iOS 8.3 Update Released with Many Fixes [IPSW Download Links]

Apr 8, 2015 - 166 Comments

iOS 8.3 final available to update

Apple has released iOS 8.3 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The software update includes 300 new Emoji icons, a variety of small new features, some minor user interface changes to keyboards, a variety of new languages for Siri, and a handful of performance fixes and optimizations, including resolutions to various wi-fi issues and Bluetooth connectivity. Full release notes for iOS 8.3 are listed below.

The iOS 8.3 final weighs in between 250MB and 1.5GB, depending on the device being installed on and the currently running version of iOS. You will find that iOS typically requires at least 2x that space to complete the installation, and if there is not sufficient space available you will be told to free up storage capacity on the iPhone or iPad.

Update to iOS 8.3

The easiest way for most users to download and install iOS 8.3 on their iPhone or iPad is through the Software Update mechanism on the device itself. Be sure to back up your device before attempting to install the software update, either through iCloud or iTunes, if not both.

  1. Back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
  2. Open the Settings app and go to “General”, then to “Software Update”
  3. Choose “Download and Install”

iOS 8.3 download

The update will install itself automatically beyond this.

Another option is to connect the iOS device to iTunes and let that app complete the update for you. Updating through iTunes using a computer is also a way to update to iOS 8.3 if the iPhone or iPad does not have enough free storage space available to install through OTA. Just be sure to backup with iTunes before beginning that.

iOS 8.3 IPSW Direct Download Links

Those interested in installing iOS 8.3 from a firmware IPSW file can download the appropriate version for their device from the list below. These links are directly to Apple servers, you will likely want to right-click and choose “Save As” to download the appropriate file, being sure to include the .ipsw file extension.

iPhone IPSW:

iPad IPSW:

iPod Touch IPSW:

Using IPSW is considered more advanced. The majority of users should install iOS 8.3 through iTunes or OTA.

Troubleshooting iOS 8.3 Update & Install Problems

For most users, installing iOS 8.3 goes without a hitch, but there are a few potential hiccups that may be encountered, most of which are very easily resolved:

  • Not Enough Storage Available to Install? Delete some apps, free up storage space, or use iTunes and a computer to update
  • Stuck on “Download Requested” – Wait a few moments, if the download does not start after 5 minutes or so, the Apple Servers are probably overwhelmed by requests and you can try again later
  • Stuck on “Verifying Update” – wait for the verification to finish contacting Apple Servers, this requires an internet connection and can take a while when the updates are freshly available
  • The iOS 8.3 download says it will take 2 days to download!?!? Why is the download so slow? – this seems to be a network saturation issue that is impacting some localities when trying to install iOS 8.3 through OTA update. Waiting to download until later can be effective, as can updating through iTunes
  • The update is taking a really long time to install – have patience! Sometimes the update can stay on the  Apple logo screen with the loading bar for a very long time, seemingly not moving. Just wait it out, do not attempt to interrupt the iOS update process or you can brick your iOS device and require a restore
  • After installing the iOS update, my full iPhone will no longer sync with iTunes because there is not enough storage space free on the iPhone – this is a strange error, there is no solution other than clearing space off the iPhone

Have any other issues installing the update? Find solutions to them? Share in the comments.

iOS 8.3 Release Notes

Release notes accompanying the OTA download are as follows:

This release includes improved performance, bug fixes, and a redesigned Emoji keyboard. Changes include:

Improved performance for:
• App launch
• App responsiveness
• Messages
• Wi-Fi
• Control Center
• Safari tabs
• 3rd-party keyboards
• Keyboard shortcuts
• Simplified Chinese keyboard

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth fixes
• Fixes an issue where you could be continuously prompted for login credentials
• Addresses an issue where some devices disconnect intermittently from Wi-Fi networks
• Fixes an issue where hands-free phone calls could become disconnected
• Fixes an issue where audio playback could stop working with some bluetooth speakers

Orientation and rotation fixes
• Addresses an issue that sometimes prevented rotating back to portrait after having rotated to landscape
• Improves performance and stability issues that occurred when rotating the device between portrait and landscape
• Fixes an issue where device orientation appeared upside down after pulling the iPhone 6 Plus from your pocket
• Resolves an issue that sometimes prevented apps from rotating to correct orientation after switching apps in multitasking

Messages fixes
• Addresses issues that caused group messages to sometimes split
• Fixes an issue that sometimes removed the ability to forward or delete individual messages
• Resolves an issue that sometimes prevented a preview from appearing when taking a photo in Messages
• Adds the ability to report junk messages directly from the Messages app
• Adds the ability to filter out iMessages that are not sent by your contacts

Family Sharing fixes
• Fixes a bug where certain apps would not launch or update on family members’ devices
• Fixes a bug that prevented family members from downloading certain free apps
• Increased reliability for Ask to Buy notifications

CarPlay fixes
• Fixes an issue where Maps could come up as a black screen
• Fixes an issue where the UI could be incorrectly rotated
• Fixes an issue where the keyboard could appear on the CarPlay screen when it shouldn’t

