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.

iOS 11 vs iOS 10: What’s New in iOS 11.1.2

What's New in iOS 11.1 & iOS 11.1.2

What's New in iOS 11.1 & iOS 11.1.2

The iOS 11.1.2 update focuses mainly on fixes for the iPhone X that are very important for many users. The update is about 50 to 60MB for most users and should install pretty quickly if you are already on iOS 11.1.1.

  • Fixes and issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop. 
  • Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with the iPhone X. 

If you are on a much older version the update will be larger and it will include the other fixes listed below. 

The iOS 11.1.1 update is out now for the iPhone and iPad. This update includes all of the changes from iOS 11.1 and two very important fixes. This small update is just over 50MB in size on most iPhones that are on iOS 11.1 already. 

  • Fixes autocorrect problem that replaced "I" with a question mark box and other symbols. 
  • Fixes Hey Siri not responding. 

The iOS 11.1.1 update includes all of the same security fixes as iOS 11.1, and the new features outlined below. After a lot of iOS 11 problems, the iOS 11.1 update is about delivering a lot of fixes that will help you use the iPhone better. This is a free update that is about 200 to 300 MB in size and it is one that most users will want to install on their iPhone. Here's a full list of the changes in iOS 11.1 including many fixes for the Photos app and for Accessibility. 

  • Over 70 new emoji characters including new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters and more
  • Resolves an issue that could cause some photos to appear blurry
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Live Photo effects to playback slowly
  • Fixes an issue that could cause some photos to not display in the People album when restoring from an iCloud Backup
  • Fixes an issue that could impact performance when swiping between screenshots
  • Improves braille support for Grade 2 input
  • Improves VoiceOver access to multi-page PDFs
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions for announcing incoming notifications
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions menu when removing an app from the App Switcher
  • Fixes an issue for some users where alternative keys would not display when using VoiceOver with Touch Typing
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would always return to default action in Mail
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would not delete messages
  • Adds back support for accessing the app switcher by pressing on edge of display with 3D Touch
  • Fixes an issue that caused cleared Mail notifications to reappear on Lock screen
  • Fixes an issue in enterprise environments that prevented data from being moved between managed apps
  • Fixes an issue with some 3rd-party GPS accessories that caused inaccuracies in location data
  • Resolves an issue where settings for Heart Rate notifications were appearing in Apple Watch app (1st generation)
  • Fixes an issue where app icons were not appearing in notifications on Apple Watch

Apple also includes a number of important security fixes, including one for a major WiFi flaw in this update. Most users will want to install iOS 11.1 for the security updates as much as for the new emoji. 

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