How to download iOS 16 developer beta — right now

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This fall will bring a new iteration of Apple’s iPhone software, but certain users can test iOS 16 now.

the most recent update to its mobile software. But you don’t have to wait to try out iOS 16 if you have even the slightest amount of curiosity in all the changes that were shown off during WWDC 2022 last month. Additionally, we’re not referring to the upcoming public beta, which will happen this month.

If you’re an Apple-registered developer, you may download the iOS 16 beta right away. It is now possible for developers to test out the new capabilities and make sure their apps are compatible with the new features before the autumn release of all the software changes Apple showcased at WWDC, from macOS Ventura through watchOS 9.

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Signing up for Apple’s program is just one aspect of registering as an Apple developer. You must pay for the privilege as well. The annual fee for developer registration is $100, although some people could see it as a minor amount to pay in exchange for early access to Apple software betas.

Personally, we don’t believe that most people would find it worthwhile. Even though iOS 16 developer beta 3 has been released, the program is still far from being complete. And we wouldn’t put it on any iPhone that we use every day.

Instead, we advise you to hold off until the upcoming public beta. Apple makes public betas available without charge, and it should be more stable than the developer beta. (You should still install the beta on a spare iPhone rather than your primary device.)

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Nevertheless, if you are dead set on downloading the iOS 16 developer beta, this is how Apple do it on your iPhone.

Supported devices for the iOS 16 developer beta

There aren’t as many phones that can run iOS 16 as there are for iOS 15. iOS 16 requires an iPhone 8 or later. After supporting iOS 15, the original iPhone SE, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are all no longer available. Additionally, iOS 16 won’t work on the 7th generation iPod touch.

How to get the developer beta of iOS 16

You should back up your iPhone first before continuing, assuming you have a compatible phone and an Apple developer account. You can always go back to a previous version of your iPhone if you have an archived backup. Not everything goes as expected.

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Whether you want to back up your iPhone to iCloud or a computer, we have steps for you. The latter is what we’d advise doing before downloading a beta version.

You can start after backing up your iPhone.

Open your preferred browser and navigate to developer.apple.com on the iPhone that you wish to install iOS 16 on.

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Log in to your account as a developer. It’s possible that two-factor authentication will be needed from you.

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Select Downloads from the menu that appears in the upper left corner.

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Click Install Profile after locating the iOS 16 beta. Verify that you want to install a configuration profile on your phone when prompted.

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You’ll be prompted to visit Settings to review the iOS 16 profile when it has finished downloading. Click Settings, then choose View Profile.

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To start the installation process, hit Install in the top right corner of the following screen. You’ll need to tap to Install again after some legalese about how unstable beta software is.

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In order for the profile to install, your iPhone will need to be restarted. Because this process can take some time, be sure to plug your iPhone into a power source.

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Select General then Software Update in the Settings app after your iPhone has restarted.

You’ll find the iOS 16 beta ready for you. When prompted, tap Download and Install, then input your passcode. To confirm, you must tap Install once more.

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Installing iOS 16 will then start. Your phone will restart with the iOS 16 developer beta installed.

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After you install the first beta, the process becomes lot easier. Future upgrades will be accessible via the Settings app’s Software Update section. If you’re already using an iOS 16 beta version for your iPhone, just go there to obtain any new updates.

What about the public beta of iOS 16?

As previously mentioned, Apple intends to make its public beta available to everyone for free in July. Although the public beta of iOS 16 is expected to be more reliable than the developer beta, you should still avoid installing it on a phone that you use frequently because some of your apps might not work right away.

You must sign up for Apple’s public beta program in order to take part in the public beta. Go to beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/(opens in new tab) on the iPhone you intend to use to beta test the software, and then hit the sign up button. You can carry out that action after the public beta is released.

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What to anticipate in the iOS 16 beta

During this month’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple provided a glimpse of iOS 16. The ability to modify text messages in the Messages app and new mobile payment tools in Wallet are highlights of the latest release. The lock screen has also undergone modifications that allow for customization. Additionally, there are new features added to the Maps, Photos, Notes, and Safari apps.

While previewing the new lock screen, Maps upgrades, Siri adjustments, and more, we also looked at some of the less-publicized hidden iOS 16 changes.

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