Prepare Your iPhone & iPad for the Big iOS 11 Final Release Tomorrow – Here’s How

Uzair Ghani
iOS 11

The final version of iOS 11 is all set for release tomorrow. Here's what you should do in order to prepare your iPhone or iPad for it.

iOS 11 is Coming - Prepare Your Devices Today if You Want Everything to Go Smoothly Tomorrow

After a long and excruciating wait, the final version of iOS 11 is all set to be seeded tomorrow to users the world over with a compatible device. While the installation can be done over the air, but we will walk you through certain things just in case, ensuring that things go as smooth as possible.

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Is Your Device Compatible with iOS 11? See the Chart Below

This is extremely important to know about. Check out the chart below for the complete set of devices that are compatible with iOS 11 final version. If yours is not on the list, then it's probably a good idea that you considered an upgrade.

Create a Backup of Everything

It's a very, very rare instance that something would go wrong during an over the air update. But just in case, it's always a good idea to keep a backup of all your data in a safe and secure location.

Backup Using iCloud

You can create a quick backup of your device to iCloud by going to Settings > Apple ID > iCloud > iCloud Backup. Just make sure the feature is turned on, and if it is, then just tap on the Back Up Now option.

Backup Using iTunes

A good old fashioned backup using iTunes will suffice too. First and foremost, download iTunes ( then launch it with your iOS device connected to your PC or Mac. Once you see your device listed in iTunes, open it up by clicking your device's icon in the upper left hand corner. Under the backups section select 'This Computer.' Then click on Apply.

Download iTunes (if You're Planning a Clean Install)

If you are planing to clean install iOS 11, then it's a good idea to download and install iTunes on your computer right now. You can get it for free by heading over to this link:

Make Sure Your Lightning Cable and Charger is Ready for the Big Day

Whether it's a clean install or an over the air update, it's best to keep your Lightning cable and charger together ahead of time. You will require it as soon as the update hits the download channels. It's essential that your phone or tablet is juiced up ahead of time.

Free Up Space - At Least 3-4 Gigabytes

Going to install iOS 11 over the air? Then you might want to free up space on your iPhone or iPad right now. The update takes up a considerable amount of space in order to download so it's a good idea to give it a fair amount of headroom ahead of time. You can check how much space you have by going to Settings > General > Storage. This step is vital if you have a 16 or 32GB iOS device at hand. Skip this step altogether if you are planning to clean install iOS 11.

Download iOS 10.3.3 Firmware File 'Just in Case'

There are chances that you might not find iOS 11 in good taste. If that turns out to be the case then you might want to consider a downgrade back to iOS 10 / 10.3.3. So it would be wise to download the iOS 10 / 10.3.3 firmware file for your device right now and save yourself from some trouble later. Make sure you save the firmware file to a safe folder.

Wait it Out...

Just sit back, relax and wait it all out.

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