(Pocket-lint) – Apple is rolling out the first public betas of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. That means public beta testers, or any non-developer, can download and try the new updates on their iPhone and iPad.
To get the beta version of Apple’s next operating system updates running on your devices, you need to sign up for Apple’s beta testing program. It’s free to join. Then, you need to install the proper certificate from Apple’s public beta website, and then you can grab the updates over the air.
If you’ve joined Apple’s free beta program previously, you’ll need to enroll again for these latest versions. Here’s everything you need to know.
How to download the iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 public betas
With the Apple public beta program, you can download and install iOS 15 to your iPhone or iPadOS 15 on your iPad. This Pocket-lint video explains how to get last year’s iOS 14 public beta on your iPhone. It’s the exact same process for iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. But, to make things easier, we’ve also detailed the steps below.
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- Back up your device (see this Apple support page)
- Visit the Apple Beta Program website and click the signup button.
- Sign in with your Apple ID login.
- From there, read and accept Apple’s agreement.
- From your iOS device, visit beta.apple.com/profile.
- Download the Beta Configuration Profile
- Follow the on-screen steps: tap the iOS/iPad OS tab, then tap Download Profile, and tap Install.
- You may need to enter your passcode and tap Restart to reboot your device.
- Once downloaded, go to General > Software Update in the Settings app on your device.
- Wait for the iOS/iPadOS 14 public beta prompt to appear.
- Tap the prompt to download and install the beta.
Can your iPhone or iPad run the public betas?
If you want to check if they’ll run on your system, see our guides on the topic:
Want to know more about iPadOS 15 and iOS 15?
Then check out our comprehensive feature run-downs:
Writing by Maggie Tillman.