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ChicDivaGeek Tips: How to install iOS Public Beta on your iPhone or iPad

iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad (Photo: Apple) So this week the first iteration of iOS 11 Public Beta was released. Now if you're not really sure of what that means, the public beta will allow you to install the beta version of Apple's latest mobile OS on your device. Access to the beta versions of Apple's software (including macOS an tvOS) used to only be available to those with a developer account which costs $99/year and the average person isn't a developer. Now keep in mind that a beta version of anything means that it still has bugs and things to work out, so while you will be getting all the latest features, you're probably going to run into a few problems as they work on it leading to the upcoming official release in the fall. So let's get to the steps!

1. Back up...Back up!!!

I can't stress enough how important a good backup is, and as much as many of us hate to use iTunes, I'm sure we'd hate to lose important things on our device by not having a good backup to revert to just in case. So to back up your iPad or iPhone do the following:

  1. Open iTunes and connect your device to your computer with the same cable you use to charge it. It may take a minute to detect your device

  1. If a message asks for your device passcode or to Trust This Computer, follow the onscreen steps. (this most likely won't happen but)

  1. Select your iPhone, iPad, or iPod when it appears in iTunes.

  1. If you want to save Health and Activity data from your iOS device or Apple Watch, you'll want to encrypt your backup: Select the box called Encrypt device backup and create a memorable password. You can also back up to iCloud if you've got enough can get 50GB of storage for $0.99/month. You just need to make sure your phone is charging, on wifi, and the screen is locked, then initiate the backup from settings-->tap on your Apple ID (it's right at the top)-->iCloud--> the iCloud Backup. Now this may take a little bit of time depending on how much data you have stored on your phone.

2. Enroll your device in the Apple Beta Program

You go to the Apple Beta Program site and you sign in with your Apple ID. You're almost there...once you're signed it, there's a reminder to make sure you have a backup of your device....if you did it on the computer, make sure it's archived to ensure it's done. Then on your iPad or iPhone go to and download the configuration profile. Once this is installed you will be able to update to the iOS 11 beta OTA (over the air) the same way you would an official release.

If you want to see what some of the features are without risking your smartphone's well being (I kid lol..I did it last time and it wasn't bad at all), then you can check out the iOS 11 preview here. Still on the fence if I'm going to this time...maybe I'll test it on the iPad.

Happy trial runs!


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