If you decide to install Apple’s iOS 11.4 beta make sure you do some prep work before doing so. A little preparation will go a long way toward preventing problems with the early version of Apple’s next major iOS 11 update.
Apple’s put its new iOS 11.4 update into testing ahead of a release this spring. The iOS 11.4 update is available to paid developers and those enrolled in its Beta Software Program. The Beta Software Program lets anyone with a valid Apple ID try the iOS 11.4 beta free of charge.
The iOS 11.4 beta comes with some new features, including Messages in iCloud, which makes it an extremely tempting download. While most of you should wait for Apple to push the official version of iOS 11.4, others might want to give the iOS 11.4 update a go right now.
If you do decide to try the iOS 11.4 beta on your phone or tablet you’ll want to be extremely careful.
The iOS 11.4 beta is pre-release software and early software can be extremely unpredictable. It can, and probably will, cause problems on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. This is precisely why we recommend doing some prep work before you install it on a device.
This iOS 11.4 beta installation guide goes over the most important things you should do before you install iOS 11.4 beta on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Get Familiar with iOS 11.4
The first thing you'll want to do is dig into the iOS 11.4 beta to get familiar with its changes. This way, you'll know exactly what you're getting into if you do decide to download the software.
Apple's iOS 11.4 beta isn't as big as iOS 11.3's, but it still comes with Messages in iCloud, AirPlay 2, and an assortment of enhancements and bug fixes.
Our guide to the iOS 11.4 update will take you through the features and fixes you need to know about before you install.
After you've done that it's time to decide if the iOS 11.4 beta is worth the trouble. For most of you, it won't be.
To help you make a decision, we've put together a guide that takes you through the best reasons to install the iOS 11.4 beta and the best reasons to avoid it.