How to download iOS 11?

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Issue: How to download iOS 11?

I turned off automatic updates on my iPad. However, I heard that iOS 11 is available and I want to try it. How can I download it?

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Solved Answer

iOS 11 is available since the middle of September 2017. iPhone and iPad owners, who haven’t disabled automatic updates, should have already received an alert to upgrade to the latest version of Apple operating system. However, if you are not excited about automatic updates, but want to get the newest version of iOS, you can still do it manually.

But first of all, you have to check if your iPad or iPhone is compatible with iOS 11 and backup your files in order to avoid data loss.

How to download iOS 11

Devices that are compatible with iOS 11

Not all mobile Apple products can support the latest version of iOS. iOS 11 is compatible only with these devices:

  • iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus;
  • iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad 9.7-inch, iPad Pro 9.7-inch, iPad Pro 12.9-inch, iPad Pro 10.5-inch;
  • iPod touch (sixth generation).

Backup your data first!

If your device supports latest iOS version, you should not rush to click “Upgrade” button. This process may not be smooth, and some problems might occur. Therefore, you should be prepared for the worst – data loss. You can backup your files using iCloud or iTunes on MacBook or PC.

Step to create extra copies of files using iCloud:

  1. Connect to Wi-Fi.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Tap on your name and choose iCloud (or scroll down to the end and choose iCloud if you use iOS 10.2 or older version).
  4. Choose iCloud Backup (or Backup) and check if iCloud Backup is turned on.
  5. Tap Back Up Now option.
  6. Once the process is done, you should check if it was successful:
  7. Open Settings > choose your name;
  8. Go to iCloud and choose iCloud Storage;
  9. Access Manage Storage and choose your device from the list.

iOS or older version users should follow this path: Settings > iCloud > Storage >Manage Storage > choose device.

Backup your device before installing iOS 11

Instructions for creating backups using iTunes and your computer:

  1. Open iTunes and connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod to the computer. You might be asked to enter your device’s passcode or to Trust This Computer. Then, follow the instructions appeared on the screen.
  2. When your device appears in iTunes, select it.
  3. If you want to backup your Health and Activity data or Apple Watch, you have to encrypt data before creating copies. Otherwise, you just have to click Back Up Now button.

You can check if the backup was successful by following this path: iTunes Preferences > Devices (on a Mac) or Edit > Preferences > Devices (on a PC).

Download iOS 11 from iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

Download and install iOS 11

  1. Access Settings app and go to General section.
  2. Tap Software Update. After a couple of seconds, you should receive a notification about available iOS 11 update.
  3. Tap Download and Install.
  4. Install iOS from iTunes

Another way to download iOS 11 to Apple mobile devices is to use your Mac computer and iTunes. Follow these steps:

  1. Connect the device you want to upgrade to iTunes.
  2. Open iTunes and select your device.
  3. Click Summary.
  4. Hit Check for Updates button.
  5. When you get a notification about available iOS 11, click Download and Update.
  6. You might be asked to enter your passcode, so type it to start this process.

Switching from iOS 11 beta to iOS 11

If you have signed in for the beta version of OS, you can upgrade either using your device directly or use iTunes as well.

Instructions for switching to from the iOS 11 using your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch:

  1. Access Settings and go to General and Profiles.
  2. Tap on Beta profile.
  3. Choose Delete Profile to remove it.
  4. Enter your password. You might need to tap Delete button again.
  5. Shut down and restart your device.

If you want to use iTunes and your Mac computer for this task, follow these steps:

  1. Connect the device with iOS 11 beta to iTunes.
  2. Once connected, press and hold Sleep/Wake and Home buttons at the same time. Release them when you see the Apple logo, and your device reboots to Recovery Mode.
  3. Tap Update on your computer.
  4. Tap Update again in order to download an install iOS 11.
  5. Click Agree on your computer in order to accept Terms and Conditions.

If you have some problems when getting iOS 11, you have to make sure that your device has enough free space to perform this task. If you lack of space, you should uninstall some apps or remove other data.

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