Prepare Your iOS Device for iOS 11

Last week Apple announced several new devices, including three new iPhones, and introduced us to its new operating system: iOS 11. With a number of exciting new features, iOS 11 will also be available for download on older iOS devices starting today. However, before downloading the new iOS, there are a few things you’ll need to do to prepare your device. Following along to find out how you can get your device ready and find out some of my favourite iOS 11 features.


Is your device compatible?

Although iOS 11 is a pretty amazing upgrade for iOS devices, it won’t be compatible with all of them. More specifically, iOS 11 is compatible with the following devices:

  • iPhone 5S
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus
  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad, 5th generation
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Pro 9.7”, 10.5”, and 12.9”
  • iPod Touch, 6th generation

If you have a device not on this list, you’ll have to stick with iOS 10.


Preparing Your Device

Once the update is available for download, you’ll see an alert in your settings menu. That being said, before you pull the trigger on that download you should do a few things to prepare your device. Now, it’s important not to skip this step as it can result in losing valuable data and photos.

To start, clear out any apps that you haven’t used in a while and don’t plan to use in the future. While this step isn’t crucial, it will help make your phone feel brand new once the update is complete. It will also help to ensure that you have room to install the update if your phone is running low on storage.

Next, back up your device to iCloud or your computer…or both if you want to be extra cautious. This will prevent any data loss and allow you to restore your device if something goes wrong during the update.

Finally, plug in your device and ensure it’s connected to a stable Wi-Fi connection.


Update Your Device

Now that you’ve prepared your device, you’re ready to get started with the update. A word of caution here, since a lot of people are excited about the new OS you’ll find that it can be a slow update over the next few days. If you want a speedy update, it might be worth waiting a few days. Once you’re ready, tap on your Settings app, then General, and Software Update.


My Favourite iOS Features



New features make multitasking in iOS 11 better and easier than ever. To multitask, simply drag and drop an app on top of one that’s already running. The second app will sit in a narrow panel you can position on the left or right of your screen. You can switch to a split view by pulling down or hide the app by swiping it off the left edge.


File Manager

The new iOS 11 now features a Files app that collects files you create on iOS and those that you store on iCloud Drive, which you might be familiar with if you use an Apple Mac device. It also allows you to connect to other cloud services so you can navigate files stored there as well.


Document Scanner

For years, I’ve used a third party app to scan my business expense receipts before submitting them for repayment. With iOS 11, I can say goodbye to that app and use a native document scanner that automatically detects the edges of documents and makes it possible to annotate and sign scanned items.


Drag and Drop

iOS 11 also comes with some new drag and drop features that allow you to move text, photos, and files from one app to another or just to a new location on your screen.