iOS 13.5.1 issues: Battery drain, Bluetooth problems, and more

Apple recently released the latest iOS 13.5.1 update. The update is available to users of all compatible iPhone Models. Unlike the previous update, this one doesn’t bring any new features but instead focuses on improving the overall security of the OS.

Although Apple’s update release notes aren’t very clear on what exactly the new update does, it does state that the update addresses the vulnerability exploited by the uncover jailbreak. With that being said, most jailbreakers would want to avoid this update. The rest of the users can comfortably install this release, and they won’t notice any difference in the way their iPhone works.

Or will they?

Although the new update brings zero new features, it actually causes some problems to users who installed it. Users are reporting battery drains, Bluetooth issues, connectivity problems, and more.

However, none of the problems seems to be widespread, as these are the individually reported cases. You have better chances of installing the update without any problems, than being stuck with an annoying issue. Nevertheless, I’m going to list some of the reported problems here, so you can see what could potentially go wrong.

iOS 13.5.1 battery drain

Reports about the battery drain caused by iOS 13.5.1 have been circulating on Twitter since the update’s release. Here’s one of the complaints:

Right now, the solution to this problem is unknown. It appears that users experiencing the battery drain issue will have to wait for Apple to release a follow-up update.

iOS 13.5.1 Bluetooth issues

Although reported by the smaller number of users, it appears that Bluetooth also doesn’t work for some people who installed iOS 13.5.1.

iOS 13.5.1 Face ID issues

Although iOS 13.5 improved Face ID to make it work with face masks, some people apparently have problems with it stretching to iOS 13.5.1.


Other problems

Besides the above-mentioned issues that appear to be more common, there are also a few more problems, including a camera problem, weird charging (though this one wasn’t specified, so I can’t tell you whether it was indeed caused by iOS 13.5.1, and a SIM card issue where the phone shows SIM cards as invalid.

Unfortunately, there are no confirmed solutions to any of these problems. Apple support usually recommends generic solutions to particular problems, by I doubt any of those will be helpful. Users that were hit by the update will probably have to wait for a patch.

Have you experienced any issues after installing iOS 13.5.1? If so, feel free to share them with us in the comments below.


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J Diii
J Diii
August 5, 2020 7:32 am

After updating to iPad iOS 13.5.1 charging takes about twice as long, drains fast, safari has dumped my open tabs, and text entry suggestions have gone berserk! What a pile of rubbish!

Its Outlet
Its Outlet
July 11, 2020 5:35 pm

Here’s one of the complaints:

@AppleSupport iphone battery draining like crazy after upgrading to iOS 13.5.1.
What’s going on?

July 11, 2020 2:57 pm

After my update to iOS 13.5.1 my battery began to drain, my phone start to freeze and stuck up all the time. Can they hurry and fix this problem caz it’s my first time owning a apple and I’m soo pissed I feel like Amma switch back to my android.

July 6, 2020 8:43 pm
  • My phone crashed and won’t turn on. they told me i need to restore it which I keep getting an error message. they told me to get a new phone. my iPhone is a year and month one so its not under warranty. Its such a scam!
July 6, 2020 2:55 pm

My face id stopped working on my Iphone X after 13.5.1. Always tells me to raise the iphone, lower the iphone, and ends up not being able to be set up. Had other people also try it on my phone to make sure it wasn’t related to my face – I have a beard. Didn’t work for my other test person either. Super irritating – didn’t realize how much I relied on it. I’ve searched everywhere and can’t find a solution that fixes it. I check multiple times a day for the next update.

July 6, 2020 12:26 am

Ugh, this is such garbage! Does anyone know how to fix this or go to an older operating system for their iphone? I have a 5SE and was working perfectly fine on Friday, now it is overheating and battery drain, and apps aren’t working. When is the next update?
Any solutions/suggestions would be much appreciated!

July 5, 2020 7:36 pm

My father-in-laws iPhone 8 has horrible battery life after the update. My wife’s new iPhone SE also has horrible battery life. Hoping Apple issues a fix soon.

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