How to Install iOS 11 Beta on Your iPhone or iPad

Last Updated: June 6, 2017

WWDC 2017 is here and like always, Apple has made a ton of announcements at the event. However, what interests us the most, is the new iOS 11 update. iOS 11 brings about a number of cool changes to the platform we know and love. There’s a new customizable Control Center, new Notification Center, a brand new App Store, native screen recording, new Files app, and a lot more.  With the iOS 11 unveiling, the Cupertino giant has also released the very first developer beta of iOS 11. So, if you are looking to give iOS 11 a spin, here’s how you can go ahead:

Devices Compatible with iOS 11

Here are the iOS devices that are compatible with the new version of iOS:

  • iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, SE, 6, 6 Plus, 5s
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 12.9-inch 2nd gen, iPad 9.7-inch, iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad pro 9.7-inch, iPad Pro 12.9-inch, iPad Air, iPad mini 2
  • iPod Touch 6th generation

Things You Will Need to Install iOS 11

Here are a few things you will need to install the first developer beta of iOS 11:

  • An Apple ID Developer account (available at $99/year)
  • A compatible iOS device
  • Windows PC or Mac

Method 1: Install iOS 11 beta 1 on your iOS Device via Configuration File

So, let’s go ahead and get the latest iOS update on your iPhone, shall we?

Note: Before installing the iOS 11 beta on your device, you should make a backup of your device. You can do so by going to iOS Settings->iCloud->Back Up Now or on iTunes, in case things go wrong. I installed the iOS 11 beta on an iPhone 6s and an iPhone 7. 

Register Your iPhone/iPad to Developer Betas

Firstly, you will need to register your iOS device for developer betas in the Apple Developers page. Here’s how to do so:

1. You will need the UDID (Unique Device Identifier) of your iPhone or iPad to register your device. You can get it by connecting your iPhone to your PC or Mac via iTunes. In iTunes, click on your device’s serial number and you should see the UDID of your device. Just copy it.

iPhone UDID

2. Then, open up the browser and head to the Apple’s Developers website. Here, login with your Apple ID (Developer Account). Once logged in, go to “Certificates, IDs and Profiles” and then, go to the “Devices” section. Here, select the iOS device you want to install the beta on.

Apple Developer device certificates

3. Now, click on the plus icon and enter the details of your device: a name for your device and the UDID you copied. Click on “Continue” when you are done.

Register device Apple Developer

Your iPhone or iPad is now registered for the iOS developer betas.

Get the iOS 11 Beta as OTA

1. Now, go to your iPhone and open up the “Downloads” page in Apple’s Developers website, while being logged in with your developer account. Here, just scroll down below and you will find the iOS 11 beta section. Just download the configuration file.

2. Once it’s downloaded, open the file and install the “iOS Beta Software Profile“. Then, enter the passcode and agree to Apple’s privacy policy.

iOS 11 Beta Software Profile-compressed

3. Once the profile is installed, you will have to restart your iPhone. After your iPhone restarts, you will get a software update of the iOS 11 Developer beta. Just hit “Download and install“.

iOS 11 Beta Download And Install

Note: The iOS 11 developer beta through OTA is 1.9 GB in size for the iPhone 6s but it may differ on other iDevices. Also, the update will only be downloaded over a WiFi network.

4. After the iOS 11 beta update is installed on your iPhone or iPad, your device will restart and you will see a message saying “Update Completed”. Just hit “Continue” and the iOS 11 home screen will welcome you.

iOS 11 Update Completed

Method 2: Install iOS 11 Beta Through IPSW File

1. You can manually flash the iOS 11 beta on your iPhone or iPad. You will have to download the iOS 11 beta restore image from the Downloads page in the Apple Developers website. The iOS 11 IPSW file for the iPhone 6s is around 2.9 GB, and the file size for other iDevices should be similar, so make sure you are connected to a WiFi network.

iOS 11 IPSW Images

2. Once the iOS 11 image is download, connect your iPhone to your PC or Mac and open up iTunes.  Then, press hold Option on a Mac and Shift on a Windows PC and click on “Check for Update” in iTunes.

iTunes check for updates

3. A dialog box will open up, where you can select the downloaded iOS 11 beta IPSW file. Once you select it, the update will be flashed on your iPhone. Just make sure to not disconnect your iPhone while the iOS 11 beta is installing.

iOS 11 Beta on iPhone

Method 3: Wait for the iOS 11 Public Beta

The first iOS 11 beta is for the developers only and trust me, when I say that developer betas are the most buggy software you will ever come across. There should be random app crashes, slow downs, reboots etc. So, we will definitely not recommend you to install the iOS 11 developer beta on an iPhone you use as a daily driver. The best thing to do, is wait for the public beta release of iOS 11, which should happen at the end of June or start of July. You will find the public betas in the Apple’s Beta Program page.

iOS 11 Public Beta

SEE ALSO: 12 Best iOS 10 Widgets You Should Try On Your iPhone or iPad

Ready to try the first iOS 11 beta on your iPhone or iPad?

Not many people are impressed with the new iOS 11 update but I definitely like it. Siri is much better now, and I like the new Control Center too, which is fully customizable. There are a ton of other simple yet handy features in iOS 11, so we won’t blame you if you want to give it a spin on your iPhone or iPad. Just let us know your thoughts on the latest iOS iteration in the comments section below. Also, if you come across any problems while installing the iOS 11 beta on your iPhone or iPad, do let us know and we will do what we can to help you out.

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Rupesh is an avid mobile geek and a movie lover. He loves to keep a tab on new gadgets and loves watching movies. Now a high time tech blogger here, along with a daytime engineering student. You might soon find him blogging about movies too!

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