Would you like to try out iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 now? The new versions of the iPhone and iPad operating systems are now available in a public beta. This means that the versions are still in the testing phase, but non-developer users can now install it on their iPhone and try out all the new features. The truth is that installing a beta on iOS and iPad is quite simple for you, but there are different things to keep in mind. In this tutorial we tell you what preliminary steps you must do, some warnings when installing a beta, and, of course, how to install it.
Some Recommendations before Installing the Beta
- Install the version on a secondary iPhone or iPad: That is, on a device other than your primary device. The versions are not stable, so they can have important failures when using the iPhone or applications that are essential for you. Although Apple will indeed fix them in the subsequent versions, the beta updates are made every two weeks.
- Back up: You can back up your iPhone through iCloud. This step is very important because if there is a failure you can always go back to a previous version and recover all your data.
- Make sure your battery is always charged: It’s a good idea to connect your iPhone to the charger so you always have a battery. The beta update requires much more work than a normal update.
Follow the steps on your iPhone if you’re installing iOS 14. Or on iPad, if you’re installing iPadOS 14.
iOS 14: Supported iPhone Models
We start with iOS 14, the version of the operating system for the iPhone. The first public beta is now available for download on a large number of supported models. From iPhone 6s to iPhone 11 Pro Max. Here’s the complete list of iOS 14 compatible phones. Make sure your model can install the version before you continue with the steps.
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone SE 2nd generation
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone X
- iPhone XR
- iPhone Xs
- iPhone Xs Max
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
Steps to Install iOS 14 Beta
First, back up your data. To do so, go to Settings > Apple ID > iCloud > Backup to iCloud > Back Up Now. Wait for the backup to complete before taking any further steps, as this may affect the backup of your data.
Once the backup is complete, it’s time to register your account with Apple’s beta program. To do so, you will need to go to Apple’s official website for the beta. Then click on the ‘Sign Up’ icon and register with your Apple ID. It is very important that you use the same account that is registered on your iPhone.
Once inside the betas page, click on the iOS category. In the option ‘Get Started‘ click on the link that says ‘Enroll your iOS Device’.
A new page will open. On this page, you will have to download the profile that allows you to register your device as a beta version. Here the Apple page will guide you through the steps. The first one is to make the backup, something we have done previously. The second and most important step is to download the beta profile. Click on the button that says ‘Download Profile‘. Finally, allow Safari or your browser to download the profile. Just click ‘Allow’ in the pop-up window.
The program will download to your iPhone immediately. Now, go to Settings and you will see an option called ‘Downloaded Profile’. Enter and install the downloaded program by pressing the button above. Enter your iPhone code and click ‘Install’ again. Restart your iPhone.
Once it’s turned on, go to Settings > General > Software Update. The iOS 14 Public Beta will appear there. Tap Install and wait for it to download and install. Don’t worry if it takes too long, it’s normal. If you see that you don’t have the iOS 14 beta, but rather the iOS 13 beta, you’ll need to install that version first so that you can download and apply the latest one.
iPADOS 14: How to Install the Beta
The steps to install iPad OS 14 on the iPad are the same as on the iPhone, but with some small changes. First, let’s see which devices are compatible with iPadOS 14.
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air 3rd gen
- iPad Mini 4
- iPad Mini 5th gen
- iPad 5th gen
- iPad 6th gen
- iPad 7th gen
- iPad Pro 9.7 inches
- iPad Pro 10.5 inches
- iPad Pro 1a gen (11 inches)
- iPad Pro 1st gen (22.9 inches)
- iPad Pro 2nd gen (11 inches)
- iPad Pro 2nd gen (12.9 inches)
- iPad Pro 3 gen (12.9 inches)
- iPad Pro 4a gen (12.9 inches)
Here are the steps to install the iPadOS beta: the same as in iOS, except you, have to download a different profile.
Back up your iPad to iCloud
- From the iPad itself, go to the Apple betas page. Then click on ‘Sign Up’ and log in with your Apple ID. It must be the same as the one on the iPad.
- Click on the iPadOS option and click ‘Get Started’. Then click ‘Enroll your Device’.
- On the new page, click ‘Download Profile’.
- Go to Settings > Downloaded Profile > Install. Confirm the installation and restart your iPad
- After powering up, go to Settings > General > System Update. Download the latest version.