Not a developer, but would like to try the iOS Beta 11? No problem! Apple today released the first Public Beta of iOS 11 for eligible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models.
If you’d like to try installing the Beta (not fully tested, and not complete) version of iOS 11, follow the described steps below.
*** Be aware that Beta versions of software can be slow, buggy, and may be missing some features due to be released in a later beta version. Use with caution!!***
Before you do anything, create a Backup in iTunes
Before installing iOS 11 beta, creating a backup of your device’s contents and settings in iTunes is highly recommended.
- Connect your iOS device to a Mac or PC using a Lightning to USB cable.
- Open iTunes.
- Click on the device’s icon in the top-left menu.
- Under Backups, click This computer.
- Check off the Encrypt iPhone backup box if you wish to back up account passwords, and Health and HomeKit data.
- Click on Back Up Now.
- Click on iTunes > Preferences… in the macOS menu bar.
- Click on the Devices tab.
- Click on the new backup while holding down the Control key and click on Archive.
Enroll in the Apple Beta Software Program
To install the iOS 11 public beta, you need to enroll your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch in the free Apple Beta Software Program.
- Visit the Apple Beta Software Program website on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
- Tap on the Sign up button, or sign in if you are already a member.
- Enter your Apple ID credentials and tap on the Sign in button.
- Agree to the Apple Beta Software Program terms and conditions if necessary.
- On the Guide for Public Betas screen, with the iOS tab selected, scroll down to the Get Started section and tap on enroll your iOS device.
- On the Enroll Your Devices screen, with the iOS tab selected, scroll down and tap the Download profile button.
- Tap on Allow.
- Tap on Install and follow the prompts to install the iOS Beta Software Profile.
- Reboot your device.
Install the iOS 11 Public Beta
After enrolling in the Apple Beta Software Program, installing the iOS 11 Public Beta is as easy as installing regular software updates.
- Tap on the Settings app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
- Tap on General.
- Tap on Software Update.
- Tap on Download and Install.
- Tap on Install Now.
Once again, realize this Beta release is bound to be slower than iOS 10, but it’s also a chance to view software due to be officially released this fall.
If after trying it out, you are dissatisfied with the quality of the beta release, you can go back to iOS 10. Here’s more info on how to do that.