How to Download and Install iOS 16 Public Beta on Your iPhone

Anyone with a compatible iPhone can now download iOS 16 public beta for free.

In June, Apple released the iOS 16 developer beta around its developer conference, but few people could download and install the software. Developer betas require membership in the Apple Developer Program, which costs $100 per year, and they’re also not recommended for everyday use unless you’re a developer testing software, because betas from developers can be super buggy and make your phone harder. utilize.

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Apple has now released the public beta of iOS 16, which is free and easy to download to your iPhone, and should be a bit more stable. All you need to do is join the Apple Beta Software program, enroll your device, and install a configuration profile to get iOS 16 beta on your device. Here’s how.

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Before you begin, back up your iPhone

Getting your hands on pre-released software can be exciting, but there are some precautions you should take before updating. All pre-released software like iOS 16 beta may contain bugs and other issues that may make your device harder to use, which is why you should back up your device in case you want to downgrade to iOS 15.

By default, your iPhone should back up whenever it’s connected to power and Wi-Fi during your normal sleeping hours. However, if this backup feature is disabled, you can access Settings > your name > iCloud > iCloud Backup then hit Back up now to back up your device.

Save page on iPhone

You can (and should) also back up your iPhone to your Mac.

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Moreover, you can back up your iPhone via Finder on your Mac. Just connect your device to your computer, open Finder, choose your device, then create a backup. Apple also recommends archiving your backup, so it won’t be overwritten by other backups.

Enroll in the Apple Beta Software Program

Once your device is backed up, it’s time to sign up for the Apple Beta software program, which allows anyone to try pre-released software for free, provide feedback to Apple on quality, usability, and issues. Currently, you can test the beta version of iOS 16 on any compatible Apple device (iPhone 8 and later).

To enroll in the Apple Beta Software Program:

1. Go to the Apple Beta software program website on your iPhone.

2. Press blue Register button at the bottom of the page.

3. Use Face ID or Touch ID to sign in to the Apple ID associated with your iPhone.

4. Read and accept the Apple Beta Software Program Agreement.

On the page that appears next, scroll down to Start and tap enroll your iOS device, which should be hyperlinked in the paragraph that appears. This will take you to another page, where Apple will lay out everything you need to do to download and install the iOS 16 beta on your iPhone.

Apple Beta Software Program Home Page

Enrollment in the Apple Beta software program is free.

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Install iOS 16 beta configuration profile

If you scroll down this page, you will see a section called Install Profile. To download and install iOS 16 beta on your device, you now need to install a configuration profile on your iPhone.

Essentially, a configuration profile allows a third party to manage your device; in this case, Apple. You may wonder whether or not this is a privacy breach, but rest assured that this configuration profile simply allows Apple to deliver and manage the iOS 16 beta on your device.

To install the configuration profile, press the blue Download profile button then press Allow in the pop-up window that appears. Next, quit your web browser, launch the Settings app and tap Profile Download at the top of the page. It should then show you a window for the iOS 16 public beta configuration profile. Tap Installenter your password, then press Install two more times. Finally, touch To restart to get the iOS 16 beta update live.

Downloading and Installing Configuration Profile on iPhone

You must first download a configuration profile from Apple’s website before you can update to iOS 16 beta.

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Download and Install iOS 16 Beta

Once your iPhone restarts, go to Settings > General > Software update, hit Download and install and enter your password to begin the update process to the iOS 16 beta.

iOS 16 public beta download page

Once the configuration profile has been downloaded and your phone has restarted, you can download and install the iOS 16 public beta.

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If for some reason you don’t see the Download and Install option, you may need to wait a few minutes or clear your memory to free up space. If you don’t have enough space, you won’t be able to download iOS 16, so clear your memory by deleting large files and unloading heavy apps.

You should see a loading bar, along with a rough estimate of how long the download process will take. Once the download is complete, restart your device and wait for the iOS 16 beta to install. When your iPhone boots up, you should see the iOS 16 beta downloaded to your device.

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