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How to Install the iOS 11 Public Beta (If You Dare)

28 June 2017

It was at WWDC 2017 conference that Apple announced its new iOS software version iOS 11 and boy it was something exciting as it brought several new features and functionalities with it.

iOS 11 brings with it fresh features like the ability to send money to friends via iMessage and a "Do Not Disturb While Driving" tool which bans all notifications, calls and texts when the iPhone detects a person is driving. However, today the first public beta became available, and anyone interested can download and install it for free. You should also check to make sure that the device is compatible with iOS 11. Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch will now restart with an iOS 11 Public Beta 1 profile installed. It doesn't require a developers account or involve the hassle of registering your device's UDID. (Dragging text into a web-based writing app will search for that phrase online instead, which is annoying or useful, depending on what you want to do.) A little convenience like that goes a long way for productivity.

From there, read and accept Apple's agreement.

From your iOS device, visit beta.apple.com/profile.

iOS 11 is now available in public beta, meaning you can now get it, assuming you have one of the devices on this list. This is really important as this will be your only chance to recover your device if in case the installation fails.

Head to beta.apple.com where you will need to sign in with your Apple ID.

Then, here's how to download it.

The public beta has gone live on Apple's website and anyone can sign up and try it.

They tweeted: "WOW. There is an VR mode in Apple maps on iOS 11!".

What's In iOS 11?

While you're at it, you might also want to unenroll your device from the Beta program, which will cease any beta software updates getting delivered to your device.

But the big question is whether you should start using it now, or wait until it's officially released, probably in September. Ideally you should install the beta on a secondary device and keep in mind to back up your device data first. The answer is simple: Downgrade to iOS 10.3.3.

Apple has officially released the first public beta of iOS 11 for everyone, expanding its latest software's reach beyond developers. Simply go into the Settings menu, tap General and then tap Profile.

As Beta software are prone to crashes and bugs, Apple suggests users to install it on a secondary device and not their primary devices.