How to install the iOS 15 public beta

4 weeks ago 13

Anyone who wants to brave beta bugs tin effort iOS 15 present with Apple's recently disposable nationalist beta. Here's however to instal it, on with the nationalist betas for watchOS 8 and iPadOS 15.


Image: Apple

The nationalist betas of Apple's iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and watchOS 8 mobile operating systems are present disposable and are packed with caller features for Apple users to trial out. 

If you're not disquieted astir the imaginable bugs that travel with investigating a beta OS, past present is your accidental to get entree to everything Apple has added to the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch earlier they go mostly disposable aboriginal this fall, and it's dormant elemental to bash so.

SEE: Electronic connection policy (TechRepublic Premium)

If you determine to trial retired the beta versions of iOS 15, iPadOS 15 oregon watchOS 8, you're doing truthful astatine your ain risk: There are inactive bugs successful the software, and there's ever a anticipation that the OS volition origin problems for your device. To guarantee you tin reconstruct backmost to a known bully point, beryllium definite to person a full encrypted backup of your device, oregon astatine a minimum, a recent iCloud backup to safely store important files and settings. 

According to Apple, each existing Apple Watches are compatible with watchOS 8, portion iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 are supported connected the pursuing devices: 

  • iPhone 7 - 12
  • iPhone 12 Mini
  • iPhone XS, 11 and 12 Pro
  • iPhone XS, 11 and 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 7 and 8 Plus
  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 6S Plus
  • iPhone SE (first and 2nd generation)
  • iPod Touch (seventh generation) 
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (all generations)
  • iPad Pro 11 (all generations)
  • iPad Pro 11 (1st and 2nd gens)
  • iPad Pro 10.5 (2nd gen)
  • iPad Pro 9.7 (1st gen)
  • iPad Air (2nd, 3rd and 4th gens)
  • iPad Mini (4th and 5th gens)
  • iPad (5th - 8th gens)

How to instal the iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 nationalist betas

Installing the iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 betas is sequentially identical. For simplicity's sake, I'm lone covering iOS here; if you're trying to instal the iPadOS 15 beta travel these steps but substitute your iPad for the iPhone successful these images. 

First thing's first: With your iPhone successful hand, navigate to, oregon click the nexus if you're viewing this nonfiction connected the instrumentality you privation to instal the beta on. Once determination you should spot the surface shown successful Figure A.

Figure A  


Logging successful to the Apple Beta Software Program website.

If you've ne'er installed an Apple OS beta earlier click connected Sign Up and travel the steps to registry your Apple ID with the beta program. Once that's done, proceed to the adjacent step, oregon if you've registered previously, click connected Sign In.

Once you're logged successful you'll spot a surface with links to the antithetic betas. By default the tract should enactment you connected the 1 for the instrumentality you're using, but if not prime it from the list. Scroll down until you spot the surface shown successful Figure B, and pat connected Enroll Your iOS Device. 

Figure B


Enrolling an iOS instrumentality successful the Apple Beta Software Program.

The adjacent surface volition amusement you steps to bash a afloat archive backup of your device. If you haven't done that yet, bash truthful present to debar immoderate device-breaking problems that you can't backmost retired of. Once that's complete, scroll down and look for 2: Install Profile, wherever you'll spot the Download Profile fastener (Figure C). Tapping connected that fastener volition unfastened a dialog model asking you to disregard oregon let the website to download the profile. Allow it, and it should download astir automatically and contiguous a 2nd dialog model telling you it's been downloaded and wherever to find it. 

Figure C


The 3 screens you'll spot erstwhile installing a beta illustration connected an iOS, iPadOS and watchOS device.

Close your web browser and unfastened the Settings app. You should spot a fastener that says Profile Downloaded straight beneath your name. Tap it and you'll spot the surface shown connected the close of Figure D. Tap Install, travel the on-screen instructions, and reboot your instrumentality erstwhile asked. 

Figure D


Where to find a downloaded iOS oregon iPadOS 15 beta profile, and however to instal it.

Once your instrumentality has restarted, unfastened Settings and navigate to General > Software Update, wherever you should spot the enactment to download and instal the iOS 15 nationalist beta. 

How to instal the watchOS 8 nationalist beta

If you privation to enroll your Apple Watch successful the watchOS 8 nationalist beta, you're successful luck: The steps aren't overmuch different, and present that you're logged successful to the Apple Beta Program leafage you're already halfway there. 

On the iOS instrumentality your Apple Watch is linked with, treble backmost to the surface I mentioned successful Figure B, wherever you tin spot the database of devices to enroll successful the beta program. Look for the database of OSes and pat connected watchOS, past scroll down and look for the Download Profile fastener again (Figure E).

Figure E


Finding the watchOS 8 beta illustration download.

When you pat the Download Profile fastener you'll spot the aforesaid prompts arsenic you did with iOS. Follow those, and your iPhone should automatically leap to the Watch app erstwhile the illustration is downloaded (Figure F). Tap Install, travel the on-screen instructions and reboot your Apple Watch. 

Figure F


Downloading and installing the watchOS 8 beta profile.

Once your Watch has restarted, unfastened the Watch app and navigate to General > Software Update, wherever you should spot the enactment to instal the watchOS 8 beta. Please enactment that you whitethorn not spot the enactment to instal watchOS 8 if you haven't yet installed the iOS 15 nationalist beta. 

Removing Apple OS beta profiles

There are 2 reasons you whitethorn privation to region the beta profiles you conscionable installed connected your iPhone, iPad oregon Apple Watch: You privation to halt receiving beta updates, oregon the last nationalist versions person been released and you privation your instrumentality retired of the beta programme entirely. 

If you privation to region the illustration for iOS oregon iPadOS, unfastened Settings, and past navigate to General > VPN & Device Management > Configuration Profile. Here, you'll spot a surface akin to erstwhile you installed the profile, with a fastener labeled Remove Profile connected the bottom. Tap that, and travel the steps to region it and instrumentality backmost to a regular nationalist merchandise transmission device.

For the Apple Watch, unfastened the Watch app and pat General > Profiles > watchOS Beta Software Profile. There, you'll spot a surface similar the 1 for the iOS profile. Tap Remove Profile, and you'll beryllium each set. 

Apple Weekly Newsletter

Whether you privation iPhone and Mac tips oregon the latest enterprise-specific Apple news, we've got you covered. Delivered Tuesdays

Sign up today

Also see

Read Entire Article