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Do all the preparation before you upgrade to iOS 11

Apple officially released iOS 11, the new operating system with not only re-designed control center, App Store and “podcast” application but also added some practical functions in albums, memos, and camera, more important is, iOS 11 for iPad to do a lot of targeted optimization, can be said to be a very exciting system upgrade. Whether you have been downloading the beta software through Apple’s beta program or you’re just waiting to get your hands on it for the first time, here are some important steps to follow to make sure your iPhone and iPad are ready for the update.

Which devices can be upgraded?

iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c will stay in iOS 10, the specific upgrade iOS 11 device list is as follows:

While iOS 11 will be available to a lot of the iPhones and iPads out there, not every previous Apple device will be capable of receiving the upgrade. Each new operating system usually has higher power and system requirements which means some older hardware is just not powerful enough to run iOS 11.

Here’s a list of all the devices that are capable of running iOS 11.

  • iPad 5th Generation
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 9.7-inch, and 10.5-inch)
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPod touch 6th Generation
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus


Before you upgrade, backup first

If the unfortunate events of early iOS 10 updating taught us anything, it’s that you should always backup your data before downloading any major updates. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

If you don’t set up some sort of a backup system – be it iCloud or another service — you only have yourself to blame if you lose all of your data.

Regardless of the way you use the upgrade, we recommend that you make a full backup via iTunes before upgrading, so that if there is a problem during the upgrade process, or if you want to downgrade, there will not be any loss of data.

Backup methods

Note: To save WhatsApp records and other third-party applications please do a separate backup.

Turn on iTunes and connect the iOS device to your computer (in order to maintain stability, it is recommended to use an official lightning cable connection, not through the WiFi connection)

How to enable iTunes backups

If you don’t want to store your device backups in iCloud, you can store them locally on your computer instead.

  1. Connect your device to your computer.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. Click on the Device icon next to the category drop-down menu on the left side of the iTunes window.
  4. Select Summary from the sidebar.
  5. Select This computer under Automatically Back up.
  6. Tick the box for Encrypt [device] backup to ensure that your passwords, health, and HomeKit data is backed up. You’ll have to create a password to protect your encrypted backups. The password will be automatically stored in Keychain.
  7. Click Done when you are finished.

How to back up your iPhone or iPad manually via iTunes

If you have enabled iTunes backups, your device will back up automatically when you connect it to your computer. You can also manually back up your iPhone or iPad if you want to make a new backup while it is still connected.

  1. Connect your device to your computer.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. Click on the Device icon next to the category drop-down menu on the left side of the iTunes window.
  4. Select Summary from the sidebar.
  5. Select Back Up Now under Manually Back Up and Restore.
  6. Click Done when you are finished.

Backup is too large, disk space is not enough, what should I do?

If you are using a 256GB iPhone, you may encounter mobile phone backup files larger than the computer disk space, then you need to back up the phone file to an external disk, but iTunes can only be backed up by default, so you need Use EaseUS MobiMover to backup your iPhone/iPad data to computer /other devices to avoid accidental data loss.


Ready to upgrade iOS 11

Learn how to update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the latest version of iOS—wirelessly or using iTunes.

You can update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the latest version of iOS wirelessly. If you can’t see the update on your device, you can update manually using iTunes.

Update your device wirelessly

If a message says that an update is available, tap Install Now. You can also follow these steps:

  1. Plug your device into power and connect to the Internet with Wi-Fi.
  2. Tap Settings > General > Software Update.
  3. Tap Download and Install. If a message asks to temporarily remove apps because iOS needs more space for the update, tap Continue or Cancel. Later, iOS will reinstall apps that it removed.
  4. To update now, tap Install. Or you can tap Later and choose Install Tonight or Remind Me Later. If you tap Install Tonight, just plug your iOS device into power before you go to sleep. Your device will update automatically overnight.
  5. If asked, enter your passcode.


Update your device using iTunes

If you can’t update wirelessly on your iOS device, you can update manually using iTunes on a computer that you trust. If your computer is using Personal Hotspot on the iOS device that you’re updating, connect your computer to a different Wi-Fi or Ethernet network before you update.

  1. Install the latest version of iTunes on your computer.
  2. Connect your device to your computer.
  3. Open iTunes and select your device.
  4. Click Summary, then click Check for Update.
  5. Click Download and Update.
  6. If asked, enter your passcode.



Restore your device from an iTunes backup

  1. Open iTunes on the Mac or PC that you used to back up your device.
  2. Connect your device to your computer with a USB cable. If a message asks for your device passcode or to Trust This Computer, follow the onscreen steps. If you forgot your passcode, get help.
  3. Select your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch when it appears in iTunes.
  4. Select Restore Backup in iTunes.
  5. Look at the date and size of each backup and pick the most relevant.
  6. Click Restore and wait for the restore time to finish. If asked, enter the password for your encrypted backup.
    Choose a backup to restore from
  7. Keep your device connected after it restarts and wait for it to sync with your computer. You can disconnect after the sync finishes.





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