Apple is bringing in the winds of change with this year’s iOS 11, and it is all too evident with all the betas that we have seen so far. But now that the moment of truth has arrived, we wonder if all the features that have been in testing will be brought into the final version. There’s only one way to know, but in order to find out, you need to know if your iPhones and iPads are ready to embrace the change. This is our guide for you to fully set up your iOS devices for iOS 11 to prevent data loss and lack of sufficient storage.
Upgrade to iOS 11: Is Your Device Compatible?
There are so many things to look forward to besides the much talked about wireless charging support and ARKit apps. But the first step that your device has to pass in order to be prepared for the grand update to iOS 11 is the compatibility test. Thankfully, we already have sufficient knowledge on that front considering that Apple has already released all the necessary information.
Unless you are planning to buy one of the multiple iPhones that Apple is expected to dole out today, you will need to go for iOS 11 upgrade over the air so that you can jump aboard the en vogue train. As always, Apple has given several devices a miss from the all-important list, thus effectively out dating devices such as the iPhone 5c. So if you are stuck with any of the iPhones or iPads that are excluded from the list below, you will need to upgrade to an iOS 11 compatible device. Here’s a full list of the devices that will support the OS when it is released.
iOS 11 Compatible iPhones
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 5s
iOS 11 Compatible iPads
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd Generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st Generation)
- iPad Pro 10.5-inch
- iPad Pro 9.7-inch
- The iPad Air 2
- iPad Air
- iPad 5th generation
- The iPad Mini 4
- The iPad Mini 3
- iPad Mini 2
To know about associated additional information, check out our full guide on iOS 11 compatibility.
Clean Up Unnecessary Junk
Once you know that your device is compatible, proceed to free your device up of unnecessarily occupied space. Remember that the iOS 11 will only support 64-bit apps (which is why many iOS 10 compatible devices have not made the cut this year), meaning that the new app updates will require significantly more storage. The best way to clean up your iPhone or iPad’s storage is by backing up all media files (you may use iCloud or your PC for this purpose) and then deleting them from your iPhone.
Also, you may opt to delete the apps that you had downloaded once upon a time but haven’t felt the need to use in forever. One other thing to do is to delete data files from your iPhone’s apps. In truth, apps only occupy a fraction of the space compared to what their data files require.
Here’s a quick note on the storage front. Previous iOS 11 betas have suggested the introduction of a new space saving method in the new OS. The method, called Offloading, allows the user to free up space on their iOS device by automatically deleting associated files for apps that haven’t been in use for a while. Offloading can also be done manually. So once you have made the iOS 11 upgrade, you can enable the feature to save your precious (and very limited) space.
Back Up Everything Before Upgrading
Apple has always recommended making a back up of everything on the device that you wish to make an OS upgrade to, and for good reason. A lot of things may go wrong while updating, and considering that most iOS users store important information on their devices, it is only prudent that you should keep them safe in case the worst should happen. Resort to iTunes or iCloud for this purpose, as reclaiming all the data will be a breeze if your iPhone or iPad suffer from data loss.
Apple is bringing forth the iPhone 8 in all its glory along with the brand new iOS 11. Recent controversies aside, the new iOS 11 is one grand upgrade to look forward to. And the fact that it is almost here means that it is a time that you come to know everything about how to prepare your iPhones and iPads so that they are ready for the upgrade of the year. Have any questions about our guide? Get in touch with us and we will revert with an answer.