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Apple iOS 11: List of compatible devices; how to download, install and more

After having stayed in beta phase for months, Apple has finally released the iOS 11 update for iPhone and iPad users. Here’s a step-by-step guide to download and install the update on your device.

tech Updated: Sep 20, 2017 13:09 IST
Kul Bhushan
Apple iOS 11: The control center is now much better. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Apple iOS 11: The control center is now much better. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)(AP)

Apple rolled out iOS 11 software update for iPhone and iPad users worldwide on Tuesday. The latest iOS update brings a number of new features and improvements over the last year’s iOS 10, which in itself was a major upgrade. Announced at Apple’s WWDC developer conference in June this year, iOS 11 extensively focuses on giving more control to users for further customisation of the software experience.

From user interface changes to native support for Augmented Reality (AR), Apple’s iOS 11 improves upon the earlier versions of the operating system and borrows some features from Google’s Android OS. The software update has started to roll out from yesterday, and if you’re planning to upgrade your iPhone or iPad, here’s what you need to know.

iOS 11: Compatible devices

One of the best things about Apple’s newer OS updates has been that it covers most of the older generation iPhones as well. Continuing the tradition, iOS 11 runs out-of-the-box on the newer iPhones, iPhone X , iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

The update is available for the following iPhones:

iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus

iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus

iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone SE, iPhone 5s

iPads:

12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation

12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation

10.5-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro

iPad Air 2, iPad Air

iPad 5th generation

iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3 and iPad mini 2

iPods:

iPod touch 6th generation

How to upgrade to iOS 11
It’s strongly recommended to create a back up of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch before any software update. You can keep a backup of your apps on iClouds or iTunes.

One of the easiest ways to update your device is to wait for the Over-the-Air update. Make sure your phone has enough charge and active internet connection. Since the update is more than 1GB, we recommend you to connect to a Wi-Fi network and avoid exhausting your mobile data.

Via OTA

1. Tap on the Setting> General > Software Update

2. If the update has reached to your device, you will see the notification about the availability of the new software update. Tap update.

3. Be patient, the process takes a bit of amount. Ensure your have enough storage on-board for a smoother update.

4. After having downloaded the update, your device will reboot. Re-enter your iCloud credentials to get started.

Via iTunes

You can also update your device using iTunes on your desktop.

1. Download the latest version of iTunes on your computer.

2. Connect your phone/tab to the computer through the data cable.

3. Launch iTunes, select your device

4. Hit download and update

5. Just like the OTA update, re-enter your device and iCloud password to get started.