Enterprise fixes
• Improves reliability of installing and updating enterprise apps
• Corrects the time zone of Calendar events created in IBM Notes
• Fixes a problem that could cause web clip icons to become generic after restarting
• Improves reliability of saving the password for a web proxy
• Exchange out-of-office message can now be edited separately for external replies
• Improves recovery of Exchange accounts from temporary connection problems
• Improves compatibility of VPN and web proxy solutions
• Allows use of physical keyboards to log into Safari web sheets, such as for joining a public Wi-Fi network
• Fixes an issue that caused Exchange meetings with long notes to be truncated

Accessibility fixes
• Fixes an issue where using the back button in Safari causes VoiceOver gestures to not respond
• Fixes an issue where VoiceOver focus becomes unreliable in draft Mail messages
• Fixes an issue where Braille Screen Input cannot be used to type text in forms on webpages
• Fixes an issue where toggling Quick Nav on a Braille Display announces that Quick Nav is off
• Fixes an issue keeping app icons from being moveable on home screen when VoiceOver is enabled
• Fixes an issue in Speak Screen where speech will not start again after pausing

Other improvements and bug fixes
• Introduces a redesigned Emoji keyboard with over 300 new characters
• iCloud Photo Library has been optimized to work with the new Photos app on OS X 10.10.3 and is now out of beta
• Improves the pronunciation of street names during turn-by-turn navigation in Maps
• Includes support for Baum VarioUltra 20 and VarioUltra 40 braille displays
• Improves the display of Spotlight results when Reduce Transparency is turned on
• Adds Italic and Underline format options for iPhone 6 Plus landscape keyboard
• Adds the ability to remove shipping and billing addresses used with Apple Pay
• Additional language and country support for Siri: English (India, New Zealand), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian (Russia), Swedish (Sweden), Thai (Thailand), Turkish (Turkey)
• Additional dictation languages: Arabic (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates) and Hebrew (Israel)
• Improves stability for Phone, Mail, Bluetooth connectivity, Photos, Safari tabs, Settings, Weather and Genius Playlists in Music
• Addresses an issue where Slide to Unlock could fail to work on certain devices
• Addresses an issue that sometimes prevented swiping to answer a phone call on the Lock screen
• Addresses an issue that prevented opening links in Safari PDFs
• Fixes an issue where selecting Clear History and Website Data in Safari Settings did not clear all data
• Fixes an issue that prevented autocorrecting “FYI”
• Addresses an issue where contextual predictions did not appear in Quick Reply
• Fixes an issue where Maps did not enter night mode from hybrid mode
• Resolves an issue that prevented initiating FaceTime calls from a browser or 3rd-party app using FaceTime URLs
• Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented photos from properly exporting to Digital Camera Image folders on Windows
• Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented an iPad backup from completing with iTunes
• Fixes an issue that could cause Podcast downloads to stall when switching from Wi-Fi to cellular networks
• Fixes an issue where remaining time on timer would sometimes incorrectly display as 00:00 on Lock screen
• Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented adjusting call volume
• Fixes an issue that caused the status bar to sometimes appear when it shouldn’t

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

Sent from my iPhone

Separately, Mac users will find OS X 10.10.3 for Yosemite available to download as well.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, News


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  1. Michele says:

    I just did an update on both iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2. My work site has now changed and I can’t navigate through it on either device. The text is way too big and it’s not stuck on zoom. It won’t let me zoom in or out and it just seems to be on that site so far. I really need to access this site! Please help me!

  2. flutiefan says:

    since updating, my Facebook app won’t load any external links. they’ll open fine in Safari, but not in the app.
    the Error message (after it says “loading” for a couple minutes) is: “Can’t Connect. The link isn’t working. Retry”

    any help? it never did this before, all restrictions are off, and Safari loads it all just fine.

  3. Liam says:

    Hi I’m wondering if anyone can help? I just updated my 5s to iOS 8.3 and I can’t download certain apps from the App Store. It shows a cloud with a downwards arrow, when I press it to download the app it’s spins for a second, stops then does nothing. I’ve tried turning phone on/off. Messing around with all settings. Checked my Apple ID and password, just can’t find out how to fix this?

  4. Sarfaraz says:

    I have iphone 5 with iOS 8.3,when ever i unlock my phone,the date,battery and signal information,zoom out for a split second and get to normal size again.
    Is it normal??
    i have changed font size,changes wallpaper and couple of other settings but it still remain same.It gets zoom for a second and gets normal.

  5. Precious says:

    PLEASE HELP ME!!!! I tried updating my iPhone 4s using iTunes then suddenly my laptop shut down and now my phone is just showing an apple icon with an empty loading bar at the bottom of the apple logo. PLEASE HELP ME!!! I cannot shut it down and iTunes doesn’t recognize my phone anymore and I don’t know what to do. PLEASE HELP ME!!!! :(((

  6. Anjiro says:

    My iphone 5 has a blown speaker but I’m using bluetooth headsets for calls. After updating to 8.3 my phone won’t play videos and music, it also doesn’t record videos. Any help?

