In this article I will describe in detail the process of fully flashing the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch to the latest version of the operating system iOS 11. The process is briefly described in the article Firmware iPad, but here I made it even more detailed with the most relevant screenshots from the moment when you decided to flash to a fully installed system. Plus, here in the comments you can ask questions of interest on firmware on iOS 11, solve problems, etc. We will try to help everyone within the framework of the comments.
You can always upgrade through Settings-BasicSoftware Update. This article describes exactly the flashing of the device that the user may need for one reason or another.
So, you have made up your mind. Believe me, there’s nothing complicated about it. I note that this instruction is relevant to iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. All actions are exactly the same.
Step 0. Preparing the iPad
Make sure your device meets the requirements iOS 11.
All models are supported. Besides:
- IPad 1, which has been outdated for a long time, for which iOS 5.1.1 will remain the final version.
- IPad 2, iPad 3, iPad Mini 1, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 5G. For them the final version will always remain iOS 9 (so far the most current iOS 9.3.5)
- IPhone 5, 5C, iPad 4 (so far the most current iOS 10.3.3)
IOS 11 support:
- IPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro 12.9, iPad Pro 9.7
- IPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4
- IPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus
- IPod Touch 6G
Attention! If you have a reflash iPad now on iOS 7, iOS 8, iOS 9, iOS 10 it is necessary temporarily disable the Find iPad feature. Without shutdown the firmware will not take place.
Settings-Poke up on your account-iCloud-Find an iPad.
It must be turned off. The system will ask for the password from Apple ID. Do not forget to enable the function back after firmware.
Step 1. Update iTunes
Update iTunes to the latest available version. You can do this directly from the iTunes menu. Or download it from the official page on the Apple website.
Who needs it, here is a guide for beginners: How to install iTunes on Windows. On Apple computers, iTunes is included with the operating system.
The current version of iTunes is 22.214.171.124! (or higher)
Step 2 Backup
You can skip this step if you don’t have any valuable data on your iPad: documents in applications, saves in games, applications that are no longer in the App Store. This is extremely rare, so let’s start the backup. Just in case, I briefly explain the process.
A) Connect the iPad to iTunes. We wait until the iPad is determined in iTunes. And poke it.
Then we choose where to save the backup: in iCloud or on a working computer. And press the button: “Create a copy now.”
We are waiting for iTunes to complete all the manipulations.
B) You can also create a backup in iCloud without using a computer. In iOS 10, the path looks like this: Settings-[Your name]-iCloud-Backup in iCloud-Back up.
In an older version of iOS: Settings-iCloud-Backup in iCloud-Back up
Backup copy. Your guarantee that you will not then ask questions of the form: “And where did my notes go !?” Do not ignore this step! Before a global flashing, I always make a copy right away to both the computer and iCloud.
I prefer to restore it from the backup copy of the computer, because such a restoration occurs faster than from the cloud. The difference between local backup and iCloud.
Step 3 Download iOS 11 firmware
From September 19th. Download relevant firmware from our special article (iOS 11 is already available). Bookmark this article for yourself. There are always prompt links to current firmware. 🙂
Step 4. Flashing iPad to iOS 11
When the firmware file is downloaded, open iTunes. Hold Shift if you have Windows (Alt-Option for MacOS) on your keyboard and click the “Restore” button.
Next, select the firmware file downloaded in the second step. And click OK or Select.
Here is a message like this:
Press the button Restore. The firmware process has started. At this point, it’s best not to touch the computer and iPad.
Here’s the picture on the iPad or iPhone screen:
Step 5. Configuring iPad / iPhone
After flashing, the iPad / iPhone setup starts. Press the Home button.
If you have an iPad with an LTE / 3G module, it will offer to unlock the SIM card. We press Unlock and we enter a PIN code from a sim card.
Welcome screen in several languages. You need to click on the Home button (before iOS 9, you had to swipe to the right).
Choose a language. Russian is likely to be at the very top.
Next, select the country or region where you live. For example, setting the time in iOS depends on this.
Thereafter brand new iOS 11 chip ! The device offers to bring another device to iOS 11 to automatically configure the remaining parameters. We do this and or continue to configure manually.
Next, you need to select a Wi-Fi network. Connecting to Wi-Fi is a prerequisite for normal settings after firmware. Choose your network and enter the password for it in a new window.
Next, you need to go through the procedure for creating an entry password. Starting with iOS 9, you can choose a password of 6 digits (I recommend choosing one for security). If you want to choose a non-ordinary four-digit password, then click “Password-code parameters”. In the future, password settings can be changed. I do not recommend leaving the iPad completely without a password!
Next, the user has a choice of 4 options (in iOS 9 there were 3):
We will consider the third option. After selecting “Set up as a new iPad”, the user is prompted to enter their Apple ID.
Next, you will be asked to identify on another device that is tied to an Apple ID. For example, on the iPhone, I got the message “Attempting to log in with Apple ID”. You need to click “Allow”.
A window with a six-digit number will appear, which must be entered on the device to be configured.
If you have only one iPhone and two-factor authentication is configured, the system will offer to send SMS.
After briefly setting up your Apple ID, you must accept the Apple rules.
Then again, the notification about setting up Apple ID and iCloud. We wait.
If you want to configure the settings, then click on the appropriate link.
We choose to use or not the Siri voice assistant. All you need to know about Siri. Now Siri supports the Russian language, so I see no reason to refuse.
I recommend also disabling the analysis of programs. Feel free to “Do not publish.” So safer for the user.
If you click Next, you will see a couple of slides about the innovations of iOS 11.
Finally, you will see a prompt to get started:
The main desktop in iOS 11 looks like this:
Answers to firmware questions
I tried to draw up questions and answers based on the problems that I have ever had with firmware.
What should I do if I’ve requested and selected “Configure as a new iPad”, but I have a backup?
If you’ve already set up your device, you can reset it to complete the iOS Setup Assistant procedure again. Select Settings-BasicResetErase content and settings. Since this action will delete all existing content from the device, perform it only if a data backup has already been created.
After the reset, the system will ask you again whether to roll the backup.
Does iTunes crash during firmware on iOS 11?
It happened to me once, although in theory this should not be. Update iTunes to the latest version.
Does the iPad freeze at some point in the initial setup of iOS 11?
If the iPad freezes during setup, I recommend holding HomePower for a few seconds. The iPad will reboot and the setup process will go either again or from the place where it hangs. Skip the item where there was a hang (for example, iCloud setup). Everything can be configured later in the operating system itself.
Is the manual suitable for the iPhone?
Yes, and also for iPod Touch. At the beginning of the article, I indicated all the devices for which this instruction is relevant. Some points may change, but not significantly.
If during the iPad firmware after activation iCloud asks to drive in security questions, a backup e-mail, and then gives an error. What to do?
Fill out this information here. Click “Manage Apple ID”, log in to your account. In the section “Passwords and Security” you need to fill in security questions and add a backup e-mail, if it is not. You can do this on a computer. Then return to the iPad and continue the iCloud setup process.
Where else to read about iOS 11?
We have a series of articles on iOS 11 on our site. I also separately highlight a large detailed review of iOS 11.
If during the firmware any problems arise, or you have something to supplement the material with. Write comments! Thank you all for your attention 🙂