Apple’s new iOS Beta Testing Program is out now. This beta test program is for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users, and users who opt to participate in this program will receive beta versions of iOS before they are released to the wider public.
As of now, the latest version available for download is iOS 8.3 beta 3 but it’s pretty sure Apple will release more updates to fix more bugs and test new features – and users registered in the beta testing program will get all those update before anyone else. Once you opt in, you’ll start receiving updates as OTA downloads through the Software Update feature.
So, how do you sign up for the iOS Beta Testing Program? Well, we’ve got you covered with a detailed and stepwise rundown. Do note that beta software can have some bugs and it is therefore recommended to run them on temporary devices.
How to Sign Up for the iOS Public Beta Testing Program
Before you dive in straight into the steps, you need to make sure your device is compatible with the new iOS. Once, you are assured of it, you can follow the steps below.
Step #1. Visit the Apple Beta Program website here and sign up to enroll yourself in the program.
Step #2. You’ll see a catch to “Enroll your iOS device to receive beta updates,” click on it to continue.
Step #3. To make sure you stay safe, we’ll first make a backup of your device. Connect your iPhone/iPad to a computer and back up with iTunes. You can archive that backup within iTunes to preserve a copy of it.
Step #4. Download the new iOS Beta Configuration Profile from from your device at this website.
Step #5. Finally, on your iDevice navigate to Settings → General → Software Update and look for the iOS beta to download and install.
One thing that might disappoint you is that the beta program is not open for all users. As of now, it seems like only the users who are already enrolled in the OS X Beta program are able to sign up for the iOS Beta Program.