Apple’s iOS 11 is full of productivity-enhancing upgrades, especially for the iPad. And the good news is that you don’t have to wait until September to experience it because Apple has opened the beta to the public.
Here are the steps to install iOS 11:
- Go to beta.apple.com and sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program.
- On the iOS device where you want to install the beta, run a backup using iTunes or iCloud.
- From Safari on your iOS device, go to beta.apple.com/profile and sign into your Apple account.
- Click the “Download profile” button and when the dialog box for the iOS Beta Software Profile pops up, click Install.
- Plug in your device to a power source.
- Go to General | Software Update and you’ll see an option for the iOS 11 Public beta. Click Download and Install.
- Follow the prompts after the installation and start putting iOS 11 through its paces.
Before you put iOS 11 on a device, keep in mind that the beta isn’t finished and it still has bugs. So, don’t install it on a device that you use to get work done. Instead, install it on a test device or an older device. The following devices are compatible with iOS 11:
- 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
Testing it is obviously important for developers who will be building apps on it and for IT professionals who have to ensure that their company’s software and processes will work on iOS 11 when it arrives this fall.
Oh, in case you need it: How to downgrade from the iOS 11 beta back to iOS 10.