Apple today introduced new beta updates for iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 to its public beta testing group to give non-developers a chance to try the new software ahead of the fall launch.
Signing up for the “iOS 16” or “iPadOS 16” beta is easy and can be done by registering an iPhone or iPad in Apple’s free Apple Beta software program. Instructions are below.
- On your iOS device, open Safari and navigate to the Apple Beta Software Program website.
- Tap the “Sign In” button and enter your Apple ID credentials, or sign in with your “Apple ID” if you signed up for the beta test of a previous update.
- If required, agree to the Apple Beta Software Program Terms and Conditions.
- After logging in, you will see a main screen with a public beta guide. Click iOS (or iPadOS if installing on an “iPad”).
- Read Apple’s instructions carefully, then select Register your iOS device from the link in the Getting Started section.
- Make sure to create an archived backup of your current version of iOS with Finder by following Apple’s instructions or using our tutorial below. This allows you to downgrade to iOS 15 if needed, and is crucial if you don’t enjoy the “iOS 16” trial experience.
- Scroll down and tap the “Download Profile” button.
- If you see a popup saying the website is trying to download a configuration profile, tap Allow.
- Open the Settings app on your iOS device, then tap the Profile Downloaded section, which is just below your Apple ID information.
- Tap “Install” in the upper-right corner of the screen.
- Enter your passcode and tap “Install” again. If you have a previous beta profile installed, you may need to remove it at this point under General > Profile and repeat the steps above. Otherwise, agree to the consent text and tap “Install” a third time.
- Tap Done.
- Your phone will prompt you to restart. From there, go back to the main Settings screen.
- Under General, select Software Update, then Download and Install.
- Once the beta update is downloaded, you can tap “Install Now” to set it up and from there the “iPhone” will install the software, restart and you’re good to go with the “iOS 16” software.
“iOS 16” is compatible with the “iPhone” 8 and later, and unfortunately support for the “iPhone” 6s and “iPhone” 7 models is being dropped. iPhones that can run “iOS 16” are listed below.
iPadOS 16 is compatible with the following iPads:
- iPad Pro (all models)
- iPad Air (3rd generation and later)
- iPad (5th generation and above)
- iPad mini (5th generation and above)
How to create an archived backup
As mentioned in our public beta installation tutorial, it is important to create an archived backup of your device if you wish to downgrade to a version earlier than “iOS 15”. After upgrading to “iOS 16”, an “iOS 16” backup cannot be restored in “iOS 15” software, so you need to create a backup beforehand. Here’s how:
- Connect your “iPhone”, “iPad” or iPod touch to your Mac with the included cable.
- open one finder window by clicking the Finder icon in the Dock.
- Click the name of your iOS device in the sidebar.
- When you connect your device to your Mac for the first time, click trust in the Finder window.
- Beat trust on your device when prompted, then enter your passcode to confirm.
- On the General tab, click the circle next to the appropriate location Backup all data on your [iPhone/iPad/iPod touch] to this Mac.
- If you do not want to create an encrypted backup or have already set up encrypted backups, click Secure now at the bottom of the General tab.
When the backup is complete, you can find the date and time of the last backup on the General tab just above the Manage Backups button.
iOS 16 features
‘iOS 16’ is a major update that brings a completely revamped lock screen experience to ‘iPhone’, allowing you to customize the look of your device in new ways. Lock screens can now contain widgets and be linked to focus modes.
FaceTime supports Handoff, there are new health and fitness features, Apple added better photo sharing with iCloud Shared Photo Library, and more. For a full list of “iOS 16” features, see our dedicated iOS 16 roundup.
Some of the “iOS 16” features are not yet functional and will be implemented later in the beta testing phase, which is something to be aware of. iOS and iPadOS 16 will be in beta testing for several months while Apple refines and updates the software ahead of the fall release.