iOS 16.4 Bugs, Issues, Problems, Fixes, Workarounds & More

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iOS 16.4

Apple has released iOS 16.4 build number 20E247 for the iPhone 8 and later models! This update comes with new features and enhancements, bug fixes, security updates and its fair share of new problems!

iOS 16.4 Bugs

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Before you update from iOS 16.3.1 or an earlier build, check out issues reported by users that have already tried it out:

  • 1. Notification Center animations not working properly. They glitch out occasionally when opening the Notification Center. Confirmed by LukeVeras.
  • 2. Spotlight search keyboard glitches out. Reported by Smply_Rckless.
  • 3. ID card error in Wallet when adding or presenting the document. Mentioned in the Developer release notes.
  • 4. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote require collaborative documents to be closed when Advanced Data Protection for iCloud is enabled.
    Workaround: Close the affected document and reopen it after a few minutes. Source: Apple Developer notes.
  • 5. iCloud Drive not working when opened from Files.
    Workaround: Restart iPhone or iPad.
  • 6. Apple Watch migration not working when restoring a backup to a new phone.
    Workaround: Unpair AW from the previous iPhone, then pair it to the destination phone.
  • 7. To be updated.

iOS 16.4 Bug Fixes

The release notes mention two issues that have been addressed in this release:

  • 1. Ask to Buy requests from children not appearing on the parent’s device has been solved!
  • 2. Matter-compatible thermostats unresponsive when paired to Apple Home have been solved!
  • 3. To be updated!

More: The Developer release notes mention a series of issues addressed for: Passkeys and Authentication Services, Safari Web Extensions, SwiftUi and MapKit.

Tip: You can review them all here.

iOS 16.4 Security Updates

This release patches a bunch of vulnerabilities including Calendar, Camera, CarPlay, FindMy, iCloud, Photos, Podcasts, Safari, Shortcuts and more.

Fact: For the entire list of security fixes please check the official support document.

iOS 16.4 Features

ios 16.4 release notes
The release notes highlight six new features and enhancements including:

  • 1. Emoji keyboard gets 21 new emoji including animals, hand gestures, and objects.
  • 2. Web App Notifications are now available for those added to the Home Screen.
  • 3. Voice Isolation for cellular calls prioritizes your voice and filters out the ambient noise.
  • 4. Duplicates album in Photos can now also detect duplicate media in an iCloud Shared Photo Library.
  • 5. VoiceOver support for maps in Weather.
  • 6. Video is automatically dimmed when flashes of light or strobe effects are detected.
  • 7. Crash Detection enhanced for iPhone 14 and 14 Pro models.

Other Enhancements

    The most notable new feature in this release are the new emojis available thanks to support for the Unicode 15.0 Emoji standard!

    Other keyboard improvements, according to the release notes, are:

  • Autocorrect for the Korean keyboard is turned on by default for testing and feedback.
  • Ukrainian keyboard supports predictive text.
  • Gujarati, Punjabi, and Urdu keyboards get support for transliteration layouts.
  • Choctaw and Chickasaw get new keyboard layouts.

Other Features

  • Shortcuts app receives a number of new action options Find Books, Intercom broadcasts announcements, Set VPN connects / disconnects, Set Always-On Display toggles and many more documented here by
  • Apple Podcasts app gets a series of new features on iPhone, iPad, Mac and CarPlay including a new Channels menu and an Up Next queue which can include episodes listeners have saved to their Library and episodes played from shows they do not follow:
  • Order Tracking Widget for the Wallet app is now available on the Home Screen and helps you track orders placed with Apple Pay.
  • PlayStation 5 DualSense Edge wireless controller gets support in iOS 16.4. This makes the accessory usable with Apple devices.
  • Home – Both manual and automatic Software Update support is now available for Matter Accessories
  • Settings – Apple Developer Program members can enable/disable beta updates on iPhone or iPad directly from Settings -> Software Update.

iOS 16.4 Update

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This update is available, over-the-air in Settings -> General -> Software Update on iPhone 8 or later models!

All that you have to do is tap Download and Install! Be patient until the update is requested, downloaded, prepared, verified and installed on your device!

Have you downloaded 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4 on your device? Help us cover all improvements and discover new problems and issues! Share bug fixes and workarounds in the comments!

Related: Apple has also rolled out iPadOS 16.4 (20E247), macOS 13.3 (22E252), watchOS 9.4 (20T253), tvOS 16.4 (20L497) and HomePod 16.4.