You can download Apple’s iOS 16 beta to your iPhone today. here’s how

This story is part of WWDC 2022CNET’s full coverage of Apple’s annual developer conference.

apples iOS 16 is currently in developer beta phase after being revealed on WWDC 2022† The latest mobile operating system from the iPhone maker is only available to members of the Apple developer programbut you can download it right now if you want.

Among the new iOS 16 features announced so far are a redesigned lock screen for iPhone, the ability to undo or edit text messages and improvements to Apple Maps† And while the upgrade won’t be generally released until September, we’ll show you how to get your hands on iOS 16 right now, even before it enters the public beta phase.

While it’s easy to download and install iOS 16, keep in mind that this prerelease is not intended for general use, especially since iOS 16, like all developer betas, currently has unfinished features. These early beta releases are for developers to help keep their apps up to date while also providing early access to the latest features.

This is all to clarify that you probably shouldn’t install this on your main device if you really want to check out this version of iOS 16, but maybe get a spare iPhone new enough to work with iOS 16 instead (the iPhone 8 or later† If you still want to take these steps, we’ll also show you what to do if you need to go back to a stable version of iOS 15.

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Here’s what you need to know before downloading iOS 16:

Since iOS 16 is an early pre-release version, the software will be full of bugs and other issues.

Again, if you’re considering downloading iOS 16, do it on a backup or secondary phone if available† The iOS 16 beta issues can cripple your phone and make it difficult to use, causing phone calls or text messages to either turn off or become extremely slow. However, if you only have your headphones or tablet to hand, make sure that backup your device on iOS 15 before updating to iOS 16† That way you have the option to revert to iOS 15 if there are too many issues with the new OS.

You also need a iPhone 8 or later to iOS 16 . to use† The following mobile software update will not be applied to iPhone SE (2016), iPhone 6S, ‌iPhone‌ 6S Plus, ‌iPhone‌ 7 or ‌iPhone‌ 7 Plus.

Enroll in the Apple Developer Program

The first step to getting iOS 16 on your iPhone or iPad is to enroll in the Apple Developer Program if you’re not already a member. If you’re using an iPhone or iPad, here’s how to register:

1† Download the Apple Developer App from the App Store.

2† Start the app, go to Account and tap subscribe now

3† Sign in with your Apple ID credentials.

4† Read through the various benefits and instructions, enter your personal details and scan your ID to verify your identity.

5† Once this information is submitted, you must choose your entity (individually for most people) and agree to the program license agreement.

6† Finally, pay the Apple Developer membership fee (with Apple Pay), which is $99 (about £80 or AU$140) per year.

After successfully making the payment, you will be redirected to your account page in the Apple Developer app. Here you can check if you’re registered now, and you can also check the date your membership expires next year.

Download iOS 16 with a wireless update on your iPhone or iPad

The easiest way to download iOS 16 is via a wireless update, as you would update to any other new software version on your device. Here’s how:

1† On your iPhone or iPad, go to the Apple Developer Program download pagetick Install profile for iOS 16 beta (iPhone) or iPadOS 16 beta (iPad) and press Allow.

2† Then open the Settings app, tap Profile downloaded and touch to install top right when it appears. Enter your passcode if prompted, then tap to install two more times. Your phone needs to be restarted.

3† Once your phone boots up again, plug it into a wall outlet, make sure you have WiFi and go to SettingsGeneralsoftware update† If you don’t see an update available right away, wait a few minutes and check again.

4† Finally, hit Download and installto install and enter your passcode to update your device.

After your phone reboots, you should be able to access the latest iOS 16 developer beta.

You can also download iOS 16 with your Mac

Over-the-air updates require a certain amount of storage space, and if you don’t have that available, using your computer is really the only way to update to iOS 16 without manually freeing up space.

1† On your Mac, go to the Apple Developer Program download pagefind iOS 16 beta or iPadOS 16 beta and click Download recover images

2† Download the iOS beta software recovery image for your specific device.

3† Then connect your device to your computer and enter your device passcode or press Trust this computer if requested.

4† Open Finder and click on your device in the sidebar below Locations

5† In general, next to Software you will see the latest software running on your device.

6† Press and hold the Choice button, click Checking for Update and choose the iOS 16 beta software recovery image you just downloaded from the Apple Developer page.

iOS 16 beta software will be installed on your device. Wait a few minutes and when your phone reboots, you should be able to access iOS 16.

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