’t download videos. any suggestions?

  • Kathryn Gardner

    Mine downloaded just fine! However, the battery doesn’t stay charged for long and my games cut off every time I send or ask for extra lives from my friends.

  • angela c

    My camera is jacked up after updating my iPhone 4 it’s only 3 weeks old and the main reason I got this phone was for the camera. I can use front ire where you can see yourself but the regular view from the back doesn’t work. Also my front screen is now the flashlight it won’t work from the front screen where it’s supposed to. Very frustrated to say the least. It took over 2.5 hrs for my phone to upload!

  • Abb

    After installing new IOS 7 some of my application Icon missing from the phone. Application are running but I cant find the apps icon. Any idea how to fix the problem?

  • Willow

    Hey, after downloading ios7 on my iPad I havin been able to download apps from the App Store? Everything else works fine just that? What’s wrong with it?

  • Nicole

    Help!!!! I just updated my ipad 2 now I’m completely Locked Out!!! Its not taking me thru the setup and needs a passcode I never set!!!! What do I do!!!!

  • Mirella

    Well bug in deleting emails, as it keeps unchecking itself, and talk about draining the battery, I have hardly any apps or use my phone and am recharging 2-3 times a day….

  • Keith

    Since I’ve downloaded the OS7 to my 5, I’m having trouble with my viewing videos.

  • Randal

    regarding the “lagging keystrokes”
    ‚ÄúDisable ‚Äėdocuments and data‚Äô in the iCloud settings and that fixes all keyboard problems.‚ÄĚ

  • Karen

    Since loading iOS7 I cannot get sound for videos without plugging in my earbuds. What’s with that. I can’t adjust the volume at all.

  • Sam Henning

    I was in the minority as I managed to download ios7 to my iphone 5 without much trouble. I had to delete all my videos to free up enough space though. Now I have come to reload them from the icloud I just keep getting an error message and told to try again later. Driving me mad.

  • rileydj@verizon.net

    I downloaded to an iPad (ipad 3 I think)and it only took 20 mins.
    But now all my web sites require a complete log on every time – so bad I quit using the ipad!
    Tried accepting cookies, told it to aut fill asswords, etc.
    and the flat colors – hate it!
    Hate the hole damn upgrade now – what good did it do?

  • Fouad

    Since upgrade to ios7 i can not view any excel sheet with macro enabled ( the message is Microsoft excel 2007 spread sheet macros enabled ) by the way i didn’t face this problem with the previous ios ,, any one can advice , thanks

  • kate b

    Having a nightmare of a time with this update. Ready to throw phone through the window! Arggh!

    I got that error message after a half hour of downloading. Had to restore my phone three times now, at least 10 minutes each time. ALL my apps are gone. And I hate this new font – it’s hard to read. Grrrrr!

    G-d F-ing d-mn it!

    Anyone have any idea how I can get my apps back? Is going through and download everything again my only option? F!

  • Cathy Mac

    Since downloading iso7 I am getting zero sound from my iPad.
    In order to try and fix this problem I have been told to erase everything and re-download.
    However, I can’t back up several apps for which I have paid. It appears I need to have a computer o. Which to download iTunes to save these. It is all a great deal of trouble and meanwhile I am missing radio programmes that I seriously wanted to hear.
    So, think twice before downloading iso7!
    I wonder what Apple are going to do to help.

  • Brianna

    I updated my iphone to the IOS 7 and now my instagram will not load at all! Can anybody please help me? Please.

  • neil

    I downloaded ios 7 and had no problems during the download. But once it downloaded I lost all of my contacts. Has anyone else had this problem and does anyone know of a way to get them back?

    • Joy bailey

      I lost mine too! Planning to call Verizon

  • susan

    Where are my apps?

  • http://MSN Vicki

    After downloading IOS7 onto my iPhone 4, I am getting bombarded with requests for my Apple password, MSN password, and Outlook password. It is so annoying I wish I hadn’t upgraded! Anyone else with same issues?

  • Glenn

    I downloaded Version 7 and wished I hadn’t. Some of my apps stopped working properly. Galaxy is looking better all the time.

  • Hakim

    After I installed ios7, I can’t charging my ipad mini
    and I tried to on/off plug over and over again but I can’t.

  • Joy bailey

    I lost my contact and note information. It remains on my iPad. Please help!,,

  • elena

    i updated my iphone 4s no problem, i’m just having issues with my app store, i can’t go in, it show me a error that says Cannot Connect to App Store. Has anyone had this same issue? i need help

  • Jan Barber

    Your article here only mentions phones. What about iPads? I downloaded ios v7 to my ipad no problem, but do not like it. Cannot play many games, have locationa on my photo albums which bear no resemblance to where I live, and can’t find out how to change the map locations. I don’t like the general presentation, and find any benefits are far out weighed by faults. I wish I had never upgraded. I’ve read loads of complaints on various web sites about incompatibility with games, notably Zynga. Are apple trying to force us to buy more of their games?

  • http://Yahoo Kelly

    My keyboard is on a long Delay. Forget about texting or searching anything that requires a keyboard.

