iOS 13 public beta now available: Here's how to install
The first public beta of iOS 13 and iPadOS, the dedicated operating systems for iPhones and iPads, are now available for download. Apple had promised to release the software sometime in July, but as it seems, the Cupertino giant decided to push the update a few days earlier. Any iPhone/iPad user can install the new versions and try the features they offer. Here's how.
Public iOS 13, iPadOS beta for non-developers
While iOS 13 and iPadOS have been available for developers for a while, the latest releases are aimed at the general public, people who want to try out the latest features of the OS and provide their feedback. These are not the final versions, which means there is a good chance these operating systems might come with bugs and performance issues.
Who can try iOS 13 and iPadOS
The public beta of iOS 13 would work on the iPhone Xs family, iPhone Xr, iPhone X, iPhone 8 family, iPhone 7 family, iPhone 6S family, iPhone SE, and 7th-gen iPod Touch. Meanwhile, the iPadOS will support all iPad Pros, the sixth and fifth generation of iPad, the fifth generation of iPad Mini, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air (third generation), and iPad Air 2.
Create a backup first
However, do note that before rushing and downloading the beta release, create an encrypted iTunes or iCloud backup of your iPhone or iPad. Creating a backup is not mandatory to install the update but might come handy in case something goes wrong along the way.
How to download the public beta
Now, if you accept the risk of downloading the beta, head over to Apple's website on an eligible device (using Safari) and sign-up with your Apple ID. Next, tap on "Enroll Your Devices", scroll to the Install Profile section of the website and select "Download Profile". Post download, open settings and install the downloaded profile when prompted; the device will restart to complete installation.
After installation, check for updates
Once the profile has been installed, head over to Settings > General > Software Update. Here, you will find the prompt for iOS 13 or iPadOS, which would let you download the OS on your device. The OS will get updated, but it is worth noting that the stable release won't be available until later this year.