How to Update to iOS 11 on iPhone & iPad

Anybody who is upgrading to the new iPhone will automatically have iOS 11 installed when their new device arrives, but for your current iPhones and iPads, you'll still want to upgrade to iOS 11 when it becomes available September 19. There are loads of new features in iOS 11 that we’ll be covering in our daily tips in the coming months. Ready to update to iOS 11? Here’s how to do it. We’ll also cover what devices are compatible with iOS 11.

Related: How to Leave the iOS 11 Beta Program without Restoring Your iPhone

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What Devices Are Compatible with iOS 11?

According to Apple, iOS 11 beta supports iPhone 5s or later, iPod touch (6th generation), iPad mini 2, and iPad Air or later.

How to Update to iOS 11

Before updating your iPhone, always back up your iPhone to iCloud or iTunes first.

To update to iOS 11:

  • Open the Settings app on iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap General.
  • Select Software Update.
  • Tap Install & Download.

(It's good to note that if you don't see the update as available right away once Apple has announced its release, give it 24 hours. By then, the software update should be rolled out to all users on an iPhone 5s or later & iPad mini 2 or later.)

  • Once it’s finished downloading, tap Install Now.
  • Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  • Your phone will power down. Then it will power back up and install.
  • Once your Lock screen comes back up, unlock your iPhone or iPad.

  • Follow any on-screen directions to complete the update.

Welcome to iOS 11! 


Advice: How to Prepare Your iPhone for iOS 11


This video is an excerpt of the iPhone Life Podcast.

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Conner Carey holds a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and resides in Fairfield, Iowa. When she's not writing, you can find her singing jazz or lifting weights. Her personal blog is currently under construction, but you can follow her on Instagram @connerleecarey.