iOS 11 brings some really exciting updates to your devices, let it be iPhones or iPads. Usually, you can not update to the newer versions of iOS until their official releases. But there is a workaround this time: iOS 11 Public Beta.
If you are one of those adventurous types, then this post is definitely meant for you. You can simply register yourself into Apple’s Public Beta Platform and check out the new iOS update.
In case you are wondering how much is this going to cost you, then: $0.00. Apple’s Beta Program is a free-for-all program. You do not need to have a developer account for this. You also don’t need an iTunes account or Xcode to use iOS 11. All you need to do is to sign in using your Apple ID and you are all set to go.
Before we move further
Public Beta version lies somewhere between developer beta and the final release. Neither it is completely unstable nor it is completely stable.
iPhones: iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, iPhone 7, 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5S
iPad: iPad Pro (9.7 & 12.9 inch), iPad Air, Air 2, iPad mini 2, 3, 4, iPad 5,
iPod: 6th generation iPod Touch.
Step – 1 Take a backup (Archived)
Well, before updating to the beta version, this is the most important thing. There might be a bug or your device might stop working properly. Hence, you need to take a backup to make sure that you can revert back to the original state just in case something goes wrong.
1. Connect your device to your Mac or your PC. Open iTunes.
2. Click on the iPhone icon or iPad icon in the top menu bar of iTunes.
3. Now, click on the Backup Now option. You can also select the option for doing an encrypted backup. In case you do an encrypted backup, it will also take the backup of the passwords you stored on your device. After completion, it will ask you to create a password for the encrypted backup.
4. Then click on Backup Apps. The backup for the entire device will be created on your PC.
5. To archive this backup, go to Preferences from the menu bar.
6. Click on the Devices tab and then right click on your backup. Click on Archive.
7. After you have completed the backup and archived it successfully, we can now move onto the second step.
Step – 2 Signing up for the Public Beta Program
- Click here and then tap on Sign Up.
- After tapping on Sign Up, you will be redirected to a login page. Sign in using the same Apple ID as you are using on your device.
Accept Terms & Conditions.
Enrolling your device and Installing iOS 11 Public Beta
Since you have completed sign in process for installing iOS 11 Public Beta, you need to enroll with for a specific device.
1. Tap on the iOS tab. And then tab on enroll your iOS device link.
2. Now, tap on Download profile.
3. Once the downloading of the profile is complete, tap on Install button.
4. Enter your passcode and tap on Install again in the next window.
5. From the next pop-up, select Install and then Reboot. As your device gets rebooted, the profile will be installed on your device.
The Final Step
After your device reboots, this is what you need to do:
1. Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
2. Refresh this page and you will see that iOS 11 Public Beta is now available as the new update. Then tap on Download & Install and you are good to go.
What makes iOS 11 better?
iOS 11 has come up with a lot of changes as compared to iOS 10. Some features have been taken out while an array of new features has been added for better UX.
Here is a list of features that have been removed in iOS 11 as compared to iOS 10:
- 32-bit apps are not supported anymore,
- iCloud Drive App has been removed, and iFiles comes as a replacement,
- Now Playing has been removed from the Control Center,
- No more 2-paned widgets on iPad,
- You can not close an app directly by swiping up,
To read more about such features in detail, you can check out this post: iOS 10 features no longer available in iOS 11
Apart from this, iOS 11 developers have also taken motivations from the available jailbreak tweaks. There are some cool and awesome features that have been added in iOS 11 which are a direct copy of some famous jailbreak tweaks:
- Screen Recording has been copied from CCRecord,
- iOS 11 comes up with a customizable Control Center. Earlier, it was possible by using FlipControlCenter.
- You can now move multiple apps at once, copied from MultiIconMover+.
- There is a feature named Smart Invert in iOS 11. It works something like a dark mode. Earlier, this was possible with the help of a jailbreak tweak called as Eclipse.
- One Handed Keyboard, copied from OneHanded tweak,
- Support for viewing GIFS, copied from GIFViewer,
- QR Code Scanning, copied from NativeQR,
- A new file manager, coming with iOS 11, named iFile is based on Filza.
To sum up, iOS 11 comes with great updates and features. According to me, Apple has tried to give a bit of customization into the hands of users. Let’s see what happens when the final version is launched.
Since this is not the final version, you might experience a few bugs or performance bugs every now and then. So, keep a bit of patience while dealing with this version. Also, just in case you find any such bugs, feel free to report them to the developers i.e. Apple. This will not only help you but a lot of users like you and me across the world.
Also, if you liked this post, do share this over different social media platforms with your friends. And in case you experience any difficulty while installing the public beta on your iPhone, feel free to reach out to us. We will be happy to help you out. Cheers!
You can check out some of our other related to iOS 11 here:
- iOS 10 features no longer available in iOS 11
- iOS 11 features copied from Jailbreak
- Things you should know about new iFiles app in iOS 11