Last year, Apple started a public beta program but it was only for OS X users. The program was designed to allow users who are not part of the official developers program access to the beta builds, as a way of ironing out any problems before the main release. This year, Apple is opening the same program to iOS users. The program is open now for people to join for iOS beta and, in a moment, we’re going to tell you how to become a part of it.
Image : Installing iOS beta without UDID Registration
Before we do and before you rush to start installing betas, please be aware that betas are not going to be what you see when you get the public version. They may be smooth enough but they are buggy by nature and you should really only install them on a secondary device if you have one. So, if you’re ready to download and install iOS beta , here’s how to do it:
- First things first, back up your data – use iTunes and iCloud to be on the safe side
- Open this page [ext link] and sign to the Apple Beta Software Program with your Apple ID by clicking on the blue SIGN UP Make sure you accept the license terms
- Click on Enroll Your iOS Device to Receive Beta Updates
From here, things get a little more complicated. You cannot just update your device to get the beta software. Instead:
- Open this page and click on iOS Beta Configuration Profile – pick the one that is specific to your particular mode of iOS device. This will download the IPSW. You need to do this on the iOS device that you are downloading the beta on to otherwise it won’t work
- Now open Settings on your iOS device .
- Tap on General > Software Update and you should now see the iOS 8.3 beta 3 update ready to install
- Tap on Download and Install and your device will be updated to the beta.
As long as you have an Apple ID, you can join the program and test out the beta. The same program will be available sometime in the summer for the next iOS as well. As we said before though, try to do this on a spare iOS device if you have one, not on one that you have for everyday use. If you go for it, let us know how you get on.