How to download iOS 11.3 developer beta 3 to your iPhone or iPad

If you’re a developer looking to take a peek at iOS 11, here’s how to install the developer beta.

iOS 11 is on its way with new features, several that require lots of third-party developer input. As such, the company is releasing developer betas so that software engineers can get a head start on making great software for you.

How to make an archived backup of your iPhone or iPad

Before you begin, make sure you back up your iPhone or iPad. While the beta process is fairly straight forward, any time you make any significant change to your device you risk problems. And with your personal data, it’s always — always! — better to be safe than sorry. Even if you back up every night, you’ll want to make sure it’s absolutely up-to-date.

  1. Plug iPhone or iPad into your Mac or Windows PC.
  2. Launch iTunes.
  3. Click on the iPhone or iPad icon in the menu bar when it appears.
  4. Make sure backup is set to This Computer. (And enable Encrypted backup — it’s worth it!)
  5. Click on Back Up Now. (Click on Encrypt Backup and add a password — you want the security.)
  6. Back up Apps, if asked.

  7. Press Command, to open Preferences. (Or go to iTunes in the menu bar and click on Preferences.
  8. Click on the Devices tab.
  9. Control-click on your Backup and choose Archive.

Archiving will prevent your current backup from being overwritten by an iOS 11 backup in the future, should you want to revert for any reason.

How to register your account for the iOS 11 beta

Before you do anything else, make sure you have a developer account with Apple — without a paid account, you won’t be able to download any non-Xcode betas.

Thanks to Apple’s configuration profile, you can download iOS betas directly on your iPhone or iPad, no Mac required! (You can still install iOS 11 on your iPhone or iPad by connecting your device to iTunes, but you’ll need to be running the Xcode beta first. The method listed below is generally a lot faster, with fewer wires.)

  1. Go to developer.apple.com on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Click on the “Download New Betas” tab.
  3. Log in with your developer account’s username and password.
  4. Go to the iOS 11 beta section and tap the download. This will start the process of downloading the iOS beta software profile on your iPhone.
  5. The Beta software profile will appear on your phone. Tap Install. You may need to enter your Passcode.
  6. Agree to the Consent form and press Install once in the upper right corner, and once at the bottom of the screen.
  7. Press Restart to apply the changes to your iPhone.

How to install the iOS 11 beta

To install the iOS 11 beta, you’ll need to visit Software Update on your iPhone or iPad.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen, tap on General, then tap on Software Update.
  2. Once the update appears, tap on Download and Install.
  3. Enter your Passcode.

  4. Tap Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  5. Tap Agree again to confirm.

Your iPhone or iPad will reboot to install iOS 11. There will be a couple progress bars going across the screen. Sit tight, and let everything finish.

How to get started with iOS 11 beta

Once your iPhone or iPad reboots, it’ll be running iOS 11. There’s a brief bit of setup you’ll need to go through, however, as the system will have changed enough that it’ll need your login to complete the update.

  1. Tap Continue.
  2. Enter your Apple ID password. iCloud settings will update, so give it a minute.
  3. Tap Get Started.

Once that’s done, you’ll be on the Home screen and ready to rock iOS 11.

What if I want to go back to iOS 11?

iOS 11 beta 1 updates your device’s file system to the new Apple File System (APFS). As such, you won’t be able to downgrade once the update is complete.

What’s new in iOS 11.3?

So much! We’ve written a bunch about the new operating system, including a detailed FAQ and sections on its new user interface, Lock screen, Messages app, and lots more.

Update February 20, 2018: Apple has just released the third beta version of iOS 11.3 for developers. If you have a previous iOS 11 beta installed, you can head to Settings > General > Software Updates and get started downloading. If you were waiting for iOS 11.3 to get started with beta testing, go ahead and download the latest version.

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How to Get Notifications from HomeKit Accessories on iPhone and iPad

How to Set Up Notifications for HomeKit Accessories on iPhone and iPad

It’s not unnatural to feel concerned about the safety of your home when you are away. And, if you feel the need to keep an eye on your dear home, you can choose to get notifications from your HomeKit accessories on your iPhone and iPad.

iOS 11 allows you to set up notifications for certain HomeKit accessories like locks and sensors. You will get alerts whenever the accessory detects something. For instance, if you are using a door sensor, you will receive an alert when the door opens. More after the jump:

How to Set Up Notifications for HomeKit Accessories on iPhone and iPad

How to Set Up Notifications for HomeKit Accessories on iPhone and iPad

Do note that some accessories might not support notifications.

Step #1. Open the Home app on your iOS device and then navigate to the accessory you want to receive notification from.

Step #2. Now, you have to touch and hold the accessory icon.

Step #3. Next, tap on Details.

Step #4. Next up, tap on Status and Notifications.

Step #5. Up next, you need to turn on Allow Notifications and then select from below options:

  • Time: You have the top option to set a time when you want to get alerts for your accessory.
  • People: Receive alert for the accessory when you or someone arrives or leaves your house.

