How to Prepare for iOS 11 Update

Soon, you will have the privilege of being able to install the new iOS 11 update for your iOS devices. Before you do that, though, there are a few ways that you should prepare. Considering these things ahead of time will save you a lot of headaches when it's time to update. For example, you will need to protect yourself from data loss or from being unable to install the OS due to various reasons. So keep this mental checklist before you update:

Back Up Your iOS Devices to iTunes or iCloud

Before you do anything else, always back up your devices to an external location like iTunes or iCloud. This is for two important reasons:

(1) You will be able to avoid data loss during the iOS 11 update and keep anything important that was on your phone.

(2) If you upgrade to iPhone 8, you can restore your data to that new phone easily.

So just in case anything goes wrong or you want to upgrade your data later, make sure you back everything up.

Check Whether There Is Enough Space to Install iOS 11

As technology improves, operating systems tend to grow larger. This is also true with iOS 11. Because it has more functions and features, it is bigger than iOS 10, so it will take up more space on your phone. For this reason, make sure ahead of time that you will have enough space.

How do you check how much space is left? Follow these steps:

(1) Go to Settings.

(2) Tap General > About.

(3) Go down to where it says Available. Next to that, it will tell you your available space.

check available space on iPhone

There's no telling how big the OS is going to be until the final version is ready for release, but iOS 10 required about 4 GB, so make sure that you have more than that.

Make Sure You Have the Latest iTunes Version

You could easily run into issues if iTunes is not the latest version, so you will need to update this. To do this on Windows, simply:

(1) Launch iTunes.

(2) Click on Help from the menu at the top of the window.

(3) Click Check for Updates.

(4) If there is an update, follow the instructions on the screen to install it.

check for iTunes update

Make Sure Your iOS Device Is Fully Charged

You can’t be totally sure of how long it will take for the update process to happen, so make sure that you device is completely charged. If it dies while you are updating, it could be a real problem.

Download the iOS 10.3.2 Firmware File For a Rainy Day

What if it turns out that you hate iOS 11 after you update it? You can try to downgrade to iOS 10.3.2 before Apple bans authentication for this version. You will have to download the firmware first, though. Keep it around just in case.

How to Download iOS 10.3.2 Firmware?

So, how can you get the 10.3.2 firmware in case you want to downgrade? There are a few websites that you can download it from. The only thing is that you should check to make sure you are downloaded the right one for your device. If you don’t, it won’t work.

You might also be wondering how to downgrade iOS 11 to iOS 10.3.2 before Apple bans the authentication. You can simply follow the instructions on How to Downgrade iOS 11 Beta 3 to iOS 10.3.2?

How to Update iOS Devices to iOS 11?

Now, the question is how do you update to iOS 11? There are two different ways: through iTunes or through your device. Apple gives a detailed explanation of what you should do to Update the iOS software on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Before you install iOS 11, protect your device and your data by following the preparation steps above. This will keep your from losing precious information and also from accidentally bricking your phone. It will also help avoid annoying delays during the process, so that you can get iOS 11 on your phone as soon as possible.