iOS 11: How to install the latest version of the iPhone and iPad operating system

Roman Loyola
20 September, 2017
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iOS 11 is now available, and you probably want to upgrade. The upgrade process will take several minutes, and you should probably use a Wi-Fi connection so you don’t eat up your data allocation with your service provider.

And before you upgrade, it’s important to back up your device. If you sync with a Mac, you can back up in iTunes. You can also back up to iCloud.

There are two ways to install iOS 11. The first allows you to do it directly on your iPhone or iPad. The second lets you do it by connecting your device to your Mac.

How to upgrade to iOS 11 on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Tap the Settings app.
  2. Tap General > Software Update.
  3. Your device will check for an update, which can take a few seconds, depending on the speed of your internet connection. You’ll see the screen below when it’s ready. Note that the upgrade is over 2GB, which is why you should use a Wi-Fi connection.
  4. Tap Download and Install. This will take several minutes. Your device will restart and the upgrade is complete.

How to upgrade to iOS 11 on your Mac using iTunes

  1. Connect your device to your Mac using the USB cable.
  2. Launch iTunes.
  3. iTunes may display the dialog window below.
    • If you want to perform an installation, click Download and Update. iTunes will download the software and proceed with the installation.
    • If you want to download the update but not install it (you can install it later), click Download Only. When you’re ready to install, launch iTunes, and you’ll see the dialog below. You can also click the device icon at the upper left of iTunes (next to the pop-up menu, then click the Update button in the top section.ios 11 update itunes2
    • If you click Cancel, you can relaunch iTunes to see the dialog above, or you click the device icon at the upper left (next to the pop-up menu). Then click the Update button in the top section.
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  1. David Jewell says:

    So what has using WiFi got to do with the size of the download or the cost of data? WiFi is merely a connection mechanism and given that iDevices don’t have an alternative method of connecting with a network, WiFi will be used.
    Most people will be using WiFi as the link between their iDevice and their own Internet connection, which they pay for and from which their data allowance will be subtracted.
    The only ‘cheap’ possibility is to use a public WiFi connection for which someone else is paying but are usually so slow that the cost of the coffees you buy whilst waiting will exceed the costs at home.

  2. Belinda Stevenson says:

    I have a mac book pro, an iphone 6 and fourth generation ipad.

    Got the ios11 for the iphone on weekend – no probs.
    Have not received update for fourth gen ipad.
    Have recieved update for Sierra ? but not yet done as wish to do the ipad first?
    Does my ipad not qualify?

  3. Macworld Australia Staff says:

    Near the bottom of this page – you’ll see a list of compatible devices

    Looks like your iPad misses out. :(

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