iOS 16 and iPad 16 Public Betas: A Complete Installation Guide

You can install the first public beta of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 today, at your own risk, of course. When the beta is available for your iPhone or iPad, follow these steps to install it.

First, a disclaimer that beta software is fundamentally incomplete and may include flaws. The public betas released by Apple are generally quite reliable, but you should always exercise caution before downloading them to a device you rely on. Some features that will be in the final version may be missing from these early versions. Depending on the apps you use, your experience may differ from others. Finally, we recommend backing up your device data before installation, just in case something goes wrong.

iOS 16 improvements

Lock screen customization with new fonts, colors and widgets; link the lock screen to the Focus application; ongoing notifications; major improvements to Messages, such as the ability to edit text after sending it; Live text for videos; and a plethora of other features and updates are just some of the new additions that will be available in iOS 16.

How to get the beta?

Register or sign in with your Apple ID on the Apple beta software site using the Safari browser on your iPhone or iPad. If you haven’t already, enroll your iOS device. To continue, you must first agree to our detailed terms and conditions. You do it at your own risk, right? After signing up, you will be prompted to back up your phone data in case you need to restore it to an earlier time.

If you want to download your profile, scroll down until you see a button that says “Download Profile” and click it. A notification will appear indicating that the site is trying to obtain a configuration profile. Go ahead and click Allow. The Settings app is where you will find the option to configure the new profile which will appear in a pop-up window.

Display the System Preferences menu. There should be a new heading near the top named “Uploaded Profile”. By clicking on it, you will be able to access the beta version of the application. At the top right, click Install. Once you’ve entered your password and agreed to the fairly lengthy standard consent statement, you’ll be able to click Install again.

For the profile to take effect, you may need to restart your phone. When you’re ready, go to Settings > General > Software Update, as you usually install the latest version. You should be able to find the iOS 16 update there; if so, choose Download and Install.

Which iPhones can get iOS 16?

  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhoneSE

iPadOS 16 Features

There are lots of exciting new features in the latest version of iPadOS, such as a revamped Home app, Whiteboard app, Passkeys compatibility in Safari, and more. But if you have an iPad powered by the M1 processor, you’ll have access to Stage Manager, which displays programs in layered windows and lets you drag and drop windows onto other screens.

Which iPads can receive iOS 16?

iPadPro
iPad Air (from 3rd generation)
iPad (from 5th generation)
iPad mini (from 5th generation)

Installing iPadOS 16

Use Safari on your iPad to access Apple’s beta software site. Create an Apple ID or sign in with an existing ID. Tap the phrase “iPadOS” to choose it. If you need to restore your operating system to an earlier state, it will prompt you to create a backup.

To upload your profile, scroll down and click on the corresponding option. The site attempts to download a configuration profile, which may result in a warning. Go ahead and click Allow. You will receive a notification that the new profile can be configured in the Settings menu.

When you launch the Settings menu, you’ll see a new header labeled “Profile downloaded” at the top. If you click on it, you should be able to download the beta version of the program. You may need to force restart your iPad first.
In the end, if you’re not prompted to start the download, you can launch the Settings app, go to General, then locate Software Update to begin installing the beta.

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