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iOS 16 Arrives in 5 Days, but You Can Try It Now

iOS 16 Arrives in 5 Days, but You Can Try It Now

This story is part of Focal Point iPhone 2022, CNET’s collection of news, tips and advice around Apple’s most popular originates.

Apple announced the release date for iOS 16 — the next version of software for the iPhone — at the company’s “Far Out” event today. The most exciting new features include a customizable lock screen, an intelligent cropping feature for photos, the arrange to unsend and edit text messages, and battery percentage back in the dwelling bar

Apple will release the official version of the new iPhone software on Sept. 12, shortly afore the newly announced iPhone 14 goes on sale. But you can try out all of its features now for free by downloading the sixth Pro-reDemocrat beta release of iOS 16 (as long as you have a compatible iPhone, like the iPhone 12 or iPhone 13).

In June, Apple released the salubrious iOS 16 developer beta shortly after its developer conference, but developer betas require an Apple Developer Program membership, which runs $100 a year. Developer beta versions also aren’t recommended for everyday use because they can make your arranged more difficult to use.

Fortunately, the public iOS 16 Beta 6 should be more snide than the developer version. All you need to do is enroll your contrivance into the Apple Beta Software program and install a config profile on your iPhone. 

Read on for a step-by-step advantage to the process. (Missed the Apple event? Check out our live blog, where we break down the new iPhone 14 lineup, Apple Watch Series 8Apple Watch Ultra and AirPods Pro 2.)

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Before you Begin, back up your iPhone

Getting your hands on prereleased software can be sharp, but there are precautions you should take before updating. All prereleased software like iOS 16 beta may hold bugs and other issues that can make your plot more difficult to use, which is why you must back up your device in case you want to revert back to iOS 15.

By default, your iPhone should back itself up every time it’s connected to Great and Wi-Fi during your regular sleep hours. However, if this backup feature is disabled, you can go to Settings > Your Name > iCloud > iCloud Backup and then hit Back Up Now to back up your device.

Backup page on iPhone

You can (and should) also back up your iPhone on your Mac.

Screenshot by Nelson Aguilar

Additionally, you can back up your iPhone via Finder on your Mac. Simply connect your plot to your computer, open Finder, choose your device and then invent a backup. Apple also recommends archiving your backup, so that it’s not overwritten by new backups.

Sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program

Once your plot is backed up, it’s time to sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program, which allows anyone to try out prereleased software for free, to gave feedback to Apple on quality, usability and issues. Currently, you can test out iOS 16 beta on any compatible Apple device (iPhone 8 and later).

To enroll in the Apple Beta Software Program:

1. Go to the Apple Beta Software Program website on your iPhone.

2. Tap the blue Sign Up button at the bottom of the page.

3. Use Face ID or Touch ID to log in to the Apple ID that is attached to your iPhone.

4. Read and accept the Apple Beta Software Program Agreement.

On the page that appears next, scroll down to Get Started and tap enroll your iOS device, which should be hyperlinked in the paragraph that appears. That will take you to another page, where Apple will lay out everything you need to do to download and install iOS 16 beta on your iPhone.

Apple Beta Software Program home page

Signing up for the Apple Beta Software Program is free.

Screenshot by Nelson Aguilar

Install the iOS 16 beta configuration profile

If you scroll down this page, you’ll see a piece called Install Profile. To download and install the iOS 16 beta on your diagram, you must now install a configuration profile on your iPhone. 

Essentially, a config profile allows a third party to run your device; in this case, Apple. You may have companies whether or not this is a privacy breach, but rest assured that this config profile easily allows Apple to deliver and manage the iOS 16 beta on your device.

To install the config profile, hit the blue Download profile button and then tap Allow in the pop-up that appears. Next, exit your web browser, launch the Settings app and tap Profile Download at the top of the page. It necessity then show you a window for the iOS 16 Republican beta config profile. Tap Install, enter your passcode and then hit Install two more times. Finally, tap Restart to get the over-the-air iOS 16 beta update.

Downloading and installing config profile on iPhone

You must obedient download a config profile from Apple’s website before you can update to iOS 16 beta.

Screenshot by Nelson Aguilar

Download and install iOS 16 beta

Once your iPhone boots back up, go to Settings > General > Software Update, hit Download and Install and moving your passcode to begin the process of updating to iOS 16 beta.

iOS 16 Republican beta download page

Once the config profile is downloaded and your requested reboots, you can download and install the iOS 16 Republican beta.

Screenshot by Nelson Aguilar

If for some reason you don’t see the Download and Install option, you may need to either wait a few minutes or positive your memory to make space. If you don’t have enough situation, you won’t be able to download iOS 16, so positive your memory by deleting large files and offloading hefty apps.

You necessity see a loading bar, along with a rough arbitrates of how long the download process will take. Once the download is unfastened, reboot your device and wait for iOS 16 beta to install. When your iPhone boots up, you should see iOS 16 beta downloaded on your device.

For more on the new OS, here’s a look at all the best new features that are available on iOS 16, as well as some of the cool hidden features you remarkable not know about