Why installing iOS 11 public beta will make you desperate
At this moment iOS 11 public beta 2 is available for developers and testing purposes.
In case you want to give it a try and install iOS 11 public beta 2 before the official release, please read this article. It will show you how to do it even if you don’t have a registered developer profile at Apple. I don’t want to scare you and say that you are doing this on your own risk but it is so.
Same as other Apple users, I like iOS stability. That’s why I have moved from Android a few years ago. I’m afraid that beta OS will not make you happy and I wish I have read such an article before I decided to install it on my iPhone 7.
That time, I was very active on Xda-developers Android forum. Having used different custom ROM’s, I tried to pull the maximum from my Samsung Galaxy S3. Not just to work smoothly, but to be superior comparing to other smartphones including iPhone.
Until one day I got mad of trying and testing, tweaking and tuning Android smartphones. I figured out how much time I was wasting with it, so I decided to sell it and to switch to iPhone 4S.
The next few years I used a few Apple phones as a normal user. When the new software update was ready I got the notification and installed it. Everything worked fine and that was it.
Until a few days ago. I commented on a post on the Instagram from the user @rysiko0812. Curios to try iOS 11 before it will be available for all users.
Using the instructions from Redmond Pie, I installed iOS 11 public beta 2 on my phone.
What to expect from iOS 11 public beta?
In this version, many bugs are solved and my device is working well. Except for a few lags, everything was (mostly) fine.
I like very much the new control center, icons and layout. Old signal bar is back and it looks much better than current circles.
Yeah, I know, Apple sometimes wants to reinvent hot water. But, obviously they had to listen to their users and they are bringing the old signal layout. Nice.
After a few hours of playing, I found out that it is not ready yet for everyday usage so I decided to go back to iOS 10.3.2. and wait for the official version of iOS 11 that will come later this year.
Attention! You can’t downgrade iOS 11 public beta 2
But, there was a catch that wasn’t mentioned in the installation instructions. It’s pretty easy to upgrade supported iOS device from iOS 10 to latest iOS 11 beta 2 version.
The problem is that you can’t easily go back. Ok, you can. But there isn’t an easy way to do this.
Actually, I spent over 12 hours to figure out how to bring the aluminum brick back to life. Because this happened after my first attempt to downgrade it. My iPhone 7 faced something called black screen of death.
Oh, gosh! I got flash backs from the time when I was Android user. I felt the same pain and stress. I said to my self many times before that I’d never do this again. And still I’m again in the same position. This time with my Apple phone.
After tens of attempts, I have finally find a way how to bring my iPhone 7 back to life and install iOS 10.3.2.
If you did the same and found yourself stacked with a black screen here is a step-by-step guide on how to safely go back from iOS 11 beta 2 to iOS 10.3.2 without stress. With this guide you’ll be able to do it in less then an hour.
The safe way how to install iOS 11 public beta
To install iOS 11 beta 2 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod device is a pretty easy job, but you must follow this steps to avoid problems or data loss.
Backing up your device using iTunes is the first step you need to take. Also, you can use iMazing as well. If you aren’t familiar with this tool, you can read about it here.
To be 100% sure that your backup is safe, locate it on a local computer and make extra copy on USB drive or iCloud for example.
Switch off Find my Phone on your device: Settings -> User -> iCloud -> Find my Phone.
Download Apple Beta profile (iOS 11 config file) from here using your device and click install. It will allow you to install iOS 11 public beta without paying 99$ for Apple developer profile.
Be sure to check “Prevent automatic update” in the iTunes and disable this function. You won’t be able to recover your data when you go back from iOS 11 to iOS 10.3.2!
After you have done all of these, you’ll be ready to move to the next step.
Using a device that you want to update to iOS 11, go to the Settings -> General -> Software update and click to install.
It will take around 30 minutes to download and finish installation. If everything gies well, you’ll see Apple logo and welcome screen.
Feel free to finish update setting the new device or to restore with the afore-made backup. Don’t forget to keep a copy of your old back up (10.3.2) in another safe place!
Voilà! You’re ready to go and to use the latest iOS 11 software update.
The first thing you’ll notice is a new user interface and icons. The signal bar doesn’t have ugly circles any more and the Control center is redesigned as well. You can read about all improvements and changes here.