  7. Dylan says:

    Whenever I try to update it says verifying then it says unable to install and error occurred and there’s no code or anything to help

  8. Erika says:

    After I press “agree” my ipod 5 will go back to the home screen!! Is there a way to fix that?😠

  9. Jon says:

    My phone worked just fine until apple put there Trojan horse in there program and my safari stopped working. After 15 hours dumping 1000 pictures, many App’s etc. to get 3.5 GB ready for the down load. After 8.3 is installed everyday is a nightmare. The old program allowed passwords and names to be saved and auto filled to secure sites. New 8.3 will not allow this. 8.3 set my phone back 5 years. Also now when I’m signed in to secure sites I get ads like iTunes all the time. My old flip phone was better. Worst yet it takes longer to surf the Internet.

    Thanks apple your 8.3 program is a failure and a daliy nightmare for me. You guys really let the world down thanks Apple.

  10. Reza says:

    Tnx alot Dear Neo

  11. Reza says:

    Hi all
    I updated my iphone6 to 8.3 after that my iphone is break and carrier not available in setting i cant see imei after press *#06# but i can see ime in about page :( and i have not cellular serverce(searching-no service)
    My iphone was unlock
    Help me plzzzzzz
    I restored my iphone
    Factory reset
    Dfu mode and install ios with mac
    But dosent fix
    Help meee plzzzzzz
    Send email plzzzzzz

    • Neo says:

      It sounds like you need to unlock your iPhone to work with the carrier you are trying to use, whatever carrier it is locked to can unlock it for a fee usually, or you can use a service like ChronicUnlocks and pay them to unlock it for you: but you would want to contact them first to see if it will work with your iPhone.

  12. Ashok kumar says:

    I got my iphone 5s upgraded to iso 8.3 but since then stock chart showing error in retreiving and it is not being advise solution

  13. i am very mad an inconvenienced says:

    I downloaded ios 8.3 but I can’t get past the part where you log into your wifi because it keeps turning off. And for the most part it just sits there constantly switching between a blank screen and the apple logo. I have things I need to do please help!!

  14. Nicholas miles says:

    I cannot download apps to my iPad mini. also I cannot download previous purchases either. what is going on. I have called apple a dozen times and they always take me around the same loop every time. Ever since I have updated my iPad to 8.3 I have had this issue. Someone please help me out.

  15. Kevin littler says:

    I have another iPhone 5c with iOS 8.1.1 on it and don’t have any issues at all both are on giffgaff can any one help

  16. Kevin littler says:

    Installed iOS 8.3 on my iPhone 5c and since doing this the phone loses signal all the time and even loses the carrier in settings can’t make calls or texts even when it says it has full connection with 3G or 4g signal just beeps at me and says call failed

  17. Kim says:

    I can’t download applications in my iPad mini. After typing my password the “Get” thing keeps on appearing. Please help. Thank you!

  18. Ivor says:

    Installed 8.3 on iPad2. Small problem – I cannot see any Search box for the Notes feature. V. annoying. Some notes have gone missing. More annoying.
    Curious that there is apparently no swearin’ and cussin’ on this site, when many people have much worse problems than me!

  19. Yan says:

    I have an Ipod 5th gen and I can’t update it. If I accept the terms of usage it just doesn’t do anything.

  20. Sean says:

    Over the last two days my 5s has been showing the loading wheel next to my wifi logo but nothing is to my knowledge downloading etc. I’ve turned back ground refresh off just still keeps spinning and spinning. Even when I’m just on my mobile data.

  21. Shahid says:

    I had upgraded to the 8.3 iOS and now my vpn is not configuring… I keep getting an unexpected connection error.. It works fine on all my other devices except my iPhone … Plz fix this soon

  22. david says:

    I installed the ios8.3 on my iPad 4 and now I can’t open my other apps from my other Apple id what do I do please help me

  23. Karthik says:

    I downloaded iphone 5s GSM for my model A1530 …but wen i try to restore it says wrong firmware …. Please help! i spent a lot of tym downloading

  24. Shaun says:

    Can anyone help please! I downloaded the new iOS 8.3 and since I have, I have been unable to delete my contacts. Before I had the edit button on the top, but now that has disappeared! Can anyone help please!!

  25. Sharon says:

    My iOS 8.3 update on my iPhone 5S resulted in 2 noticeable issues (so far…):

    1. I am missing several of my NOTES, randomly missing notes actually
    2. Some of my iMessages will not refresh previous messages. It just keeps bringing me back to the newest message.

    Any ideas how to fix this?

  26. Chaela says:

    I recently updated to the iOS 8.3. and am quite upset at what happened.

    When I delete text messages, my phone does not let me send any more messages – this includes text messages or iMessages to anyone! – without restarting my phone. How do I fix this issue?

  27. budge4ward says:

    Installed IOS 8.3 on my i pad and now cannot sync photos on the i pad onto my Mac PC. Any suggestions? I use i photo

  28. Sergey says:


    Well I’ve identified my iPhone as GSM, being A1457 according to Appple.

    ——————————————————————————– ————

    Model number on the back cover:

    A1533 or A1457 or A1530: iPhone 5s (GSM model)
    A1533 or A1453: iPhone 5s (CDMA model)
    A1518 or A1528 or A1530: iPhone 5s (GSM model China)

    ——————————————————————————– ————

    Since I have a 8G/month connection, I was going to download the IPSW file to install on my iPhone and since it’s a GSM, I would need to install the iPhone6,1_8.3_12F70_Restore.ipsw, according to OSXDaily, but here comes my doubt. When I’ve upgraded from iOS7 to iOS8, I’ve downloaded the IPSW from a different site where there was the link to download a 5S IPSW and it wasn’t written whether it was a GSM or CDMA, so I did that upgrade, but checking my backup files on another disk, I’ve noticed that the file for iOS8 was called iPhone6,2_8.0…..

