In this tutorial, you’ll learn two ways to download and install iOS 11 on your iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 6, 6 Plus, SE, 5S, iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini or over, and iPod Touch 6th-generation using either OTA update method or clean install via iTunes.
iOS 11 is Apple’s latest iteration of its mobile OS for iPhone and iPad. It was first announced at the WWDC 2017 back in June followed by beta testing phase in which iOS 11 beta updates were rolled out to developers and public testers associated with Apple’s developer program. After months of testing new iOS 11 features, Apple announced at its iPhone X and iPhone 8 launch event that the iOS 11 final version release for public will be available starting from 19 September 2017.
Right on schedule, new iOS 11 final firmware update is here with us. In the following guide, we are going to explain two ways to download and install iOS 11 on compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch via OTA and iTunes.
iOS 11 Update Complete Changelog:
Below are the images of complete iOS 11 changelog officially released by Apple at the time of rolling out iOS 11 firmware update via OTA on compatible device. See what’s new in iOS 11 by clicking on the images to enlarge them.
It is important to create a full backup of your iOS device using iTunes or iCloud, so that you could restore a working version of the firmware in case anything goes wrong during the update process. Also, make sure that you have enough free space available on your device to install iOS 11 update: here’s how to get free space on iPhone, iPad or iPod if its running low on storage memory.
Now follow these instructions mentioned below to install iOS 11 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch device.
How to Download and Install iOS 11 via OTA Method
iOS OTA method offers a simplest way to flash a new firmware update. However, it does have its limitations compared to clean install method (more on that below). Biggest drawback of installing a big iOS update via OTA method is that it can miss critical firmware files during the download process, particularly if your device is connected to a slow network. Also, you might have to repeat the entire iOS OTA download and install process if internet connection to your device gets interrupted or disconnected for some reason.
On the other hand, OTA update is easier to perform than the clean install method. So if you don’t want to go through the hassle of flashing iOS 11 update via clean install, then perform the steps as mentioned below to install the latest major iOS update.
Step 1 – Grab your iOS device and head over to Settings > General > Software Update.
Step 2 – Wait for the iOS 11 OTA update prompt to appear on screen.
Step 3 – When the iOS 11 OTA update prompt shows up on your device’s screen, tap on Download and Install button to start the process.
Step 4 – That’s all.
How to Download and Install iOS 11 via Clean Install Method:
Clean install is the recommended method to update iOS firmware on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. This is because clean install is usually stable and has better effect on battery. Moreover, using the OTA method to update from iOS 10.x to iOS 11 does tend to leave some system files and junk from previous version, which could have a detrimental effect on the battery life of an iOS device.
So, if you are interesting in clean installing iOS 11 for best experience, then we have complete guide with all the information regarding iOS 11 clean installation method, including device and apps compatibility, iCloud/iTunes backup methods, iOS 11 IPSW file links, and more: Here is how to clean install iOS 11 via iTunes the best way. Don’t forget to share your iOS 11 experience with us in the comment section below.