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How To Download iOS 10 Public Beta & Install on your Apple iPhone or iPad

Apple announced the iOS 10 last month at WWDC 2016 in San Francisco. Click here to know more about the new features in the coming update. The update will be rolling out to the eligible devices this fall once the software is properly tested for bugs and critical errors. The software is currently in Beta testing, and if you want to be a part of this beta program, then you can do so and experience the software earlier than the rest of the world.

If you are one of those interested users, then you have come to the right place. We are going to explain you exactly how to get the software. However, you will have to go through the public beta download and install process. It is not necessarily difficult, but it is unlike anything else you might have done before. The steps are divided into different parts for you to understand better and progress through the process smoothly.

Back-up your iPhone or iPad –

Before you begin the process, make sure to back up your device, to protect your files and media in case anything goes wrong.

  • Plug iPhone or iPad into your Mac or Windows PC.
  • Launch iTunes.
  • Click on the iPhone or iPad icon in the menu bar when it appears.
  • Make sure the backup is set to This Computer.
  • Click on Back Up Now.
  • Backup Apps, if asked.
  • Press Command, to open Preferences.
  • Click on the Devices tab.
  • Option-click on your Backup and choose Archive.

Archiving will prevent your current backup from being overwritten by an iOS 10 backup in the future.

Registering your account for public beta program –

Once you are done with the backup, the next step is to register for the beta program. Yes, not everyone can get the update for the beta version. You need to be a beta tester, and that is possible by enrolling yourself for the program.

  • Go to beta.apple.com on the iPhone or iPad you want to enroll in the beta.
  • Tap on Sign up to get started. (If you’ve already signed up for a previous public beta, tap on sign in and skip to our “How to enroll your device” section below.)
  • Enter you Apple ID email address and password.
  • Tap Sign in.
  • Tap Accept to agree to the terms and conditions.

Once you are done with this, you are good to go for downloading the software.

Enrolling your iPhone/ iPad for iOS 10 public beta program –

Unlike regular updates, you cannot just tap and start the download process here. For security purposes, the company is using configuration profiles to validate your device for the public beta.

Note: If you’ve been on a previous iOS public beta, you may need to remove the last beta profile before installing the iOS 10 version. You can do so by going to Settings > General > Profile, selecting the iOS Beta Software Profile and pressing Delete Profile.

  • Go to beta.apple.com, if you’re not there already.
  • Tap the iOS tab, if it’s not highlighted already.
  • Tap on Download profile.
  • Tap on Install in the upper right corner.
  • Enter your Passcode.
  • Tap on Install, this time, to consent to the beta agreement.
  • Tap on Install at the bottom to confirm.
  • Tap on Restart to reboot your device.
  • Once your device reboots, the iOS device will automatically start downloading the iOS 10 software and from here on, the process is same that of nay another update.

Installing iOS 10 public beta –

In order to install iOS 10 public betas, you need to go to Software Update on your iPhone or iPad.

  • Launch Settings from your Home screen, tap on General, then tap on Software.
  • Once the update appears, tap on Download and Install.
  • Enter your Passcode.
  • Tap Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  • Tap Agree again to confirm.

iOS 10 Public beta

Your device will reboot to install the update, and you will see some progress bars across the screen. Once done, your phone will be running the latest Public Beta available at the time of downloading.

Note that; these updates are not intended for everyday use and hence you should avoid installing them on your primary device. That’s why we strongly recommend staying away from the developer previews and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release this fall.

By Karthik Iyer on Friday 8th of Jul 2016


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