    So, basically, have I installed CDMA 6,2 over GSM 6,1 and now I need to update with GSM 6,1?

    I’m pretty confused here.

  29. cs says:

    Updated my ipad 2 with it and worked fine but tried turning it on today and its frozen on the apple logo.. great

  30. Niroshan says:

    IPad A1430…installed IOS 8.3 now my SIM doesn’t getting detected and it doesn’t pick the network. I can only connect to WIFI. Need a solution…

  31. Sabrina says:

    The update before this caused my phone not to connect at home to the wifi. The IOS 8.3 specifically stated it was correct that issue. I did it from home on my laptop, updates in my phone still will not connect at home and now my computer won’t?!?!

  32. Confused says:

    I updated my iPhone 5S to 8.3 and since then I can’t find a network. I only just did the update prior to going overseas so don’t know if it would still work in Australia but it certainly can’t find a network in Europe. I used the same phone last year in Europe so know that it should have access. Have tried everything I know, any ideas?

  33. Sanjay says:

    After completing the download, while installing i OS 8.3 on my iPhone 6 it’s asking for a passcode. What it is? I didn’t set any passcode. What to do? Any help?

    • Goodtimes says:

      Enter the passcode you set to unlock your iPhone, you must set a passcode or it wouldn’t ask for one. Or put your finger on Touch ID.

  34. Dory says:

    After downloading 8.3 on my I phone 6 I am not longer able to connect to internet even if it shows it is connected. I am not able to visit any web page.

  35. Ron Gould says:

    Pas de problème here on iPhone 4s 8 Gb and iPad 32 Gb.

  36. Nikki says:

    I just uploaded the iOS 8.3, but Instagram won’t even open. What can I do?

  37. Jennifer says:

    I updated my iphone 6 no problem, but when updating my son’s 1st gen mini, I get the white apple logo and the progress bar. It will occasionally allow me to access the “normal” functions but if I let the screen time out, we’re back to the white apple logo progress bar. It completes, then starts over, then times out, then starts over, then complete and so on….
    I’ve put it in “safe mode” (what’s it called? when you hold down the home and sleep until you reset) which allows me to wipe the iPad clean. Then when I restore using iTunes, I’m back to the white apple logo and progress bar mess.
    I really don’t want to set up as new iPad because he’ll flip if I delete his Minecraft worlds. #firstworldproblems

  38. Dave says:

    I am not able to remove e-mail cache with IOS 8.3.

    I deleted my e-mail account, but 90 MB is still listed under usage as email!

  39. Elliot says:

    I updated my 6+ this morning. I have two issues now that I did not before the update. 1) Facebook is not happy. Pictures will not load. 2) The wifi is wonky. It does not see one of my two wifi networks unless I repeatedly turn wifi off and on on my device.

  40. Basto says:

    Hi turre. I can t get my mail accounts to work. iCloud Gmail Outlook. Any help? Please aplle stop doing sh***

  41. Bitt says:

    I try to instal the ipsw from the link.
    But itunes did not allow me.

    Then, I start to download the upgrade from within itunes.
    I realised that the ipsw downloading is actually on a different name.
    The one from the link provided here, starts as iphone6,1_8.3.
    When I download by itunes is iphone6,2_8.3.

    Is there any particular reason for this?

    I am asking because I would like to be able to go back to 8.2 if the 8.3 update keep me worse off. As it happened with previous updates.

    Thank you

    • garcia says:

      iPhone 6 Plus is 6,1

      iPhone 6 is 6,2

      Download which you need, you can not downgrade iOS

      • Bitt says:

        I read somewhere that until apple still sign it the previous version, I could be downgrade.

        Is not clear when apple will stop sign it.

        • Paul says:

          Yes correct, you can downgrade as long as Apple is signing prior versions of iOS. But typically this window is short and closes rather quickly, making it an unreliable option for downgrading iOS for most people unless they do it on day 1 or so.

  42. Kristen says:

    Hi there,
    After downloading the new IOS 8.3 – I can not open Facebook on my iPad mini….
    Can you assist on this correction

  43. Lokesh says:

    After connecting through wifi proxy.
    The download and install option is blank.
    It is not either downloading.
    Please help.

  44. Crimson says:

    I have an iPhone 6 since I’ve got it I have not been able to update to 8.2 or 8.3? It says error trying to install.. ive had no success & I’m getting disgusted… HELP ??

  45. Neala says:

    when i try to update my iPhone5 to ios 8.3, my settings app closes. (As soon as i click “Agree” it closes my app.) I’ve tried resetting my phone, I’ve turned my phone off then back on, I’ve double tapped the home button and closed the app that way and retried it but nothing has worked. I don’t know what else to do, please help…

  46. Malha Sarip says:

    Hi! Good day. I just updated my iphone 6 to ios 8.3 and the problem is, the computer won’t recognize the iphone anymore when I plugged it in thru the usb port. I just want to access the videos and pictures I have on my phone. Before I did the update, i was able to access and copy my videos from the phone to the computer. Kindly help me. Thanks.

