Apple has also released public beta versions of iOS 11.4.1, tvOS 11.4.1 and macOS 10.13.6.
While not a major update in any way, Apple is today releasing the fourth developer builds for iOS 11.4.1, tvOS 11.4.1 and macOS 10.13.6.
Apple is also releasing the third watchOS 4.3.2 beta to developers. Being a bug fix update to the earlier release, we aren’t expecting any new user-facing features.
If you’re looking for some major changes, take a look at iOS 12, tvOS 12, watchOS 12, and macOS 10.14 Mojave.
How To Start ios 11.4 Beta versions Testing
Need to get signed up before the iOS 12 fireworks begin? Head over to https://beta.apple.com/ and sign in with your enrolled Apple ID (or create a beta account if you don’t have one already) and follow the steps.
They’re fairly self-explanatory, but if you get stuck, (to be honest, you should check it out anyway for helpful reminders of things to watch out for when beta testing).
If you’re ready to get off the beta train, you can do that too. Just delete your beta profile and await the next round. In fact, if Apple doesn’t finish iOS 11.4.1 and runs it concurrently with the iOS 12 beta, you might have to do that anyway. Don’t worry. If that happens, I’ll have you covered.
Whether you’re new to the Apple iOS Beta Software Program or just need a quick refresher on how to get started, this quick guide will tell you where to go, how to sign up, and what to do to ensure you don’t kill your iDevice.
How To Install Apple ios 11.4 Public Betas
Fantastic Betas and Where to Find Them
First off, head over to https://beta.apple.com/ and sign in with your enrolled Apple ID (or create a beta account if you don’t have one already). The steps in my installation gallery have everything you need to know in case you get stuck.
Remember, this is beta software and Apple makes it extremely clear in the agreement you scroll past on the way to the Agree button that it can do anything up to and including bricking your device and corrupting your data.
Wait for a Minute Honey, Gonna…Back It Up
Did you follow my tech resolutions? If not, before you download the beta client, it is vital that you plug in your iPhone to your laptop or desktop computer and take advantage of the iTunes Archive tool for iOS.
Under the settings for your iPhone (in the Library if you can’t find it), select the On This Computer option, and then click the Back Up Now button. This way, down the line, when the unexpected happens, you’ll have a stable backup that you can use to restore your device.
One thing that Apple won’t tell you is that, if you want to save all your Health data, you’ll need to encrypt the backup when given the choice. So make sure you encrypt it!
By the Power of Restore, I Have the Power!
If everything does go wrong and the Public Beta doesn’t agree well with your hardware, you’ll need your backup to get back on track.
Here’s how to get everything back to factory specs, depending on what type of iPhone you have. Plug in your iPhone and then:
- If you have an iPhone 6, turn off your iPhone, hold down the Home button and plug it into your computer.
- If you have an iPhone 7 or 8, you’ll need to press and hold the Lock/Wake button and then the Volume Down button simultaneously (since the Home button is virtual).
- For the iPhone X, it’s a three step process;
- Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
- Press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
- Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the Apple logo displays.
Once your iPhone is in Recovery Mode, follow the steps in iTunes to restore your archived backup.
Remember, any time you want, you can hop off the beta release train by deleting your beta profile. But if you do it before a major iOS release, you’ll be stuck with your current software unless you restore from a backup. Keep that in mind before installing beta software on your main iDevice.