Apple Has Released Access to the iOS 11 Public Beta

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Have you been eagerly waiting these last three weeks to get your hands on iOS 11? Well wait no more. Get moving and downloading to get your hands on Apple’s latest and greatest- the iOS 11 Public Beta!

Follow this link to enroll your device in the Public Beta program. First you will need to log in with your Apple ID.

After you do, you will find yourself here:

Scroll down to Get Started and follow the “enroll your iOS device” link to proceed.

Next up you get the obligatory warning to back up your device. In this case, you should not only force an iCloud Backup, but also archive a backup on iTunes on your computer, just in case you have issues. Yes it takes time, but if you run into trouble, you can thank me later.

Scroll down to find the key to the locked gate- the beta profile.

Once you Download the Public Beta Profile, simply go to Settings-General-Software Update to get the show on the road.

The Public Beta will install just like any other iOS software update and, well, all may not be well. No guarantees there, at least not from me.

A word of caution to anyone who hasn’t installed an iOS Beta before. Some of your apps will not work. In fact, any remaining 32 bit apps you may have won’t even be available anymore, as Apple has moved on from them in iOS 11. There will still be crashes and bugs. Your battery life will take a hit, because the betas always have tracking logs and and error monitoring turned on that won’t be in the final build. Until we get another month or so down the road, this may still be a bumpy ride, so just be sure to go into this will your eyes wide open.

A really good way to walk this line would be to install the beta on a secondary device, if you have one. Maybe an older iPhone (5S or above) that you’ve kept around. Maybe an iPad that you don’t depend on for work. I am not running the Developer Beta on my iPhone, and I personally wouldn’t recommend anyone do that quite yet, but I love playing around with it on my new iPad Pro. However, I know some of you will read this and blow me off as a stick in the mud. That’s cool. However, if you really depend on your phone working perfectly on a daily basis for your job, think this over first.

For those who don’t scare easily, have fun! iOS 11 is very enjoyable to play around with, and there are a ton of new features to try, especially on the iPad Pro. I love it, despite the early flaws, and I think it has amazing potential.

Have you loaded the Public Beta? If so, drop a line and let us all know how it’s going, good or bad. You can reach me in the Comments section below, on Flipboard, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter @iPadInsightBlog.

James Rogers

I am a Christian husband and father of 3 living in the Southeastern US. I have worked as a programmer and project manager in the Commercial and Industrial Automation industry for over 19 years, so I am hands on with technology almost every day. However, my passion in technology is for mobile devices, specifically Apple's iOS and iPadOS hardware and software. My favorite is still the iPad.

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