The beta version of iOS 16 is already available for download, and while it is possible to test-drive Apple’s latest iPhone software, it might be better to hold off for a more stable release down the road. iOS 16 was officially unveiled in June at WWDC, an annual event focused on software and developers. It comes with a collection of new features, like customizable Lock Screens, the ability to delete messages after they’ve been sent, and increased sharing options. While the full release is slated for the fall, there are ways to experience what’s coming firsthand through beta software versions.
The timeline for Apple’s software releases usually follows the same schedule. The company works extensively on an upcoming software release before previewing it to the public, testing the software in-house. Then, it is unveiled to the world and can be tested by developers through a period of developer beta testing. It’s a way for developers to test the software and how it will affect their applications. The next beta period is available to the public, meaning anyone with an Apple ID can enroll and try out the software. Finally, the full release is rolled out in the fall.
The developer beta for iOS 16 is available directly from Apple, provided a user has a developer account with the company. An individual user can enroll in the Apple Developer Program by signing up on the company’s developer website. The program has a fee of $99 per year (or in local currency, where available) and offers features exclusive to developers. One of these is the ability to install the developer beta versions of Apple’s upcoming software. After a user has signed in and enrolled in the Apple Developer Program, they can head to the Software Releases page. Scroll down to the desired beta software version, and click ‘View Downloads.’ On this screen, users can view all of the available downloads and install a developer profile. Follow the prompts to install the profile, and the device will be authorized to receive developer beta updates in the Settings app.
Install IOS 16 Beta For Free
Without shelling out a hundred dollars per year for an Apple developer account, users eager to try out the developer betas can head to the Beta Profiles website. The website hosts a variety of developer beta profiles for Apple devices, including everything from an iPhone to a HomePod. Open up the website on the device that the profile will be installed on, and scroll down to the beta profile that matches the device type. To install the iOS 16 beta, scroll down to ‘iOS Beta Profile‘ and select ‘Install Profile.‘ The website will warn the user about the risks of running a developer version of iOS, but to install it, click ‘Install Anyway.’ Next, iOS will show a prompt that asks the user to allow the website to install a configuration profile. Press ‘Allow.’ Then, open the Settings app and search ‘Profile‘ in the search bar. Tap ‘VPN & Device Management,’ and click on the iOS 16 Beta Software Profile. The profile will show a green checkmark in the description, showing that it is a verified profile from Apple. Finally, press ‘Install‘ to install the configuration profile and restart the device.
After the configuration profile is installed, users will receive over-the-air beta software updates through the Settings app, like any other update. But it might be worthwhile to hold off on installing a beta, especially on a device that is used daily. Apple’s developer betas tend to be fairly reliable, but any beta version is unstable and risks permanently damaging the device. Other inconveniences include system crashes, app crashes, and bugs that could alter the way a device works. For these reasons, it’s best to wait for a more stable release before upgrading to an unreleased version of iOS 16, even if it means missing out on a few early features.