iOS 10 Beta
You probably know that Apple has announced the iOS 10 public beta but you probably don’t know that you can try it out right now on your mobile device regardless of your region or your Apple device. It doesn’t even need to be an Apple iPhone.
The best part is that you don’t even need to have the “latest and greatest” Apple device to try out the new iOS 10.
By now you should, by all odds, be extremely excited by the prospect of getting your hands (or your fingers if we’re being precise) on the new iOS 10.
Features such as interactive notifications area on your lock screen (most mobile devices don’t allow you to do much on lock screen, though you can still change that with third party applications), new messaging mechanics and a lot of other cool new stuff that Apple is expected to bring to the new iOS 10, should make you salivate. Ok, maybe not literally.
So, what we have covered so far is that Apple iOS is hyping up to be a great iOS and you should check it out as soon as possible.
Luckily for you, and us, Apple has made it quite easy to test out its latest of iOS 10 beta. Yes, you read that right. Now you can try out all the new features even before the official launch which is due this fall.
But life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. The fact is, iOS 10 is still in beta (although it is in version 2 now) and it is widely considered probable that it will have a lot of bugs and will be littered with glitches.
Some of your beloved apps might not even work up to a reasonable level if that was what you were wondering from the start.
The prospect of having the most advanced mobile operating system in your mobile device is certainly enticing.
But we still recommend that you do not install, even for testing sake, iOS 10 beta on any of your primary devices.
Not saying that it will brick your phone or anything. But as they say, never say never.
Did you understand that little bit? Great. Let’s dive in, shall we.
Step 1: Your Data is Going on Backup and Will Be Archived
The first step in any installation should always be backing up your important relevant data. So if you’re going to test out iOS beta, you must archive an iOS backup.
Here is how you do that,
- First, you must have the latest version of iTunes. Go do that now. Check if you have the latest version installed and running.
- Done? Great. Now what you want to do is to connect your Apple device, that should already be running an older version of iOS, to your computer (which may or may not be Apple) and open up iTunes.
- So let’s say you need to backup your data regarding Health and Activity. Then what you must do is select the option that says “Encrypt back” (it actually means encrypt device back, but whatever) and create a password that is hard for others to guess and easy for you to remember.
- Now, after the previous step, save the password (some suggest you should save your password offline as well, like on a paper, but you might have your own preferred way) because in the event that you lose this particular password, you would not, I repeat not, be able to get your backup back. Your backup will be unrecoverable.
- But if you don’t want to make a save file for your Activity and Health data then you can just go ahead and tap “Back Up Now” option. The Apple device will now backup all your data and would inform you when the backup is complete.
- So now, you should be done with your backup. Head over to “iTunes” and then to “Preferences.”
- Then tap on the option “Devices on your computer.
- After that, you need to do a control-click the backup you made in the previous steps and then select the option that says “Archive” to actually complete the saving process.
Step 2: How to Download the iOS 10 Public Beta
With backup process out of the way, now you need to download the iOS public beta, but before that, it is better for your overall experience of this process, to check if your device is actually supported by Apple’s new iOS beta.
If you have anything that is equal to or “later launched” then the devices on the list, you can safely download and install iOS 10 public beta,
- The iPad Mini
- The iPhone 5
- The iPod Touch 5th-generation
Anything earlier than the devices listed above (like an iPhone 4S or the original iPad) and you won’t be able to test out the iOS 10 beta.
Right. For the rest of this tutorial, we will assume that you have the Apple device that is supported by Apple’s beta program.
So the iOS 10 beta is out and as mentioned before, the steps you’ll have to take to get your device up and running with the latest iOS 10 beta, are relatively easy.
Before we do that, let’s be extra cautious here and check if your device has iOS 8.1.3 (or later) because if you have that, then you will get the latest iOS 10 public beta software by default through a process known as over-the-air update.
That would only happen if you have an Apple device whose version number either matches the version number mentioned before or is higher.
But in any case, if you want to activate it yourself then all you need to do is this,
- Go to Settings
- Then go to General
- After that, go to Software Update in order to install the new public beta.
However, don’t get discouraged if your Apple device is running an older version. Here are the steps to take if you have an older version than iOS 8.1.3,
- Go to https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/
- And get started there
- Click on Sign Up
- And when prompted, log in with your trusty Apple ID
- If you don’t have Apple ID then create a new one
- When you are signed up and signed in, then go down the page (you know, by scrolling down) and click on Get Started
- After that, make the final click and click “Enroll your iOS device”
Now you will be prompted to archive your iOS backup. But you already did that, didn’t you because we told you to do so earlier in this tutorial. Right? Great
Follow these next steps,
- Go to https://beta.apple.com/profile from the Apple device that you want to install the new iOS 10 public beta on.
- The website is going to ask you to install a configuration profile. All you need to do there is to tap “Download Profile”
- Then simply follow every instruction that comes up on your screen till you see the message, installation complete on your screen. Pretty straightforward right? Great.
Check out this video as well, if you wan’t to watch rather than read,
Now you have the world’s most advanced operating system on your Apple device (Android device would care to digress but we are here to celebrate Apple).
That’s Great. I Installed it But Now I Want To Go Back to The Current Version of iOS.
Did you really think we would leave you out in the ruthless world of upgrading your device? Beta software is always a buggy software. It can be irritating at the least and unstable at the worst.
So we are with you if you want to go back to the current version of iOS.
Let’s get to it then.
As earlier in the tutorial, make sure your iTunes is up to date.
Then follow these steps,
- Connect your iOS device to a computer. Most people do that with some sort of a USB cable.
- Open iTunes
- Press and hold Sleep (or Wake) button along with Home button for at the minimum ten seconds.
- Keep the hold until you see an Apple logo appear on the screen because it is only after that, you will see the recovery mode screen.
- Right now, you will see options such as “Restore or Update”. Select “Restore”. However if you get the message “Find My iPhone i.e that option was turned on then you will also need to enter your “Apple ID” and password after the process of restoration is finished to actually activate your Apple device.
- Great. As a last step, once the process is complete head over to iTunes again and tap on the option “Restore from this backup”. You will also have the option of “Set up new phone”. Don’t select that.
- Once you have chosen your backups, you will be able to use the current version of iOS.
That is All Great. But I am A Developer.
Hop right in then.
If you are a developer and have a developer account with Apple then you can follow the same steps as we have outlined before.
Or you can go the developer website and move forward from there. Here is how,
- Go to this link https://developer.apple.com/ios/download/
- Log in
- Download the package
- Use iTunes to backup the data that you want to be backed up and
- Install iOS 10 from the list of devices that are supported by Apple’s beta program.
Or if you want to skip all that, then do this
- Download a Configuration Profile to your Apple iOS device
- Get update OTA by going to “Settings,” then to “General” and then to “Software Update.”
It doesn’t really matter which guide you follow as there isn’t really a limit to the number of devices you can install the iOS 10 beta on.
As long as you have them connected with your developer account, you are good to go.
How To Register A Device
To register a device do this,
- Go to Apple Developer website
- Log in
- Click “Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles”
- Then search for “All” under “Devices” on the left-hand side of your screen
- Now, click the “+” button to successfully add your own device.
- If you need your UDID. Then go to the next step.
- To find UDID, launch iTunes and connect your device.
- After that, on the right side pane, find your Apple device
- Click on “Serial Number” to know you UDID.
Hope this guide was useful to you and don’t forget to comment if you have some questions or just want to share how great the new iOS 10 beta is.