If you’re a developer looking to take a peek at iOS 11, here’s how to install the developer beta.
iOS 11 is on its way with new features, several that require lots of third-party developer input. As such, the company is releasing developer betas so that software engineers can get a head start on making great software for you.
Before you begin, make sure you back up your iPhone or iPad. While the beta process is fairly straight forward, any time you make any significant change to your device you risk problems. And with your personal data, it’s always — always! — better to be safe than sorry. Even if you back up every night, you’ll want to make sure it’s absolutely up-to-date.
Archiving will prevent your current backup from being overwritten by an iOS 11 backup in the future, should you want to revert for any reason.
Before you do anything else, make sure you have a developer account with Apple — without a paid account, you won’t be able to download any non-Xcode betas.
Thanks to Apple’s configuration profile, you can download iOS betas directly on your iPhone or iPad, no Mac required! (You can still install iOS 11 on your iPhone or iPad by connecting your device to iTunes, but you’ll need to be running the Xcode beta first. The method listed below is generally a lot faster, with fewer wires.)
To install the iOS 11 beta, you’ll need to visit Software Update on your iPhone or iPad.
Your iPhone or iPad will reboot to install iOS 11. There will be a couple progress bars going across the screen. Sit tight, and let everything finish.
Once your iPhone or iPad reboots, it’ll be running iOS 11. There’s a brief bit of setup you’ll need to go through, however, as the system will have changed enough that it’ll need your login to complete the update.
Once that’s done, you’ll be on the Home screen and ready to rock iOS 11.
iOS 11 beta 1 updates your device’s file system to the new Apple File System (APFS). As such, you won’t be able to downgrade once the update is complete.