While you might be tempted to install Apple’s new iOS 11.2.6 update right this second, there are a few things you should do before you initiate the download on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
If you failed to download any of Apple’s previous iOS 11 updates, your version of iOS 11.2.6 will come with an even longer list of changes. They’re baked into your iOS 11.2.6 update.
Apple’s intentions are good, but it’s difficult to predict how new software will treat your device so you’ll want to do some prep work before you start up the download. A little prep typically goes a long way toward preventing problems with the download, installation, and the update itself.
If iOS 11.2.6 starts acting up on your device, you can’t downgrade to an older version of iOS 11. Once you make the move to iOS 11.2.6 you’re stuck until Apple releases a new version so those of you jumping up from older versions of iOS need to be extremely careful.
To assist you we’ve put together a game plan that will walk you through some of the things we do before we install an update like iOS 11.2.6. It’s a maintenance upgrade, but you’ll still want to spend time preparing yourself, and your device, for the download.
Our guide shows you how to make a backup, how to properly get familiar with iOS 11.2.6, and a few tips that will come in handy as you start your transition from whatever you’re currently running to the latest version of iOS 11.
Get Familiar with iOS 11.2.6
If you're coming from iOS 11.2.5, your iOS 11.2.6 update comes with two changes.
One is a fix for an issue where using a certain character sequence would cause apps to crash. The other change is a fix for a problem where some third-party apps would fail to connect to external accessories.
If you're coming from iOS 11.2.2, your iOS 11.2.6 update comes with HomePod support, several bug fixes, an upgrade to Siri, and security enhancements.
If you skipped iOS 11.2.2, you'll get a patch for the Spectre exploit in your version of iOS 11.2.6.
If you skipped iOS 11.2.1, you'll get a fix for HomeKit issues. If you're skipped iOS 11.2, your iOS 11.2.6 update will bring substantial changes to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and it's important to get familiar with those changes before you upgrade.
iOS 11.2 was milestone upgrade which means it delivered a long list of bug fixes, patches, and new features including Apple Pay Cash, Sports in the Apple TV app, and a whole lot more.
If you failed to install iOS 11.1.2 or iOS 11.1.1, your iOS 11.2.6 update will deliver the bug fixes from these updates. If you skipped iOS 11.1, your iOS 11.2.6 update will bring additional features, fixes and patches.
We recommend getting acquainted with these new features before you download iOS 11.2.6 and our download guide will help you do just that.
We've also put together another walkthrough that compares iOS 11.2.6 to previous versions of iOS 11. If you're lingering on an older version, take a look.