Apple yesterday released a fifth beta of iOS 11 for developer testing, and we’re expecting its matching public beta to drop later today.

We’re still a few weeks away from iOS 11’s public launch in the fall so we’re not surprised that Apple has been busy squashing bugs and smoothing out the rough edges in the software.

For instance, the ability for the Messages app to sync your chats across devices through iCloud has been temporarily removed from beta 5.

Several stock app icons have been redesigned slightly and iOS 11’s much-improved Control Center continues to be refined with functional changes and visual tweaks.

Without further ado, here’s everything new in iOS 11 beta 5.

Hands-on with iOS 11 beta 5

Watch Andrew’s hands-on video covering all the changes in iOS 11 beta 5.

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Aside from the outward-facing changes and important under-the-hood enhancements, iOS 11 beta 5 packs in a bunch of bug fixes listed in Apple’s official release notes.

iOS 11 beta 5 changes and improvements

Here’s the full list of changes in iOS 11 beta 5 covered in the video.


  • Messages in iCloud is unsupported in this beta, will be coming back later


  • New Portrait mode splash screen on iPhone 7 Plus

Icon tweaks

  • Two horizontal lines have been removed from the Camera app icon
  • The Settings app icon has been slightly darkened

Control Center

  • New icon on the Music widget to quickly change audio sources
  • Animates as well when devices are near
  • New text displays when activating toggles

Home screen and Notification Center

  • White dots instead of black for PIN or custom passcode
  • iOS music player now displays Device – Artist – Album
  • New slide-to-clear/open animation
  • Swiping “Open” from an alert launches the app now

Files app

  • You can finally save files locally on the Files app, but only in the folders that already exist as the app still lacks the option to create new folders.


  • Splash screens explaining iOS 11’s new iPad-only features
  • Limited Health data sharing (opt-in)
  • Background App Refresh toggle for Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi and Cellular
  • Generic Artist icon updated in the Music app
  • Folder names slowly fade in
  • When enabling the Smart Invert accessibility option, the screen goes grey for a moment
  • Horizontal View is fixed for many devices
  • New FaceTime ringing tone
  • Slight change to the animation when iPhone is raised
  • Quintuple click power key to call emergency services

What’s your favorite enhancement in this beta?

Are there any other tweaks or changes that Andrew’s video doesn’t cover? Let us know in the comments section below or shoot us a message at and we’ll be making sure to update the article as new information becomes available.

  • pablo

    I find problems with Siri…It does not wake up, I have to speak to much lauder…

    • Toshke

      same here. Sometimes it takes 4 or 5 tries. iPhone 7 plus, Beta 4.

    • Derek Reilly

      Seems ok for me. Did you try a restart? I had to restart again as the phone was a little slow after the install. Fine now.

      • pablo

        I already did…and still have to speak laud..

      • Try clean install and update it to the latest beta

  • Vivek Dakoria

    How to see hand off apps in app switcher when there is no application in ios 11 beta 4-5??? There is no way…

    • Scott O’Brien

      Don’t have a second device near me right now, but sure I saw hand off items in right part of dock where recents apps are.

  • Richard Weavers

    “You can finally save files locally on the Files app, but only in the folders that already exist as the app still lacks the option to create new folders.”

    You can create a folder still in the files app.
    Just tap and hold. You will get a dialogue to create a folder,and name such.
    Works for me,in beta 5

  • zoLa siWisa

    My apple music is not connecting. It was working properly on beta 4

  • h4nd0fg0d

    All seems well on my 7+. Battery seemingly unchanged. Functionality on all fronts seem correct. Apprehensive of these beta updates, especially after beta 2’s shortcomings and disfunctionality. Fingers crossed…

  • Rifath Jawid

    Why I cannot use split screen option in my iPad Air1

  • S N

    Insensitive and callous decision of Apple to remove feature of scheduled fetch and notifications for favorited mail folders making the naive iOS mail app useless.