At Apple’s WWDC 2021 past, its annual software party, the top note was new changes to its operating systems across the device spectrum. But, it is the Apple iOS 15 the one that will have one of the biggest impacts. A solid update for iOS will bring big FaceTime improvements, a new focus mode with improved notifications, and deeper AI integration on the iPhone.
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However, it will be a while until we see the official release of iOS 15, as despite announcing it, Apple has a lot of tweaks to make before the final launch. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on it today if you have a suitable device and a little patience. Next, we explain how to download the public beta version of iOS 15.
So, the public beta of iOS 15 has arrived, but that doesn’t mean that everyone should download it. Beta versions of all kinds are very likely to contain bugs, features that are under development, and general instability.
Because of this, we do not recommend installing a beta version on a major device. Errors are extremely common during betas, and you may end up losing valuable data or worse, locking your phone completely.
As such, we recommend using a replacement or backup device for any beta version and not risking anything. However, if you’re happy to get started, check out how to sign up for the iOS beta program and make sure you’re signed in to access beta versions of iOS.
The good news is that you don’t need a particularly new phone to access the new version of iOS 15. True to form, Apple has included a lot of devices in this program, and the iPhone 6s continues to impress with its longevity. You can access iOS version 15 on the following devices:
- iPod Touch (7th generation)
- iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone SE (1st generation)
- iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone X
- iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
- iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone SE (2020)
- iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
So, you have your iPhone ready, but before getting started with iOS 15, make sure to backup your device first. That way, if data is lost, you can quickly and easily restore it from your backup.
We have a guide on how to make a backup an iPhone, but we also include these instructions below.
Make a backup using iCloud
iCloud is probably the easiest way to back up your iPhone because you don’t need to connect any cables. All you need is an internet connection.
Step one: connect to a Wi-Fi network.
Step two: go to your application Setting, then select your name.
Step three: Touch iCloud. If you have iOS 10.2 or earlier, you will have to scroll down and tap iCloud.
Step four: scroll down and select ICloud Backup> Back Up Now. If you have iOS 10.2 or earlier, just hit Backup and it will work its magic.
You can verify the backup by heading to Settings, hitting iCloud> iCloud Storage> Manage Storage, and tapping your device from the list.
Backup to a Mac with Catalina and later versions
MacOS 10.15 Catalina removed iTunes, but backing up on Mac is still easy.
Step one– Connect your iPhone or iPod Touch to your Mac.
Step two– Follow the onscreen instructions to enter your device’s passcode or Trust this computer.
Step three: Open Finder and use the sidebar to select your iPhone.
Step four: press General> Backup Now, to make a backup manually.
Backup to a Mac or PC with iTunes
If you are using an older Mac or Windows PC, you will have to use iTunes to back up your iPhone or iPod Touch.
Step one– Make sure iTunes is up to date and connect your device.
Step two: follow the instructions accepting Trust this computer or enter your device password.
Step three: Select your iPhone or iPod Touch from the iTunes menu.
Step four: press Backup now to save your data.
Download and install the public beta version of iOS 15
Have you done all that? Good job, now you are ready to go. For now, you will need to start downloading and manually installing the beta profile on your iPhone, so it is not as straightforward as it could be. But it is still relatively easy.
Step 1: Start by going to the website of the Apple beta software program on your iPhone and select Sign up (if it is the first time) or Log in (if you have done it before). Enter your two-factor login information if prompted.
Step 2: select Enroll your devices In the drop-down menu at the top of the page, make sure iOS is selected and then scroll down the page to the second step. Touch Download profile and wait for the download to finish. If this step doesn’t seem to work, make sure you’re trying to download in Safari, as downloaded profiles don’t work correctly when downloaded through Chrome or other browsers.
Step 3: now you need to update your device. Go to Settings> General> Profile and tap Software iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 Beta on Downloaded profiles. Choose Install, enter your password, and then tap Install again. Click Restart to install the profile.
Step 4: Now that the profile is installed, go to Settings> General> Software update. Tap Download and install, enter your password, and wait for the update to download and install. Your device will reboot during the process, so be sure to keep an eye on it and follow the instructions that appear.
Congratulations! When your phone restarts, you will be running the public beta version of iOS 15. Have fun and enjoy exploring all the new features.