The iOS 11.2 beta can be a pretty hefty download, but it shouldn’t take too long to install it, provided you know what you’re doing.
Apple’s first iOS 11.2 beta doesn’t bring the company’s Apple Pay Cash platform, but it does bring some interesting tweaks to the new operating system.
The iOS 11.2 beta is interesting, but the it’s far from perfect. Many iOS 11.2 beta testers are complaining about performance issues, bugs, and other bumps in the road.
Most people are better off waiting for the final iOS 11.2 release (it’ll probably roll out in December), but we don’t blame you if you’re interested in trying the developer or public iOS 11.2 beta right now.
One question we continue to get from prospective iOS 11.2 beta testers is about the download process and how long the beta takes to install on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
There’s no definitive answer. Mileage is absolutely going to vary from person-to-person, device-to-device, but we can help you determine how much time to set aside if you want to download the iOS 11.2 beta on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Assuming you’ve prepared for the iOS 11.2 beta and you’re connected to a fast Wi-Fi network, installing your iOS 11.2 beta could take you less than 10 minutes to complete. If you haven’t prepared, the download and installation process could take a lot longer.
Prepare for iOS 11.2 Beta
Before you install the iOS 11.2 beta on a compatible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you’ll want to prepare. If you recently backed up your device and/or checked in with your IT department, you could be on your way in a matter of minutes. If you haven’t done any prep work, you might need to spend an hour or more making sure you and your device are ready.
We’ve put together a pre-installation guide that will take you through the steps you should take before installing iOS 11.2 beta on a primary or secondary iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Making a backup is completely optional but highly recommended. The odds are slim, but we always hear horror stories about photos and other data going missing.
If you backup your files via iCloud or iTunes, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your important data is safe.
iOS 11.2 Beta Download Time
If you’re installing iOS 11.2 beta for the first time your download will be pretty substantial. You’re facing a 1.96GB update if you own an iPhone 6s and a 1.97GB update if you own an iPhone 7.
If you’re using a high-speed Wi-Fi connection, and you manage to avoid trouble, your download could finish up in as little as five minutes. If you’re on a slower Wi-Fi network, the download could take upwards of 15 minutes. You could also see delays during peak hours.
Apple typically releases new iOS beta software on Monday morning (around 10AM Pacific) and you could see slower download times if you choose to upgrade right away.
iOS 11.2 Beta Installation Time
Despite its size, the iOS 11.2 beta installation shouldn’t take too long to complete.
We’ve installed the iOS 11.2 beta on two devices, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s, and both installations finished in under 10 minutes. That’s extremely fast for a beta and an update this size.
That said, most of you will want to put aside 20-30 minutes of time to monitor the installation. Note that your device could restart itself once or twice. This is normal.
For more on the best way to install iOS 11.2 beta, take a look at our walkthrough. It’ll hold your hand through the entire installation process.
Once the iOS 11.2 beta installation wraps up you might need to spend some time logging into iCloud and any apps and services that’ve logged you out.
You’ll also want to check on your important files and use your core applications and services to make sure they’re working properly.
Spend 10 minutes or so poking around your device for major issues. If everything is good to go, start using iOS 11.2 beta and report any bugs you see to Apple so that its engineers can improve the final version.
Install iOS 11.2.6 for Better Security
If you're running iOS 11.2.5 or older, you're exposed to an issue that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iOS-powered device and block access to the Messages app. It can also block apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Outlook, and WhatsApp.
The iOS 11.2.6 update's main purpose is to patch up this issue.
If you're running iOS 11.2.2 or below and receive a certain GitHub link through your Messages app, your iPhone or iPad can lockup or respring. The Messages app will also become unusable.
If you're on iOS 11.2.1, your iOS 11.2.6 update includes security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre. If you're running an older version of iOS, your iOS 11.2.6 update will come with a lot more.
Apple's iOS 11.2 update fixed several problems, but it also brought problems of its own including a potentially nasty zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability.
The vulnerability, discovered by Tian Zhang, allowed for unauthorized control of HomeKit accessories including garage door openers and smart locks.
Apple quickly rolled out a server-side fix, but the company restored full functionality with the release of iOS 11.2.1. If you skipped iOS 11.2.1 and use HomeKit, you should download iOS 11.2.6.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.2.6 update. Apple's iOS 11.2 update delivered 11 patches including one for Mail and one for Wi-Fi.
The iOS 11.2 and iOS 11.2.1 updates also patched up a widespread security issue called "Meltdown." Apple says its analysis suggests it "has the most potential to be exploited."
Meltdown affects all iOS 11 powered devices so we highly recommend downloading iOS 11.2.6 if you skipped iOS 11.2.
If you skipped iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, and iOS 11.1, you'll get additional patches with your iOS 11.2.6 update.
The iOS 11.1 update delivered eight security patches including a fix for a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability called KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack. KRACK is an exploit that targets the common WPA2 encryption protocol.
If you're just now making to move from iOS 10 (or whatever you're on) to iOS 11, your iOS 11.2.6 update will come with additional security features.
In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust.
If you skipped older versions of iOS, your iOS 11.2.6 update will come with an even longer list of security patches.
Apple's iOS 10.3.3 update delivered 24 security patches addressing potential issues with Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari. It also included a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit called "Broadpwn."
If you skipped iOS 10.3.2 you'll get 23 additional patches with iOS 11.2.6. And if for some reason you missed iOS 10.3, you'll get 60 security patches with your version of iOS 11.2.6.
If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to iOS 11 and iOS 11.2.6 soon.
This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.