  47. Masuma Akther says:

    Hi. I’m just wondering as to why my iPhone 4 has Not recieved the update. Very confused. And my iPhone is actually Stuck on IOS 7.1.2 I am very Confused about this! 😩😭😭

  48. Benjamin D. says:

    No matter where I tried, nothing was working, but, I found a solution, read here:

    I used Hotspot Shield and was able to download 2 .ipsw in about an hour. It creates a VPN, wondering if I can just do that without the app??

    Seems ISP or somewhere between my mac and apple servers, someone is throttling only apple software updates, not a server issue, but, trying to make it look like an apple server issue?

    • Tim says:

      That is very curious, it’s possible your ISP is throttling connections to Apple Servers due to many connections at once from other customers trying to update, but that should really not happen. Who is your ISP?

  49. Aryaman says:

    To all the people having the problem of wifi not connecting after updating to iOS 8.3 here is the solution: just restart your Wi-fi router…it works for me. Use the same solution if the phone is asking for the password again and again…😊(proudly sent from iOS 8.3😂)

  50. Benjamin D. says:

    apparently it will take days, not hours to download.

    what is the offing problem? I had this problem with some other version of iOS 8, a week after it came out, it still wanted to take 14 hours instead of 45 mins. to download. I can’t believe it’s apple’s server, something is wrong between my connection and apple, everything else works great, except attempts to get software updates from apple, is my ISP throttling it because they have too many connections?????

    what the ef?

    I have been trying for days. I have 2 iOS devices that were on 8.3 beta, I wanted to do iTunes restore, but, I deleted the beta thingy on both devices, so, iTunes claims to have an issue getting the software, and now one of them, I decided to try over the air, and it’s telling me about 2 days remaining with a tiny blue speck on the left.

    I’ve tried several times to get these ipsw files, but, they get maybe some megabytes and timeout.

    as of this typing, it says 3.0 MB of 1.5 GB downloaded 2 days, 6 hour, 6 mins remaining.


    • gmrol says:

      Sounds like your internet connection is very slow, so downloading 1.5GB will take as long as your internet connection depends. Perhaps you are using your broadband for something else, uploading to iCloud Photo library or something similar.

      Test out your speeds on speedtest

  51. Celeste says:

    I updated on my 4s and now my Messages is useless…which is the only reason I really use my phone, to text family and friends. Tried rebooting. Tried resetting the network settings. It either won’t load my texts, only loads the last one from someone, or won’t send (has sent an hour or more later). Think it’s time to get a new phone, and I won’t be going with Apple again! Tired of problems with every update!

  52. Theresa says:

    Updated both iPhone 6 & iPad Mini. Very quick install on both devices. Emoji keyboard has a slightly different look to it but nothing happens when I long press a button. No skin tone options. I tried uninstalling the keyboard, rebooting & reinstalling but no change. Any suggestions on what might be the problem & how I might fix it?

  53. Lexi says:

    I updated my iPhone 5 to the iOS 8.3 and my emojis didn’t update. What can I do?

  54. Paul Greenwood says:

    Gee, stupid me…I tried updating my ios software…..I guess I’ll never learn….here’s my problem if anyone can help; I updated my Ipad2 software to 8.3…..first i backed up my ipad on itunes, then i went back in and updated to 8.3 from itunes….install took about 45 minutes…..after install my ipad restarted and worked fine….before i went to sleep, i plugged in my charger and turned off the ipad. This morning ipad won’t start…..I tried the hard reset mode(2 buttons), the apple logo comes on for about 1 minute then disappears…after 30 seconds or so the logo comes back on. Seems I am stuck in a loop. Bigger problem is my computer doesn’t see the ipad, so i can’t even re-update. Any suggestions?

      • Paul Greenwood says:

        Thanks bt, that worked. I had not known about DFU mode, never had that serious a problem before…anyway, worked… after about 16 hours of waiting for programs to load(got hung up a couple of times), Ipad finally booted up….I’m afraid to shut it down now…but at least I know what to do if it happens again….

        • Pablo says:

          DFU mode is quite technical but it works when all other possibilities to reinstall iOS has failed. Glad you got things working! It is rare that you will need to do that, fortunately.

  55. Hairy Harry says:

    I updated my iPhone 6S Plus to 8.3. Just then my girlfriends twin sister called and wants to have a threesome with us.

    Thank You Apple!

  56. Michelle says:

    My wifi home connection won’t work on iPhone 4s since upgrading g to iOS 8.3, it works on my iPad that I didn’t do the update too. I’m tired of apple and will be going to Samsung, this is just frustrating. Can anyone help me regarding how to get wifi working on my 4s in the mean time? I’ve tried rebooting, putting in password and nothing. Thanks

    • Lennard says:


      I totally agree. Since upgrading my iPhone 4s to iOS 8.x (including iOS 8.3) WLAN is practically useless. Absolutely unacceptable for a brand like Apple.

  57. Courtney says:

    I’ve had the update for a day now and every time I send an email it takes a really long time. Also, the Messages app runs very slowly at times, I’ll type and nothing happens for a few seconds, then suddenly all the letters will appear.

  58. Paul says:

    Since 8.3 update of my iphone 6 I can not get carrier service. Just says “searching”.

