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iOS 11.2 Beta for iPhone X Isn’t Out Yet, Beta Testers Can’t Restore from Backup

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With the launch of iPhone X today, many are excited to restore their iPhones from backup on their expensive and shiny iPhone.

But if you’re a public beta tester on iOS 11.2, be warned, because a download for iOS 11.2 public beta isn’t available yet. iPhone in Canada reader Xiaohan found out the hard way, and wasn’t able to restore from backup on his iPhone X, as existing iCloud backup isn’t compatible on the newest device.

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In order to get around the situation, he had to restore his device down to iOS 11.1 and create a backup, then restore from this iOS 11.1 backup on his iPhone X.

iOS 11.2 and tvOS 11.2 public betas were released earlier this week on Wednesday.

This may be a blessing in disguise, as another option is to setup your iPhone X as a new phone, purging old apps and contacts, essentially starting new. But of course this situation isn’t for everyone.

No word on when Apple will release a iOS 11.2 public beta, but one would expect it to arrive soon, considering today’s iPhone X launch, which saw many Canadians lining up outside Apple Stores.

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  • Ray

    I heard doing the downgrade option to 11.1 like you mention, causes loss of Activity and Workout data. Can anyone confirm this?

  • Bookworm

    I had a similar issue when the screen on my iPhone 6 Plus went from a crack to a shard-filled web. I had an old iPhone 6 I was going to use until I could order the X. I upgraded the old phone to the beta version by setting up as a new phone and then restoring from backup once I got to that point. Unfortunately I totally missed the fact that I was trying to restore a 64GB phone onto a 16GB phone so… I think it would have worked but I can’t tell you for sure that it did.

  • The Health and Activity data does appear to get stuck in limbo on the device that’s downgraded to iOS 11.1, but as long as it’s stored in iCloud (the “Health” switch is on in your iCloud settings), it does sync back down to the iPhone X once you’ve remade the iOS 11.1 backup from your old device and restored it onto the new iPhone X.

  • Networx

    Wow, this is so easy to fix I can’t believe no one has said anything. Set up your new phone as a new user and then get the beta program going the way you did the first time. Update the phone to the public beta, or the developer edition if you have access, and then reset the phone with erase all data and settings in Settings/General/Reset and then set up your phone with the Restore From iTunes backup option. Did this procedure on my new iPhone 8 with 11.2 beta earlier this week. No problem.

  • Sure, it’s a really easy fix if the iOS 11.2 beta was available for the iPhone X.

    The problem described here was that until late Friday — around 4 p.m. — Apple hadn’t released a version of iOS 11.2 for the iPhone X. Since it simply didn’t exist, there was no way to install it, and no way to restore a backup that was made from another iPhone running the iOS 11.2 beta.

  • Networx

    That’s what I get for mouthing off when I let the dog out to pee in the middle of the night. I miss the important details and end up sounding like an idiot. At least I got the process right if the update had actually been available. Still, not my most shining moment. DOH!

  • All good!

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