It is still buggy and it’s not for a comfortable daily usage. There are still many things to be polished and fine tuned before Apple releases the final version.
Since I have installed it on my primer device, all those things bothered me so I have decided to go back to the oldest, iOS 10 and you’ll probably wish to do the same.
How to go back from iOS 11 public beta 2 to iOS 10.3.2.?
To downgrade your device from iOS 11 public beta 2 to currently latest iOS 10.3.2. you have to follow the prpcedure below. I’m sorry, but a direct and faster way is not available.
First, you need to go here and check which software version fits your device. Then, after that, you have to download iOS 11 public beta 1, iOS 10.3.3. beta 4 and iOS 10.3.2. files to your local computer. A full list of software you can find here.
Second, use DUF method to downgrade iOS 11 beta 2 to iOS beta 1.
DUF mode: Switch off device -> Connect to computer using lightening cable -> turn on device and keep pressing power button for 3 seconds -> then press volume down button and keep pressing both buttons for 10 seconds -> release power button but keep pressing volume down.
After a few seconds, your device will be in the DUF mode and iTunes will pop-up on your computer.
At the same time press restore and opt on your Mac (shift on Windows computer). A new window will appear. Select iOS 11 beta 1 file and click open.
This procedure will be finished in 10-15 minutes. Again if everything goes well, you’ll see Apple logo and welcome screen.
You have to set your device (again), to set as a new device is the fastest way to go.
Then repeat the whole procedure again. Switch off Find My Phone, and put your device in DUF mode.
This time use iTunes recovery mode to downgrade device from iOS 11 beta 1 to iOS 10.3.3. beta 4.
One more time set up the device as new and repeat the whole process once again (Find my phone switch off, DUF mode).
Just two more steps
Finally, you’ll be able to downgrade iOS 10.3.3. beta 4 to current official iOS 10.3.2. version. Now you can recover the device using the latest backup you made in the beginning of the process.
In case you forgot to switch off iTunes automatic backup, you won’t be able to use iOS 11 beta backup file to update iOS 10.3.2. That is why you made another copy of iOS 10 backup and put in a safe place.
Final thoughts about iOS 11
Since I tested the latest update, for a few hours and only on my iPhone 7 I don’t have a whole picture about all new features. But, I can say that it brings a lot of cool features and you are going to love it.
Here are some of the features I like the most:
Redesigned App Store
One of the biggest iOS 11 updates is the redesigned App Store. Launching the app will first take you to the new Today tab. It’s designed to help you find apps you’re looking for much easier.
There you can see the new Collections and Daily List. They’re organized around the theme with tutorials that show you how to use a new feature of the updated apps.
Control Centre, Lock Screen and Notifications
Lock Screen and Notifications is the first new thing you’ll notice once you start iOS 11. Now, it’s combined into one screen with a lot more options and adopted for an easy customization.
Some might say that the new Control Center is messy or looks like one from Android devices. And they both will be right.
New Messages features
iOS 11’s Messages app has been updated with several new features. One of the most interesting is Apple Pay feature that lets you pay to your contacts using iMessage.
Siri has a new, more natural male and female voice, as well as a new visual interface. You can use it as a simultaneous translator to translate what you are saying.
At this moment, it supports German, French, Italian, Chinese and Spanish language. Promising that more languages will come soon.
It also works better with Apple Music to help suggest songs you might like.
It is not a secret that the latest Samsung S8 and S8 Plus phones make better images than iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 plus. There are many tests that shows Samsung superiority over Apple when it comes to the image quality.
The new camera software in iOS 11 has lots of improvements that will improve the image quality. How it looks comparing to Samsung is hard to say from this point.
Indoor Maps and Lane Navigation
Indoor Maps of airports and shopping malls are coming soon also with information about your speed, and lane navigation as well.
Do Not Disturb While Driving is one of my favorite iOS 11 features. People calling you while you are driving will receive a message that you’re not able to receive the call. Knowing how many accidents are caused because of texting and talking while driving I’m sure this feature will save a lot of lives.
According to the available information, Apple will release public beta later this fall so you’ll be able to jump over some steps in this tutorial. Until then, feel free to use this step-by-step guide to install and try latest iOS 11 features without loosing your nerves. Once you finish testing,you’ll be able to go back fast and safe to stock iOS 10.3.2. software.
I wish you happy testing!
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