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How to Sign Up for & Install Public iOS 11 Beta

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To download the iOS 11 public beta, you need to sign up for the iOS 11 beta program. The free Apple Beta program allows you to test prerelease software on your iPhone and iPad so that you can try all the new iOS 11 features before the fall iOS 11 release date.

We’ll show you how to sign up for the iOS 11 public beta, walk you through the reasons you should and shouldn’t try the iOS 11 beta and let you know when to expect the iOS 11 public beta download on your device.

The public iOS 11 beta is out, and you can download it to your device today without waiting. It’s important to remember that this is an early version of the software. When you sign up you will then have the option to install the iOS 11 beta on your iPhone or iPad, but you don’t need to do it immediately.

Read: How Long Does the iOS 11 Beta Take to Install

How to Sign Up for the iOS 11 Public Beta

While you can skip this step and download the iOS 11 beta to your device today without joining the Apple Beta program, the developer beta is often buggier and most users will have a better time using the public iOS 11 beta. If you used the iOS 10 beta or any other Apple Beta, you may need to sign in, instead of signing up for the beta.

  1. Go to the Apple Beta Program website
  2. Click the Sign-Up Button.
  3. Sign in with your Apple ID.
  4. Read and agree to the iOS 11 Beta Agreement.
Your iOS 11 download screen will show the public iOS 11 beta instead of the developer.

Your iOS 11 download screen will show the public iOS 11 beta instead of the developer.

You are now part of the iOS Beta Program, and when the iOS 11 public beta release arrives you can download it. You can continue reading these instructions for how to download the profile. If you download it now, you should be ready for the iOS 11 public beta release, but you can only download the iOS 10.3.3 public beta at this point.

How to Install the iOS 11 Public Beta

  • Click on the iOS tab.
  • Click on enroll your iOS device.
  • Backup your iPhone or iPad and take these steps.
  • Go to beta.apple.com/profile on your iPhone.
  • Install the iOS 11 Beta Profile.
  • Check for a new iOS update on your iPhone.
  • Install the iOS 11 public beta as you would any other update.

You can check out the new iOS 11 features and how iOS 11 vs iOS 10 compare in the slides below. This will help you identify the new features that you should check out and what’s changed. This is also a good time to get familiar with iOS 11 beta problems. If you run into problems, you can downgrade from the iOS 11 beta to iOS 10.

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.