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How to download the iOS 16 developer beta right now

How to download the iOS 16 developer beta right now

Apple has officially announced iOS 16, the next generation of its iPhone operating system. The latest iOS release promises some cool and exciting new features, including a fully customizable lock screen complete with widgets, shared iCloud photo libraries for families, Live Text in videos and more.

Although the final iOS 16 release will not be available until September, Apple has already released the first beta for developers to play with and make the apps ready, and it will not be long before a public beta arrives. If you want to try out the latest iOS 16 features, here’s how to sign up for the beta apps and download the latest pre-release software.

Early beta versions of major iOS releases are generally not available to the public, and iOS 16 is no exception. The first beta version of iOS 16 is only open to members of the Apple Developer Program, and this is likely to continue for the next few beta releases. Apple usually releases a public beta sometime in late June or early July, often in line with the second or third developer beta. At that time, anyone who wants to get it can sign up for Apple’s free beta software. It’s generally a good idea to wait for the public beta since that’s the point when Apple feels things are stable enough for non-developers to play with. But if you’ve eager to get the early iOS 16 release and willing to live with the risk, sign up for Apple’s developer app.

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Back up your iPhone

Before installing an iOS beta, it is always a good idea to have an updated backup of your iPhone. Keep in mind that this is beta software, so things are much more likely to go wrong.

Also, Apple’s warranty does not cover an iPhone running an iOS beta. Should you encounter any issues with your iPhone, you will need to restore it to the latest public iOS release before bringing it in or submitting it for repair. It will require restoring iPhone to its new state, so you will want to make sure you have a backup in case this happens.

You will find instructions on how to do this in our article on how to back up your iPhone.

We strongly recommend backing up your Mac or PC in case you need to go back to the official iOS 15 version. You can’t restore a backup made from a newer version of iOS to an iPhone running an older version, and iOS automatically backs up iPhone to iCloud every 24 hours. Only the last three iCloud backups are retained, so it won’t be long before your iOS 15 backup is pushed out of rotation. Backing up your computer will ensure that you have a backup to fall back on in case you need to restore to iOS 15.

Apple Developer Program banner.

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Sign up for an Apple Developer Account

If you really want to get iOS 16 beta right away, you have to pay $ 99 to sign up for the Apple Developer Program. You can do this as an individual or organization; However, the individual registration is faster and easier as you do not have to provide so much documentation – your legal name and address should be sufficient. Note that this will not give you instant access to iOS 16 beta; You will have to wait until Apple approves your application first, which may take a few days.

Step 1: Using a web browser, visit the Apple Beta website.

Step 2: Select Start the registration.

Step 3: Sign in with your Apple ID and password.

Step 4: Accept the Apple Developer Agreement by checking the box and selecting Send in button.

Step 5: Select Continue registering online treat. Alternatively, you can follow the instructions to download the Apple Developer app and complete the registration process directly from your iPhone or iPad.

Step 6: On the next screen, fill in your personal information and choose Continue.

Step 7: Select Single person / single owner as your device type.

Step 8: Review the Apple Developer Program license agreement by selecting Check box and choose Continue button.

Step 9: If you want your developer subscription to renew automatically each year, select Check box in automatic renewal section.

Step 10: Go to the payment screen by selecting buy button.

Step 11: Enter your payment details and complete the purchase.

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Sign up for Apple’s public beta program

The public beta of iOS 16 is not yet available, but you can get ready for it by signing up for the Apple Beta Software Program. For now, it will give you access to beta versions of the latest iOS 15 point releases, but when the public beta of iOS 16 lands, you’re up and running.

Step 1: In a web browser, visit the Apple beta site.

Step 2: Select the blue one Sign up button.

Step 3: On the next screen, enter your Apple ID and select the one on the right Arrow icon.

Step 4: When the password field appears, enter the password for your Apple ID and select the one on the right Arrow icon.

Step 5: If prompted, enter the six-digit two-factor authentication code sent to your iPhone and select Trust to skip the verification code the next time you log in or select Do not trust if you use a shared or public browser.

Step 6: Read Apple’s beta software agreement and select Accept to confirm that you accept it.

Your Apple ID is now registered in the Apple Beta Software Program. You will not be able to download the official beta version of iOS 16 yet, but once it is released, you can go back here and sign in with your Apple ID to get the required configuration profile.

Three iPhones showing steps to install iOS 16 developer beta profile.

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Install the iOS 16 beta configuration profile

Once your Apple Developer account is approved, or later, when the public beta is released, you can install the iOS 16 beta directly by downloading the appropriate configuration profile. This tells your iPhone that it is authorized to receive the beta and where to download it.

The steps to get the profile vary slightly depending on whether you are a developer or a public beta tester, but once you have installed the profile, the process of updating to iOS 16 beta is the same no matter what.

If you have participated in a beta program for iOS 15 or earlier, you still need to download a new configuration profile for iOS 16. Each major version of iOS uses a unique configuration profile, so if you only see one iOS 15.6 or iOS 15.7 beta appear, it is because you’re still using an iOS 15 beta profile.

Step 1: Use Safari on iPhone, go to the relevant website:

  • If you are a member of the Apple Developer Program, you can visit Apple’s developer beta page and sign in with your Apple ID.
  • If you are a public beta tester, go to Apple’s beta site (when available) and sign in with your Apple ID there.

Step 2: Download and install the configuration profile:

  • If you are an Apple developer, choose Install profile button in the iOS 16 beta section.
  • If you are a public beta tester, make sure that iOS the tab is selected from the horizontal menu bar, then scroll down and select Register your iOS device from Got started section, then select Download profile from the next page.
Three iPhones showing steps to install iOS 16 public beta profile.

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Step 3: Select Allow to confirm that you want to download the configuration profile, then select Close to confirm that the profile has been downloaded.

Step 4: Open the iPhone settings app.

Step 5: Select The profile has been downloaded near the top of the screen.

Three iPhones showing iOS beta profile installation.

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Step 6: Select Install top right to install the profile.

Step 7: When prompted, enter your iPhone password.

Step 8: Select Install top right to confirm the Apple Beta Agreement.

Step 9: Select Install from the menu that appears at the bottom of the screen.

Step 10: Select when prompted Restart to restart iPhone.

iPhone is now ready to download the latest iOS 16 beta over the air. But before you do that, you should take a backup in case something goes wrong.

Three iPhones showing steps to install iOS 16 beta.

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Install iOS 16 beta

Once you have installed the iOS 16 configuration profile from either the Apple Developer Program or the Apple Beta Software Program (when available) and backed up your iPhone, you are ready to take the plunge and install iOS 16 Beta.

Updating to iOS 16 beta is done in the same way as any other iOS software update. The configuration profile you installed earlier tells your iPhone to get the beta software instead of looking for the latest iOS release.

Step 1: Open the iPhone settings app.

Step 2: Select General.

Step 3: Select Software update. After a few seconds, iOS 16 Beta should appear.

Step 4: Select Download and install to start the process.

It can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or more to download iOS 16 beta, set it up, and then install it on your iPhone. Once the process is complete, iPhone will restart and take you through a series of welcome and setup screens, similar to those you will see when updating to a public release.

Once you have iOS 16 beta installed on your iPhone, you will be on track to get future iOS 16 beta updates as they become available. There is nothing you need to do but repeat these steps above to check for the latest beta software update and install it when it becomes available.

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