How To Prepare For iOS 11 Update Release [Install Guide]

Apple’s new operating system, iOS 11, is just around the corner with its release date set for tomorrow, September 19th. The iOS 11 update brings several enhancements but also new features. Some of these functions include customizable Control Center, iPad-friendly multitasking features, and innovative ARKit, which looks at augmented reality from an entirely different angle.

iOS 11 Update

While we wait for tomorrow in sheer excitement, make sure to check this compelling guide about how to prepare for tomorrow’s iOS 11 update.

Make sure your device is compatible with iOS 11

Before applying the upgrade, it is important to ensure your smartphone is compatible with iOS 11. Below, we attached a picture with list of devices that support iOS 11.

iOS 11 Update
Source: iOS 11 / print screen

Basically, there is not much to worry about. The only devices compatible with iOS 10 but left out for the iOS 11 update are iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and the 4th generation of iPad. That being said, upgrading with these devices is likely not going to bode well for you.

Make sure your apps are up to the minute

When left outdated, some apps can cause problems in the updating process. To avoid running into problems with iOS 11 update, make sure your apps are updated. In App Store application, tap the Updates and then Update All button, that is located at the top-right corner. In case you want your device to automatically track updates on your apps, navigate to settings, then tap iTunes & App Stores and turn on the Updates that is located in the Automatic Downloads section.

Ensure you have enough space to support the iOS 11 update

Our photos and videos often overcrowd phone’s storage. To ensure the trouble-free installation process backup your photo and video gallery. If there are photos you no longer want to keep- delete them. You can quickly move other files to cloud or computer so they wouldn’t accidentally get deleted during the updating.

Create Backup

There are two ways to create a backup of your system and all the data inside of it. You can choose between iCloud and iTunes backup, although it is not of crucial importance which option you will pick.

To make a backup on iCloud follow the next steps:

  1. Go to settings and navigate towards iCloud and then to Backup.
  2. Ensure iCloud Backup is on and tap Back Up Now.

If you want to make a backup using iTunes app, stick to the following steps.

  1. Connect your device to a computer via USB. If your iTunes app doesn’t launch on its own, launch it.
  2. Select This Computer under the Backups option and click Back Up Now.

Another piece of advice worth listening to is not immediately to hurl towards iOS 11 update. Instead, wait for a couple of hours, maybe even a day. There will be a lot of people downloading the update, and it is a commonplace that such things result in slow download times and problems.

That being said, be patient and double-check every section of this guide to ensure the painless upgrading.