Upgrading to iPhone 11 when your other phone is on iOS 13 beta

by Volker Weber

If your current phone is on iOS 13.1 beta, you cannot directly migrate to your new iPhone 11 because that ships with iOS 13.0. This is what I did:

  1. Put SIM in Pro, activate and do initial setup. Don't try to migrate data.
  2. Download beta profile, reboot, upgrade.
  3. Reset all settings and content.
  4. After reboot bring both phones close to each other and you will be guided.

I migrated all data and settings from old phone to new phone via peer-to-peer Wifi. It will ignore existing Wifi access points and connect directly. Took me about an hour for 160 GB of data.

This process cannot migrate data protected inside the secure enclave. You will need to set credentials which are not stored in iCloud keychain. Also you need to enable apps like TAN generators or OTP wallets.


Ha, so that is still left ... I think it’s still generally the issue: if your current phone is on a release ahead of the new, the new one needs an update first. And for that the new one needs activation and deletion... since new phones come often with an outdated version... not nice.

Volker Jürgensen, 2019-09-20

It doesent come with an outdated version. it comes with ios13, which is the current release...

vowe was/is running a beta on his "old" phone...so it was "his fault" to be ahead...

Johannes Matzke, 2019-09-20

The same issue has been there in the past (also with using iTunes to backup from old and restore to new) - if the new device was a bit backlevel (the box is not brand new) then you have to upgrade it first - restoring a backup is not possible. So yes its a different case (beta and WLAN-Transfer) but a similar limitation.

Volker Jürgensen, 2019-09-20

Johannes, I am not trying to blame anybody or anything. I present a solution.

And I do believe you should be able to migrate down.

Volker Weber, 2019-09-20

I am not blaming anybody either...hence the ""... I was just responding to VJ. iOS13 is the current release...so the iphone 11 does not come with an outdated version.

Johannes Matzke, 2019-09-20

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