    The sim works in my old iphone 5.

    Have done numerous restores, Network resets, Reset all settings.

    Spoke to someone at Apple helpdesk & they believe that it is a hardware issue.

    Funny how it was working fine before the update.

  59. Ttpilot says:

    I updated my iPhone 5S to 8.3 last night. Bluetooth no longer will see my Bluetooth headphones

  60. Jake says:

    Update 8.3 is causing periodic wifi drop and slow down on my IPad 4.

  61. Alex says:

    I just updated my Iphone 4s to 8.3.
    Download completed, finished the registration process.
    Phone looked like it was running great!

    About an hour later – Now it won’t turn on.
    Won’t Charge, and won’t activate when i plug it into a computer.

    Can anyone help me?

  62. Dan says:

    Upgraded to iOS 8.3 on iPhone 6 and when i go to photos and go to shared it’s completely empty. None of the albums i’ve shared or people have shared with me are there. Some of the existing albums i had created don’t have all the pictures i have added to them. When i go to settings>icloud>photos> icloud photo library is on and says updated just now. HELP!

    • neo says:

      Make sure you are signed into your iCloud account, then you must be on wi-fi. Photo Sharing iCloud can take a long time to download the pictures, depends on internet speed. You can always double-check they are still there with on the website it has the photos app too.

  63. Hannah says:

    I can’t install IOS 8.3 on my iPhone 5s
    It’s say “unable to install update”
    What can I do? Can u guys help me

  64. Help says:

    Help, I have an iPhone 4s and it is currently at iOS 6.0
    I have tried several times to update my iPhone to iOS 8.3, but it says “Update Failed” every single time. I have plenty of storage, so that’s not the issue. I have tried to update it without it being connected to iTunes, and with. Neither works. Please help.

  65. Caz says:

    I’ve updated software I wished I hadn’t as when you go into settings I can’t get passed do not disturb, to get into general to switch off voice over. It’s very frustrating.

  66. Denus says:

    Fortunately, it’s working fine on my 6+ 128Gb.
    And yes, it takes ages, but I don’t have to hold it while it’s busy… Just let it go till the end.
    Good luck for the people with issues: I know how frustrating it can be.

  67. elinay says:

    iOS 8.3 bricked my iPhone 5S. Stuck in a loop…apple logo followed by a blue screen. I managed to get it into Recovery Mode, but iTunes cannot restore. Now I have a worthless piece of junk!

  68. Thomas says:

    I had updated to 8.3 and ever since doing so I get an error when i go to my email/emails (CanNot Get Mail) The connection to the server has failed. Ive re-entered the passwords and i still get the error. Is anyone else having this issue ?

    • David says:

      Yes — Encountering “Cannot Get Mail” error periodically on iPad Mini Retina and iPhone 6 Plus — both recently upgraded from iOS 8.2 to iOS 8.3. I’m unable to force the error via manual email refresh, though — it just happens, periodically, when the device connects to the offending email server(s).
      Both devices interact with 5 separate email accounts, so short of disabling all and then enabling each one, one-at-a-time and waiting, I’m at a loss as to how to determine WHICH email account is producing the “Cannot Get Mail” error. iOS is useless at providing error context.

  69. Luisa says:

    I’ve uptdated it and every now and then, my iPhone shuts down abruptly!!! and keyboard is VERY slow. How can I fix this?? 😭

  70. Leandra says:

    My iphone is an Iphone 4S but when I try to update my phone using wifi I couldn’t click the “download and install” button. It doesn’t pop up. The only thing that is there is “Update Requested” what does that mean? Pls help

  71. Tell says:

    Since I updated my phone I cannot upload any pictures through Instagram, it says camera roll will show shortly or something like that but it’s been two hours and my pictures are still not connecting. If I go to click on my gallery outside of Instagram I have all of my pictures is there anyway to fix this connectivity problem?

  72. Alena says:

    “An error occurred” I tried rebooting the phone and it’s on the charger and I have plenty of space on my phone so I dunno.

  73. Mishendr says:


    Apple does NOT read this forum, or any other. Only way to get the attention of Apple is to report issues on their feedback page;

    Please do so!

  74. Libby says:

    I had iOS 8.2. Then I updated to iOS 8.3, but when my iPad was done with the update, nothing was different and I didn’t get the new emojis. I checked in settings, and even though it says “software is up to date”, it says that I still have iOS 8.2 and there is no update available. What do I do?

  75. Mai says:

    I keep getting “Unable to install update. An error occurred installing iOS 8.3” on my iPhone 5. Help. Please. Thank you.

  76. Shoshana says:

    When I try to update my Iphone 6, the screen pops up that it is verfying the update, but then shortly stops and says “Unable to Install Update, An error occurred installing iOS 8.3” This happened after the initial install of agreeing to terms.

  77. Alicia says:

    is Apple going to make it possible to make the little family emojis look like real people instead of the Simpsons? I appreciate that I get to change the individual people emojis skin color but I was really excited to make the little families look like my own but no go :/

  78. Gail says:

    I downloaded the new update iOS-8.3 with no problem to my i phone 6. My text messages no longer show names, only phone numbers!!! How can I get the names/pics back????? My contacts favorites no longer have their pictures…

    • Gail says:

      In text messages, it give me the option to add as a new contact, but all of these were from contacts / friends.

