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iOS 11 Public Beta Releasing This Week; How to Prepare Your iPhone and iPad

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How to prepare your iPhone and iPad for iOS 11 public beta

Big news for all iOS users out there. The first iOS 11 public beta is to be released in the next few days. However, before you hop on your horses and download the new update, know that since it is still in beta version, there are still some nefarious bugs that might ruin you day if you update right away.

It has been known in the mobile industry that beta versions of any mobile OS, particularly the iOS 11, will still contain some serious bugs. These bugs can often lead to severe data loss for users who are not being careful.

The pitfalls of public betas

Furthermore, apart from data loss, some major system bug affect the entire operation of the device. For instance, the battery. It is always the battery that takes the first hit every time there is a new public beta available. And the iOS 11 public beta is no exception.

So, without much further ado, here are just some of the things you must do before you ever consider updating your iOS device to the iOS 11 public beta.

How to prepare your iPhone and iPad for iOS 11 public beta

iPhone and iPad running on iOS 11 (via

Backup everything

The first rule of fight club is never talk about fight club. Sadly, as exciting as it may sound, backing up any mobile device is never the same. The reason not a lot of people do this is the fact that it take a lot of time especially if you are doing it for the first time. The size of you device storage is also a contributing factor in the length of a backup. Furthermore, it uses up your computer resources. The bigger the phone storage it, the bigger the hard drive requirements.

Unfortunately, whining about it will not solve anything. However, there are a few options one can opt with. And that is iCloud backup. Unfortunately, this will cost anyone extra as bigger storage does not come for free. Be mindful that there are cases when even iCloud backups failed and for that, another option is still available; Time Machine backups.

Of course, you will need to have Apple’s Time Capsule to do this but if you already have one, setting up automatic backups can be a great time saver. But then, when all else fails, there is always those handy external hard drives. You can just drag and drop your files to a separate drive to save them. Unfortunately, this technique will require much work rather than using iTunes or the Time Machine.

How to prepare your iPhone and iPad for iOS 11 public beta

New Control Center for iOS 11 (via

Signup for Apple developer’s account

Once you are done backing up your data, then you have to take care of the downloading bit. However, before you can do that, you would still need to sign up for an Apple developers account. After you have done this, you would then be able to download the latest iOS 11 public beta to your computer.

Depending on your Internet connection, download wait time can vary. Nevertheless, the file size of the update will generally be somewhere between 500 and 750MB. For a 1Mbit/s ADSL connection, that is around two hours of download time.

After all that waiting, then it is installation time. This process may take a while to complete. Sometimes between 30 to 60 minutes. In the process, your iPhone or iPad may reboot a few times. This is normal. There is no need to panic. Once this is done, you can finally enjoy the latest iOS 11 public beta.

For more updates on iOS 11 public beta, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.

Also read: iPhone 8 Rumor Roundup: New Mockups, Apple Deciding on Touch ID Technology

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