How to Install the iOS 11.1 Beta

Here’s how you can install the iOS 11.1 beta, the newest version of the iOS 11 beta. This is the newest version of iOS 11 that will likely come with the iPhone X in November. You can test it out today on any of the iPhones or iPads that run iOS 11.

You don’t need a computer to install the iOS 11.1 beta thanks to a special configuration profile that allows you to install the iOS 11.1 beta just like you do with a normal iOS update. Follow these steps to prepare for the iOS 11.1 beta.

The iOS 11 release date arrived in September, and the iOS 11.1 beta landed about a week later. We expect to see the iOS 11.1 release date closer to the iPhone X release in early November. You can jump into the final version of the software today even if you don’t pay $99 to join the Apple Developer program.

There are two iOS 11 beta programs available to users. The first iOS 11.1 beta comes to Apple Developers and the second comes to the public. The iOS 11.1 beta

Officially you need to pay $99 to join the Apple Developer Program to use the iOS 11.1 beta that arrived today. If you want to join early, but don’t have $99, you need to find and download an iOS Developer Profile. This configuration profile allows you to install the iOS 11.1 beta without the need to register your iPhone UDID specifically to a developer account.

To join the public iOS 11.1 beta you need to visit the Apple Beta program signup and log in with your Apple ID. You can register and join the beta which will open up later soon. If you are part of the public beta,  you should get the iOS 11.1 beta in the near future.

iOS 11.1 Beta Downloads

You no longer need to hunt for an iOS 11.1 download and make sure that you have the right iOS 11.1 IPSW for your iPhone or iPad. Instead, you simply download and install the iOS 11 Developer Profile to gain access. Your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch will start the iOS 11.1 download over the air, directly to your iPhone or iPad. This is a useful change that allows you to more easily install the iOS 11 beta.

How to Install the iOS 11.1 Beta

This is what you need to do to install the iOS 11.1 on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You’ll need to install the iOS 11 Developer Profile to your iPhone or iPad. You will find this in the Developer pages if you pay to join. You can also download the iOS 11 configuration profile that you need to install from Apple Betas.

Install the iOS 11 Beta to your iPhone with the Developer Profile.
Install the iOS 11 Beta to your iPhone with the Developer Profile.

Download and install the iOS 11 Developer Profile. If you download it to your computer, you need to AirDrop it or Email it to your phone. When you open the file on your iPhone or iPad it will prompt you to install the profile to the phone. You will need to enter your passcode. If prompted, choose to install this on your iPhone, not on the Apple Watch.

Wait for the iPhone to reboot. Now go to Settings -> General -> Software Update. This will check for the iOS 11 beta download and if it is available the download will start. You need to connect to WiFi to download iOS 11.1 and you will need at least 50% battery life left.

Enter your passcode when prompted and wait for the iPhone or iPad to reboot. Once it comes back, you will be on the iOS 11.1 beta and you will be able to test the new iOS 11 features.

What’s New in iOS 11.4.1

What's New in iOS 11.4.1

What's New in iOS 11.4.1

The iOS 11.4 update added Messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2, but it also brought issues along with it. The iOS 11.4.1 update keeps these long anticipated features and includes fixes for some iOS 11.4 problems. 

Specifically the iOS 11.4.1 update;

  • Fixes an issue that prevented some users from viewing the last known location of their AirPods in Find My iPhone. 
  • Improves reliability of syncing mail, contacts and notes with Exchange accounts.  

This update also includes other bug fixes and security upgrades. It's possible that this update includes a fix for bad iOS 11.4 battery life. 

Messages in the Cloud allows you to backup your iMessage conversations to the cloud just like you back up your notes, contacts and photos. This means they are backed up in case something happens to your phone, but that's not all. 

Messages in the Cloud syncs deleted messages and threads across your iCloud devices. This means everything will show up the same across your Apple devices. With this in place you should see the same conversations everywhere, all of the time. 

This also backs up the photos and attachments in the cloud so you have more room on your iPhone or iPad. When you get a new device all of the messages sync to that device so you don't lose anything. 

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