  79. luvapple says:

    i tried to get my iphone4s updated with ios 8.3 but all the times that i clicked on Agree the setting screen quit please help me

  80. Tina says:

    I’ve had a lot of my past imessages be deleted. and it seems that convos aren’t being saved anymore – if you scroll up, where it would normally refresh is where it just deletes the convo instead?

  81. eric says:

    Bricked my iPad air2. Long night of trying to get it to reboot. Now doing a factory reset. Fingers crossed. What a bummer.

  82. Trish says:

    Won’t update. Says Verifiying update then goes to UNABLE TO INSTALL UPDATE. An error occurred installing iOS 8.3. I have a iPhone 6. Someone help please?

  83. Gale says:

    I did the iOS 8.3 update about 3 hours ago and when the Apple logo and bar was finished the screen went completely black so I powered it off and back on. Now all I get is the red iTunes circle in the middle of the screen with an up arrow and what looks like a power cord picture. It is fully charged. It will not swipe anywhere to turn it on.

  84. Julie says:

    My daughter completed the update and now the phone says no service and she cannot text, access the internet, etc. Tried shutting it off several times. Also tried a reset and that didn’t work. Still says no service.

  85. Kennedy says:

    I updated my iPad last night. Well actually I didn’t. I tried to update my iPad last night but it completely shut down. I can’t turn it on. I’ve plugged it in to see if it died for a couple hours. But nope. The screen is completely black.

  86. Imogen says:

    I downloaded the latest apple update last night on my new Iphone 5s, all appeared okay. Woke up this morning to a red apple logo. Tried plugging it into Itunes like it said and now it won’t recognise it!!!! Have tried everything. Holding down the power and middle button, holding the middle button in when plugging it to the laptop.. NOTHING!! HELP!! I want my phone back!!

    • Imogen says:

      Have managed to connect it to Itunes and restore it back to factory settings but it’s now saying there is an error!! (-1)

      Really hope that Apple will do something about this. THIS IS RIDICULOUS!!

      • orx says:

        iTunes Error 1 during restore usually means that iTunes can not contact the Apple Server, so you should try again a few more times if it has worked before. Maybe your firewall, router, hosts file, or something similar.

        If the new restore does not work, sometimes Error 1 can be overcome with DFU mode restore described here

  87. Brad says:


    I updated an 5K iMac and a iPad Air 2. Now both are having issues with recognizing the Bluetooth or USB keyboard.

    I had to shut off Bluetooth completely so I could get the on screen keyboard on the iPad Air. Same with the iMac, I am using USB devices only.

  88. robert says:

    This update has put my ipod touch into recovery and I can’t get out. I can’t update and can’t recover.

    The apple support pages are not loading.

  89. Steve says:

    I rebooted my wifi router and all ok!
    Turn it in and off and see what happens

  90. Steve says:

    Ps on an iPhone 5

  91. Steve says:

    Just updated to 8.3 and now I cannot connect to my wifi.
    Tried reboot – no success.
    Turned wifi on and off – no success
    Tried forget network – no success

  92. Randy says:

    I did the update on my iPhone 4s now I can’t get hocked up to wifi

  93. Med says:

    Mostly trouble free so far, BUT 8.3 broke the mazec keyboard on my iPhone. Hopefully meta mojo will find a fix, I won’t risk the iPad until they update, I use it all the time on there.

  94. scott says:

    Just Installed 8.3 on my iphone 5s and now phone gone into recovery mode ? got to wait to plug into laptop at home to get full recovery ?

  95. Jane says:

    Downloaded the new update to my iPad and now it will not start. I press the power button and the Apple logo appears and stays on the screen for a good minute and then the screen go black again. It’s been over an hour and still no progress. Anyone else having this problem? I’m worried the update fried my iPad.

    • Michael says:

      Got the same problem here – Ipad-3 update to IOS 8.3 , device seems to be in a deadlock – starts all over again and again and again, showing the white apple on a black background for a while – then a thin progressbar appears after a while and shows progress for something going on … and all of a sudden display is shut off, going to deep black – and after a while the same thing happens again.

      Any idea welcome !

  96. Margaret says:

    After accepting Terms + Conditions, the entire Settings app just quits on me. I’ve tried restarting several times with the same result. I’m on an iPhone 5S with 1.4GB of free space…… what is the deal?

  97. Sammy says:

    That was supposed to say 8.3 😂

  98. Sammy says:

    I updated to iOS 3.1 and found that my recent photos have now been added to ‘my photos’ but not the ‘all photos’ album thing.. This is a problem when trying to upload to Instagram etc.. As it no longer shows up.. I already hate this update and have had it no longer than 30mins!!!

  99. Jon says:

    I’ve updated an iPhone 5S, 6, 6+, iPad 3 & 2 ipadmini 2’s without issue. The install on all took awhile, but I left them alone and they completed without problems. The app launcher seems faster.

  100. Dennis Lew says:

    New 8.3 update still does not allow iPhone 6+ to pair with 2015 Ford Navigation system or Lexus system.

