Apple will release its new iOS 9 in September and promises to fix the old bugs and to make our devices more productive with features that allow multi-tasking with multiple windows, faster apps, longer battery life and a more intelligent Siri.
But until the full public release, we can play with the iOS 9 beta 3. And even roll back if we find too many malfunctions and miss the more stable iOS 8. 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 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s;
- iPad Air 2, iPad Air 1, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 1, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2;
- iPod touch 5.
To install iOS 9 beta 3, just follow the steps below, but don't forget to make a complete backup of your device to iCloud or iTunes first. If something bad happens to the device - like losing it, breaking it or not being able to restore your backup data via iTunes or iCloud - the images, videos, messages and other important personal data can still be recovered from that backup using the iPhone Backup Extractor.
Download iOS 9 beta
- 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. So please sign up or just login if you already are a developer.
- 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.
- 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.
- Extract the downloaded .zip file and get the .ipsw file for installation.
- 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.
- Now let the installation finish and enjoy.
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.
Back up first, no worries after!
We recommend that before any iOS update you back up with iTunes or iCloud. In fact, such backups should be done regularly if you want your backed up info to always reflect the same status with your current iDevice data. This way you will be safe from any data loss as you can always get it back. Yes, even if:
- iTunes doesn't want to restore that data
- you don't want all of your data from iCloud but specific files or
- you simply want to access all of your iDevice data offline on your computer.
How do you access your data if the above happens? It's simple. Use iPhone Backup Extractor, available on both Mac OS X and Windows platform, and access your iTunes or iCloud backup with just a few clicks.
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Have you had any issues in updating to iOS 9 beta? How do you fancy the new iOS enhancements and how are you coping with the instability of a beta iOS? Share your experience in the comments below.