What to Do to Use iOS 11 Before its Official Release
Apple has finally released the public beta of iOS 11, meaning you don’t have to be a registered developer with the company to get to try out the new features before the upgrade makes it to the general public later this year.
A web site reporting on everything iOS and Mac, 9to5Mac, has outlined the steps interested users need to follow to get the public beta of iOS 11.
Users are advised to first back up their data before installing the public beta and to try out the software preferably on their secondary device.
Beta are software still in development and are known to have bugs.
Apple recommends using iTunes to backup devices and archiving that backup for safekeeping.
Similarly, 9to5Mac recommends encrypting the backed-up data to retain Health & Activity data.
Is My Device iOS 11 compliant?
Not every iOS device can run on iOS 11 of course so be sure yours is one of those which can work on the public beta. The following are the devices eligible for the upgrade.
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 5s
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air
- iPad 5th generation
- iPad mini 4
- iPad mini 3
- iPad mini 2
- iPod touch 6th generation
How to Install iOS 11 Public Beta
Now that you’ve confirmed that your iPhone, iPad and IPod touch can work with iOS 11 Public Beta, the next action is to backup your data.
Once both stages are completed, you can begin the installation.
9to5Mac put together a video guide to walk users through the installation process which it describes as fairly straightforward – taking about 20 minutes to complete depending on your wi fi speed of course.
It also outlined the steps as follows:
- From your eligible iOS device, use Safari to visit Apple’s public beta website.
- Tap the Sign Up button.
- Sign in to the Apple Beta Program with your Apple ID.
- Tap the Accept button in the bottom right-hand corner of the Agreement page.
- Tap the iOS tab.
- Tap the enroll your iOS device link.
- : Tap the Download profile button. The profile area of the Settings app will now open
- On the Install Profile page, tap Install in the upper right-hand corner.
- Tap Install on the Consent page.
- Tap the Install button at the bottom of the page.
- Tap Restart to reboot your iOS device. Your iOS device will reboot with the iOS 11 public beta profile installed
- Once your device reboots, go to Settings → General → Software Update and you should see Checking for Update.
- Tap the Download and Install button.
- Tap Agree in the bottom right-hand corner of the Terms and Conditions page. This will begin the download process.
- Once the download is complete, tap Install Now to begin the install.
Now that you have successfully installed the public beta , please watch 9to5Mac’s hands-on video of 100 new features found in iOS 11 in order to become better acquainted with the new software.