How and Why You Should Clean Install iOS 11 Beta on iPhone & iPad

Uzair Ghani
Clean Install iOS 11 Beta

Here's how you can clean install iOS 11 Beta on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and why you should do so.

Clean Install iOS 11 Beta For Maximum Performance Related Benefits

In our main iOS 11 Beta download post, I discussed the different routes you can take to install Apple's latest mobile software. There are two routes you can take: over the air and the good old clean install. The latter requires you to erase your device clean and is the best route as well for a number of reasons. And yes I understand it's not as convenient as the over the air method, but bear with me for a second.

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A clean installation of any software ensures that you get the maximum performance related benefits from it. An over the air installation builds on top of what's already there. Meaning things can get quite buggy in a lot of cases. But of course, performing a clean install is not easy at all. It requires you to plug in your iPhone or iPad to your computer, download the firmware file and restore using iTunes. Doesn't sound pretty either. But, once you are done with it, you can rest assured that you'll come across lesser bugs than you usually would. That doesn't necessarily mean that the experience will be top notch. I did also discuss that why you should avoid the iOS 11 Beta completely for a while.

Still, if you wish to go ahead with clean install iOS 11 Beta, then follow the steps below.

Clean Install iOS 11 Beta - Tutorial

1. Register your device's UDID with Apple first. You can follow the steps outlined here on how to do so.

2. Assuming you have iTunes installed on your Mac, with Xcode installed alongside it, connect your iOS device to your computer.

3. Now head over to the Apple Developer Program website, sign in after clicking the Account tab at the top.

4. Visit the following link once you are signed in:

5. Download the iOS 11 Beta restore image that is meant for your device. Please make sure you get this right otherwise the installation will simply fail.

6. Once downloaded, launch iTunes and select your iOS device from the top left hand corner.

7. Click on the 'Restore iPhone' button while holding down the left Option key.

8. Select the firmware file you downloaded in step 5 and let iTunes perform the restore.

After a few minutes you device will boot right up, all set to be configured the way you want it. Easy, wasn't it?

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