  • Mandy

    no problems updating i OS7. but now the i pad mini takes 20hours to charge to 100% and the charge only lasts about 2 hours even when the i pad is switched off. I tried the hard reset but to no avail. Please advise

  • Bids

    Since upgrading to iOS 7 in iPad , I am not able to search anything in YouTube.it crashes immediately…

  • Don

    iOS 7 has consolidated all my different mailboxes into one big mess!

  • DZ

    I have an iPhone 4S and just did the iOS 7.0 update a couple days ago. I’m having one huge problem so far which is bothering me. I have an Apple TV which I’ve been using since last Christmas to mirror what’s on my phone onto my TV.. it’s been working beautifully all this time. After the update was completed, the Apple TV Mirroring option disappeared from my phone. Does anyone know if this is just a temporary bug? Is there anyway to fix it? If this can’t be fixed, I feel like Apple just reached into my pocket and stole a hundred bucks from me (the cost of the Apple TV). I really hope I don’t need to wait a whole year to use my Apple TV again.. that’s how much longer I have until I can upgrade my phone through Verizon. Does anyone else have this problem? Any answers out there? Thanks!

  • Ammar Malik

    I updated my 4GS to IOS 7 few daya go. it worked well for one & half day but then it starts “No Service” issues.
    Now completely No Service on my sim with any network.
    Any one faced/heard such issue?
    Pls Pls any help would be appreciated…

  • Sherleen

    Is anybody having any problems charging their phone after installing the new iOS 7 update? I am noting that it does not show the phone is being charged at the top right of the screen and I am not sure whether it is charging or not. Just started trying to charge it a few minutes ago and saw this. I tried to charge on my computer and it did not appear that it is charging. Plugging it into the wall doesn’t show it is charging so I guess time will tell if it is actually charging. Just wondered if anyone noticed this or if this is just a problem that popped up out of the blue on my phone.

  • atalie hoes

    i kinda dont like this update because i cant text very well, it keeps glitching and is acting very slow, my phone is terrible now and doesnt work. i cant stand my phone now cuz of this update!i have to use my ipod 4 to text now!!!!!!!! :(

    • http://www.webpronews.com Kary

      I’m not having any problems with texting but, where the heck is the internet now?? Use to be able to swipe to the left on home screen and it’s come up but, after update I can’t find it

  • http://www.webpronews.com Kary

    I updated my Iphone 4s to the ios 7.0 update and now I can’t figure out how to get on the internet? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Annoyed!!!

  • http://Duffysautoservice.com Bryan

    It’s tough getting used to it but it is growing on me. The One major complaint I have is that I’ve noticed my iPhone 4S that was supper fast on iOS 6 and now is very slow with 7. It takes longer to downl

    • http://Duffysautoservice.com Bryan

      I was saying it is slower to download anything now.
      I believe they will fix it but if they don’t I’ll be pissed I upgraded my phone. Can we do a restore from back up and put 6 back on our phone?

  • Shandale

    My iPhone went from AT&T to sprint when I downloaded the iOS7 I can’t receive text send text or make phone calls how do I fix this problem I need my phone for work and children

  • BK

    Updated to ios7. Now all contacts are gone! Texts have no names. Backed up to computer and iCloud before updating. Now when I go to restore they aren’t in the cloud and when I restore from computer, they appear then a few moments later they are gone! What gives?? This totally stinks!

    • fatima

      i have the same problem, when ever i try to add new contact the contact list disappears, help !
      any suggestions?

  • Tiffany

    Ever since i updated my ipod to ios7, my internet won’t stay connected and keeps telling me it can’t connect..

  • Jen

    Downloaded iso7 on my iPad and now FaceTime doesn’t wor.

  • anaamaria

    Ive upgrade my phone 4 to ios7 and im having problem with texting. its quite slow. downloading ios7 wasnt a problem for me. any ideas how to fix the problem?

  • Andrew Parry

    Have installed iOS 7 I like the simplistic feel although does remind me of a skin cream add its so clinical the key problem for me is that the keyboard doesn’t enable in the contacts .. So now no matter how often I click in the field I get no keyboard whatsoever .. Frustrating to say the least..

  • Syl

    After installing new IOS 7 I can’t open my photo vault,can’t key in my password because no keyboard appeared….Any idea how to fix the problem?thank you so much

  • Karen

    After downloading IOS7 and making a phone call, the receiver of the call cannot hear me unless I switch to speaker. A total restore has not remedied this issue. Very frustrated. Any help appreciated!

    • Simone

      I have the same problem.

  • David

    Since I got the ISO 7 update I can’t send photos the button is there but it just freezes every time I press it?

  • Vj

    Everything is working fine after the 7 update, but can’t download any movie from within the isafe app. Also the lock screen freezes and doesn’t respond sometimes. Hope Apple fixes this soon.

  • mark davies

    I have updated my Iphone 4 to the new operating system and I wish i hadn’t, the text is verrrryyyy slow, and its looks like it is a fake screen, I am moving to android sorry apple but you have lost me and i expect many more to come.

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