You were right, thanks! I have never looked at or learned about the mesh setting and had never accessed it, so I never considered that it could be my problem. I guess doing the indoor location auto mapping through the iOS indoor app must automatically create a mesh with those beacons, which I did not know or expect.
My previously stated problems about not being able to connect to any beacons or login, and the only fix being to uninstall and re-download the app, still occur.
*On Android app (not sure about iOS) if you are not the owner of a beacon and the beacon is in deployment & protected mode you see the button to claim the beacon. However, if the beacon is in development mode, the button to claim the beacon does not show up. So if you buy or are given beacons by someone who had them in development mode, there is no way to send the email requesting ownership of the beacons.
There is no option to enable/disable the virtual beacon on the iOS app like there is on the Android app, and I can't detect it so I'm not sure if its really enabled like it says.
On some Android tablets the virtual beacon tab is not showing (7 inch is showing, 10 inch is not. Both running Android 5.1.1).