To use this feature, make sure you have set up a home hub. (Go to Settings > Home and turn on Use this device as a Home Hub)

Be sure everyone who you want to control your home has to Share My Location turned on. Besides, they must have a primary device selected in Settings → [your name] → iCloud → Share My Location.

You can select any of the options.

Step #6. In the end, tap on the Back button in the upper-left corner and then tap on Done to confirm.

Going forward, you will receive alerts from your accessories while you are at home.

If you want to get the notification even when you are away from Home, you need to set up a Home hub.

How to Set Up iPad as a Home Hub

Step #1. Open the Settings on your iPad and tap on your [your name].

Step #2. Now, tap on iCloud.

Step #3. Tap on Keychain → turn on iCloud Keychain.

Step #4. Then, go back to SettingsHome and turn on Use this iPad as a Home Hub.

You can check the status of your home hub in the Home app on your iOS device. To do so, Open the Home app → tap on the tiny arrow in the upper-left corner. Then look under Home Hubs to find out if your home hub is connected.

In case you have multiple home hubs set up, the primary home hub will appear as connected. The other home hubs will be on standby and get into action only if the primary one is disconnected.

Want to set up your HomePod or Apple TV as your home hub? Jump over to this complete guide.

That’s all folks!

Wrap up

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How to Set Up HomePod, iPad, and Apple TV As Home Hub

How to Set Up HomePod, iPad, Apple TV As Home Hub

Whenever we go out, the one concern that most of us have to encounter is—the security of our paradise! Fortunately, we now have several advanced options to keep an eye on home from anywhere in the world. And if you are the part of Apple ecosystem, you have even more options and convenience. You can set up your HomePod, iPad and Apple TV as a home hub to control your HomeKit accessories remotely.

Taking the full advantage of the home hub, you will also be able to grant access to the people you trust and automate your accessories to do things more efficiently!

How to Set Up HomePod, iPad, Apple TV As Home Hub

How to Set Up HomePod, iPad, and Apple TV As Home Hub

Requirements:

  • You can set up home hub only on HomePod, an Apple TV 4K or Apple TV (4th generation) and iPad. Make sure your device is running the latest version of tvOS and iOS respectively.
  • Only HomePod, an Apple TV 4K, Apple TV (4th generation), Apple TV (3rd generation) and iPad can let you control your HomeKit accessories remotely.
  • You need to have HomePod, an Apple TV 4K, Apple TV (4th generation), or iPad to change user permissions, create automation, or stream HomeKit-enabled cameras remotely.
  • Make sure the device you set up as a home hub is in your home and connected to your home Wi-Fi network.

How to Set up HomePod As a Home Hub

When you set up HomePod using your iPhone or iPad, the smart speaker automatically sets itself as a home hub.

Be sure your iOS device, which you used to set up the speaker, is signed in to iCloud. Besides, you must use the same Apple ID, which you used to enable your HomeKit accessories in the Home app.

How to Set up Apple TV as a Home Hub

Sep #1. First off, make sure you have enabled two-factor authentication for your Apple ID and iCloud Keychain. (Settings app on your iOS device → Your Name → iCloud → Keychain → iCloud Keychain.)

Step #2. On your Apple TV, open Settings and select Accounts. Now, be sure you are signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID as your iOS device.

Step #3. Once you have signed in to iCloud, your Apple TV automatically sets itself up as a home hub.

Going forward, your set-top box will work as a home hub.

How to Check the Status of Home Hub on Apple TV

Viewing the status of the home hub on Apple TV is dead simple.

Step #1. Open the Setting app on your Apple TV.

Step #2. Now, click on Accounts.

Step #3. Next, you need to click iCloud and look under HomeKit to check if the home hub is connected.

How to Set up iPad as a Home Hub

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device.

Step #2. Now, tap on [your name.]

Step #3. Next, tap on iCloud.

Step #4. Next up, tap on Keychain and then turn on the switch next to iCloud Keychain.

Step #5. Up next, go back to Settings and tap on Home.

Step #6. Finally, turn on Use this iPad as a Home Hub.

That’s it!

Now, your iPad will work as a home hub for the HomeKit accessories.

How to Check the Status of Home Hub on iPad

You can now use the Home app to view the status of your home hub.

Step #1. Open the Home app on your iPad.

Step #2. Now, tap on the tiny arrow in the upper-left corner.

Step #3. Next, look under Home Hubs to check if your home hub is connected.

If you have set up multiple home hubs, only the primary home hub will show as connected. Others will appear as standby, and they will get into action only if the main hub is not connected.

How to Get Notifications from HomeKit Accessories on iPhone and iPad

You have the option to set up notifications for HomeKit accessories on your iPhone and iPad to remain alerted whenever they detect something. To do so, head over here.

That’s all there is to it!

Wrapping up:

HomeKit works effectively in letting you configure, communicate with, and control smart-home appliances. Unfortunately, it hasn’t yet got the desired mileage. Let me know what you think of it in the comments.

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