How to Sign Up for the Apple Beta Program for iOS 15

Test out the new iPhone operating system by downloading the iOS 15 beta.

The iOS 15 public beta is coming soon. The Apple beta program software isn't ready for prime time yet, so if you download the iOS 15 beta, you'll get a first look at all the new features but you'll also experience bugs and glitches. If you'd rather not deal with a rough-around-the-edges operating system, I'd advise waiting for the finished operating systems to be released. Let's go over iOS 15 compatibility, and how to download and install the newest Apple beta software program.  

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iPadOS 15: Who Can Participate in the Apple Beta Program?   

If you own one of the following devices, you can download and run iOS 15. We're here to help if you're wondering, "what kind of iPhone do I have?"

  • iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (first and second generations)
  • iPod Touch (7th generation)
  • The new iPhone line (coming this fall)

Is the iOS 15 Beta Download Safe? What Are the Risks?

Now that Apple has showcased all their new software during WWDC, the anticipation may be much too high to wait until fall. And these days, signing up for Apple’s beta program is easy. But remember that iOS 15 in this stage is Apple’s beta software. So there are some pros and cons to consider before you join the Apple beta software program.  

Pros:

The best part? You don’t have to wait until iOS 15 is released to the public! That means you’ll see the best new features first. You will also see a Feedback app on your Home screen; this app allows you to report any issues or bugs in the software directly to Apple.

Cons:

Of course, the public beta is how Apple works out the many issues and bugs in the software before its officially released, which means you’re the one experiencing those bugs and bringing them to Apple’s attention. 

My Take: 

I would really rather not install beta software, but I do so because I need to write and revise articles like this. Essentially, I'm not an early adopter and like to use my device without apps crashing, which was my main issue with previous betas. If you enjoy being the first to try new things, you'll love being a beta tester. If you'd rather wait for the smoothest possible experience, you'll hate it. 

Ready to Install? Read This First

If you’re going to sign up for Apple’s public beta testing, I highly recommend using a secondary device. If you don't have a secondary device, then I implore you to make a new backup of your device before installing the public beta. Should anything happen while beta testing iOS 15, you’ll need to restore that backup to your iPhone.

How to Sign Up for Public Beta Testing (iOS 15) 

The Apple Beta Program signup process is fairly straightforward:

To update your iPhone to Apple's latest operating system, make sure to back up your device to iCloud or back up to your computer. If you haven't updated your Mac to Big Sur yet, you can back up to iTunes. After you've made your backup: 

  1. Plug your device into power and make sure you're connected to Wi-Fi.
  2. Visit the Apple Beta Program page and tap sign up, or sign in if you've previously participated with an earlier beta version of iOS. 

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  3. You’ll be prompted to sign in with your Apple ID and password.

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  4. You'll be taken to a Guide for Public Betas. If you haven't downloaded a public beta before, scroll down, tap enroll your iOS device, and follow the prompts.

    enroll in beta program
  5. Follow the link provided or tap Download profile to download the configuration profile, then tap Allow

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  6. Open the Settings app and tap Profile Downloaded.
  7. Tap Install and enter your device passcode.

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  8. Tap Install again, and once more, then tap Done.

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  9. Open the Settings app and tap General, then Software Update

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  10. Tap Download and Install.

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  11. Now you'll see a notification like the one in the image below, with a blue line indicating download progress.

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  12. Once the new operating system is finished downloading, tap Install Now.
  13. A window comes up that informs you you'll need to restart your device; tap Restart.

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  14. Your iPhone  will go to a black screen with the Apple logo and a progress bar; the device will reset once the update completes. 
  15. You'll notice a new app called Feedback; this is where you can report bugs and glitches to Apple. Accept the terms, sign in with your Apple ID, and you're good to go!

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Welcome to iOS 15 Public Beta!​

How to Unenroll Your iPhone from the Apple Beta Software Program

If you want to downgrade from iOS 15 beta, it's possible to uninstall the beta software and leave the beta program. To do this:

Delete the Beta Profile

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Profile.
  4. Tap the Configuration Profile for iOS 15 Beta.
  5. Tap Remove Profile, then restart your device. 

Now, when the next non-beta version of iOS 15 becomes available, you can install it, and the beta will be removed from your device. If you don't want to wait for the public version of iOS 15 to be released, you can restore your device. This is where the backup you made before downloading and installing the beta software comes in.

How to Restore Your iPhone & Revert to iOS 14

If you want your phone or tablet back to how it was before you downloaded and installed iOS 15 beta, you'll need to restore your device from the backup you made prior to your beta fling. To do this:

  1. Make sure your Mac has the latest version of iTunes or MacOS.
  2. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac.
  3. Put your device in Recovery Mode.  
  4. For an iPhone 8 and later: quickly press and release the Volume Up, then Volume Down button, then press and hold the Side button until your phone enters Recovery Mode. 
  5. For an iPhone 7, 7 Plus, or seventh-generation iPod Touch: press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down buttons at the same time until the Recovery Mode screen appears. 
  6. For iPhones 6s and earlier, sixth-generation iPod Touch and earlier, and iPads with Home buttons: simultaneously press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and Home button; continue holding until the Recovery Mode screen appears. 
  7. Click Restore when the option appears on your Mac screen.
  8. Wait for the Restore process to finish, and enter your Apple ID and password when required. 
  9. Set up your phone or tablet with the archived backup you made before you downloaded and installed the beta software. ​

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