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How to install iOS beta 12 on your iPhone or iPad

Alexandra Malureanu

by Alexandra Malureanu

How to install iOS 12 beta

Through the developer beta

  1. On your iOS device, navigate to developer.apple.com in Safari

  2. Click "account" and log with to your Apple developer account credentials

  3. Select the "downloads" section

  4. Find the latest iOS beta installation profile, and click to download it

  5. Your iPhone will bring up a prompt, asking if you'd like to install a configuration profile: choose to do so

  6. On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update, and tap Download and Install

  7. Wait for the install and reboot -- and you're done!

Through the public beta

  1. On your iOS device, navigate to beta.apple.com/profile, and tap on "Download Profile" section to enroll your device

  2. Your iPhone will bring up a prompt, asking if you'd like to install a configuration profile: choose to do so

  3. On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update, and tap Download and Install

  4. Wait for the install and reboot -- and you're done!

Important things to know before installing an iOS beta

We strongly recommend that before any iOS update you back up with iTunes or iCloud. In fact, such backups should be done regularly in case you ever need rely on them. This will cover you if:

  • iTunes doesn't want to restore that data
  • You don't want all of your data from iCloud or iTunes -- just specific files, or
  • You want to access all of your iOS device data data offline on your computer

How do you access your data if the above happens? It's simple. Use iPhone Backup Extractor, on Windows or macOS, and access your iTunes or iCloud backup with just a few clicks. Our expert support is always happy to help and share from their knowledge and experience, so if you run into troubles or need help, just reach out to us.

Phone Backup Extractor recovers iOS data
Phone Backup Extractor recovers iOS data

To install a full image of an iOS beta on your iPhone, iPad or iPod, you may to use the latest released version of iTunes. If you don't have it installed, you can download it from Apple's website. However, modern versions of iOS can be updated to a beta using an "over the air" (OTA) backup. OTA updates are faster and easier, and won't required use of iTunes -- or even a computer.

If you need more help, don't forget that Apple publish a document on using their betas.

How to install iOS 11 beta on your device (also works for iOS 10 betas)

Through the developer beta

  1. On your iOS device, navigate to developer.apple.com in Safari

  2. Click "account" and log with to your Apple developer account credentials

  3. Select the "downloads" section

  4. Find the latest iOS beta installation profile, and click to download it

  5. Your iPhone will bring up a prompt, asking if you'd like to install a configuration profile: choose to do so

  6. On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update, and tap Download and Install

  7. Wait for the install and reboot -- and you're done!

Through the public beta

  1. On your iOS device, navigate to beta.apple.com/profile, and tap on "Download Profile" section to enroll your device

  2. Your iPhone will bring up a prompt, asking if you'd like to install a configuration profile: choose to do so

  3. On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update, and tap Download and Install

  4. Wait for the install and reboot -- and you're done!

How to update to iOS 9 beta

Apple will release iOS 9 in September and promises to fix a handful of issues and make our devices more productive with features that allow multi-tasking with multiple windows, faster apps, longer battery life, and a more intelligent Siri.

Until the full public release, we can play with iOS 9 betas. And roll back if we find too many problems. After all, this is still a testing version.

The beta version is compatible with every device that supports iOS 8, so you can install it as long as you have an:

  • iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, iPhone 5, 5s & 5c, iPhone 4s
  • iPad Air 1 & 2, iPad mini 1, 2 & 3, iPad 2, 3 & 4
  • iPod touch 5

Update to iOS 9 beta 3 iPhone
Update to iOS 9 beta 3 iPhone

To install iOS 9 beta, follow the steps below.

Download iOS 9 beta

  1. First, you need to be a member of the Apple Developer Program. This costs $99 per year and gives you access to early beta software releases from Apple. Sign up or log in if you already are a developer.

  2. To start the download, the UDID of the device must be registered with Apple. This unique identification number will be used to track the performance of the iOS 9 beta during the testing phase. To find the UDID, simply access the device in iTunes and then click on the serial number. After that, return to the Member Center page on the Developer Program website, click on Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles, select Devices and click on + to register the UDID.

  3. After the identification number is registered, go back to the Member Center page and navigate through SDK, iOS and iOS 9 beta. Just select your device and start downloading.

  4. Extract the downloaded .zip file and get the .IPSW file for installation.

  5. In the next step you must launch iTunes and connect the device to the computer. Hold the Alt key if you're a Mac user or the Shift key if you're using Windows and click on "Restore iPhone". You will then be asked to select the IPSW firmware file, which is the iOS 9 beta file downloaded earlier.

  6. Let the installation finish...

An important aspect of the new update is the efficiency of the space management. Not only that the size has been reduced to 1.3 GB compared to the previous 4.58 GB of the iOS 8, but iOS 9 will even ask users with devices running low on space if it can delete and then replace some apps in order to go ahead with the installation. Nice!

How to install iOS 8 beta on your iPhone

iOS 8 beta has been recently released and if you have a developer account, you can install and check Apple's new mobile operating system. We were pretty impressed with iOS 8. If you are just excited as we are, you'll want to know how to install iOS 8 beta on your iPhone, iPod or iPad.

