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What to Do to Use iOS 11 Ahead of Official Release

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

  • 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:

  1. From your eligible iOS device, use Safari to visit Apple’s public beta website.
  2. Tap the Sign Up button.
  3. Sign in to the Apple Beta Program with your Apple ID.
  4. Tap the Accept button in the bottom right-hand corner of the Agreement page.
  5. Tap the iOS tab.
  6. Tap the enroll your iOS device link.
  7. : Tap the Download profile button. The profile area of the Settings app will now open
  8. On the Install Profile page, tap Install in the upper right-hand corner.
  9. Tap Install on the Consent page.
  10. Tap the Install button at the bottom of the page.
  11. Tap Restart to reboot your iOS device. Your iOS device will reboot with the iOS 11 public beta profile installed
  12. Once your device reboots, go to Settings → General → Software Update and you should see Checking for Update.
  13. Tap the Download and Install button.
  14. Tap Agree in the bottom right-hand corner of the Terms and Conditions page. This will begin the download process.
  15. 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.

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Tech Briefing 15: Free, paid webinars; tips and news for the week May 1-7, 2017

Welcome to episode 15 of Tech Briefing. It’s a rap up of major developments in assistive and mainstream technology for the weekMay 1-7, 2017.

I’m Ayoola Efunkoya, your guide.

OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage application that comes preinstalled on Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 on PC and mobile, allows you access your files online and offline and backs up the files.

A set of guidelines for using a screen reader with OneDrive by beginners is available at

Also from Microsoft comes Office 365 which offers access to the Office suite of Word, Excel, Note and Powerpoint both online and offline.

V. F. O., the parent company of Freedom Scientific,  is offering a free webinar on May 31, to teach using Office 365 with JAWS. The webinar titled “Office 365 / 2016 – An Introduction” can be registered for at

Other webinars on Word 365, Excel 365, Outlook 365 and PowerPoint 365 to be paid for will take place from August through October this year. Further information is available at

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced user of iOS, you may want to check out this “iOS & VoiceOver Mobile Accessibility Cheat Sheet:”

From Commtech Academy comes a 12-minute lesson on using the Uber iOS App:

Also available from the company is  a Windows 10 Desktop Navigation Introduction:

In other news:

A phishing scam on Thursday May 4 affected about 1 million Google Docs users. The scam claimed to have come from Google Docs.

Users who clicked a link and followed instructions, risked giving the hackers access to their email accounts.

The BBC later reported Google to have said it had stopped the attack “within approximately one hour”, including through “removing fake pages and applications”.

Facebook is almost hitting a 2-billion global monthly user mark.

The company said on Thursday May 4 that the number of people using Facebook each month increased to 1.94 billion, of which nearly 1.3 billion use it daily.

Company founderMark  Zuckerberg said the size of its user base gave Facebook an opportunity to expand the site’s role, moving into TV, health care and politics.

Thank you for your attention. Have a blessed week.

Android · Smartphones · Tips


Ever wondered how you can get to the notifications talkback tells you about as you fidget around on your Android smartphone? Or have you ever mistakingly activated it but didn’t know how to get out of the area?


It’s easy. Easier than you ever imagined at least!


To bring up the notification shade, either: Swipe down from the top of the screen (where the notifications talk) with two fingers and then drag down.


Or: Swipe right (from the top of the screen), then down.


To remove the notification shade: Tap the back button or swipe down then left from the top of the screen.