    • gm says:

      iPhone 6 Plus should work fine through Bluetooth speakers in Ford and Lexus, try to re-sync with Bluetooth again

  101. I have an iPad3. The update took only a few minutes to download and install, and I have had no problems so far.

  102. sprinter says:

    still oobs with my space 16GB iPhone and yet says 12GB

  103. Erik says:

    Hey Paul,

    The links for the iPad 3 Cellular models are incorrect. They are linking to iPad 2,2 and 2,3, when they should be iPad 3,2 and 3,3.

  104. LLAP says:

    Only feature that matters: Vulcan Spock Salute Emoji


  105. Nicko says:

    Worked perfectly the first time–inside 30 minutes or so.

  106. G says:

    I downloaded 8.3 on my iPhone 5, and it kept getting stuck on “verifying update” but then it ended up going to the Apple logo which I thought was a good sign. But when I unlocked my phone, I noticed it still hasn’t updated, so I’ve tried it a couple times since then and the same thing keeps happening (“1” badge icon still remains on settings icon, indicating there’s still an update available)… And now, my phone is searching for service. I have wifi, but “Searching…” is in the toolbar.


  107. Joseph Blomley says:

    After updating an iPhone 5, I get only a part of a screen that seems to have been designed for an iPad. I can’t push it around on the display and I can’t use 2 fingers to change the size. This means that I can’t even type in my pass code to access the device, because I only get a part of the keypad.

  108. iFoneSix says:

    I just updated to iOS 8.3 but my iphone6+ is stuck (on loading screen with dotted circle) see picture:

    The activity indicator has not moved for over an hour :(

    Anyone else seeing this? Good thing I have AppleCare+ as it looks like the update bricked my phone.

    • Paul says:

      Yea you shouldn’t see the spinning circle for longer than a few minutes. Force reboot and then restore with iTunes if it doesn’t figure itself out.

      If it’s unresponsive with that step, you can force it into Recovery Mode and then do a restore with iTunes and a computer (the backup can be from iTunes or iCloud)

  109. Chris says:

    iOS 8.3 has bricked my iPhone, it’s stuck on the apple logo loading bar for an hour now.

    Great, thanks Apple. Great update! I guess you knew that I had nothing left to do today, no meeting in an hour, nope. I didn’t need to work today anyway, I needed to spend all day restoring an iPhone and downloading 100 apps again. Thanks again Apple!!! What a great iOS update!

    • Paul says:

      Let it sit, it may complete updating on its own, the same thing happened on my iPhone Plus and it took a very long time before finishing. The progress bar did not move.

      Otherwise, if multiple hours progress, you may need to restore from a backup.

      I’ve seen a handful of people with this issue updating with Software Update.

      • Chris says:

        Thanks Paul, I let iPhone sit longer and I came back and it was normal updated to iOS 8.3 like it should have! Never seen an update take this long.

        Let this be a warning to others updating to iOS 8.3: if the update install looks frozen or stuck, it’s not, the bar does not move, so just WAIT!

        • Martin says:

          my iphone 6 bricked after update… as a dev i had ios8.3beta installed, after updating to the official 8.3 OTA there is only a “blue screen” and a always reboot…

          LOL APPLE

          • Tushar says:

            Hi, I am facing similar issue where since yesterday my phone is stuck on blue screen & again shows apple logo. I am totally stuck with this and it doesn’t seem to be going at all. Do I need to get it checked. Is there any way to go back to old version. At least the phone will start working.

        • itasara says:

          My last couple updates, maybe one of them was a computer update, took a long time. One update I started when I went to bed and in the morning nothing had happened. But I read that sometimes when a new system is out their system gets overwhelmed. I don’t know if that is true or not. I downloaded this new one from my phone, but I guess I haven’t actually installed it yet. Am reading all these comments first.

      • Precious says:

        How about if it was interrupted? Like mine, while I was upgrading my iPhone 4s using iTunes my laptop shut down and all I can see now is the apple logo and the progress bar and I cant shut it down or restore it. What will I do? PLEASE HELP ME! :(

    • dipdaw says:

      If I had read this comment earlier I wouldn’t have attempted to download iOS 8.3. Anyway, I downloaded and upgraded without any issue whatsoever!

    • Jefe says:

      No gun to your head – how about updating when you go to bed.

    • katy says:

      I decided to try and run the update to my phone last night .. set it to go around 10:30 and woke up this morning with it frozen in place saying ‘verifying update’ .. SO annoying, literally can’t use my phone at all. now I have to wait for it to die becasue – as in all iPhones- no top button broke a while back!!! grrrr… so frustrated.

  110. Emoji says:

    The new emoji icons are really ugly, any way to change them back?

    • Ed says:

      The general design of the emoji actually hasn’t changed, but they now included racial variants. The default is set to some weird “yellow” color ala the Simpsons. Just hold down and select the preferred skin tone, and you should find something close to the original emoji.

      • Ron Gould says:

        Updated my iPad and iPhone, went and made a cup of tea and when I came back it was all done. Seamless. I wonder why you’ ® experienced such problems. Take some Soma, lie down for half an hour and grow up.

  111. O Brother Where Art Tho says:

    I can’t install iOS 8.3 because I do not have enough storage available on a 64GB iPhone Plus? It’s 64GB! But there is 15GB of “Other” space shows up in iTunes, what is this Other crud Apple? I deleted all Messages, no relief.

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