iOS 16.6 Issues, Bugs, Fixes, Security, Problems & More

iOS 16.6 update

iOS 16.6 update

iOS 16.6 build number 20G75 is available for iPhone 8 and later devices. It comes with important bug fixes and security updates! All addressed issues, as well as new problems and other changes are covered here!

iOS 16.6 Issues

Below we track all problems reported for this version along with available workarounds:

  • 1. iPhone lagging and overheating after update. (Isolated reports)
    Fix: Reboot device.
  • 2. AirDrop sound cannot be changed in Settings -> Sound & Haptics. AirDrop missing from sounds is an older iOS 16 bug. Reported by this Reddit user.
  • 3. CarPlay connect automation triggers an error message in Shortcuts. Reported by getridofwires.
  • 4. Next/Previous buttons not working in CarPlay most of the time. Reported by sambooka. (Toyota RAV 4)
  • 5. Wired headset not working anymore after iOS 16.6 update for this Reddit user.
    Workaround: Try restarting your device.
  • 6. Location services not working properly for some users. Apple Maps shows current location when connected to WiFi and Google Maps freezes randomly during navigation. Reported by mconk. Are you experiencing the same?
  • 7. Battery drain bug seems to be fixed for the majority of users. However, there are still isolated cases complaining about battery problems.
  • 8. Mail app blank while reading an email? Reported by BigMasterDingdong.
  • 3. To be updated. (Contribute in the comments!)

iOS 16.6 Bugs Fixed

Problems solved in this release are mentioned here:

  • 1. iOS 16.5.1 battery drain has been fixed for most users. However, there are still some users reporting overheating and battery issues.
    Tip: Reboot your device and it should be fine.
  • 2. Update Apple ID notification showing up in a loop has been fixed. Thanks stanb42 for sharing.
  • 3. To be updated. (Contribute in the comments!)

iOS 16.6 Security Updates

ios 16.6 security content
There are a significant amount of security fixes included in this update. The security content lists 24 vulnerabilities that have been addressed by Apple, including:

Apple Neural Engine, Find My, Kernel, libxpc, NSURLSession, WebKit, WebKit Process Model and WebKit Web Inspector patches.

The problems have been solved with improved checks, restrictions, validation, state and memory management.

iOS 16.6 Features

According to the release notes, this update focuses on significant bug and security fixes. Apple does not announce any new additions. However, changes spotted are tracked here:

  • 1. To be updated. (Contribute in the comments!)

iOS 16.6 Download

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  • 1. This update is available, over-the-air in Settings -> General -> Software Update on iPhone 8 and later models.
  • 2. Tap Download and Install and be patient until the update is requested, downloaded, prepared, verified and installed on your device.
  • 3. iPhone reboots when installation is finished.

iOS 16.6 Not Available?

If your iPhone already runs the iOS 17 beta, version 16.6 won’t show up even if you have beta updates turned off in Settings.

Have you installed iOS 16.6 on iPhone? Has the battery life improved? Are you still experiencing bugs and issues? Share your feedback in the comments!

Related: Apple has also released iPadOS 16.6, macOS Ventura 13.5, watchOS 9.6, tvOS 16.6 and HomePod 16.6.