How to get Apple’s iOS 11 on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

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Brimming with excitement over the redesigned App Store, indoor maps, Apple Pay in iMessage, and the host of other features in iOS 11? Good news: The wait is finally over. After a months-long beta program, the newest version of Apple’s mobile operating system is finally available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

If you’re eager to get it up and running on your iPhone, you’re not the only one. But first, you need to make sure your device is capable of running it. iOS 11 is only compatible with 64-bit devices, meaning 32-bit devices like the iPhone 5 won’t get the update; 32-bit apps will also stop working on devices with iOS 11.

Here’s which iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices are supported by iOS 11:

To see which of your installed apps are compatible with iOS 11, go to your iPhone, open the Settings menu, and tap General > About > Applications > App Compatibility. 

Assuming you have an iOS 11-compatible device, you’re ready to install iOS 11. But keep in mind that you might run into problems. Apple typically issues bug-squashing patches after major software releases, so if you’re worried about your iPhone’s day-to-day stability, it might be best to hold off for now.

Before you update to iOS 11, it’s a good idea to back up your device’s data. That way if something goes wrong, it’s relatively easy to restore things to the way they were.

There are two ways to back up an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch: Via iCloud, or via iTunes on a PC or Mac.

Here’s how to back up an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using iCloud:

If you’d rather back up your device using a computer, iTunes has a built-in backup function.

Here’s how to back up an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using iTunes:

The easiest way to get iOS 11 is to install it from the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you want to update.

You can also get iOS 11 from a Mac or PC via iTunes. Here’s how:

If you signed up for the iOS 11 beta program earlier this year, your iPhone, iPad, or  iPod touch is likely still enrolled. Luckily, switching from the iOS beta to a stable public release isn’t terribly difficult.

Here’s how to switch from the iOS 11 beta on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

Switching from iTunes is another option.

Here’s how to switch from the iOS 11 beta using a PC or MAC:

Want to know what’s new in the latest update? We break down all the new features in iOS 11, and you can also read our full review of the operating system.

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