Apple today released the first beta of iOS 12 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This allows users who join using a profile that is part of the Apple Developer Program or found online to test iOS 12 before the official release date in the fall and possibly before the public iOS 12 beta release this month.
iOS 12 is pre-release software; this means you will run into errors and possibly battery life issues. If possible, it’s a good idea to install the iOS 12 beta on a secondary device so you can try out new iOS 12 features on your main iPhone or iPad without any issues. It’s not a good idea to install the first few iOS 12 betas on the iPhone you use every day.
Installing the iOS 12 beta on your iPhone or iPad is easy. You should plan to spend about 15 to 30 minutes. You can do this without a computer, but it’s a smart idea to make an iTunes backup in case something goes wrong or you want to downgrade.
Make an iTunes Backup
Even if you back it up to iCloud, it’s a good idea to make a local backup of your iPhone before installing the iOS 12 beta. If you haven’t backed up to your computer for a while, this process may take some time to complete. Here’s more information on what to do before installing the iOS 12 beta.
- Connect iPhone to your computer with a Lightning cable.
- Open and .
- section, click on it.
- Choose whether you want to save passwords, health, and HomeKit information.
- Click .
Once this is done you will want to Archive this backup so that it is not overwritten. On Mac, click on it. Then hold .
How to Sign Up for iOS 12 Beta
At this point Apple is only offering one developer iOS 12 beta. You will need to join the Apple Developer Program or find the iOS 12 beta profile from a developer. The Apple Developer Program is $99 per year and includes access to the macOS beta, as well as the watchOS beta and other software.
Click this link and follow the instructions To participate in the iOS 12 developer beta as an Apple Developer. If you don’t want to pay, you can download the iOS 12 beta profile. free from this website without developer account.
- Use AirDrop or iCloud to send
- Open the profile and .
If you want to install the iOS 12 beta without a developer account, the best thing to do is to sign up for the public Apple Beta program and wait a few weeks for the first iOS 12 public beta to arrive.
How to Install iOS 12 Public Beta
Once you’re an Apple developer or after installing the iOS 12 beta profile, installing the beta on your iPhone or iPad is easy. From here, the iOS 12 beta installs like any other update.
- Tap on it.
- Tap on
- Tap on
- Tap on it when you see iOS 12 Beta.
- Tap on it.
This will install the iOS 12 beta in 15 to 20 minutes. If you try this as soon as the beta is available, you may see longer download times until demand wanes. Once the beta is complete, you’ll be able to test new iOS 12 features, and installing future betas will be as simple as checking for updates.