Visually, iOS 8 is not very different but it brings some the most important changes since iOS 2, including third-party widgets in Notification Center, interactive notifications, touch ID for all applications and apps that can talk to each other.

iOS 8 beta supports iPhone 4s, 5, 5c, 5s, iPod Touch (5th generation), iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, iPad Air and iPad mini.

Register your iPhone in the Member Center

To download iOS 8 beta, you must have a developer account or register on Apple's website by paying an annual membership of $99. Before installing iOS beta, you need to register your device in the Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles area of Member Center.

To register your device you need to find your UDID (Unique Device Identifier) using iTunes (or Xcode on Mac).

How to find the UDID using iTunes

  1. Connect your iOS device and launch iTunes

  2. Select your device

  3. On the "Summary" tab, click on the "Serial Number" label to reveal the 40 character UDID string

  4. Right click and then choose "Copy"

How to find the UDID using Xcode

  1. Connect your iOS device and launch Xcode on Mac

  2. Go to the "Organizer" and select your device

  3. Highlight and copy the UDID string

Registering

  1. With the UDID in your clipboard, log in to Apple's Member Center and click the "Devices" link under iOS Apps

  2. Click the + symbol to register

  3. Give your iOS device a name and paste your Unique Device Identifier copied from iTunes or Xcode

  4. Click continue and confirm your entry to complete the registration process.

Download and Install iOS 8 beta on your iPhone with Windows or Mac

These are the steps you need to follow to download and install iOS 8 Beta on your iPhone, iPod or iPad:

  • Download iOS 8 beta from the iOS Developers Center

  • Unzip the iOS 8 beta zip file

  • Connect your iOS device via USB cable to your computer and launch iTunes

  • In iTunes, select your device from the top right corner

  • From the summary tab, hold down the Shift key (on Windows) or Option key (on Mac) and click the Restore button

  • Select the iOS beta IPSW image (downloaded in step 1) and click open to being the installation

  • Your device will reboot after completing the iOS 8 beta installation; a network connection is required to complete the activation

How to update to iOS 7 on your iPhone in a few easy steps

Developers and Apple fans will be happy to know they can download the iOS 7 DMG file to test the new features. You can also extract the IPSW file needed for install on a Windows PC with DMG Extractor.

iOS 7 beta has been released to developers and it brings juicy changes to the Apple operating system, including an icon redesign and improved Control Center. The fifth beta incarnation of iOS 7 even brings back location tracking!

iTunes iOS 7 beta upgrade
iTunes iOS 7 beta upgrade

Install iOS 7 beta on your iPhone with Windows or Mac

To get the latest iOS 7 beta installed on your iPhone, iPad or iPod, you'll need to use iTunes. If you already have the DMG file for an iOS 7 beta, you can install wih iTunes on your Mac. If you're on Windows, you need to extract the IPSW file from the iOS DMG file. You can do this with our DMG Extractor.

To upgrade to iOS 7 beta, make sure to:

  • Have the latest version of iTunes

  • Connect the iPhone to the computer with a USB cable

  • Select the device in iTunes under Devices

  • Perform a backup of your device with iTunes to keep data safe -- you can test the backup and data inside with the free edition of iPhone Backup Extractor](https://www.iphonebackupextractor.com/free-download/)

  • In iTunes, click "Shift", select "Restore". Browse for the iOS 7 IPSW file, then click "Restore"

When it's time to update, it'll prompt you:

iOS 7 upgrade notice
iOS 7 upgrade notice

How to install the iOS 6 beta on Windows

If you would like the new features of iOS 6 and you don't know how to do that on your Windows PC, we have a solution: DMG Extractor. Here are the steps that you need to follow after you got your hands on the iOS 6 beta firmware in order to upgrade:

Opening the iOS 6 beta DMG file with DMG Extractor
Opening the iOS 6 beta DMG file with DMG Extractor

  1. Download the iOS 6 beta firmware and make sure you downloaded the right firmware for your iOS device. Windows users will find the download is in DMG format. The DMG contains an IPSW restore file. You can extract that on Windows with DMG Extractor.

  2. Open up iTunes and plug your device. We recommend you to use the latest version of iTunes.

    Opening iTunes
    Opening iTunes

  3. Create an up-to-date iTunes backup. Before running any iOS update, perform a backup of your device.

    Backing up your iOS device
    Backing up your iOS device

  4. Test the backup to ensure it's OK and contains your data. You can validate your backup with the free edition of iPhone Backup Extractor.

    Testing your backup copy
    Testing your backup copy

  5. Restore the new IPSW. For updating to iOS 6 beta press Shift (Option on the Mac) and then browse for Restore and select the IPSW restore file you downloaded on step 1. Then just click "Restore".

    iTunes iOS device restoration
    iTunes iOS device restoration

That’s it folks! You should now have successfully updated to iOS 6 beta.

Alexandra Malureanu

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Comments (1)

iOS 6 beta 2 is already available for download and it expires on July 31st, 2012. Don't forget, Windows users, use our free DMG Extractor to extract the IPSW restore file from the iOS 6 beta 2 DMG.

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