Today was a big day for new smartphone software. First, Android O got an official launch. Then, not to be outdone, Apple released the iOS 11 beta 7 for developers and the iOS 11 beta 6 for the public. If you have been a part of any of the iOS 11 beta updates then you likely have the opportunity to update available on your iOS device now. It’s also exciting to see that Apple is coming out with weekly updates to the iOS 11 beta software. This means that Apple is getting closer and closer to a final version and they’re pushing out final bug fixes.
If you want to get up and running on iOS 11 before the full public release which is coming down the pipeline sometime this fall, then the instructions are below. These are the same instructions as previous beta versions and if you have already installed one beta version onto your device then you should be good to go for all other versions.
Install iOS 11 Beta 7
- Open Safari on your device and navigate to this link.
- Tap “iOS 11 (beta 7)” if your browser does not automatically redirect you.
- Tap “Install” when prompted. You may be asked several times. Just keep pressing “Install.”
- You will then be asked to reboot your device.
- After rebooting, go to the “Settings” app, then tap “General” and then tap “Software Update.” You should see iOS 11 developer beta as a download option. Download and install iOS 11 beta 7 just like any other iOS update.
Install iOS 11 Public Beta 6
- You will need to be on the latest version of iOS. Update through the settings app if you haven’t already.
- Register with the Apple Software Beta Program here.
- Once you are registered, using the same link above, click “Log In.”
- Accept the terms and conditions. Read them if you really want to.
- On the device that you want to register for the beta program, visit www.beta.apple.com/profile
- Sign in and then tap “Download Profile.”
- When prompted, tap “Install.”
- You’ll see a consent form. Tap “Install” again.
- Restart your device when prompted to install the profile.
- After restarting, you will be able to download and install iOS 11 public beta 6. Go to the “Settings” app, tap “General” and then tap “Software Update.”
As I always say in these guides; don’t install the beta on your daily driver device if you can’t be without your device or you’re unwilling to deal with a few potential bugs here and there. Although the iOS 11 beta 7 update is likely at a very stable point in development; you’re better safe than sorry. The beta should be only installed by those who absolutely can’t wait for the public version of iOS 11 and don’t mind a few bumps in the road as they use their device.
Of course, those that do choose to upgrade to iOS 11 beta 7 will get to enjoy the latest that iOS has to offer. We did a list of some of our favorite iOS 11 features. Apple has made some big changes in iOS 11 including Control Panel customization, Apple Maps improvements, enhanced Siri functionality, and more.
Do you already have the iOS 11 beta 7 or public beta 6 installed on your device? Comment below with any thoughts or issues you may have so other readers can get a sense of what to expect! Of course, if you’re not interesting in installing a beta version of iOS 11 then it won’t be long until the full public release is available. Hold tight and you can also enjoy all that iOS 11 has to offer!