Here’s How Long the iOS 11.0.3 Update Takes
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Here’s How Long the iOS 11.0.3 Update Takes



Apple’s new iOS 11.0.3 update is a pretty sizable download, but it shouldn’t take you too long if you’re prepared.

iOS 11.0.2’s been replaced by a brand new iOS 11.0.3 update. iOS 11.0.3 is another bug fix update focused on fixing iOS 11 problems and it’s a fairly sizable download for iOS 11 users.

If you’re upgrading to iOS 11.0.3 from iOS 10.3.3 or an older version, your iOS 11.0.3 update could be over 2GB. If you’re moving to iOS 11.0.3 from iOS 11.o.2, you’re looking at a 278MB download if you own an iPhone 7.

Download sizes will vary based on device and the version of iOS running on your device. iOS 11.0.2 users will see the smallest iOS 11.0.3 download while those coming from older versions of iOS will see a larger update and longer download times. This is because the features and fixes from iOS updates you skipped are baked into iOS 11.0.3.

While some of you might want to hold off on a download today, others are perfectly fine upgrading from iOS 10 (or whatever you’re currently running) to iOS 11.0.3

If you do decide to download iOS 11/iOS 11.0.3 onto your device you’ll want to set aside some quiet time to get the job done. Making the transition from one iOS operating system to another can cause problems so make sure you take your time with the new firmware.

We can’t tell you exactly how long your iOS 11.0.3/iOS 11 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 update to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch for the first time. We can also help those of you transitioning from iOS 11.0/iOS 11.0.1/iOS 11.0.2 to iOS 11.0.3.

If you’ve prepared for iOS 11 and iOS 11.0.3 and you’re connected to a fast Wi-Fi network, moving from iOS 10 to iOS 11 for the first time could take you less than 20 minutes to complete. If you haven’t done any prep work, the process could take a whole lot longer.

Sync (Optional)5-45 minutes
Backup and Transfer (Optional)1-30 minutes
iOS 11 Download15 Minutes to 2 Hours
iOS 11 Update15-30 Minutes
Total iOS 11 Update Time30 minutes to 2 Hours

Prepare for iOS 11

If you’re planning to install iOS 11 you’ll want to set aside some time time to prepare yourself, and your device, for the move. A little prep ahead of an install can help to prevent problems and major headaches.

To assist, 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.

These steps could take you a few minutes or they could take you much longer depending on the state of your device and your skill level.

If you haven’t made a proper backup, checked in with your IT department, or dug into the changes in the iOS 11 update, the pre-installation process could take you an hour or more.

You don’t need to follow every step, but make sure you backup your most important files. You’ll want to keep those safe as you move from your version of iOS to iOS 11.

Even if you’re just moving from iOS 11.0/iOS 11.0.1/iOS 11.0.2 to iOS 11.0.3 you’ll still want to spend some time prepping yourself, and your device, for the move.

iOS 11 Download Time

Once you’ve properly prepared it’ll be time to initiate the iOS 11 download. The exact iOS 11 download size will, again, depend on your device and current version of iOS. The iOS 11 download time will depend on your connection.

If you’re coming from iOS 10, the iOS 11 download could be over 2GB. It’s a substantial download, but it shouldn’t take you too long provided you’re connected to a high speed network. If you’re connected to high speed Wi-Fi your iOS 11 download should only take a few minutes.

If you’re coming to iOS 11 from an older version of iOS, expect your download to be bigger due to the updates you missed along the way. This will also increase the download time.

If you’re moving from iOS 11.0, iOS 11.0.1, or iOS 11.0.2 to iOS 11.0.3, you can expect a smaller download and a shorter download time.

Our iPhone 7’s iOS 11.0.3 download, a 278MB file, took just a minute to complete.

iOS 11 Installation Time

Once you’ve successfully downloaded iOS 11 from Apple’s servers the update will need to install on your device. This could take awhile depending on your device and situation.

The iOS 11 installation process could take upwards of 10 minutes to complete if you’re coming from Apple’s iOS 10.3.3 update.

If you’re coming from something older, your installation could take 15 minutes or longer depending on the version of iOS you’re running.

Your phone or tablet might reboot itself a couple of times as the installation starts finishing up so don’t be alarmed. This is normal.

If you are moving from iOS 11.0/iOS 11.0.1/iOS 11.0.2 to iOS 11.0.3 you can expect a shorter installation time. Our iPhone 7 completed the installation in about five minutes.


Once your installation finishes up you might think your work is done. It’s not.

After the installation is complete you might need to spend time logging into iCloud and various apps and services. iOS updates will sometimes log you out.

You’ll want to spend time checking your important data (photos, music, etc) to ensure that it’s all still there. We also recommend testing your core apps and services to ensure that they’re agreeable with iOS 11 and iOS 11.0.3.

You should also poke around for bugs and monitor your device’s performance (battery life, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, etc).

If you do run into a problem with Apple’s new update, take a look at our list of fixes for common iOS 11 problems. You might find what you’re looking for there.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 12.5.1 & 10 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 12.5.1 for Better Security

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.

The exploit, discovered by researchers in Europe, uses JavaScript to snag data from a device's accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer when the user visits an infected website. If the attack is successful, a device can be tracked around the internet. 

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:

  • Enhanced Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari prevents embedded content and social media buttons from tracking cross-site browsing without your permission
  • Suppresses ad retargeting by reducing advertisers’ ability to identify iOS devices uniquely
  • Strong and unique passwords are suggested automatically when creating an account or changing a password in most apps and in Safari
  • Reused passwords are flagged in Settings > Passwords & Accounts
  • Security code AutoFill presents one-time security codes sent over SMS as suggestions in the QuickType bar
  • Sharing passwords with contacts is easier than ever using AirDrop from Passwords & Accounts in Settings
  • Siri supports quickly navigating to a password on an authenticated device 

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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