Can’t wait for iOS 16? You can download the iPhone update early

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Apple’s newest iPhone software update, iOS16is quite attractive, especially with new features like the ability to unsend and edit text messagesa customizable lock screena smart crop function for photos, and a battery percentage in status bar on my way.

The good news is that the wait for iOS 16 is almost over. Apple announced during its Event “Far Out” that the iPhone software will be released on September 12, shortly before the new announcement iPhone 14 goes on sale. But right now you can try all of its features for free by downloading the final public beta version of iOS 16, known as iOS 16 Release Candidate – as long as you have a Compatible iPhonesas the iPhone 12 Where iPhone 13.

In June, Apple released the first iOS 16 developer beta shortly after its release. developer conference, but developer betas require a subscription to the Apple Developer Program, which costs $100 per year. Developer betas are also not recommended for everyday use as they can make your phone more difficult to use.

Fortunately, the iOS 16 public beta should be more stable than the developer version. All you have to do is enroll your device in the Apple Beta Software program and install a configuration profile on your iPhone.

Read on for a step-by-step guide to the process. Missed the Apple event? Here is everything Apple announcedas well as our breakdowns of the new iPhone 14 line up, Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Ultra and Airpods Pro 2.


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Before you begin, back up your iPhone

Getting your hands on pre-released software can be exciting, but there are some precautions you should take before updating. All pre-released software like iOS 16 beta may contain bugs and other issues that may make your device more difficult to use, which is why you should back up your device in case you want to go back to iOS 15.

By default, your iPhone should back up whenever it’s connected to power and Wi-Fi during your normal sleeping hours. However, if this backup feature is disabled, you can access Settings > your name > iCloud > iCloud Backup then hit Back up now to back up your device.

iPhone backup page

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

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Moreover, you can back up your iPhone via Finder on your Mac. Simply connect your device to your computer, open Finder, choose your device, then create a backup. Apple also recommends archiving your backup, so it won’t be overwritten by other backups.

Enroll in the Apple Beta Software Program

Once your device is backed up, it’s time to sign up for the Apple Beta software program, which allows anyone to try pre-released software for free, provide feedback to Apple on quality, usability, and issues. Currently, you can test the beta version of iOS 16 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. Press blue Register button at the bottom of the page.

3. Use Face ID or Touch ID to sign in to the Apple ID associated with your iPhone.

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

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

Apple Beta Software Program Home Page

Enrollment in the Apple Beta software program is free.

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Install iOS 16 beta configuration profile

If you scroll down this page, you will see a section called Install Profile. To download and install iOS 16 beta on your device, you now need to install a configuration profile on your iPhone.

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

To install the configuration profile, press the blue Download profile button then press Allow in the pop-up window that appears. Next, quit your web browser, launch the Settings app and tap Profile Download at the top of the page. It should then show you a window for the iOS 16 public beta configuration profile. Tap Installenter your password, then press Install two more times. Finally, touch To restart to get the iOS 16 beta update live.

Downloading and Installing Configuration Profile on iPhone

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

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Download and Install iOS 16 Beta

Once your iPhone restarts, go to Settings > General > Software update, hit Download and install and enter your password to begin the update process to the iOS 16 beta.

iOS 16 public beta download page

Once the configuration profile has been downloaded and your phone has restarted, you can download and install the iOS 16 public beta.

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If for some reason you don’t see the Download and Install option, you may need to wait a few minutes or clear your memory to free up space. If you don’t have enough space, you won’t be able to download iOS 16, so clear your memory by deleting large files and unloading heavy apps.

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

To learn more about the new operating system, here is an overview of all the best new features available on iOS 16as well as some of cool hidden features you might not know about.

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