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    iOS 11 Launches Tonight: Here’s How to Prepare Your iPhone!!

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    Amit Srivatsa
    Amit Srivatsa Sep 19, 2017

    So, the big night is finally here. iOS 11 will officially launch in India tonight at 10:30 pm. Here’s everything you can do to prepare your iPhone for the event!

    Check Compatability

    The following devices will be compatible with iOS 11:

    • iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s
    • 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, iPad mini 2
    • iPod Touch 6th generation

    For those of you allergic to a lot of text and need visual aid for everything, here the same information, presented a little differently:

    Free up Space

    The iOS 11 installation file is usually around 2-3 GBs, so make sure that you have atleast 5 GBs of free space on your device. For those of you who have a 16GB or a 32 GB phone, this is going to be a nightmare.

    Fortunately, we have some guides to help you out here:

    How to Manage Space on Your 16 GB iPhone?


    Find out which apps are eating space on your iPhone and delete them now!!

    Update Apps and iTunes

    It’s always a good practice to update all your apps before hand. Also, we highly recommend that you update the iTunes app on you Mac or PC.

    Back up your iPhone

    Usually, the process of updating to a new iOS is quick and easy. 95% of the times, there are no glitches. But we should not take any chances. Therefore, please make sure that you have backed up all the data in your iPhone/iPad to an external HDD or the iCloud.

    You can use either of these two methods to backup your device:

    1. via iCloud

    iCloud backup might already be enabled on your device. Check by going to Settings > iCloud > Backup. Note the Last Backup timestamp at the bottom of the screen. You should have the latest backup before you update the OS.

    Note: iCloud backup is the most convenient way to restore your contacts, photos and other data in case the iOS update goes wrong. But it DOES NOT backup your entire iPhone. You will lose some settings and all the apps will need to be installed again. This is where iTunes comes in.

    2. via iTunes

    You can take the entire backup of your device on iTunes. We strongly recommend doing this, even if you have an iCloud backup.

    Follow these steps:
    – Open iTunes on your Mac or PC
    – Connect your device via USB.
    – Summary screen will open by default
    – Under ‘Backups’, select ‘This Computer’
    – Click ‘Backup Now’ (under Manually Backup and Restore section)

    Pro Tip: Enable ‘Encrypt backup’ as it includes the stored passwords and apps.

    That’s about it. Now all you’ve to do is wait for iOS 11 to come online. In India, that’s going to be around 10:30 pm tonight.

    Please note that this time is an estimate only, and sometimes, it can get delayed by a couple of hours. 

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