How to download iOS 11, Apple's big new iPhone update

Apple’s new software update for iPhones and iPads is here.

The update, iOS 11, is currently available in your iOS device’s settings menu.

Apple announced the update back in June, and beta testers have been putting it through its paces since then.

It’s a pretty big update, especially for iPads. iPads get a new desktop-style dock, multi-tasking features, and Apple Pencil features.

iPhones will get a new file system, notifications window, and the ability to download a new kind of so-called “augmented reality” app that integrates computer graphics and the real world.

There’s a ton to explore in iOS 11. Before you get started, you’ll need storage space to update, and you might want to hold off until others have updated without issues.

To update to iOS 11, follow these steps:

  • Back up your iPhone. The easiest way to do that is in Settings >iCloud > Backup> Backup Now. You can also plug your iPhone into your computer and boot up iTunes if your iCloud account doesn’t have enough storage space.
  • Download the update. You can find the update in General > Software Update. Tap on Download and Install, plug in your passcode, agree to the terms and conditions, and your update should start downloading.
  • Don’t panic. Whenever Apple releases a new software update, its servers can get overloaded by millions of people trying to download it at the same time, so try again if it doesn’t show up immediately. And sometimes there are bugs in the new OS that get discovered as soon as people start updating. If you don’t need iOS 11 this second, you can ask it to update at night while you’re asleep, if your phone is plugged in.

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