Apple has just released the first public beta of iOS 17, and in this blog post, I’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of installing it on your iPhone or iPad. This public beta is available for free to everyone around the world simultaneously and is compatible with the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and newer models. Unfortunately, Apple dropped support for the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X with iOS 17, so if you own one of those devices, you won’t be able to install the update.
Step 1: Sign Up for the Beta Program
- Open your web browser and go to either “beta.apple.com” or “apple.com/beta.”
- Scroll down and click on the “Sign Up” button.
- Sign in using your Apple ID credentials.
- Once signed in, you’ll find a guide for beta software, which has changed from previous years. Now, there’s no longer a profile available.
Step 2: Create a Backup
- Before proceeding with the installation, it’s crucial to create a backup of your device, as downgrading from iOS 17 to iOS 16 will require a computer.
- If you use iCloud, go to Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup and tap “Backup Now” to create a backup.
- If you prefer to use a computer, connect your device to a Mac or Windows PC, launch iTunes (Mac) or Finder (Mac with macOS Catalina or later), and select “Backup Now.” Ensure you choose the “Encrypted” option if you want to restore all your information with different passwords.
Step 3: Enroll in the Public Beta
- Go to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone or iPad.
- Select “Public Beta” from the available options.
- Wait a moment for the update to appear, and then tap “Download and Install.”
- Enter your device’s passcode to initiate the download process.
Step 4: Installing iOS 17 Public Beta
- Once the download is complete, tap “Install Now” to proceed with the installation.
- The device will restart during the installation process, so be patient.
Step 5: Check Out the New Features
- After successfully installing iOS 17, you’ll have access to all the exciting new features, such as interactive widgets and updates to music, among others.
Important Notes Before Installing iOS 17 Public Beta:
- Downgrading from iOS 17 to iOS 16 requires a computer.
- If you install watchOS 10 beta 1 or public beta 1, communication with your phone may be affected during downgrading. You may want to wait for the public version of watchOS 10 or visit an Apple Store to downgrade it.
- Beta versions often have bugs and may impact battery life. Ensure you report any issues through the Feedback app to help Apple identify and address problems.
Now you know how to install iOS 17 public beta on your iPhone or iPad. Remember that beta versions might have bugs and may affect battery life. Make sure you submit feedback through the Feedback app to assist Apple in refining the software.
Enjoy exploring the new features, and don’t forget to check back for updates and follow-ups on iOS 17 in the coming days! If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more content from Technogone!