How To Join The Apple Public Beta Program & Try Out iOS 9

Apple has always allowed developers to test out beta versions of the next iOS before its release but it wasn’t until recently that it decided it wanted more people testing out its OS which is a good thing. The result was the Apple Public Beta Program that lets anyone try out beta versions of the next iOS and OS X release. It’s free and very easy to join. Here’s how to get in to the program and set up and install iOS 9 Beta on your iPhone.

Compatibility:

iOS 9 is compatible with;

  • iPhone 4S and above
  • iPad Mini and iPad Mini 2 & 3
  • iPad Air and iPad Air 2
  • iPad 2, 3, and 4
  • iPod Touch 5th Gen

Step 1: Backup your iPhone using iTunes. We cannot stress this enough so please for the sake of the data you hold dear, back your phone up.

Step 2: Join the Public Beta program by going here, and signing in with your Apple ID

Step 3: Visit this link on your iPhone: beta.apple.com/profile and tap on Download Profile. Make sure you visit the link in Safari and not in some other browser. Install the profile, agree to the many things you’re prompted to agree to and restart your phone when required to do so.

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Step 4: Go to Settings>General>Software Update where you will be prompted about the next available iOS beta update. Download and install it. The update will happen over the air and will more or less follow the same process that it does when you receive a stable iOS update on your device.

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Step 6: Allow the update to install and you’ll be good to go within thirty minutes, maximum.

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About Kelli Smith

Kelli Smith
Kelli runs customer support and creates content for Skillcrush, a digital skills training and education platform with friendly instructors, an active student community, and laser focus on helping you achieve your career goals with technology. She has an MBA and successfully ran an international company and her own freelancing business before pursuing her passion for tech by taking advanced web development classes. Kelli loves listening to tech podcasts at 2x speed, looking for cute Corgi photos online and teaching and performing country line dancing—as a true Texan living in Finland would do. Say hi on Twitter.

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