How To Clean Install iOS 11 on iPhone, iPad, iPod [The Best Way]

how to clean install ios 11 using itunes and ipsw file

Here is a complete guide on how to clean install iOS 11 via iTunes on compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch device.

Apple’s new mobile firmware is out. You can download and install iOS 11 to start rocking latest features and improvements in the world’s most popular mobile operating system.

Without wasting any of your time, let’s start with the process of fresh installing iOS 11 on all compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. This tutorial will guide you through the process of getting a clean install of iOS 11 on iPhone or iPad. Make sure to follow all steps in order to ensure error free installation of the latest iOS mobile and tablet firmware.

List of iOS 11 Compatible Devices:

Before starting, make sure your device is in the list of devices compatible to run the latest iOS 11 firmware, otherwise you will be wasting your time at installing iOS 11 on an iPhone or iPad that is not supported by the new update.


  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s


  • iPad (9.7-inch)
  • iPad Pro (9.7-inch)
  • iPad Pro (12.9-inch)
  • 2017 iPad Pro (12.9-inch)
  • 2017 iPad Pro (10.5-inch)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air

iPod touch

  • iPod touch 6th generation

full list of all iOS 11 compatible devices

Check Apps Compatibility for iOS 11:

Starting from iOS 11, Apple’s iPhone/iPad firmware no longer supports 32-bit apps. Only those applications that have been updated to 64-bit by developers work on the new iOS firmware.

You can check whether the app is compatible with iOS 11 by heading over to Settings > General > Applications on a device running iOS 11 where you will find a list of all installed apps on your device including the ones that won’t run on iOS 11 with a warning sign showing next to their icons.

Free iOS Device Storage:

Next step towards clean installation of iOS 11 on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch is to make sure your device has enough free storage space available to install major new firmware update file, which is around 2 GB of size. If your smartphone or tablet is running low on space, follow the instructions in this guide to free up storage on your iOS device.

Note: The clean iOS 11 installation process wipes out all data from your device. So, make sure you have created a backup before starting clean installation of iOS 11.

Backup iOS Device Data:

It is recommended to create a full backup of everything on your iOS device. This is very important because often a major firmware update contains bugs in its initial public release, thus making it unsuitable for daily use. In that case, restoring backup of previously working iOS version comes as a lifesaver for your device.

It is easy to backup iOS device data. You can backup your iOS device either via iCloud or iTunes.

Backup iOS Data via iCloud:

1 – Launch Settings app on your device.

2 – Navigate to iCloud > Backup.

3 – Turn the iCloud Backup toggle switch to ON, if its disabled.

4 – Tap on the Back Up Now button.

5 – That’s it.

Backup iOS using iTunes:

1 – Connect your iOS device to computer via USB cable.

2 – Launch iTunes on computer.

3 – Under the Backups option, select This computer and make sure the Encrypt iPhone backup option is checked/enabled/selected.

4 – Now click on Back Up Now button to start.

5 – That’s it.

How to Clean Install iOS 11 on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Ensure that you have checked device and app compatibility, have enough storage space available to install new firmware, and backed up data, as shown above. Now your device is ready for clean install of iOS 11 via iTunes. Follow the steps below:

Step 1 – First of all, make sure you have latest downloaded iTunes 12.7 with iOS 11 supported on Windows and Mac. You can download official iTunes software for Windows and Mac from, select your computer’s OS type, and follow on-screen instructions to complete the iTunes 12.7 installation process. Here is iTunes 12.7 with iOS 11 support complete changelog:

itunes 12.7 changelog

Step 2 – Next up, you need to download IPSW file for your iOS device. Make sure to download the correct IPSW file for the device on which you wish to install iOS 11. You can grab latest fully working IPSW file from this link: iOS 11 IPSW Direct Download Links.

Step 3 – On your iOS device, and head over to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone. Here, you need to disable Find My iPhone option by turning its toggle switch OFF.

Step 4 – Now, connect your iOS device to computer via USB Lightening cable and launch iTunes, if it doesn’t open automatically upon device’s connection with your desktop or laptop.

Step 5 – On iTunes interface, select connected device to access it on the iTunes software.

Step 6 – Next, you need to perform a manual restore instead of an iTunes standard restore. For that, hold down the Alt key on Mac, or Shift key on Windows PC, and then click on the Restore iPhone… button.

Step 7 – iTunes will then ask you to select a specific firmware file to install on your device. This is where you ought to select the IPSW file downloaded from the link shared above.

Step 8 – This will start the firmware installation process. Wait for iTunes to install a clean version of iOS 11 on your device.

Step 9 – That’s all.

Clean installation of iOS is generally considered the best option when upgrading your device to a major new firmware update. It sets up iOS firmware as completely new, but this also removes all previously installed apps and data from your device. However, once the clean install is complete, Apple gives you an option to either keep on using the device as new or restore data from backup. So, its easy to get back everything you had installed before performing the clean install of iOS 11 on iPhone or iPad. You can send questions regarding iOS update in the comments section below.

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