Just yesterday, Apple quelled the thirst of the impatient among us by releasing the long-awaited iOS 11 Public Beta 1. So there’s no longer any reason to pay the $99 developer account fee or resort to riskier methods of getting iOS 11. It means that those who are looking to give it a try can do so right now by downloading this public version from Apple’s website. In this article, we are going to guide you through the process.
iOS 11 Public Beta 1
Before you jump straight into the tutorial below, there are a few things you must know beforehand. Apple just introduced the second beta of iOS 11 last week. However, you should be aware that while iOS 11 Public Beta 1 offers greater stability, tweaks, refinements and a focus on the iPad, it is still a beta. As a result, it does not represent anything close to what the final public version of the firmware will be.
Additionally, it is likely to have some performance issues affecting battery performance, system stability and more. Such issues should be expected with a beta, and as such, you should install it on a secondary device and not your main device. You should also check to make sure that the device is compatible with iOS 11.
iOS 11 Public Beta 1 compatibility
With this latest firmware, Apple has finally phased out its support for older 32-bit devices, meaning that anything older than the iPhone 5s isn’t supported. We have put together a list of all the iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch devices that are compatible. Unfortunately, if your iOS device is not on this list, it means it can not support the OS.
- iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 6, 6 Plus, iPhone SE, 5s
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (first and second gen), 10.5-inch Pro, 9.7-inch Pro, Air 2, Air, iPad (2017)
- iPad mini 4, mini 3, mini 2
- Sixth-generation iPod Touch
Before you begin to install iOS 11 Public Beta 1, please make sure it is running the latest version of the OS. Right now, that is iOS 10.3.2; you can get it here.
Additionally, you need to be registered with Apple to take advantage of this public beta. To do that, go to beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram and sign up. Lastly, we recommend that you back up all of the data on your chosen device. You can use either iCloud or iTunes to do so.
How to install iOS 11 Public Beta 1
1: From your compatible iOS iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, open the Safari Browser and navigate to the Apple public beta website.
2: If you have not already done so, sign up.
3: Next, sign in to the Beta Program using your Apple ID username and password.
4: Tap the Accept Button; it should be in the bottom right-hand corner of the page. Then tap the iOS Tab.
5: Tap Enroll Your iOS Device.
6: Next, tap the Download Profile Button. The settings app will then open in its profile area.
7: As you are now on the Install Profile page, it is time to do just that. To do so, tap the Install link/icon in the top right-hand corner of the page.
8: On the consent page, Tap Install, and then tap it again at the bottom of the next page.
9: Now it is time to restart your iOS device, so Tap Restart. Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch will now restart with an iOS 11 Public Beta 1 profile installed.
10: When the reboot is complete, head to Settings >> General >> Software >> Update. When you get there, you should see Checking For Update. When you find it, tap the Download And Install Button.
11: Next, tap Agree on the Terms and Conditions page. After you have done that, the iOS 11 Public Beta 1 will begin to download.
12: Once you have been notified that the download is finished, hit Install Now and wait for it to complete. When done, your device will automatically restart, and you will have the iOS 11 Public Beta 1 installed on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
Got any questions? Please use the comments section below, and we will get back to you. It can be used for anything related to this tutorial, especially if you encountered a problem.