The iOS 11 update is here with a ton of new features, upgraded Siri, camera improvements, new photos features, a whole collection of new iPad features that will breathe new life into your tablet, Augmented reality, a new Control Center and much more. This guide will show you how to install iOS 11 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
After announcing the update in June and going through multiple betas, Apple released iOS 11 on September 19th. Users can start the iOS 11 download directly on their iPhone or iPad without connecting to a computer. If you prefer to install the iOS 11 update with iTunes we’ll also show you that option.
You can use this tutorial to upgrade to iOS 11 from iOS 9 or iOS 10. There is no need to upgrade through different versions, updating now will install the latest version.
Make sure you prepare by following this list of 10 things to do before installing iOS 11 on your iPhone or iPad. This will keep your data safe and help you upgrade faster and easier.
The iOS 11 update takes about 30 to 60 minutes to complete if you have a fast Internet connection and don’t run into any iOS 11 installation problems. In order to install the iPhone or iPad needs 50% or more battery life and needs a WiFi connection. The iOS 11 installation may take longer to complete during the first 24 hours.
How to Download iOS 11 and Install the iOS 11 Update
In most cases, the iOS 11 update will download in a 15 to 40 minutes. The iOS 11 update is just under 2GB on the iPhone 7. The length of time will vary based on how fast your Internet connection is. If you cannot get past the initial download, you should restart your phone and try again. If it is still slow you may want to wait or try using iTunes.
You do not need to wait for an alert or a small red bubble on the Settings app to install iOS 11. Here’s what you need to do on iPhone or iPad when you are on a WiFi network.
This process will take 5-15 minutes on a fast connection with no errors. You can use the iPhone while the iOS 11 download completes, but not during the installation.
- Tap on General.
- Tap on Software Update.
- Tap on Learn More to see more about this update.
- Or, Tap on Download and Install to start.
- Enter your passcode.
- Agree to the terms and conditions twice.
- Wait for the iOS 11 download to complete.
- When prompted tap Install.
When the update completes, which may take two restarts or two times where you see the Apple logo, you should be able to start using your iPhone again.
You may see a Hello screen, where you swipe to complete the update. If prompted enter your Apple ID password to finish the installation. In some cases, you may simply need to enter your passcode to unlock the phone and start using it. If you forget your Apple ID, you need to reset it at iforgot.apple.com.
How to Install iOS 11 with iTunes
If you do not want to install the iOS 11 update over the air by downloading directly to your iPhone or iPad, you can plug it into iTunes and allow it to check for an update there.
Connect the iPhone to the computer with a lightning cable. You may get a pop-up notification when you do this allowing you to download and install iOS 11. but if you don’t use the directions below.
- Click on the iPhone or iPad icon in the upper left.
- Click on Check for Update.
- Click Download and Update.
- Agree to the terms and conditions.
- When needed, enter your passcode on the iPhone.
This isn’t typically faster, but if you have trouble downloading the iOS 11 update this can bypass some errors.