iOS 16.2 Beta Problems, Features, Bugs Fixed & More

iOS 16.2 beta

iOS 16.2 beta update

Apple has released the first iOS 16.2 beta with build number 20C5032e for Developers and Public Beta testers (October 27). iPadOS 16.2 beta with the same build number is also available. Check out all the new features as well as problems, issues and bug fixes!

iOS 16.2 Beta Problems

Common issues reported in this version are listed below along with any available fixes or workarounds:

  • 1. Camera app not closing when opened from Lock Screen.
    Workaround: Use Side Button to lock the screen and reopen it to access Home Screen. Access Camera from the Home Screen. More details here.
  • 2. APP_ASKING_PASSCODE_IPHONE code instead of the actual text when an app is asking for passcode.
  • 3. iPhone freezing and rebooting randomly for a few users. Reported by Larry.
  • 4. Safari closes the most recent tab resets to the oldest one for Zach.
  • 5. WiFi keeps disconnecting similar to iOS 16.1. Reported by Tauya.
    Potential fix: available here.
  • 6. Turn Off sound not working on iPhone 14 Pro for Ry.
  • 7. AirPlay crashing after a couple of seconds when using third-party apps. Reported by Matt.
  • 8. Safari freezing for Ingo.
  • 9. CarPlay screen scrambled when using Google Maps and other apps for Nathan.
    Fix: Disconnect and reconnect CarPlay.
  • 10. To be updated! (Contribute in the comments!)
  • Fact: Known issues reported by Apple are available in the Developer release notes.

iOS 16.2 Beta Features

Changes available in this release, when compared to iOS 16.1 are highlighted here:

  • 1. Freeform app has been added as a built-in iOS app. It’s designed for sketching, gathering notes, saving links and more. The most important feature is that multiple people can collaborate on a document and the edits are updated in real-time for everyone. App is also available in iPadOS 16.2 and macOS Ventura 13.1
  • 2. Sleep Widget for Lock Screen – the widgets provide info about time spent in bed and sleep quality. There are three options available: a one-tile widget and two multiple-tiles glances.
  • 3. TV App Live Activities have returned after they’ve been briefly tested during the iOS 16.1 beta. You can now add live sports scores from the TV App to the Lock Screen.
  • 4. Stage Manager External Display support is back in this iPadOS 16.2 beta. This functionality is limited to M1 and M2 iPads. Up to 8 apps can be added instead of the regular 4 on the iPad.
  • 5. Home app gets new architecture to better to better cope with the Matter smart home standard that was introduced in iOS 16.1.
  • 6. Car Bluetooth icon is now shown in the Now Playing controls on the Lock Screen. Reported by therealFoxter.
  • 7. Unintentional SOS Calls reports now available. Share feedback to Apple if you accidentally trigger a call. Reported on Twitter.
  • 8. Turn Off Hide IP Address per website is now available. Thanks freaktheclown for sharing.
  • To be updated! (Contribute in the comments!)

iOS 16.2 Beta Bugs Fixed

iOS 16.1 issues that have been addressed in this version are mentioned here:

  • 1. Battery drain in standby mode has been fixed. Confirmed by pheuk.
  • To be updated! (Contribute in the comments!)

iOS 16.2 Beta Download

Anyone with an iOS 16 Developer Beta Profile can download it over-the-air in Settings -> General -> Software Update.

The above mentioned profile can be downloaded and installed from Apple’s Developer platform by subscribed users.

Tip: You can install the iOS 16 Public Beta profile from the Apple Beta Software Program which is free to signup for. Here are all the details.

Have you installed iOS 16.2 Beta on your iPhone? Help us with new features and bugs spotted since this update. Share your findings in the comments!

Related: Apple has also released watchOS 9.2 beta (20S5331), macOS 13.1 beta (22C5033e) and tvOS 16.2 beta (20K5331f).