The iOS 11.4.1 update is a maintenance upgrade for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and it could take you seven minutes, or longer, to get it on board your device.
The newest version of iOS 11 delivers a short list of changes including bug fixes, security patches, and a new USB Restricted Mode.
If you’re upgrading from iOS 11.4, iOS 11.4.1 is a sizable download. It’s 225MB for the iPhone X and the download should be in and around the same size for other iPhone and iPad models.
If you’re upgrading from an older version of iOS, your iOS 11.4.1 update will be much bigger thanks to the features and fixes from updates you skipped. They’re baked into your version of iOS 11.4.1.
While some of you might want to temporarily hit pause on a iOS 11.4.1 download, others are perfectly fine moving from iOS 11.4 (or whatever you’re currently running) to iOS 11.4.1.
If you do decide to download iOS 11.4.1 onto your device, you’ll want to set aside some quiet time to complete the download and installation. Making the transition from one version of iOS to another can cause problems so you’ll want to minimize potential distractions.
We can’t tell you exactly how long your iOS 11.4.1 update will take because download times always vary from person-to-person, device-to-device. That said, we can help you approximate how much time to set aside if and when you decide to download the iOS 11.4.1 update onto your device.
If you’ve prepared for iOS 11.4.1 and you’re connected to a fast Wi-Fi network, moving to iOS 11.4.1 could take just a few minutes to complete. If you haven’t done any prep work, the process could take longer.
|Sync (Optional)||5-45 Minutes|
|Backup and Transfer (Optional)||1-30 Minutes|
|iOS 11.4.1 Download||2-10 Minutes|
|iOS 11.4.1 Update||4-15 Minutes|
|Total iOS 11.4.1 Update Time||7 Minutes to 1 Hour|
Before you start your iOS 11.4.1 download it’s important to prepare. A little prep work ahead of the installation can go a long way toward preventing issues.
If you don’t know where to start you’re in luck because we’ve put together a guide that will take you step-by-step through the process we take before we install iOS updates on our devices.
We used this very process before we installed iOS 11.4.1 on our iPhones and iPads and we came out of it unscathed.
Most of you will be able to complete these steps in a matter of minutes, but everything depends on your skill level and the state of your device.
If you haven’t backed up your files, checked in with your company’s IT department, or researched the changes on board iOS 11.4.1 update, the pre-installation process could take you 20 minutes or more.
You don’t need to follow every step in our guide, but make sure you backup your most important files. You’ll want to keep those safe as you move from your current version of iOS to iOS 11.4.1.
iOS 11.4.1 Download Time
Once you’ve prepared yourself and your device it’s time to initiate your iOS 11.4.1 download.
The exact iOS 11.4.1 download size will, again, depend on your device and your version of iOS. The download time will also depend on your connection speed.
If you’re moving up from Apple’s iOS 11.4 update, your iOS 11.4.1 update should be a few hundred megabytes. If you’re using a fast Wi-Fi connection is should only take two to three to download. If your Wi-Fi connection is slow, it will take longer.
If you’re coming from an older version of iOS, your iOS 11.4.1 download will be much larger thanks to the updates you missed along the way. This will obviously increase the download time.
In some cases, the download could be over 1GB.
iOS 11.4.1 Installation Time
Once the download is complete, iOS 11.4.1 will start installing to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. This process will take longer than the download.
If you’re upgrading from iOS 11.4, the iOS 11.4.1 installation could take anywhere from five to ten minutes to complete. It took about five minutes on our iPhone X.
If you’re coming from something older than iOS 11.4, your installation could take a lot longer, upwards of 10 minutes. Those of you moving from iOS 10 to iOS 11 for the first time are looking at the longest installation time.
Your phone or tablet might reboot itself once or twice as the installation process starts finishing up so don’t be alarmed. This is normal.
After the iOS 11.4.1 update finishes up, you might need to spend time setting up Apple Pay and/or logging into iCloud and your device’s various apps and services.
You’ll want to spend some time checking your important data (photos, music, etc) to ensure everything is still there. We also recommend testing your core apps and services to make sure they’re working normally.
You’ll also want to hunt for bugs and monitor your device’s performance (battery life, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, etc). iOS updates aren’t supposed to wreck your device’s performance, but we hear horror stories after every iOS release.
If you do run into a problem with iOS 11.4.1, take a look at our list of fixes for common iOS 11 problems. You might find a remedy for your issue there.
Apple hasn’t confirmed iOS 11.4.2 so Apple’s next iOS update could be iOS 12, the operating system that will replace iOS 11 this fall.
Install iOS 12.5.1 for Better Security
If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.5.1.
If you skipped an older version of iOS, you might get important security patches with your upgrade. iOS 12.5.1 doesn't have any new patches on board.
If you skipped iOS 12.5, you'll get an important patch with your iOS 12.5.1 upgrade. Apple's outlined the update's patch in detail on its security site.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.9, you'll get its four security patches with your upgrade. You can read more about those right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.7, you get the update's three security patches (two for the Mail app and one for Wi-Fi) with your upgrade to iOS 12.5.1.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.6 and iOS 12.4.5, you get their security updates (unpublished) with your upgrade.
If you missed the iOS 12.4.4 update, you'll want to download iOS 12.5.1 in the near future because it brings iOS 12.4.4's security patch to your device. You can read about it right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.3, you get its security patches (also unpublished) with your upgrade.
If you missed iOS 12.4.2, you get an additional patch with your upgrade. You can read about the security contents of iOS 12.4.2 here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.1, you'll get its security patch with your iOS 12.5.1 update. You can read about that patch right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4, you get its patches with your iOS 12.5.1 update.
iOS 12.4 brought 19 security patches to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on Apple's security site.
If you skipped iOS 12.3, your iOS 12.5.1 update carries iOS 12.3's security patches on board. The iOS 12.3 update brought 23 patches and you can read about all of them right here on Apple's site.
If you skipped iOS 12.2, you'll get its security patches with your version of iOS 12.5.1.
iOS 12.2 brought a whopping 41 security patches to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can read more about the iOS 12.2's patches over on the company's website.
It's important to note that Apple's iOS 12.2 update patched up an exploit that allowed websites to use motion sensors to "fingerprint" devices.
Fortunately, Apple's patched up the issue. If you skipped it, you'll probably want to move to iOS 12.5.1 soon.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.4, you get four important security patches including fixes for a widespread FaceTime eavesdropping bug that lets you call someone via FaceTime and hear the audio coming from their phone before they pick up the phone.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.3, you get some additional patches with your version of iOS 12.5.1. Again, they're baked into your upgrade.
Apple lists a grand total of 23 patches on board iOS 12.1.3 and you can read about all of them over on Apple's website.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.1, you'll want to install the iOS 12.5.1 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch today.
The iOS 12.1.1 update brought 17 patches for potential security exploits. They'll will help protect your phone. You can read about them here.
If you skipped iOS 12.1, you'll get the 24 patches from that update with your version of iOS 12.5.1. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.5.1 update brings two additional patches. Both patches are for potential lock screen exploits.
If you skipped iOS 12.0, and you're still running iOS 11.4.1 or below, your iOS 12.5.1 update comes with an even longer list of security updates.
The iOS 12.0 update delivered 16 patches for security issues. You can read about all of them over on Apple's security page.
In addition to those patches, iOS 12 delivers new security features aimed at protecting you and the data you store on your device. These include:
Long story long, if you store sensitive data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you have some really good reasons to upgrade to iOS 12.5.1 today.
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