Public betas of iOS 15,iPadOS 15,watchOS 8 and tvOS 15 are now live. The public beta of each version is out and installation is easy. Only the macOS Monterey public beta is yet to come.
Developers have already previewed major software updates since the WWDC event in June. Keep in mind that betas are rolling out gradually, so it may take a while before you can actually get them. More importantly, while public betas are often more stable than the versions available to developers, installing them on your daily driver remains somewhat risky.
That’s why we recommend that you make a backup of your current device before you get started with the beta. After all, we do not rule out the possibility that this can occasionally cause some problems. Also, the Apple Watch requires a paired iPhone to coordinate updates. So if you want to test watchOS 8 public beta, you must first install the iOS 15 public beta on your iPhone.
Furthermore, you should not expect that all the cool features that we saw at WWDC have already been added. With each new version, more features are usually made available, so that beta users can test each one properly. That said, as a beta tester, you’re still ahead of people waiting for the official iOS version.
Installing these public betas is simple, as long as you have an Apple ID. Before installing anything on your iDevice, we strongly recommend that you back up applications and data. It is possible that a public beta can cause errors or a crash.
Once backed up, go to beta.apple.com and click the ‘Sign Up’ button. You will be directed to a page where you have to log in with your Apple ID to register for the Apple Beta Program. You must also sign a document confirming that you are aware of the risks.
Once the job is done, return to the website and click on ‘Get Started’ which should take you to the guide page. Click on the relevant software version and under the ‘Get Started’ section, press ‘enrol your device’.
This will take you to the relevant beta page that again asks if you are backing up your data. Each OS then has its own next steps. For the iOS page, it goes like this: follow the Install heading to download the configuration profile. This will then appear as a new option in the Settings section to install. Now go to Settings > General > Software Update and you are in possession of the iOS beta.